Gardeners are generous people. We're delighted to share divisions of favorite perennials or seedlings we've grown too many of. Eudora Welty honored the custom of pass-along plants in her famous novel, Delta Wedding.
I used to host a day on my farm every spring called 'Plant Swap in the Barn', where customers where invited to bring five divisions in pots, (no mints please) and a covered dish for lunch. Everyone went home happy with precious new choices.
Now gardening in NYC I'm thrilled to be on the receiving end but I'm finding it harder to find the space to cram in the gifts I get.
Above, irises from Ellen Zachos, about five years old, planted with a rose 'Harison's Yellow'.
Last summer Linda Yang schlepped a huge mound of northern sea oats to my door. I managed to
stuff it in an already full container. It's preparing to bloom right now and by fall should look like this...