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?

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Comment by Leslie Hunter on August 18, 2010 at 3:20pm
OK, James has asked me to upload some photos so here goes. But please remember that these guys are all new plants bought last year from - mostly - the Aussie Diggers Club - as we intended to downsize in the Mountains and the place we had our eye on was a new house with no garden at all. They are therefore all sitting in their pots, waiting for a home!
Comment by Gwynn Sturdevant on August 17, 2010 at 9:40pm
Your welcome and good luck!!
Comment by Leslie Hunter on August 17, 2010 at 6:03pm
Dear Gwynn and Yvonne,

Thank you so much for your comments and advice - I have taken it all to heart...

James, yes I will upload photos when there's a little more to show. They're just starting to bud up now. These are all young trees and plants so I guess we have to wait a while until they produce fruit. Mind you in saying that we had a self pollinating almond that was great last year first time around and also a Pepino that produced fruit.
Comment by James Samuel on August 16, 2010 at 12:48pm
Before you leave, can you share (upload) a photo?
Comment by Gwynn Sturdevant on August 16, 2010 at 10:27am
I would say goodbye to them all and let them know that you care a lot about them and will miss them. Say good bye to the plant's spirits. Is the new owner into gardening? If so you could tell them that they'll be well taken care of. Another thing you could do is ask one of your friends to visit them monthly... It's so important to feel a sense of closure when you leave knowing that you gave it everything you had and that now it's time to move on... Good luck!!
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on August 15, 2010 at 8:52pm
Pick whatever you can as you leave, if you can. Walk out the gate and do not look back. Plant as soon as you can once you get to your new place. I left the North Island and could not take anything with me. it is still frustration having to start again especially with the fruit. We will be renting for about 6 years so evereything is in pots. Good luck

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