Knowing that we would be downsizing but not yet knowing that we would be relocating to New Zealand, we joined the Aussie Diggers Club last year - and, I admit, I became a little addicted! These people specialise in heritage plants and seeds and they're very into edible gardens! Yes we bought the normal varieties of orchard trees - apple, pear, peach, apricot, plum etc. Went a little mad with figs and cherries - madder still with strawberries, avocados and asperagus, all sorts of raseberries, blueberries etc; the good for us plants like goji berries and chokeberries; even exotics like champagne fruit and dragon fruit! And now we have to say goodbye to each and every one of them.
We won't miss the exotics that are planted here - the camellias, azaleas or rhodos as they were here before we arrived but these chosen plants are our dreams and our imaginings which we will now never watch over and nurture.
How do you say goodbye to a garden?