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Ulterior motives - serious stuff


By romneya


Nobody ever likes the feeling of being used. I don’t like using people. But…..
I sell plants on ebay for charity, 100% goes to the charity, and sometimes I’m not sure of the correct name of the plant. So I’ve asked for a couple of plants to be identified, so I can get the name right in the listing. I thought I’d mention I was doing this when I wrote the question, then I thought people would think that I was using the site to advertise the listing, so I decided not to mention it in the question.
Now I feel like I’m not being honest with the members when asking for their help.

I have no qualms about making a plug for the charity. Its the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation – It rescues the street kids in Mongolia who live in the sewers to keep warm. We did the Mongol rally a couple of years ago and saw 4 year olds with frost bite. The charity runs a rehab centre and educates the children to uni level.

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Romneya, I don't think that you are doing anything wrong in asking for a plant id even if it were for commercial gain ( I know that you are not) - much better the correct name.
You are doing a very valuable job, keep up the good work.

11 Aug, 2009


I get a lot out of it. I sold some freshly dug up lily of the valley the other day. The buyer took the trouble to email to say that she was thrilled as she had had them in her wedding bouquet. The ones she had bought earlier from a garden centre were all dried and had died.

It also lets me live with myself and not feel so bad about being totally spoilt.

11 Aug, 2009


Ask away - I'm in full support of any enterprise like this. Several members on here open their gardens for charity - it's just another way of doing this.

13 Aug, 2009


Thanks wagger

13 Aug, 2009


Keep up the good work Romneya, we are so spoiled here in this country aren't we? Will certainly go to your web site:-)

2 Sep, 2009


Thanks for the support.

2 Sep, 2009


Dear Eleanor,

Having toured your wonderful gardens yesterday, and listened to your fascinating account of your trip to Mongolia, you should not in the least feel guilty about anything you have posted here. Many members of GOY open their gardens for charity, many post links to their own websites, and all this is okay. It all demonstrates how gardeners achieve so much good work from something we enjoy.

In my work in operating theatres, I managed to fully equip 3 paediatric operating thetares in Romania, following the collapse of the Nicolae Caeucescu govt there, and the images/reports that ensued of the orphanages. My garage was always filled with operating tables, etc., until emptied when the lorry arirved to take them to Romania (always wanted to jump in the cab and go, too, but never got the time). I sat in my living-room, making up trays, with inventories, of (what, to us) were redundant, out-of-date, surgical instruments, whilst watching Beechgrove Garden, Gardeners' Worls, etc.

Now, I donate plants to sales at work for charities chosen by my employers.

More Power to your (dividing/potting/cutting/sowing )elbow!!!!

- David X

7 Sep, 2009

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