Zone Lynda - time for a new garden :)
Hi all - especially the oldies that remember me from the Zone Lynda crazy wintersow-a-thons in 2008 & 2009.
Some of you may remember my garden videos - especially the ones with the sound of gunfire in the background. Well, our neighbor situation went downhill the past few years - getting the point where we couldn't even be in sight tending our gardens without a certain neighbor finding ever increasingly annoying ways to monkey with our sense of peace and safety.
On the positive side, you wouldn't believe how well a densely packed WS garden can thrive unwatered and unweeded for a few years! We are digging and relocating some parent colonies of perennials, and as soon as we dig something out the roots sprout back. The old garden looks a bit rough, but it is packed with thousands and thousands of hardy perennials and they actually squeeze out most weeds.
It was tough to move, and we still have the old house. We may sell it to friends or it may end up being one big out of control garden for a few years - we're not in a hurry to decide, but we needed to move to somewhere with quieter and more friendly neighbors.
Some of you have already seen the new photos on Flickr. Photos of the new garden will be coming soon - right now it just looks a lot like a bunch of sticks (hard pruned perennial divisions).
We probably aren't going to have the time or energy to move all of the plant species from the old place, and of course some are likely to get overlooked in the shuffle or make more sense to start again as seeds. I'm going to try to use a lot of restraint with winter sowing this year, so if any of you see me going overboard in the Zone Wars thread, please intervene (a little)!
One of the really nice things about the new place is an upstairs room with windows facing east, south and west. Might have to grow a few things indoors this winter. (I'm thinking some Clownie four o'clocks and maybe some gazanias.)
If any old WS friends would like to coordinate a big perennial dig and divide at the old place, drop me a private note. The garden is around 3000 - 5000 square feet of jam packed mature perennials now, and we could thin up to half of them and never miss them - it would all grow back in by spring. The only catch is that you'd provide the labor for your plants and for some smaller divisions for me to relocate. I'll label and give you loads of free plants.
As for seeds, I'm looking for a few things: Sweet williams, rudbeckias (Cherokee sunset type or similar), gazanias, zinnias, touch me nots... (Oh dear, I have the feeling I may end up doing more sowing than I was planning!)
Here is a link that might be useful: Flickr photos - old and new