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July 20th, 2008

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02:21 am - Garden and Regrets
On Monday, we have movers and a truck and are moving most of our stuff to the new place. Monday night we will live there. I'm used to looking forward to moving someplace - there is absolutely nothing for me to look forward to in this move. I'm much further from Aaron and Daire (37 blocks instead of 5, in a neighborhood I dislike, and at least 15 blocks from any good grocery stores (instead of merely 2), in an apartment that is smaller and with only two bedrooms. The only good thing is that it is possible, and perhaps likely that over the holidays, teaotter and I will be able to convince my parents to buy all three of us a house or condo. I'll hold out for one in the neighborhood I like with enough space.

In addition to all this, I'll miss my garden. Becca and I grew tomato plants, basil, and other things on the right side of this house. However, the left side was mine. I planted a rosemary plant shortly after I arrived and it didn't grow much at all, the next year we discovered that the reason was the bed was sufficiently close to the house that the eaves completely shielded it from rain and so the entire garden bed got almost no water. When we moved in it consisted of some dusty and barely surviving hen & chicks. I've watered and added things to the soil and it is now doing vastly better. In front was a clematis vine that during the first year flowered from June to August. Then, we discovered that by watering it, since it too was partly shielded from rain that it would continue to bloom and thrive until October. I can take none of that with me and will miss it fiercely. For the next year or two, at least I can be certain that lupagreenwolf & teriel (who live upstairs) will water and care for these plants. After they move, they will likely go back to being sad and neglected. If we end up owning a condo or house, I hope it has a garden. If so, I will plant my own clematis vine and my own hen & chicks and care for them. Before living here, I had not gardened before, and much like I enjoy making food for and helping the people that I love, I enjoy caring for and helping plants under my care. Here are some pictures:

Vine & Porch Vine & Porch
Here's the vine I've tended and that I've enjoyed its growing and its blooms
Vine Vine
Vine close-up Vine close-up
Full of blooms
Hen & Chicks 1 Hen & Chicks 1
These were sad, dry, and small when I moved in, now they are thriving
Hen & Chicks 2 Hen & Chicks 2
They have also spread across the previously barren dirt.
Rosemary Rosemary
I also planted and cared for a rosemary plant that has given me spices and is thriving, but is too big to take with me.

Current Mood: sadsad

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Date:July 20th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
What gorgeous clematis!
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Date:July 20th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
Beautiful clematis! That is my favorite flower.

*hugs* I know you'll miss your garden. I hope they have a community garden in your neighborhood.
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Date:July 21st, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Ah they are lovely, and I am sorry you have to leave them.

Have you considered taking a cutting and putting rooting hormone on it? Then you can keep it in a glass of water and see if it takes root, start it somewhere else. May as well try it?

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