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It seemed such a waste to throw out self seeded plants and perennials when I was breaking them up so I potted them on and put them out at the gate,FOR SALE, with a price tag of $1 and $2. Most days there was pocket money of 20 or more dollars but the best customer was a lad of 7/8 years old. He knocked on the door with $2 in hand asking which plant should he buy for his Mum. It was her birthday and she loved gardening but all the plants looked much the same to him, could I help him choose? I gave him phlomis fruiticosa, (Jerusalem Sage)saying that everyone who comes to my garden asks about this plant then picked out 3 more plants and put them in a decorated box.He was quite taken back exclaiming, "but I only have $2" to which I replied "that's OK I'm giving these to you because you must be a special wee boy thinking of such a great gift for his Mum."
Three months later there was a knock on the door and a beaming lad smiled and said, "my Mum said that was the best birthday present I could have given her and that religious plant is now her favourite too."