Gardening My Way Out Of The Chaos – Or There IS Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Gardening My Way Out Of The Chaos – Or There IS Light At The End Of The Tunnel

(Originally Posted January 18, 2009.)

New on the homefront. The sale of my house seems to be sticking – the buyer signed off on the last contingency the other day. AND The landscaper finally finished putting in the new sod. The results are terrific. (Yes, they Can lay sod in my Zone 8 location in winter, although we did have some pretty nasty weather at the start of the project.)

The house we are moving to has a very nice garden as well, but, of course, I have some favorite plants that I have wanted to take with me. So I have been digging up plants I want to take, making divisions of others, repotting some things that could take a smaller pot, and unpotting some of the bulbs to make them easier to transport. We have dozens of things we are taking, yet still leaving behind lots and lots of plants. I have a friend who is fostering some of the plants until I can get moved into my new home in Oregon.

In repotting some of the plants into smaller pots, I was able to dump some of the soil into spots that needed it. Some of the bulbs I removed from pots had so much growth on them that I left them there. We have some very nice strawberries, that I want to take some of. I plan to dig up about half of the strawberries and leave the rest for the new owner. These were no-name strawberries that are some of the best I have ever had.

Now will come the challenge of what to do with the plants on the other end. The woman we bought the house from is a gardener too, and I will need to find places for my things. Such a problem! But this is the kind of problem I like!!! Maybe we are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel after all.

Winter Gardening In The Midst Of Chaos

Winter Gardening In The Midst Of Chaos

(Originally Posted January 15, 2009.)

If you have been reading this blog, you know about my home sale saga and the fiasco with having a landscaper modify a few things in my yard. Nevertheless, there are some other things going on in my garden which at least bring some bright spots in the middle of such craziness.

I love my winter garden, and right now, in mid January, my beautiful witch hazel is in full bloom with glorious yellow fringe flowers, my hellebores are beginning to bloom and my sarcacoca is showing a promise of tiny white flowers ready to bloom and send an intoxicating perfume across the yard, and the garden centers are already selling brilliant primroses ready for the garden.

And I’ll bet you thought you couldn’t have beauty in the garden in winter!! Well, I will tell you that my winter garden is one of the things I really wanted to cultivate, because I Can have beauty just when all the other gardens on the block are dormant. Where is this, you ask?? In a Southern clime, you imagine. No, I am up here in the Pacific Northwest in Washington state – soon to move to Oregon. We have a Zone 7-8 climate (cold factor in the low teens to high single digits). I am having all of these beauties, and the crocuses won’t even bloom for another two and a half months. I certainly plan to replicate my winter bloomers in Oregon.

If you like the thought of having things blooming in mid winter, check with your garden center or Extension for the types of plants that will bloom in your area. I sure love the winter interest long before the first snowdrop or crocus.

Home Sale Saga – I Hope Things Are Looking Up!

Home Sale Saga – I Hope Things Are Looking Up!

(Originally Posted January 2009.)

I am still holding my breath, but so far, the buyer seems to be sticking. We have had the home inspection with what looks like fairly normal repairs needed. We Finally told the landscaper to finish his job, and that is coming along. We finally stopped making the house look like “Home Beautiful” and are starting to pack stuff!! We Might just make this stick, and get to move on time withoug having to rent out our house after all. It is Still not a done deal, because we have not yet signed the final papers, but it looks encouraging.

Is The Home Sale Saga Coming To An End??

Is The Home Sale Saga Coming To An End??

(Originally Posted January 6, 2009.)

Is it possible I have sold my home?? We have been negotiating with a very difficult buyer for the past week, and today finally signed an agreement. In two days we have the inspection. They had essentially asked us to delay the landscape work we were in the progress of having done so they could see the house and yard, and then tried to extract price consessions because the work was not done. We nearly backed out because of all the game playing, but ultimately struck a deal that we can both live with. I only hope this is not a portent of things to come, because we are on the end of what we will put up with. If we have more problems with these people and don’t close the deal, we will go to plan “B” which is to rent out the house. At least we have a short escrow, so less time to have things go wrong. We will see.

The Home Sale Saga

The Home Sale Saga

(Originally Posted January 1, 2009.)

Can you believe it?! The beat goes on with my home sale saga.

Well, we have decluttered, spruced up, cleaned up and in general have made things pretty with our house. After three months, still no offers. We have bought another house and want to scream. Can you say Stress!

The latest and greatest, was that we should try expanding the lawn to cater to the families with kids, thus making the house more generically appealing. OK, for us gardeners, who cut down on lawn as much as possible, this is a major renovation. We put up with a prima donna landscaper and passed. Then we got a bid from a great fellow, who was willing to really work with us and we struck a deal on the work to be done (at one third the cost of the prima donna).

He began work, taking out the raised beds and removing stepping stones and moving plants to make way for topsoil to be spread and sod laid, but a foot of snow the day after he began slowed things down — basically stopping the work for a week. Well, wouldn’t you know it, a potential buyer seems very interested in the house…this is a good thing…but she may not want Any more work done becase she is a gardener and wants to do work herself and ask for help with closing costs. However, she can’t write an offer until the end of the week, having us delay our landscaper’s work even further. This is driving me crazy and I am sure our guy. I want to be fair to him, but I also want a good offer. What’s a girl to do!! Argh!!