Tuesday, 17 March 2015

the kindness of strangers




On Sunday, a neighbour from further down the road left me a bucket full of snowdrops to plant in my front garden. Richard said she had beautiful eyes (I was rollerskating when she came). I don't really know her, we say hello and I have stopped now and then to chat over her garden fence. I don't even know her name. I did have a lengthy chat with her mother a few weeks ago. She was visiting and planting snowdrops from her own garden in her daughters garden. It looked so lovely. I mentioned that my snowdrops had not done so well and that I wanted to plant more this year also. She said that she would bring me some the next time she was visiting, what was my house number? I thought (I am ashamed to admit), yeah sure you will but said that this would be absolutely lovely, gave her my house number and went on my way. Then I forgot about it. But this kind lady did not forget. I planted the snowdrops yesterday afternoon, in small groups. They were still flowering, which apparently is when you have to move snow drops. Little do I know. Tonight I am going to return the now empty bucket with a thank you note. I will also introduce myself properly. I do live in a friendly neighbourhood, I really do.

In the meantime, a friend is putting decking down in her garden, right where her snowdrops are growing. I got some of her doomed plants. I shall have a veritable snow drop bonanza next year. Here's to late winter 2016! 


Have a lovely rest of the week. Cx



22 comments:

  1. People can be so kind, small gestures can mean so much.

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  2. What a lovely gift, and wiith the additional snowdrops from your friend you will have a good show next spring. Our neighbour regularly leaves bags of tomatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, cucumbers, and chillis on our doorstep throughout the summer, all home grown. It is always a delight to come home and find them there. X

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  3. How lovely, it always makes me happy when I meet such kind and thoughtful people. CJ xx

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  4. That is a lovely uplifting story.

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  5. Hey Christina,
    That is so lovely. There is a lady that lives up the road from me. I have always admire her front garden, and last summer we got chatting. Her name is Sandra. We have swapped seeds and cuttings. It's a lovely way to make friends. I think it's called planting in the green when you pull up plants such as snowdrops and bluebells and replant elsewhere. I may be wrong though. Ask CJ. She'll know ;))
    Leanne x

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  6. What a nice thing for your neighbour to do! I love snowdrops, and was so excited when the ones I planted last fall actually came up and flowered this spring. You are going to have quite the crop of them next spring!

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  7. That is wonderful, such kindness. It will certainly be a great show of snowdrops next year.

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  8. Yes, as Leanne says, it's called planting in the green and it's the best time to plant snowdrops to give them a chance to grow for next year. What a lovely thing to do, although not surprising as gardeners are usually very nice people! :-) xx

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  9. what a thoughtful and lovely gift xxx

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  10. How wonderful! Thank you for the heads up on the snowdrop moving I need to clear my front garden ready for building work, it is a mass of snowdrops which I don't want to lose..........I shall move them now as they are stil, just, in flower :). Hope your are a lovely week.

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  11. That was such a nice thing for your neighbor to do! I love having good neighbors. I'm sure your snowdrops will be beautiful. Enjoy them.

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  12. That is a warm story. Jo x

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  13. Things like that don't happen very often - lucky you!

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  14. What a lovely lady. It makes all the difference in the world to have friendly folk as neighbours, doesn't it? xx

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  15. How sweet of your neighbour's mum. A kindness indeed.

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  16. How lovely Christina, people are great, aren't they :)
    Jillxo

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  17. Such a nice neighbourly thought and good to know there are nice people out there!
    You will have a lovely garden for a long time to come.

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  18. Such a lovely story that you will be reminded of each and every Spring as they bloom.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  19. People really are kind, enjoy the lovely snowdrops!

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  20. What a lovely gesture. You've obviously got very kind neighbours.

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  21. I love snowdrops. We managed to get some - lots actually - for a very good price a few weeks ago. This is the best way to plant them rather than when they are just bulbs.

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