Gardening can be an expensive hobby, not just in terms of equipment, but the plants alone themselves can be very costly. Moving house was on the cards for several years, during that time I had grown quite fond of some of the plants in my garden. The thought of leaving then behind actually made me sad (crazy, I know!).
I began taking cuttings and dividing and potting up my favourite plants. Some plants had self-seeded, so they were simply dug up and put into a pot. I also made a rule that whatever new plant I buy must be able to be kept in a pot or easily dug up and moved without getting too stressed.
The move date was at a brilliant time of year – the end of winter. This meant that a lot of my plants were dormant. So as soon as I got a chance (after the craziness of unpacking), the plants were planted out into their positions around the new garden! With the weather coming out of winter, the ground was not frozen and relatively easy to dig up thankfully.
With the new garden being a relatively blank canvas aside from several mature trees, my potted up treasures from my old garden have saved me a fortune in doing it up, as well as the joy of seeing ‘old friends’ around the space too. With the weather gradually warming up, the plants have a chance to slowly ‘wake up’ and settle into their position.
On a final note, if you think about it, every plant you own is in itself a life. From the moment you take it, a story has begun, which in time will be precious memories to look back on. A plant has not only monetary value, but emotional value too. A potted treasure.