A Change in Plans
Greetings my friends!
I know it's been a long time since I've posted. I wanted to drop in to let you know that there has been a significant change in my life.
I have accepted a new position in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C., and it looks as though I will be relocating there permanently. This means I will be selling my country home which has my collection of about 800 different antique roses and thousands of other wonderful plants (clematis, camellias, hostas, crepe myrtles, figs, bulbs, etc.) I am sad to leave the gardens behind because I truly put my heart into them. I was really hoping to see the gardens reach maturity, but, alas, I think it is best to sever the cord rather than try to keep the property as a rental. I hope to get a house up in NOVA someday with enough sun to grow some of my favorites (White Cap, Shailer's Provence, The Bishop, et al.)
I doubt seriously that whoever ends up with the house will share a passion for the gardens, so I am willing to share with anyone who may want some of the roses. Some may no longer be available as Sherando and Ashdown are no longer, and I got many from each of those nurseries. We would just need to schedule a weekend that I would go back to the house. I do go back somewhat regularly, so it's not a huge issue. I'm not sure how soon I will be able to sell the house, so...
Collecting and growing antique roses has been an incredible journey for me, and I still get goosebumps when I see the names of some these roses.
Just a glimpse of what I will leave behind.
I hope to keep in touch...Robert