We bought our new old house in the Grove in November of 2011. We couldn’t move into it until we retired (1-1/2 years later) from our jobs in the Seattle area, so our son moved in as caretaker that first year, and then our daughter became the caretaker the second year. It worked nicely for everyone, especially for us, because we had a very nice “vacation” home in Oregon to come to every few weeks. Those weekends, however, were very busy with gardening and upkeep projects.
What delighted us that first year was seeing what new thing popped up in the garden each time we returned. That first Spring was lovely! I was thrilled to discover Bluebells growing in a large patch near the laundry room. So pretty! And they’ve been the highlight of our spring garden each year since we discovered that some caring gardener/former owner had planted them for us to love.