Friday, April 18, 2014

Our house is for sale

This is a sad post to write. Our house and garden went on the market today. I have had an odd, disconnected feeling all day - one minute sad, one minute scared and the next excited. I may need therapy before it is over and done with!

We have lived in this house for 22 years. The house was built in 1924 and we were only the fourth owners. It is a wonderful sound house with lots of character and you all know what the gardens are like! We have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the house and garden and it will be difficult to give it up but it is time to move onto the next phase of our lives.

Our house is located close to downtown - only a few blocks from downtown actually - and 7 blocks from the UNA campus. Despite being so close to town (just one block off of Dr. Hicks Blvd.), this is a very quiet neighborhood. I worked outside by the front street this morning and only 1 car drove by. With all the landscaping, the grounds are very private and you cannot easily see neighbor's houses. There are lots of birds and wildlife. The property covers two city lots and is around 3/4 acre. It is really like being in the country.

To see photos of the progress we made over the years, visit my website "A Southern Garden" and click on "Garden Photos".

If you are interested or know someone who is, the real estate listing is here - MLS #387824
For more information, please contact Babs Campbell at 256-366-3090. 

If you have any questions about the house that I can answer, please let me know!

I have had several requests for garden tours - that is perfectly okay for the time being. The peak time to see the garden is around Mother's Day. Just let me know if you are interested.  

An aside - A few days ago our realtor was talking with us in the breakfast nook and the birds were outside the window going to town on the feeders. Suddenly she said, "Look at those pretty bluebirds!". I knew that we didn't get bluebirds in our garden. They were Indigo Buntings! The first I've ever seen outside of a book. I hope this was a good omen of  good things to come.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April showers

The April rains are really causing the garden to go into overdrive. Everything is popping out all over. The white wisteria has started to bloom as well as the spirea.

I've never seen so many blooms on Leathleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum). The pink blooms to the right of it are on the Piedmont Azalea (Rhododendron canescens)

The Kerria (Kerria japonica) continues to shine - I could not find a good viewpoint without getting the oakleaf in the photo. :( 


I love these Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) - they are among my favorite bulbs.


The blooms on the Chinese Snowball (Viburnum macrocephalum) have now turned white. It puts on quite the show. Notice all the weeding I have to do!


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


Friday, April 11, 2014

Tulips at UNA

I have been admiring these tulips everyday as I leave the library. We have had a few that have come back year to year but generally, tulips are treated as annuals here and planted every year. 

They are beautiful but I can't figure out why they only planted 1/4 of the bed?

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy