Re: update and Re: [gardeners] Sunday in the garden

George Shirley (
Sun, 14 Apr 2002 21:20:02 -0500

Can you start cuttings of the antique roses? Most of the antique roses I'm familiar with are on own
roots and easy to start. We began with one and have started about a dozen more of the same rose and
have done the same with others we've been given or purchased. 

Yeah, the granddaughter and our daughter are back in the church, obviously there is a shared need
with them and they seem much happier.

Your new house sounds nice, we've been remodeling this 28 yo ranch and are much happier with the
interior now. Not much can be done to the exterior beyond a fresh paint job on the trim every few
years. Houses sell quickly in our neighborhood too, not that they're heritage homes though, just a
desirable neighborhood with good police and fire protection and decent schools.

George wrote:
> glad to hear about your visit to daughter's and your grand-daughter's 1st
> communion - organized religion is a nice touchstone for many, obviously
> makes your grand-daughter comfortable.
> We had a very warm winter, then a cold (still) spring.  I am still fighting the 17
> storey high-rise, and we have got it before the Heritage Committee and
> delayed quite some months now.  This has given me enough time to look for
> another house, and we found one we liked.  Smaller lot, but interesting slope
> in the back yard (will terrace); 4 very aged rose bushes on trellises along
> east side of house and some old-fashioned yew bushes in the front yard.
> They have probably been there since the house was built and are almost in
> themselves period pieces.  I don't particularly like them, but probably will
> leave them until next summer at least.  The back yard is grass, but most of
> that will go in favour of flower beds.  It's a smaller yard, but my present one is
> getting too much and besides it'll get little light with a monolith behind it.  On
> one side of the drive is an aged grape vine, grows up over drive and garage,
> over the back porch and up onto the 2nd storey balcony/porch.  I don't know
> if the grapes are edible or drinkable.  The house itself is 10-15 years younger
> than the one I now have, and with softwood trim instead of hardwood, but so
> what.  It's smaller inside, too, but the space is so much better organized I'll
> have more usable space.  It has a broom closet, plus a front hall closet for
> coats (my present home was built when everyone had coat-and-hat racks), a
> good basement which is probably dry most of the time and a good attic, linen
> closets, and good closets in the bedrooms, more windows, and a fireplace.
> The taxes are about $500.00 less per year because it's smaller; it's still in a
> decent neighbourhood; better, really; I don't think any of the houses have
> been divided.  We are closer to the grocerystore and the same distance from
> a bus stop.  All in all, I am quite happy with the place.
> Now to get rid of this present house (won't be hard; heritage homes stay on
> the market about a week, max), and the real problem is how to get some of
> my plants moved.  The time lag is the problem: we take possession end of
> June, and put this place up for sale 1st of May, at which time I can't really
> very obviously go digging about.  I have decided to pot up much, to decorate
> the front and give it curb appeal, and then take the pots (big planters,
> actually; they'd come in any case, planted or not).   Casualties will be the
> antique roses, but I will have fun buying more to plant (any old excuse).  I do
> have time to pass things around to my neighbours at least.
> Lucinda