After 23 years of raising a family, pets and cultivating a great garden, we’d decided to sell our house and move eastward to a property with more space, but still close enough in to take advantage of all Portland has to offer.Within 7 days on the market we had an offer on the house. We believe that our landscape and the updates on our home gave us a leg up on comparable properties. With no time to rest on our laurels, the whirlwind quest to find our new home began with the help of realtor extraordinaire, Becca Lyons. We had our “must have” list with a quiet street, a large entertaining space to enjoy with family and friends and at least an acre of land. We viewed each property keeping in mind the potential each offered and found a house that fit the bill.
All along I had been planning how to approach our garden with what stays and what goes. Perennials had been divided earlier in the spring and re-potted giving them a head start. This also keeps the original plants from overcrowding. As the flush of new growth filled in, the garden looked better than ever. As the potted transplants flushed out with foliage and flowers, I was able to try different companions by playing with colors and textures finding new stunning combinations group them in different
We tagged larger plants and a few young trees that are significant species to notify the new owner that these plants wouldn’t stay with house. About a month before moving I cut a circle with a sharp spade around the root ball about the size of the canopy and left the in place for good keeping. This stimulates the roots to push out new growth allowing more access to H2O and nutrients. Two weeks before moving we transplanted into the largest pots available. The Japanese Maple, species Kousa Dogwood, and the Rhododendron pachysanthum made the transition seamlessly.
With the help of a great group of friends and family, moving day went smoothly. The biggest surprise was finding some cool reclaimed paver material that had been overlooked and found at the last minute leaning against the side of our house. With our last bit of strength we squeezed them into the U-Haul and lugged them into our new back yard.
Our new space has a rural feel to it, complete with an orchard, raised beds for vegetables and ample space for Kit, our large hound dog, to romp in. Wildlife sightings in the yard so far are 3 deer and lots of bunnies!
We haven’t started making too many changes in the garden at this time as we want to get a good feel for the path of the sun from dawn to dusk, get a feel for our seasonal changes and getting a good feel for how each space will be used. Our first step was to remove garden fabric under the planting beds and sitting on top of tree roots in the orchard. Second step is amending the soil completely.We won’t be sorry come spring knowing that the soil is ready to plant and we have some of the dirty work already taken care of.
For now we continue to discover nature’s treasures in our new garden and melding our creative impulses and visions, exploring the possibilities that lie ahead.