Transplants: Lily of the Valley

During my undergraduate degree in Victoria, I lived in a basement suite in Cadboro Bay, in a house with a fabulous garden. The garden was lush and private, and the trees and tall hedges surrounding the yard gave it a kind of intimacy. During the four years I lived there, many quiet afternoons were spent reading in the hammock or in the lawn chairs. Decades later, I still have fond memories of that lovely garden, and I am so glad that I am able to still go and visit. Although the garden has changed – the King apple tree in the corner is gone, the vegetables have been replaced by flowers and a large house next door now looks down into the garden – it still feels like home to me.

This spring, my friend who lives in the house, sent me a letter asking me to come and dig up some lily of the valley from her garden and to take it back to mine. So, I went to Victoria and we had a lovely visit over tea and were joined by her family, who I feel part of, and am part of. Although we didn’t talk about it explicitly, the difficult process of saying goodbye has started. At the end of the visit I dug up a few lily of the valley plants which are now in my shade garden (above). I hope to see them bloom next spring.

About Chrystal

This blog is my online journal to keep track of what is going on in different parts of the garden, different times of the year.
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