Archive for August, 2012

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School Gardens

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These are the local school’s vegetable gardens. Pretty impressive really. Each class has a patch to tend and it’s lovely to see how different they all are.

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Finding Flowers

So I spent about half and hour this morning just walking around the garden and figuring out what’s in the garden. Since, I didn’t plant any of it it’s all a surprise to me. The flower above seems to pop up here and there and I’ve no idea what it is. Does anyone know?

There are a lot of roses. And they seem to be of the bush variety rather than climbers. Most are finished flowering for the year but a few here and there are still doing their thing.

There is also some snow-white Viburnum which I’m warming too.

So I picked what was out there, bunched them up with some Rosemary that I found by the back door and brought them inside. I’ve never been one for looking at flowers in a garden. I like my flowers in a vase. Hmmm… this is maybe why I grow mostly vegetables and fruit.

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My New Garden

So we made it to Portland – finally. There were some stop offs on the way and immigration to deal with but we arrived late last week and started to settle in. Because there was so much to do in the house it took me a while to really explore the garden. It’s quite big – I’m not sure how big exactly but it wraps around the whole house so there are many different options for creating ‘types’ of gardens. The photo above is of the part of the back garden that has been made into a rose garden with (currently broken) fountain and many, many over-grown box bushes.

There are lots of pathways in the garden with wrought-iron gates hung from red brick walls. All very English actually. I feel right at home.

Some of the paths are being ‘reclaimed’ by nature. Well, that’s what happens in an untended garden.

The boys have a big lawn to play on, which is new for them. It’s a bit yellow because no-one has watered it for a while but I’m sure it can be fixed.

The view from house generally looks like this because all of the bushes that used to surround the house in a short, little, bordering kind of way are now behemoth monsters.

Hmmm… much work to be done. The few neighbours that we’ve met have been very friendly but every single one of them have said, “Well, I hope you like gardening!”

Fortunately, I do.

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The Big Move

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The packers arrived yesterday and proceeded to cover everything in cardboard. There is literally nothing to sit on. The container arrives today.

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Cleaning My Stuff

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I’m busy cleaning my tools and disinfecting anything that has been left in the garden. Apparently, US customs will be looking for ‘spores’ so my job is to eradicate them. That’s if I want to keep my stuff that is.

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New Beginnings

Well, I have some news. I’m moving to America. Quite soon actually. In truth, next Tuesday.

We’ve been thinking about it for about a year. My husband is American and so we had begun discussing the possibility of moving to America ever since we got married eight years ago. We thought that we might move quite quickly but then life just got in the way. We had two amazing little boys and started to settle down in Bath. Everything was lovely for a time and then my husband started a company that was based in Florida and things started to get complicated.

Not only that but our oldest boy was scheduled to start school this September and with the idea that we might go before that happened we started to plan our move. Everyone in our family has an American passport, except me, and so I needed a visa – a long and tedious process that I won’t bore you with here. But… last week I finally got the nod from the embassy and the rusty cogs began to move.

Now, international removals are booked, cupboards are sorted, suitcases half packed and animals distributed. It’s really happening.

Where are we going? Can you guess? Think about the greenest, lushest, most creative, environmentally friendly, historic, forward thinking city in America. All those things you buy off Etsy – where do many of them come from? Think cakes, food carts, brew pubs, and family-friendly neighbourhoods. It’s Portland, Oregon of course! And anyway who can say no to a city that has the most amount of cycle paths in the United States and is home to the US rose test garden. Yes, Portland is for us.

I’ll be sad to say goodbye to my tiny garden here. Especially, the permanent residents like the Peach tree that I’ve nurtured from a meer whip to a fully trained fan. And of course the Grape vine and Pears and my brick coldframe and my forced Rhubarb. Hmmm… yes I’ll miss all of that.

But…my new garden is bigger. Big enough for a greenhouse at least (hallelujah!) and maybe there’ll be room in the conservatory for a citrus tree or two? I’m very excited about learning to do new things and experiencing new plants that I’ve never grown before.

The climate isn’t that different to the UK. It still rains a lot in Portland but the summers are slightly warmer which means I can grow more Mediterranean type vegetables like Water Melon, Chilli Peppers and Beefsteak Tomatoes. Hopefully I won’t have such a problem with blight!

So it’s goodbye to Blighty. What will I miss – oh just everything! The people, the weather, the media, Haws watering cans, Nutscene twine, Chelsea Flower Show, Monty Don, the BBC, decent porridge, subtly, my cat, the National Trust, London, CBeebies, The Guardian, Jeremy Paxman, you know the usual.

But I’m going on an adventure. And you can’t go on an adventure without taking yourself out of your comfort zone. So here I go.

I’ll be posting here about my new garden. What I plan to change, what I plan to keep. What I grow and where I plan to put me’ new greenhouse. Oh yes, there’ll be plenty to read about on My Tiny Plot over the coming months. So stay right where you are.