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Lifelong Gardener Explores New Gardening Tricks in Her Retirement
Downsizing for retirement doesn’t mean you have to give up hobbies such as gardening. Like any experienced gardener, Carney has learned how to overcome some of the obstacles of patio gardening. “It’s difficult here because I have a nice big patio but I don’t get a lot of sun,” said Carney. “I face the west. What I had to do was put all my pots on wheels so I can wheel them around and put them where they’ll get the most sun. I make sure I water often.”
Carney says she loves everything about gardening. She’s crazy about flowers and the earth and loves being outside. Her favorites are the big showy flowers like geraniums and hydrangeas, but she loves all plants.
Her favorite thing about spring gardening is seeing the first blooms. She loves seeing the tulips and daffodils and roses and all the vivid colors. Carney has been able to create an outdoor oasis on her patio with a combination of beautiful plants and flowers as well as plenty of seating to enjoy with friends.
“As soon as the weather warms up, I probably spend more time out there than I do in the house,” said Carney. “If a friend comes over, we can go out there and have a cup of tea or coffee.”
She’s considering adding some mint to her garden to enjoy in iced tea when the weather warms up.
Prior to moving to Edgemere, Carney lived in an older home nearby. It had a huge yard, and Carney greatly enjoyed working in it. She was frequently seen in her straw hat and dark sunglasses tending to her garden. She recalls returning home after a cruise with her sister to find her neighbors taking pictures of their grandchildren in front of her plantings. She was always happy to share the garden with others and allowed the neighborhood children to come and take the flowers one at a time and also kept small shovels and dirt for them to come dig in. Carney likes to encourage others to try their hand at gardening.
“Just try it,” she says. “It’s so rewarding. If you fail, just do it all over again. And talk to people. Talk to the garden centers and things like that and they can give you lots of tips.”
Carney had to adjust her own way of thinking about gardening after moving from Pennsylvania to the south. Local experts were able to give tips about what to do, what fertilizer to use and what soil to use. She also advises others to invest in plants and flowers that are long lasting, like something that climbs a trellis or a fence that flowers and smells and makes you feel good every time you walk out and see it.
With 304 independent living apartment homes, 60 assisted living suites, 31 memory care private apartments, and 72 private rooms for dignified skilled nursing, Edgemere is the largest and most comprehensive life care senior living community in Dallas. The community is located in the Preston Hollow/Park Cities area at 8523 Thackery Street at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The Plaza Health Services at Edgemere located on the same campus at 8502 Edgemere Road at Northwest Highway, offers assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support services for Edgemere life care residents, as well as for others in the community.
Edgemere is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi, and The Barrington at Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, call (469) 619-0825 or visit www.edgemeredallas.com.