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Erin is moving across the street to Kim’s on a 1/3 acre, where she already has been growing veggies to share with the community. I have been deemed worthy to care for her flower garden legacy with so many established beauties! I dug up a few plants to move next door that I couldn’t bear to leave: Libertia, Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’ with cobalt blue spikes, and the odd Sideritis cypria which is the fuzzy silver in the foreground below.

Behind it is Hebe “Quicksilver” which I think is very bonsai, and a blue pot with red Cuphea & some silver surprises for next year.

Hebe Quicksilver
Silver shines despite these gray days, especially with

Schizostylus coccinea, weaving in with Verbena bonariensis and the rambunctious Passionate Rainbow Gaura.
Already in pots and used to moving, one of the bromeliads I brought from Florida

Aechmea “Primavera”, I think, spent the summer outside & bloomed.

Brugmansia ‘Miners Gold’ and Black Lace Sambuscus ready to move.
Among Erin’s treasures are the

Solstice rose with

Verbena uglinosa (Bog Sage, towering up to 5 or 6 ft).

The bees and butterflies love this. I am going to plant a tall cobalt blue Salvia reptans next year along with this mislabeled pink lilac I got on sale

actually Syringa laciniata.

Erin put in lots of roses, unfortunately most unnamed:

Very fragrant lavender

a climber with morning glory

and maybe a noisette ‘Cuisse de Nymphe Emue’ or what you Brits modestly renamed ’Maiden’s Blush’?

Penstemon still blooming beneath the roses.

A shady pocket hiding Columbines for Spring and

Even some Welsh poppies and impatiens!

Erin also has some trees and things in pots she will move

tho the sunflowers have been dug out several times & insist on staying!

Dragonwing Begonia (but she gave me a cutting that fell off!)

Aren’t I blessed?! It is so wonderful to move into an established garden.

And if you wonder where Kim’s moving, she has met her true love and they decamped for 80 acres in New Hampshire: Live free or die!

Hum along with us:
“If you listen with your heart you’ll hear them singing, …
But the memories we share are there to borrow
Vaya con Dios! …”

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Congratulations on your inheritance! Looks like you will be having great fun...enjoy! :)

24 Oct, 2009


"Now the hacienda's dark, the town is sleeping..." (and it is 5.30am here, and so is). Now I get the bigger picture. What fab plants you have to take with you! "Vaya con Dios" to your Kim and Co., and you! :-))

24 Oct, 2009


You're so lucky - all those plants and a new garden :o)

24 Oct, 2009


Wowee Orgratis !
Inheriting someones home and garden !

I know the wrong people !!!

24 Oct, 2009


Y'know, I was just thinking that, Louise! How wonderful for you, were you chosen? Is it some kind of a shared community you live in? Sorry, I'm way-behind on everyone's blogs, so apologies if I'm spitting into the wind here!
Whatever...looks like a wonderful garden to inherit, all those lovely, lovely roses, and all looking so healthy too! Have FUN!
Great blog!

24 Oct, 2009


Love the silver Hebe also wonderful Shitzostylus Coccinea and some wonderful roses there too hope you enjoy your new garden.

24 Oct, 2009


"Inherit" is probably the wrong word for renting the house next door. Erin, the previous tenant, put in a strong recommendation to the owner that if he wanted his garden to continue to look lovely, he should let me live there! :). Quince Street is not a "shared community" in the sense of coops or covenants, but rather a street of individual homes, many rented out, with a strong attitude of sharing & caring. The people are special, perhaps even for Medford, and sit more on their front porches, visiting and acknowledging passer-bys like my mom says folks used to do "sitting on their stoops."

24 Oct, 2009


Sounds like a nice area Orgratis :-)

24 Oct, 2009


Sounds lovely, OG! And some gorgeous plants! Hope you'll be happy in your new home!

24 Oct, 2009


Loved hearing the tune again btw!! :-))

24 Oct, 2009


Whats the song??

24 Oct, 2009


There are many versions of the Spanish ballad, Via or Vaya con Dios (Go with God). Check youtube for the traditional by Freddy Fender, Les Paul & Mary Ford, or Gene Autry as I can't carry a tune!

25 Oct, 2009


Ok, thanks! :~))

25 Oct, 2009

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