This fall, Pam/Digging is moving to a new garden, which is very exciting, but it means she is leaving her current garden, Green Hall, a garden that has a special place in the History of Garden Blogging.
It was at Green Hall that we gathered near the end of the first Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling to rest, relax, socialize, and talk about gardening and garden blogging before our farewell dinner.
It was the perfect location, and Pam was the perfect hostess.
My first glimpse of Green Hall took place the day before that. Pulling up to the curb with MSS of Zanthan Gardens and Annie in Austin, I immediately recognized it.
The front yard garden with the fence, the agave, and the stone paving were all just like she had pictured them on her blog, imagine that! Near the front door were her pink and blue bluebonnets and one of her prized agaves, pictured above.
In the back, I saw Green Hall – the building, the lawnette, the blue bottle tree, the stock tank. It was wonderful to be there, finally!
Meeting Pam was like meeting an old friend after reading one another’s blogs for so long and exchanging comments and emails. She’s the one who sent me the first invitation via email way back in December, and I quote, "...you've got to plan a visit! Why not come down for an early spring visit, let's say in March, before spring even comes to Indiana. That way you won't miss anything, and you'll get an early taste of springtime. I'm serious now...”
Yes, it turns out she was serious and she came up with the idea for the first of what is hopefully many Garden Bloggers’ Spring Flings.
It’s very exciting to move to a new garden. Pam will have new challenges, new plants, more space and apparently a different kind of soil.
I’ve moved to a new garden three times now, so I humbly offer this advice for Pam or anyone else moving to a new garden.
- Take along a few plants from your current garden, Pam, like those agaves, as if you would leave them behind. I saw some of the prices for those when I visited a few Austin garden centers. They are investments.
- Bring along all your fun garden ornaments, even the ones with faces.
- Start right away with a small gardening project, maybe around the entrance to the house, to make part of the garden "yours" from the beginning.
- Don't rush into any new major plantings or projects until you have had a chance to get a 'feel' for the garden. MSS said she spent almost a year observing her garden before she started making changes.
- Once you've gotten a feel for the garden, give it a name. Then, it is your garden, a specific place.
- Always remember that a new garden means new roots, new plants, new dirt, new spaces, new challenges, more fun!
I’m looking forward to seeing Pam's new garden, first through her blog and perhaps one day in person, and to following along as she makes this new garden her own. When she moves, I’m sure Pam will take along some plants and her garden decorations, along with many fond memories.
We'll take our memories with us, too.
Pam, best wishes for many blooms, bees, and birds in your new garden and thank you for sharing Green Hall with us and giving us such great memories there!