Yes, that is right, after bringing my green space to the pinnacle of production and aesthetic beauty, it is time to relocate.
Fortunately, the new location not only comes with a larger space and canvas to work from, it also has a wonderful country feel and backdrop. The site has a large half acre grass area that is crying out for some horticultural indulgence!
So, the question is what's next? Well, just as I am saying hello to this new oasis, I am also saying goodbye to my little garden of fifteen years. Just as Winter is a time to ponder and plan for most gardeners, this is a time for me to consider the evolutions of my garden, each of which reflected a time or theme in my life relevant to what was happening at the time e.g. growing shrubs when working in the garden centre; neat green areas when employed as a grounds maintenance supervisor; swings, slides and 'swing ball' for the little people; integrating a trampoline to capture laughter of bouncing folks of all ages; and more recently, a redevelopment of the garden that has been inspired by a number of great books (thanks Karen) and a relatively free hand to indulge my ideas.
All in all, I am enjoying a spot of (mostly) armchair gardening, breathing in the potential of the new site and planning everything from Niagara Falls to Wisley Gardens to a native patch of oak trees, and of course, realising the potential to be even more self sufficient !
Whatever this mild (so far) November brings you, enjoy your garden.