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Pass-Along Plants - a Southern Tradition

By SongofJoy
March 27, 2014

I'm sure pass-along plants are a tradition in other parts of the country besides the South. Today, some of the plants of our southern heritage can only be obtained at specialized nurseries or from friends and neighbors.

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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 27, 2014 6:00 AM CST
Thank you so much Thumbs up

My garden would be so bare if not for all the pass along plants I've been given. I'm so thankful Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Mar 27, 2014 7:09 AM CST
Thank you, vic. It is so special to walk in the yard or garden and see a plant, think of the person who gave it to you and where it came from.

I haven't figured out how to NOT say "thank you" though.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Mar 27, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Same here and I'll tell you a secret - for all those I've said thank you for - they're still alive Hurray!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Mar 27, 2014 8:18 AM CST
Same here. Group hug
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Mar 27, 2014 1:28 PM CST
In my humble opinion the people who have "passed on" plants up in my neck of the woods are some of the finest folks I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Some of these were rather elderly folks and are now themselves "passed on", but their memory lives on in my heart every time I see one of their gifts! It's somewhat a northern tradition too. It must be something about the 'spirit of giving'.

This little tree sparrow is sitting on a holly bush from KY "passed on" to us as a 5" start about 8-10 years ago.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Mar 27, 2014 2:25 PM CST
Wonderful! And precious memories. :)
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Gleni
Mar 27, 2014 11:35 PM CST
Delightful. So much of my garden is because of others.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Mar 28, 2014 1:18 AM CST
Thanks, Glen. My yard would be just about empty without the plants I've received from other people.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 28, 2014 5:46 AM CST
Tis true for sure and I love getting a pass along plant as well as giving them. When my daughter moved to her current house she met a neighbor who she thought would think she was crazy when we spent days planting things from her pervious house but when we saw her back yard, not to worry. And he neighbor told her how excited she was to have someone to share plants with!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Mar 28, 2014 5:50 AM CST
She is so fortunate! I had a gardening buddy here but she moved away. None of my neighbors are into gardening although some have nice looking yards. Others, not so much. :)
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abhege
Mar 28, 2014 6:16 AM CST
Yeah, same for me now. I had a garden buddy in MD, two actually, but none here in GA. I have found a couple people to give plants too, but most don't want the bother. We did join an organic gardening club and are starting to meet fellow gardeners now. And learning a lot, especially about gardening in the south!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Mar 28, 2014 6:20 AM CST
Arlene, what kind of pass-along plants do you have? I meant to ask others up the thread but neglected to do so. *Blush*

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 28, 2014 8:05 AM CST
Sometimes it depends on time of year, but things like lilac, forsythia, iris, creeping phlox, St. john's Wort, mint, Christmas cactus. I'll share pretty much anything I have if it's big enough to split/take a cutting.
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Mar 28, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Gotcha. Same here.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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rocklady
Mar 29, 2014 6:04 PM CST
Great article, Tee and I love your beautiful photos.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Mar 30, 2014 2:11 AM CST
Thank you very much, Jean. I appreciate that.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
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ckatNM
Apr 18, 2014 10:48 PM CST
I'm originally from the south (Arkansas) but have been raised mostly in Colorado. Now I am in NM and I find that most neighbors will keep to themselves. But my dog tends to attract people to us like a magnet. As a result, I'm not allowed to be shy. But I think sometimes my dog is secretly hatching plans for me to give away more and more of my garden so she can have it all to dig around in.

I just enjoy sharing just to see the smiles on people's faces. Sharing stuff from my garden makes me think of the neighbor that has something from me. Or when I pick the last tomato from my plant I wonder how the neighbor/friend is doing with the plant I shared. I'm delivering a tomato plant to another neighbor tomorrow.

For most of us that get so much pleasure from our gardens, how can we not want to pass that happiness on to someone that might need that extra smile? It would be fabulous if more people shared this neighborliness as a matter of habit. It would make the world a better place, one garden, one plant, one seed, one harvest, and one neighbor at a time.
"A garden is a friend you can visit any time." - Anonymous
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 19, 2014 3:51 AM CST
That is so true. It does seem that neighborliness is sometimes rare. Gardening is a great way to make the world a better place. I like the way you think! Thumbs up
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Apr 19, 2014 5:03 PM CST
I grew up in a small town where everybody knew you and if you went to town, you always saw people you knew. In fact, if you saw someone you didn't know, that was the exception. I find it so sad when my DH tells me that when he grew up in the city, they really didn't know any of their neighbors.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Apr 19, 2014 5:07 PM CST
I grew up in a small town as well. Very different from a big city, that's for sure.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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