A Friendship Garden

I first heard the term friendship garden whilst watching Beechgrove Gardens on BBC iplayer.  It was used to refer to a garden which was created using donations of plants from the owners friends.  Then after a few years the owners had enough plants to start reciprocating and provide friends new and old with plants from their own, now established garden.  Twelve months ago I found myself with a reasonable sized garden. Huge compared with the back yard I had had for the previous twenty years.  Whilst I have purchased a lot of plants and propagated a few from seeds, I have received a lot of help from friends. Plants they didn’t want, plants they have split, seeds from plants which had finished flowering.  One friend sent plants to me because if they stayed in her garden her new dog would eat them!  Friends have lent me tools and a helping hand when I’ve needed it.  Gardeners pull together on allotments to help each other out and share their harvest,
As I’m dividing the few plants I have and watching the seeds grow I know that a few of them will be able to go in the direction of my friends. The only vegetable crop I had last year of note was my Kale that was shared with a friend who fed it to her bearded  dragon.  I don’t believe that was a judgement on my Kale.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if every one was a gardener.  Mister Putin and Obama turn your energies to growing Veg.  Maybe Isiah would have said they should beat their tanks into spades and their missiles into pruning shears  (Isaiah 2.3-4)
Last month I received three car loads of plants from friends Paul and Sue who were redesigning their garden. Pictures of these are below.
Olive Tree

This standard Olive tree has had to be carefully positioned on the patio as I do not fancy trying to move it too often.  Although I suspect it may prefer to be in a sheltered location at the side of the house during the winter.


The brooms above and below add some height to my garden and will create a back drop to other future additions.

Azalea and a broom
Two of the Azailea’s are just coming into flower.  One red one yellow I will have to wait to find out about the others.  My garden has limited light so I’m not sure how well they will get on.  The fact they flower early in the season before the trees have a full complement of leaves should help.

This Rhododendron has white flowers  ( according to the label) and should go well with the Pink one which is further along in the same bed.


In addition to these I also received several Gladioli bulbs and an apple tree which can be seen in my April roundup of my garden.  

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We moved into this house in 2013. At that time the garden was a blank canvas, This blog is a scrapbook of my gardening journey. Something I can look back on and remember the highs and lows, something that perhaps other people will enjoy reading and hopefully commenting on along the way.

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