HOUSTON – Friends share with friends and the ladies at Cottonwood Cove got together last week to do just that.
Fourteen residents of the senior citizen apartment complex gathered at the community room Thursday night to enjoy refreshments, fellowship and swap plants.
“We always encourage our residents to make their apartments their home,” said Martha Crowley, of Cottonwood Cove. “That includes the space both in front and behind their apartment.”
Admission to Thursday night’s fun was a plant, cutting or seeds.
“Some of our ladies have incredible flower gardens in front of their homes and it’s a joy drive down here and see what is blooming,” said Crowley. “We’ve got a few who have small gardens around back and some of them already have tomatoes about ready to pick.”
Crowley said most residents can’t or don’t want to do a lot of yard work and so they keep it simple.
“Flowers in the front are what most of them do and it’s stuff like zinnias, marigolds and moon flowers,” said Crowley. “But every year someone grows something new and everyone wants to grow it the next year.”
And that’s how the idea of the plant swap got started.
Residents brought ferns, spider plants, jade plants, aloe vera, wandering Jew and a few more nifty house plants to Thursday’s show for distribution to attendees.
The group played games with plants, vegetables and fruit as prizes. There were also mature plants in decorative pots as door prizes.
“The gardeners in the group love to talk about how they grew their tomatoes or peppers that year,” said Crowley. “Most of them keep it simple with tomatoes, peppers, squash. We’ve got one resident who has grown beans.”
Crowley said her residents usually live alone and it doesn’t take a lot for a meal.
“If you bring these ladies a double handfull of peas to shell, a tomato or two or some squash, they know what to do and are tickled to death,” said Crowley. “I can’t tell you how their eyes light up when someone comes by with vegetables and visits with them a while.”
And residents of Cottonwood Cove watch out for each other and like true Southern ladies they are quick to ask one another when they need something or share when they have excess.
“These folks are neighbors and act like it,” said Crowley. “I think more importantly, they are friends and they really do care for each other.”