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Re: An impromptu swap....A very nice surprise


To tell you the truth, I wouldn't want to receive one for one on my plants.
I don't have room for that much.  I'm generally happy that the plants go to
someone who wants them.  It's just that once in awhile I wonder....I gave
scores of plants to my next door neighbor's daughter who had 5 acres to
fill.  Same for the woman I worked with for 13 yrs, lots and lots of plants
for her new house. Also, there's a couple of friends I went to grade school
with, whom I still get together with every month or so.  I've given them
pots and flats and loads of plants - even delivered them. But I occasionally
sort of wonder why none of them ever shared a piece of a daylily or
something with me.  I rather enjoy the chance to share so I guess that's
enough.  One theory I have is that these people want to plant plants and be
done with it.  They just don't ever dig things up.  Only friends that are
MGs have ever reciprocated.

Bonnie, if it's 3 and 4 inch pots you want, I could probably send some; I
have plenty..  The quarts and gallons are what I look for.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 9:42 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] An impromptu swap....A very nice surprise


> The smile on the lady's face when I told her I'd give her a start was
enough
> of a "thank you" for me.  They were small starts so it will take them a
> couple of years to be something that will be in the mood to spread.  Yet,
it
> certainly was very nice of the woman to "trade" with me, Kitty.   (She
> really looked too frail to do much digging!)
>
> And yeah, there are some folks at work who are always asking for things,
but
> rather taking it for granted.   These folks don't get it at all.  It's
> rather sad.  Being thankful is a joyful state of mind that should spill
over
> in actions.  But, without that state, one can only assume those folks
> haven't experienced that joyful state.
>
> And for 60 pots! I'd be calling up asking her to return them when the
plants
> are put in!  It is just a matter of courtesy.  Of those four or five flats
I
> took to the office last year, only 2 people returned the pots.  My supply
> has diminished and I'm looking for inexpensive ones for future use.  Thus
> far, all I can find are the decorative ones, not the functional ones seen
in
> nursery 3 & 4" pots.
>
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2004 1:22 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] An impromptu swap....A very nice surprise
>
> Bonnie,
> You know, I think some people just "get" it.  Others don't.  That woman
did.
> The young wife of the man who cleaned my carpets asked me what she could
> plant that wouldn't cost much.  They'd bought an old farmhouse w/ a bit of
> land.  I dug out and potted 60 (free) pots of tawny daylilies for her and
> brought them to my office so she wouldn't have to drive so far to pick
them
> up.  I'm sure she said 'thanks', but that was it.  I did the same for
> another woman who later brought me some mums AND brought my pots back.
It's
> not that I needed or wanted the mums, just...., oh you know, some bit of
> recognition.  On the other hand, I have a MG friend with whom I like to
> share.  But if I give her one plant, she gives me ten.  It's a bit
> unnerving.  Still, she "gets" it.  Don't get me wrong.  I don't expect
> something in return for every plant I give away, but for 60 pots and a lot
> of my time digging, a postcard would have been nice, or at least my pots
> returned.
>
> BTW, it's pouring here too.
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 11:36 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] An impromptu swap....A very nice surprise
>
>
> > Between rainstorms, I was determined to get some of the peonies planted
or
> > at least get enough bed dug for them that I could do them Sunday or
Monday
> > morning whenever the weather gave me a break.
> >
> > As I was clearing out the grass and tossing the turf in the wheelbarrow
> for
> > the compost heap, I noticed a car stop at the end of the driveway.  The
> > gentleman called to me and his wife shyly asked what that yellow flower
at
> > the end of the bed was.  I told her that it was basket of gold alyssum
and
> > told her if she came by a little later, I'd have a start potted up for
> her.
> > (It was no big deal as there were two or three starts that had escaped
the
> > bed and needed to be removed anyway, so I set the newly potted starts at
> the
> > end of the drive for their new owner.)
> >
> > It wasn't long that I had to start supper.  Just as we finished dinner
> > thunder announced a need to move all the gardening gear back into cover,
> so
> > I dashed out to grab the wheel barrow, shovel and fork, but there was
> > something new there.  There was a plant in a plastic margarine tub.  I
> think
> > it looks like a type of perennial geranium by its leaves, but I'm not
> sure.
> > It was certainly a lovely surprise!  I think I'll put it in my new West
> bed.
> > :>D
> >
> > BTW, the storm--it was a real "toad floater" as Pam calls them!
> >
> > Blessings,
> > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf
> > Of Cersgarden@aol.com
> > Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2004 11:30 PM
> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] First sighting
> >
> > In a message dated 5/1/04 7:35:29 PM, kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> >
> > << Well, yes, we've had frosts, too.  But spring includes frosts,
doesn't
> > it?
> > >>
> >
> > Certainly, just thought you may be interested.
> >     Ceres
> >
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