Well, my stepfather just informed me that he is selling the family farm,
where we've lived for years. Forget figuring how I'm going to deal with all
the four-legged beasties, what am I going to do with my PLANTS????
I refuse to leave all my beautiful acquisitions, many with personal memories
of the long-gone friends who gave them to me, to the attentions of a new
owner. I don't know when I am going to move, and I'm concerned about doing
it in a way that will least traumatize my plants. My gardens are huge so
there is no way I intend to move everything, but some of everything is what
I'm aiming for.
Can anyone recommend a comprehensive site for determining the best way to
approach moving my stuff? I have everything from grasses to small trees to
rosebushes to euphorbias, and I need to get some sense of how to handle
their respective moves, depending on what time of year this occurs. Does
this make sense?
Oh, and I'll remain in the same zone.
Any input would be appreciated.
Callen in VA
Well, it was just appraised at over $1 million....
And the mention of buying (my) part of it immediately raised unexpected
(although they shouldn't have been unexpected) reactions from future
beneficiaries of monies generated by the sale.
Callen in VA
Well, I guess the lesson there is never invest in land you don't
own. Others here have had some good suggestions for your plight.
As a further thought, the "future beneficiaries" may object to your
removing the plants because it may affect the sale value of the land.
In a similer situation I was told 'He who owns the land, owns the
plants, no matter who bought and planted them'. You may need to check
your legal standing in this situation.
I know my Christmas Card list would have just gotten a bit shorter.
i seriously doubt that. a farm appraised at one million is
going to a housing developer & all those plants will be
bulldozed. the future beneficiaries are short-sighted morons.
i'm pretty sure the plants will be better off if they go to a
new home, rather than stay. the small trees will be the most
difficult to move successfully. i'd be stocking up on 1 & 5
gallon pots and sticking things in as i could, starting as
soon as possible.
It wasn't mentioned what the purchaser was intendingto do with the
land, but you're probably right. OTOH, I'd make sure I had it in
writing that I would be permitted to remove the plants. Always keep
your six o'clock covered.
I'd put money on it.
If they meant a great deal to me, I'd see about getting an arborist
to professionally move them.
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It won't go to a developer. The land is in conservation easements, and
there were only 2 division rights to begin with. There are 70 acres, and
it's a horse farm.
I do trust my stepfather to make good decisions and I'm not angry with him
for selling, just disappointed that I have to move.
I have seen 5 acres with no improvements offered at $300K here in Albemarle
Ridiculous, isn't it?
Callen in VA
Callen Molenda wrote:
what am I going to do with my PLANTS????
Don't despair! When I had to move, it took me a week of digging and
moving plants to just drop them off at the new place. It only took one
day to move the household. I didn't move any trees, but moved three huge
hydrangia, about twenty boxwood babies, hosta's, and a whole lot of
perennials. My garden was all shade/part shade, and I moved into full
sun. It wasn't easy, but almost everything survived. I did it all by
myself, without missing a day of work too. I was pretty scratched up,
and had some nasty looking hands for a while, but felt great about the
job I had done.
You can do it!
Just be absolutely sure the buyer knows they will be buying the
property minus all the plantings. Make sure your stepfather and any
realtors know of your intentions also. Nice gardens can add value to a
property. So be sure the property is appraised minus the gardens. Good
Callen, you might not recall that 14 years ago I was faced with a move that
I DID NOT want to make to Eastern Tennessee from my home in Nashville I'd
lived in since 1974 (minus the 5 years in Denver) which was one street over
from my parent's house where I'd lived since 1958. In July of 1992, Squire
informed me that I WAS moving, get the house packed and expect him on August
first.....................which was my son's birthday and he was in
Louisiana with a new baby which I hadn't seen yet as well. Too much going
on, I literally dug my whole yard with the help of a dear friend who had a
toddler at the time, and I must say, frantically digging beloved perennials
CAN be done!
The soil over here was nothing like what I'd had for years, I had dark,
loose, loamy soil in Nashville, here it was gummy red clay with lots of
rocks and no way to dig into it, especially in late summer.
The solution was containers of any variety. I used plastic grocery bags as
pots with handles for perennials and bulb clumps. Larger perennials I dug
up and put into five gallon buckets, any containers that were planted stayed
planted, I even used trash cans! (a clump of huge Heliopsis was one plant I
put in a trash can, the other was my dad's old Indian shot canna's)
it's early spring. dig up beloved perennials and pot them up nursery like
so they'll adjust to the pots. Bulbs you adore, you can mark the spots, dig
them up after they flower and bag for fall planting. Lilies that you have,
dig them up when they break dormancy and pot into 3 gallon nursery pots.
they'll be fine. Most perennials will not mind a time in a container.
Some shrubs won't mind either, but you can possibly take cuttings of some
right now on tender growth. and they'll be smaller but at least you'll have
a piece of them to take to your new place.
any way you could buy the farm? And call friends who have yards you can
safely hold your plants over when you finally do have to move. Be sure to
tell any prospective buyers that some of the plantings WON'T be there upon
My gardens are huge so
then take a little of everything. The rose bushes, are they heirloom? could
a section of your farm with the house and property around it be purchased?
The rest of the acreage be sold?? Could you work a deal with him on that?
yes it does. I suspect that the roses will need digging up completely, if
they're antiques you can't replace.......I can't advise you there, but sure
if you e-mail Bev (pottingshed) she can help you there.
when i moved....and it was to a WAY different location: from utah to the
willamette valley in oregon, i hired one of those small U-HAUL trailers and
hitched it to my station wagon (one of those queen elizabeth II ships). it
wasn't so much the move as the new owner of the house informing me she was
going to have EVERYTHING i'd lovingly planted and replaced with grass (i
wish i could have seen her face when the drought hit utah for 7 years!!!) i
dug up almost everything and put them in those cheap black pots you get from
nurseries....i even dug up my spearmint and a 5 yr. old Fagus sylvatica
'tricolour'---EVERYTHING survived their trip beautifully...but then again, i
moved during a warm season so they wouldn't be damaged in trips over the
i checked on them each night when i stopped and talked to them and made sure
they were feeling okay and not traumatised.
and, when, finally, we pulled up to our new home in the armpit of central
oregon (philomath-no evil letters, please...it REALLY IS the armpit of
central oregon!!!!!!), everybody was happy but more than ready to be
planted, which i did, even before checking out the house or moving my own
stuff in. the plants, after all, were more important than my own stuff,
one thing, callen, you MUST check before planting your babies.....is the
WATER SUPPLY!! the person who sold me that little piece of hell on earth
sold me a property with water which had such a HIGH content of sodium, it
killed EVERYTHING i'd brought with me, inside AND outside the house. it's
not good to be a gullible and trusting person (such as i); when i had seen
the house on my "scouting trip," the water had been mysteriously turned off
because, i was told by the owner, "my son turned it off to fix the plumbing
under the kitchen sink and the toilet in the master bathroom, both of which
stupid me!!! i believed it.
so, PLEASE...check out EVERY ASPECT of your plants' new home....make sure
EVERY LITTLE THING is in its place and will be good for the
babies.....otherwise, you could end up like me---5 acres of DEAD PLANTS.
and YES!!! i DID knock my head against the walls for MONTHS AFTERWARD!! i,
personally, was responsible for killing all my babies. (VERY BIG SNIFF)
With Malus toward none, and Cherry-Trees toward all.
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