Today we helped a couple move to their new bungalow near the coast ; they are downsizing from a well stocked rural garden to pretty much a smaller 'blank canvas' .
We've known them for a few years now having been regular clients .
Realising they had far too many plants , and as a thankyou for the 'toil' in the heat of today , they offered me a potted clump of a flowering Morina longifolia , and a large pot of Paradisea lusitanica which has only just finished its display for this year .
The former will be re-potted into a sandy neutral mix in a large terra-cotta pot and overwintered on the dry-side under glass ; the latter will be set in a dampish border outside .
People like this make our job worthwhile ; the same couple who (a few weeks ago) , gave me a large Edgeworthia chrysantha and a specimen clump of Francoa sonchifolia .
We will certainly miss the coffee and cakes which were served regularly , and the discussions on plants etc . She is fairly well versed on the subject , and the plants they've kindly given me will be well taken care of , partly out of respect for them and of remembrance for the future .
I hope they are very happy in their new home, and the plants that they gave you will flourish for many years to come