Saturday, January 26, 2013

In Limbo

I'm such a cliche. I am composing this post from a chair inside a Starbucks on my iPad. You see, I have been forced out of my house once again while potential buyers walk through it. It's better without me there because they don't need me watching them any more than I want to hear what they have to say about our house.

In the meantime, my gardening life is more or less on hold. There are a few things I've been doing outside just to keep things looking good. I finally ripped out the petunias that were still in bloom and and replanted a couple matching boxes flanking our front door with a type of heavenly bamboo called 'Moon Bay'. But that took less than 20 minutes last weekend and just left me wishing I could do more.

But what's the point in spending more money on plants that I won't get to watch grow this year?

On the other hand, as we scan the internet and go to open houses that are kicking other people out of their homes, I find myself wondering what I could do if I ended up with that big back yard with the funky tree or the small backyard with the covered patio. It is at once a pleasure to dream about and a pain that dreaming is all I can do.

I'm sure it is a feeling that anyone that has ever received a seed catalogue in the middle of winter can relate to. Especially if you are not an indoor seed-starter. But right now I don't even know which seeds I could order. Will I have a full sun backyard with raised beds already built and ready to go? Or will I end up with a shady respite from Sacramento's brutal summer sun?

No matter where we end up (or when we end up there) I trust that it will be a place where I will learn new things about gardening, where I will be forced to get creative to find solutions, and where I will remember, once again, that all gardening is local - even when you move just a few miles away.


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  2. Chad, the thought of starting all over again is really daunting to me, but then, I'm as old as dirt. I wouldn't want to be around to hear the comments while people walked through my house either. I hope this process isn't too long drawn out for you, I can see how it will get old real quick.

    Every yard you see must be like a blind date; will this be 'the one'? So many possibilities out there. I like the bamboo, it is very colorful.

  3. I hope you find just the right place - with wonderful soil! And that selling your home goes smoothly. And - most importantly - that it all takes place before spring has truly set in so you can get to gardening!