Spring Twice Over and Busy as a Bee

Mary Beth: The last few weeks have been a bit crazy. Ray and I have been getting ready to leave Block Island. It’s an exciting, stressful, sad time and my emotions are all over the place.

I hate packing. Deciding what to leave and what to take and battling Ray for space in our trailer for my things is tough. His woodworking tools are many and they rule in his book. Although I can’t bitch too much because they do pay the bills. I have so many garden books and I hate thinking about leaving any behind even if those are focused on East Coast growing zones. One good thing about moving is it does force you to get rid of a lot of clutter. It’s a great way to simplify your life a bit, but I’m not real happy about leaving either my books or a lot of my clothes behind. Oh well, it’s a good excuse to buy some cute outfits!

I feel lucky because spring started about 3 weeks earlier on B.I. this year, so I’ve been able to enjoy the spring blooms before I leave. All the beds and plants at the Cottage and my Mom’s house (her property is where our cottage is located) are primped and beautiful.

Ray has been fixing up the Cottage for the past few weeks. He’s turning it back into a summer rental as has been since the 70’s before we moved into it 5 years ago. I will miss it too. It’s a sweet, cozy little nest with great views of the gardens and a wonderful outdoor shower which is heaven after spending all day at the beach. (Mansion Beach is a 5 minute walk down a country lane.) A little advertisement here: my Mom is renting the Cottage this summer and there are a few weeks left open if anybody is interested. Here’s a link to the rental agency — Offshore Property Rentals.

This is the Cottage where we've lived the past five years. All it needs now is some paint.
The Cottage porch where we've spent a lot of time enjoying the view of the gardens.

But what about the bees?! They seem to be doing well in spite of my discovery of a varroa mite in the hive a couple of weeks ago. They will be looked after by my friend Grace, another Island beekeeper, and I’m reassured because I know they are in good hands. I’ll be coming back later in the summer to check on them too.

I’ve also been very busy getting my clients’ gardens ready for the season. I will have done all I can and be finished this week with my garden business on Block Island. I will really miss all the beautiful gardens I’ve tended to for the past 5 years. It’s hard leaving them, they are like my babies and saying goodbye to my clients who have become my friends makes me sad. It’s all so bittersweet.

Our departure is May 3rd. We’ll be hitting the road with 2 dogs, a cat and a trailer jammed packed with our “stuff,” heading due west. When we get to our house in Durango, I will be doubly blessed because spring flowering will just be starting. I’ll be able to enjoy the unfolding of all that beauty for a second time. I have big plans for my garden out West. Very soon I’ll be gardening in the Mountain Region zone 4 again with all it’s many challenges!

The Cottage Farm House garden in summer.

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