Free plants? Somehow even I had found my drug of choice in Las Vegas!
As it turns out, the woman I had met was the wife of one of Mr. Red House's coworkers, who were in the middle of downsizing and moving to a condo. The wife was a gardener and one of the nicest people I've met, and she was thrilled to find someone to take some of her plants. When we got back to Massachusetts I came over and we dug dozens if not hundreds of plants.
a newly acquired Dianthus
I haven't had much time to be online lately as I have been planting non-stop the past few weeks.
|Lanium, one of my newly aquired plants|
I've been planting those plants,
free plants I picked up after working the local Garden Club plant sale,
other plants given to me by generous older club members with overflowing gardens,
and my own seedlings.
It's been a busy spring!
It's been a busy spring!
|plants still awaiting planting|
People probably think I spend a fortune on my garden (and Mr. Red House would probably agree with them), but they don't know just how generous the gardening community is. Gardeners are a sharing bunch, and I highly recommend joining a local gardening club if available.
|My hellstrip is filled almost exclusively with free plants or plants from seeds.|
Members with mature plants will often share seeds and cuttings, and gardeners are always giving away divisions of plants that are growing too crowded in their garden. They don't call them 'pass-along plants' for nothing!
I would say about 80% of my plants were given to me by other gardeners or grown from cuttings or seeds. (That percentage would be higher if it weren't for my bulb addiction...)
|Bleeding hearts passed along to me|
|Bee visiting Baptisia that was passed along to me|
as a little seedling by another gardener a couple years ago.
I love getting 'pass-a-long plants', and these plants are living reminders of friends and kindred spirits who so thoughtfully share bounty from their garden.
Gardeners are also generous with sharing their experience and advice with how best to grow their plants. Older gardeners are an invaluable resource, especially for those of us who are unfamiliar with local challenges.
I love being part of the online gardening community as well, even though I haven't had much time for it this spring. I learn so much, and get so many great ideas!
|Dianthus grown from seeds given to me by my Mother-in-law from her plants|
|just one of the local 'challenges'|
|I got this idea of filling my kids' out-grown rainboots with plants somewhere online.|
Now if anyone could give me some tips for how to multitask or be in two places at once, I would be very grateful. I still have the weeding to do...
...and the watering, and the edging, and the mulching, and the mowing...
|A striking iris passed along to me|
It might be a busy summer in the garden, too!
Happy summer and happy gardening,
and thank you to all those generous gardeners out there!