Joan’s hyacinths

hyacinth
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.

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