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One Last Look

Don La Grand's last season gardening in Southern California.

"My story and photos were shared in February of this year and I was overwhelmed with the joy by the viewers response. I never saw my garden as one to be published. I'm writing again to let everyone know that this is our last season in this home as we make our transition from Southern California to Northern California to the city of Placerville.  I will have a new canvas to allow my imagination run wild in. It will be exciting and challenging at the same time. It's bittersweet saying goodbye to this garden but I'm ready for my next chapter in gardening. I hope to have the opportunity to share with everyone again in a few years how things our progressing on my new garden.  Enjoy my last season of this garden."

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  1. Chris_N 06/28/2016

    It's hard to say goodbye to a garden. Especially a beautiful one like yours. But making a new one is so much fun. Good luck with your new location.

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    meander_michaele 06/28/2016

    Good morning, Don...just came back from a quick google read on Placerville since I was not familiar with it. It looks like a charming town... and location wise, you're in for a change of pace in a couple different ways. I hope that area is not dealing with garden affecting drought conditions and you can start your new planting labor of love in hospitable soil and growing conditions. Will you repeat with lots of roses? If so, the same or different varieties? Good luck and we'll enjoy seeing pictures of your new garden as it evolves.

    1. user-6294369 06/28/2016

      If I do plant more roses, my techniques and type of roses may change. To be honest, I have no idea what I'm going to discover up there when it comes to gardening but I'm excited about the new challenge in it.

  3. sheila_schultz 06/28/2016

    I think gardens are similar to our children... they need a lot of attention, patience, nurturing and love, then at some point we need to let them go. The folks that make your beautiful gardens and home theirs are in for a special treat, they will instantly be surrounded by beauty! Savor this year with your gardens, Don, and have the very best time creating a little magic in Placerville! I'm eager to see your new vision, so many plants, so little time!!!

  4. user-7007498 06/29/2016

    Don: Sorry for the late post, crazy day at work. I remember your lovely roses lining the driveway from your earlier post. I am sure it is going to be hard to leave your garden. I can't imagine what it will be like when I will have to move someday. But as you have said, it will create opportunities for new gardens in new microclimates. Best wishes as your journey takes you northwards. Keep us up to date. Thanks for sharing.

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    LindaonWhidbey 06/29/2016

    Don, I always enjoy seeing your garden with its many cheerful roses. Having moved recently to a new zone and all new gardening challenges, I think that you should see it as an opportunity. You'll miss what you had but it's revitalizing to start over. Hopefully, we'll see some glimpses of your new garden sometime soon. Good luck, Linda

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