If you are like many gardeners, there comes a time when you have an overflow of little spreading plants, whether by self-seeding and the help of the wind or by little rhizomes spreading underground to claim surrounding soil. It is the natural progression of God’s pattern of reproduction in the plant kingdom.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” ~Genesis 1: 11
When this spreading out in your garden occurs, and it most certainly will, it is the perfect opportunity to share the bounty with other gardeners.
Last month a good friend invited a few families over for a plant swap. It was a beautiful time of sweet conversations, good food, laughter, learning, and the exchange of growing things from household to household.
Everyone came prepared with some growing thing to share. The little seedling cups had been labeled. Plant characteristics and the requirements of soil and sun and were discussed as needed. Ideas were freely given. It was such a restful, and yet mentally stimulating, time for us all.
There were French lilacs, chives, chrysanthemums, a variety of seeds, bags of wonderful herbs for cooking and baking ( I picked up a bag of fennel seeds to use in summer sausage), and several boxes of other neat odds and ends.
There was chocolate mint, a fast-spreading creeper, black-eyes Susans, and heirloom tomato seedlings.
Lemon balm, also known as bee balm…using a ziplock bag is a great way to keep the rootlets moist for travel.
And someone has even dug a Rose of Sharon (hibiscus) tree!
Basil seedlings, blue caryopteris seedlings (bees adore it), Heritage red raspberry starts ~all made their appearance. It all seemed like an 1950s open-air farmer’s market, decidedly rural and picturesque. And best of all, there was a sense of industry and thrift with these ladies not found much anymore.
The sweet song of birds in the shade trees, sheep in the pasture, and elements of rustic charm stirred a wistfulness in my heart for the times of my youth.
Tangibly, the presence of the Spirit moved in the deeper conversations of those sitting around the picnic table. I couldn’t help but be taken with the charms of the glorious day and the good gifts of a gracious God!
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~Philippians 2: 1-4
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