Gardeners and Generosity


All of the gardeners that I know are generous. My garden overflows with plants from garden friends and it makes me happy to think of them as I look at the plants that they shared with me.

The best part of this bed is that most of these plants were given to me by fellow gardeners!

So, I was stunned last week when a plant was stolen from my hellstrip gravel garden. The new donkey tail spurge, Euphorbia myrsinites, that I’d added to my garden last summer, was carefully dug out and the surrounding groundcover was fluffed over the offending hole. I have a suspect in mind…a pedestrian that demanded half of my older donkey tail spurge, last summer. She wasn’t happy when I said no, but offered her cuttings instead. 

 
I had to pull back the Sedum 'Angelina' to reveal the hole.

The first day, I was hurt and furious that someone had the nerve to steal a plant. By the second day, I could see the humor in the theft. When I posted about it on Facebook, my friend, Heather, generously offered to give me several new starts from her garden.  Thanks, Heather!


donkey tail spurge, Euphorbia myrsinites, covered in frost

This past week, while I was sharing my story of woe with my gardening classes and friends, I was the recipient of ten free plants, 6 huge folding tomato cages, 2 delicious homemade lunches, free seeds, and a cheesecake covered in chocolate ganache. I’m accustomed to the free flowing generosity of my gardening community. It took a stolen plant to really put it into focus for me. 

So, I’d like to thank the thief for helping me realize how fortunate I am. I love my gardening community! Oh, and you don't want to get the donkey tail spurge sap on you, it causes an alkaline burn that might send you to the ER. 


Comments

  1. That is a really powerful lesson, isn't it? I wonder if you've seen the offending passerby since she did her evil deed. Despite your admirable outlook, I kind of hope the person feels as guilty as hell for being so calloused. That border photo is UH MAZING!!

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    1. It is! The border looks good because my friends have great taste in plants! I hope to see you Sunday.

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  2. Wonderfulness. I wish we had the large gardening community that you have. xo

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    1. I'm so grateful that you're part of my online gardening community, Gail!

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  3. I too, have some Euphorbia myrsinites if you would like some more. Love you post and outlook!

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