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Posted by on May 27, 2014 | 0 comments

Sally’s Passalong Flower and Herb Garden

Sally’s Passalong Flower and Herb Garden

My neighbors, Sally and Mark, have created a perfectly charming flower garden in their postage-stamp sized plot, the bed dotted with hand-painted rocks that call out the various herbs. The garden is largely made up of perennial passalong plants, a Southern tradition of sharing propagated plants with friends and family members.

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Last fall, Sally and her mother Debby gutted the bed and enriched the soil. Then, they transplanted perennials from both Debby’s and Sally’s grandmother’s gardens.

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To keep the full-sun, south-facing plot well hydrated in the hottest summer months, they installed a soaker hose set with stakes. Sally and Mark invested in a timer and set it to water the garden every day for 30 minutes at 6 a.m.

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To make the garden markers, Sally’s mom wrote on the rocks with acrylic paint and sprayed them with an acrylic sealant.

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Sally’s garden already looks lovely and I can’t wait to see how it matures in the coming months and seasons. I also love the idea of handing down perennial starts from generation to generation,  the passalong tradition well established now in Sally’s family.

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