Words of Garden Wisdom! However, I still can't resist driving by to see my babies. You took the words right out of my mouth...or computer...ha,ha. Seriously, I was going to write an article with some other information but the same slant.
Good job Toni!
Also, not only do you need to be specific on the listing agreement...you must be specific on the contract of sale so they buyers don't faint when the rose bush is gone. We've seen that happen on a few other things (basketball goal, curtain rods, window coverings, towel hangers, light fixtures).
Nice wrap-up sentence also...Thanks for a great article.
I had the opposite experience :(. In order to "increase curb appeal" or some such nonsense, the former owners apparently dug under many old established plants and put in "lawn". Blech. Fortunately, the bulbs seem to be coming back. I'm finding daffodils poking up in the middle of the "lawn", and I'm hoping more will return. I will be remedying this problem ASAP. She also wanted to get some of the "monkey grass", and i told her she was welcome to it. Well, it's been two years, and the time is never right for her, so it's going to be replaced, at least most of it. Any takers :))
The first and second places I sold, there was nothing to go back and see. But the house before this one was when my gardenaholicism took root (pun). I drive by occasionally, still, and each time I've done that, more and more of my treasures are missing! But that's okay, my new place has grown into my heart, and everything I want is here...
Oh, ouch, I CAN'T contemplate moving, although it seems inevitable, eventually. My current plan is something like get the kids all safely grown up and moved out and really gone, inherit a bazillion $$$, tear up the house and build a new, improved one on its footprint (w/out disturbing plantings during construction), live happily ever after, die in my husband's arms in my sleep the same night he dies in my arms, have our ashes turned around three times in the compostumbler, spread them on the beds of perennials which one of my daughters will tend with her family...
Wonderful reminder not to EVER drive back by for a look at your old gardens! My contract even had a clause whereby I could come and divide perennials in the spring (many REALLY needed it) and they banned me from the property... ultimately not worth the legal cost of a hassle.
[quote]I occasionally HAVE to drive up the street on which my beautiful old home sits and I grit my teeth and stare straight ahead.[/quote]
Loved your article, Toni. You're such a good writer. You described my behavior precisely! I'm reading your article while out visiting relatives in CA and staying one block from where we used to live (30 years of gardening there.) I'm sure the new owners (who are very nice) will make major changes in the garden--they have already gutted the interior of the house.
Oh well, I remind myself that it's THEIRS now. And I can always stare straight ahead.
I drove by to see my babies.
Well they had all grown up.
They had grown too much, I think the yard is overgrown with too many big trees.
Glad I moved
The man that bought the house was just removing a big maple tree that happened to be my kids favorite. It was not all that old but just big enough for them to climb a bit.
He said he did not worry about it when a tree died about replacing anything because he had plenty more.
He did make me kind of envious though when he said that the three pair trees I planted were so very good, and sweet, the best he ever had.