Oh What a Week

March 17, 2007 @ 7:24 pm | Filed under:

So we sold the house in Virginia. On the ides of March, which is pretty funny. And of course it’s a bittersweet event; it is mighty nice to be out from under the thumb of that mortgage, but my daffodils are blooming on the hill, and I bet my tulips are poking up in the front border, and (sob) will she love them like I do? Will she rejoice over my columbines, my catmint, my sea thrift this spring?

It’s time, methinks, to break out our well-worn copy of Miss Rumphius and remind ourselves that we don’t plant flowers just for our own enjoyment. Happy spring, new homeowners, and I hope you enjoy my posies! Here’s what you have to look forward to in April…



And in May…



And in July…


And in September…


All right, all right, I’ll stop!

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  1. Melonie K. (Stop The World) says:

    *sigh* This has me thinking of my butterfly garden at the house I sold recently. I miss my Ronald Reagan rose and my lavender. When it was in full bloom the neighdors up a half block could smell the flowers on the breeze! *sniffle*

    May the new homeowners treasure your garden as they should!

  2. Jennifer says:

    I would treasure that beautiful garden – it’s gorgeous!

  3. Angela Boord says:

    I know exactly how you feel. I still think about our old house sometimes and wonder what the new owners have done with our backyard… I wonder if they let the wild phlox grow, or if they thought they were just weeds and killed them like the neighbors behind us did.

  4. Jennifer says:

    That made me so sad! I don’t love our house but I don’t think I could ever move because “That vitex back there was my anniversary present!” and on and on. I loved the photo journal. So pretty.

  5. Jeanne says:

    Melissa, if it makes you feel ANY better, I just moved INTO a house in Virginia last summer, and we are joyously discovering all the spring flowers that are peeping up thru winter’s mud. Every new shoot is like a message from one of this old house’s previous owners. I think about why she chose that spot, how long ago it was planted, if any little ones enjoyed planting with her.

  6. Beth says:

    Oh it’s so hard to leave a garden! 🙁

    Still, thank goodness the house finally sold!

  7. Mary Beth P says:

    Your flowers are beautiful! Here in Maine, Spring is months away- We had beautiful snow covered trees this morning- looked like Narnia!

  8. xixi says:

    I have a GREAT idea! Come up and visit my dirt pit – er, me… bring the five little peppers and help me plant flowers in my dirt pit – er… garden. I will give you japanese cookies covered in chocolate and blueberry iced tea.

  9. Alice says:

    Seeing your flowers makes me wish I was moving in!

  10. an says:

    Congratulations on selling!! When homes are on the market–even if you aren’t living there it is so stressful.
    We are visiting VA in a few weeks and I am wondering if I can go back to the old neighborhood to visit with friends. We may have to meet at a playground 🙂 The daffodils and tulips-that I planted at our old home-should be up and, if my flowers are still there I will feel an intense need to just walk in the front door of my old abode like I never left.
    It is bittersweet…..

  11. Sue says:

    Thanks for posting the lovely flower pictures! I’m glad your house finally sold, but it’s always hard to turn the page on a chapter in your life. I bet you can grow beautiful things in Southern California, though, too. You’ll have to post some pictures of those some time.

  12. sarah says:

    Well, gulp, she may not have quite that many flowers. Let’s see…turtlehead, achillea, asters, a few things I haven’t yet ID’d and, finally (after three tries!) I figured out which one was the milkweed, are all in my backyard:) One year and they’ll all fill back in–she’ll never know. Darn if I didn’t forget about those columbines though…hmm…I guess sneaking around the house with a shovel at night wouldn’t be the best way to welcome my new neighbor….

  13. Dregina says:

    I just found out that the house we’ve been trying to sell since October finally has a closing date – Friday, April 13th. I feel your irony!

  14. heather says:

    while it isnt the same as being able to see it something that may make you feel better, and help out the new owners. Send her copies of those pictures, if you can perhaps even a map of what is where in the yard so she knows what to expect. Our old house owners did that for us and it made a huge difference! many of the plants looked like weeds and would have been gone without that extra help.

  15. Maria says:

    So very, very, very beautiful!

    LOVE that pink!

  16. Lisa says:

    Aren’t you SO glad you took those pictures, Lissa? They are really good too!
    Hey Sarah … I don’t think the new people have ACTUALLY moved in yet … I’m up for a little moonlight gardening!

  17. Momma says:

    Can you come plant flowers at my house, tooooo? Please? Please? They’re LOVELY!

    Momma, whose black thumb you can probably see from your house!