Saying Farewell

I moved to Worthing in February 2001, seventeen years ago after buying a large ground floor flat in a Victorian conversion. I bought it because it had its own rear garden, albeit overgrown with ivy, not only over all the stone walls but through the borders and lawn.

I lovingly restored it, turning it into a good old-fashioned English cottage garden, with lots of roses and flowering shrubs.

We are, at last, blessed with sunny, warm weather which is about time. Last week the lawn was a boggy mess with standing water in the borders. It has only taken four sunny days to dry out and buds are appearing everywhere.

Last year the above border was packed with yellow and white tulips and daffodils. I left the bulbs in rather than dig them up and the display is not as good this time round. I think this is a lesson that it is worth removing spring bulbs after flowering.

I was a bit heavy handed pruning the Ribes so this year it is not as spectacular as in previous years. The Astilbe has shot up in a week, and really should have been thinned out at the end of last summer.

All the tulips are coming into flower and are going to make a colourful show. Strangely a number of labels are missing, I know I was really careful labelling everything when planting up.

Why the orange crates?

I am moving on Friday (20th) and leaving all of this behind, except for my pots. A lot have already been distributed around family and friends and the others I will take with me.

The above pot is one of five coming to my new home. I am moving to Emsworth a small harbour town on the south coast near Chichester.

Throughout life we learn to make compromises and here is my compromise – my new home has south facing French doors and a patio, but NO GARDEN. Paying off an interest only mortgage left me with a limited budget. I had looked at the Isle of Wight where I could afford a property with a garden, but when the Emsworth flat came up, moving to the IoW weighed up against being in easy reach of friends and family there was no contest.

All is not lost though. My youngest daughter and her husband recently also moved to Emsworth. I’ve blogged recently about their garden which they are happy for me to work in, (it gives them a free gardener!!). The garden is a renovation project and already beginning to take shape. There will be a lot to blog about.

I do feel sad about leaving my much loved garden, especially as I’ve discovered my buyer is going to rent out the flat. I can only hope someone who loves gardening will move in, but it is something I can’t dwell on once I’ve locked the door and waved goodbye.

Onwards and upwards to new horizons. Oh, I almost forgot, I’m in negotiations to share an allotment which really is exciting. So with that and my daughter’s garden I will have plenty to keep me busy.

13 thoughts on “Saying Farewell

  1. I’m now in house and garden number 8. Each time I’ve moved I’ve closed the physical door and also the mental one, never taking time to wonder what the new owner(s) have done. My attitude is that I’ve moved house but am still in the same home – mine. You now have the joy of gardening but not the cost, lucky you! And with the prospect of an allotment share, you’ll get the cost bit back! And patios are made for pots. I hope you have many happy sleeps and many happy awakenings in your new flat.


  2. Ronnie I do like your points about compromise and even more, about closing the door and walking away and not bothering with regrets or wondering about the future of a place you won’t be in.
    Here’s raising a glass to you and your new home, your new project for your family’s garden and your new allotment. Seize the day and enjoy it all.


  3. t must be very hard to leave a garden that you have built up from nothing. You will be taking all your experience with you to your daughter’s garden and allotment, a new era is waiting for you. Good luck with the move, I hope you will be very happy in your new home.


  4. Good luck with your house move. That sounds an ideal combination, new allotment and dughter’s garden. My mum visits here a lot to help me, and we’ve just started helping her in return . It’s never easy to move on, but wishing you all the best with your move. Karen x


  5. Hi Ronnie, it sounds like you are making all the right decisions for the right reasons. And hurray for portable pots! Moving on is hard for all keen and professional gardeners, we get attached to the patches we work in, whether they actually belong to us or not, and know them so intimately. The thought of someone neglecting them is painful. But we do have to move on.Working in your daughter’s garden and in an allotment will be just as rewarding as working in your own garden. I hope the move goes smoothly for you, best of luck with the next phase!


  6. Hi Ronnie – wishing you every happiness in your new home. It’s never an easy decision to leave a garden behind but there are new adventures ahead by the sounds of things.


    1. Thank you Alison – strangely it’s the glorious gardening weather making it all the more difficult but I know once in situ I’ll be eager to starting work on the allotment and daughters garden.


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