|Raleigh 3 speed English racer - long ago matching bikes Christmas gift from John|
A plant exchange is the perfect way to meet new neighbors and to share the earth's bounty. Our neighborhood had a plant exchange this past Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, and it was posted on a couple of our neighborhood sites - Nextdoor and our facebook page.
We hosted it in our front yard, since it is more visible, and according to some studies on building neighborhood, people feel more free to join you in your front yard than to impose on your more private back yard. So John, thankfully, put himself in charge of bringing backyard tables and chairs, plus the sign, and the bike out front, so we could make it clear where the sale was. The table and shelves for the plants also had to be set up (not really knowing if anyone, or how many would show up.)
I was in charge of what goes where and how it should look, and what we should serve, so I will share a few of John's photos.
|Crib-end Sandwich Board used at shop and for Faith's and David's Wedding|
The bike (vintage, of course, but new when purchased years ago),
was tethered to a new little tree on the parkway, with a plant and flags in its basket. The sign, my old crib end one from the shop, was placed in the middle of the boulevard. I am obviously not a "chalkboard artist" especially when it is being designed the morning of the 9:00 event.
|Bridget - granddaughter and Valedictorian Morris H.S. 2015|
We left town at 4:00 PM the day before to attend the graduation ceremony of this beautiful young lady. Bridget happens to be our"favorite oldest granddaughter" and also class valedictorian. (not TOO proud:)
Fortunately, I had made the rhubarb cake a couple of days ahead of time, so I just needed to put together the coffee, and cut the fresh pineapple the day of the event.
|Chippy old patio Tea Cart/Server|
I tried to keep it simple, but there are still plenty of last minute details to work on. Coffee had to be placed, and plugged in. Cake had to be cut. Color scheme and accessories to cover both garden and Memorial Day had to be determined.
|Matching vintage tablecloths from an aunt, floor-length on small table and short skirt on large patio table|
|Neighbors visiting, shopping, and enjoying cake and coffee|
Neighbors came, some for plants; others for coffee, cake and a chat. Many plants were exchanged or purchased. Donations for the neighborhood association were received, and it was a beautiful sunny day for the event.
We do have quite a few plants left and gathered on the porch - FREE for the taking. There are a variety of tomato plants, including purple and black, other vegetables, herbs, and perennials.
|Garage shelves emptied and brought out front to display plants|
And I have included a favorite family recipe from my great aunt, copied by one of our daughters.
The rhubarb was fresh from our neighborhood market, and the cake received rave reviews.
|Great Aunt Vig's (Virginia) Rhubarb Cake Recipe|