Every autumn my friend and former neighbour Joan used to plant numerous pots and bowls with hyacinth bulbs to give as Christmas gifts. After the flowers faded I’d re-plant mine in the garden where they reappear every year. Joan died at the age of 81 on 16th February this year and the sweetly scented flowers are a happy reminder of the times we spent together.
One of the great joys of gardening is sharing things we’ve grown with other people. I love propagating cuttings, saving seeds and finding new homes for the surplus. I also love the memories attached to the many plants in my garden that were given to me. I hope that when I too am dead and gone my friends will look at plants I gave them and remember me fondly.