...is something I rarely depend upon, but last week my self-made independence was softened just a bit by a friendly, "Hello? Neighbors?" from across our backyard fence. To put this in context: We've lived here for 2 years now, with not a peep from next door all this time. My (extremely) limited French, and Shaun's shy inclinations had prevented us from reaching out, not to mention a threatening letter we received from that neighbor shortly after we moved in about tree branches left in his yard by previous the tenants in our house.
After exchanging pleasantries in English he offered us 3 types of Iris and a Bleeding Heart from his gorgeous garden ~ basically a dream come true for me! I said yes, and have planted them in an empty flower bed that was just waiting for something to happen.
It's funny, I didn't know I needed more perennials or a neighbor until I recieved them. Bleeding heart, indeed.