My neighbour behind me was thinning out some of her spider lilies so I asked if she had any to spare. She has also cleared out a lot of the red gingers that was a backdrop to our garden, and I miss them - I had enjoyed that continuity. It made it seem as though our garden extended on into hers, making ours seem much bigger than it is. I gave her a sexy pink lady and red heleconia in exchange for the spider lilies. Soon we will have that green backdrop again.
We live in a set of units, so there is a communal area that I have been trying to spruce up myself. If our surrounding area is lovely and well cared for then the value of our property is increased, so to me it is a win win situation. I have more garden to play in as well! The path leading to the pool has two rows of palm trees and it is notoriously diffiult to grow anything under palm trees, so I had been thinking I should look out for something that grows like a weed. Well spider lillies fit the bill I think. I cut the tops off, and loosened the soil as deep as I could, althuogh you couldnt really call it soil - not a worm in sight! I hope they are as hardy as they seem.
I guess this could be called geurilla gardening.