A few weeks back I had written about Floral Friday. Each Friday people are putting on their flowery clothes to raise awareness and money for Greenfingers charity. Greenfingers work supporting children in hospices by building garden spaces. Many of you are suffering on lockdown. Now imagine being stuck purely on a hospital ward. So these spaces Greenfingers make provide a great place for the children to relax in as well as offering the health benefits of being in a green space.
Like many of you, I’m sure, I have sown a lot more than normal this year. This has led to a glut of excess plants I don’t need. With the garden centres closed or doing limited openings, people are desperate for plants. They are missing out that sense of normality of buying their sweet peas for the year, buying their bedding plants and getting their tomato plants. So to raise a bit of extra money for Greenfingers I have been putting out some of my excess plants. I did a quick write up of why I’m selling them and they’ve gone out on our front garden wall. People can walk past, still social distancing and see what I’ve got for sale.
So far I’ve put out the excess sweet peas. I’ve got two teepees worth already planted and that feels like enough for my own garden so the extras went out on the stall. I’ve planted out my broad beans so the excess went out. They were all taken within one morning. Unfortunately, I don’t have much grow your own spare as I pretty much planted up what I needed. I think if I had more it would sell just as quick as the broad beans. Through one of the local Facebook groups, I’d had seen requests for hollyhocks. I’ve already moved several self-seeded hollyhocks to the back of the borders. But I’m still finding a few more so these have been dug up and potted on for sales. I have a mass of ox-eye daisies that self-seed all over the garden. I’ve dug out some of the overcrowded areas and potted them up for sale. Jack Wallington would be proud of how quickly the ‘weeds’ are selling. The hardy geraniums always need dividing and these are great for people getting started in gardening. With so many people looking to tidy their gardens on lockdown these have sold well. So as well as raising money for charity I’m also managing to help place pollinator-friendly plants across the neighbourhood.
I’ve been surprised by how generous people have been with donations. Many are paying well over the price the plants deserve. I’ve got a few more plants to go over the next few weeks and then I’ll make an online donation to Greenfingers when I’ve seen how much I’ve raised. If you’ve got excess plants though I would suggest this is a great way to make sure they don’t go to waste and support a charity of your choice. There are other people raising money for Floral Friday today. Skinny Jeans Gardener is doing a 24 hours podcast to raise money on the 15th May. I’m sure he won’t struggle to talk that long. Greenfingers are asking to see your red, white and blue flowers to celebrate VE day on social media through the hashtag #FloralFriday Have fun with whatever you are doing. We have a social distancing VE street party so I’m looking forward to my afternoon tea later.