Give a plant get a plant

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I am a great believer in letting plants self-seed and establish their own natural way in the garden. But there are limits – like when pot marigolds and lemon balm herb take over the vegetable patch and raspberry canes pop up through the grass.

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I have a hard time killing plants so was super happy when I discovered what has become one of my favourite annual events taking place in Grand Saconnex, Geneva this afternoon:  a plant exchange called Jarditroc.  For each plant you take in you get a coupon to take home someone else’s plant.  Everything is laid out on long trestle tables and you can take whatever you like. I am like a kid in a candy shop with change in her pocket. Last year’s big find was a David Austen climbing rose. This year I’m giving away heritage raspberry canes, borage, pot marigolds (calendula officinalis), daisies, lemon balm and chives. Off I go!

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