It has come to my attention that I have a garden full of money. I don't usually see it as such, but when I received an email from a mail order garden center, it was the first thing that popped into my head. I'll explain.
This place--White Flower Farm which oddly enough sells all color flowers-- was selling all sorts of perennials at the awesome price of 3 plants in 3inch pots for $24. WOWEE! Quite a bargain...NOT!
What a racket...as in organized crime type racket, that
is. You see, if I took a tiny 3 inch pot and put a ity-bity plant in it
and sold it for $8 wouldn't you consider me a total thief? I would!
Do you have a clue how many 3 inch pots I could fill from my garden?
Well, I can't count that high so let's just start with the usual sized black-eyed Susan plants I would give away, shall we? Just a clump
of a diameter of 8-10 inches will do. No exaggeration I could get
several dozens baby plants to sell and at $8 a pop...can we say
And that's just those cheap little flowers. What about my unnamed
hybrid daylilies which can fetch a $12-25 price tag--once I give them a
name, of course. One clump if I divided it to the usual size you get
from these mail order places to sell...well, I don't think I can
multiply and count that high, either.
Then there are the ga-zillion seeds I collect every single year in my garden. Holy-moly, just one Japanese Iris seed pod would fill ten of those tiny $2-4 seed packets, and if I were to sell them for a mere buck each? My-my-my....I suppose I'd have to start singing... ♪ ♫…we're in the money, we're in the money, we've got a lot of what it take to get along …♩ ♬
At the end of a growing season I can have only about as many seeds as could fill a 5-gallon pail--no exaggeration. Again, I can't count that high.
So, this begs the question, why don't I? Cuz... cuz... well, it just doesn't seem right to sell that which I have in abundance. I know! Silly, crazy, nutzo and a host of other things, I'm sure. Just the same, if you were to come to my garden and point to a plant I'm more likely than not going to offer some of it for your own garden with no money exchanging. I'm just funny that way. I figure, if I give you something from my garden, you may in turn give me something from yours. Works well this trading thing. Ask Ms. Julie over at Wooly Acres--she would know!
Gardeners are known for their generosity, not their greed. Look at Raymond A. Kukkee, garlic master and Uncle Mac. Raymond sent me Tomatillo seeds and Mac sent me some of his Hubbard squash seeds and I didn't even ask for them. Of course, Mac didn't ask for the flower seeds I sent him either. No matter! Gardeners just like spreading the wealth...the wealth of plants.
So, really, a garden full of money...I suppose that's okay for some, but I'd just as soon keep them...until you ask for them!