Della allowed me to help her so that I might take some of her sage, creeper, daylilies, artemisia, penstemons, and veronica for transplanting in my garden. The impact of losing those plants in her manicured, well-established garden is barely noticeable, but the impact in my new, first-year beds will be huge. Della's charity adds a piece of her garden and, more importantly, a piece of her heart into my garden and my life.
|One of my two-month-old garden beds|
In both cases, good friends helped another friend. They took a part of themselves and freely gave it away. We just happen to be gardeners and the vehicle for their caring was a variety of plantings, but for me it is much more. It's a sign of friendship and charity and a legacy of giving that can trace its path back to the earliest gardeners. In years to come when I share parts of my garden to old and new friends alike as I "clean up the garden", I'll know that I'm not only sharing a part of me but also a small part of Della and Diane and all the other gardeners who helped make me who I am.
As you clean up your garden and take plants from it, think about what you can give away. Everything you grow has some of your energy in it and when you share the plant you share that energy. As sharing and giving continues through the gardening community, your energy spreads. In a small way gardening gives us the possibility of immortality.
Those of us who love gardening and love to share our experiences and plants with our gardener friends are also sharing a gift of our love. Adding to your garden may help it look better, but taking the gift of love from your garden will help all of us feel better.