I have some great neighbors, but until I'd really started gardening, they pretty much ignored us. Not purposefully, just in a "I don't have much to share or relate" sort of way. One of my neighbors has been much more friendly, and they're on the east side of our house. They've complimented several of the improvements we've made to the landscape, and they like our dogs. Yesterday the lady of the house offered to give me some of her agave plants, but gosh, I don't have room for an agave until the front yard is stripped of its lawn. She then offered an aloe plant, and aloes have been interesting to me lately so I accepted. In return, I gave her a pineapple that I'm rooting, a couple of roadkill cacti starts, and a silver-and-gold chrysanthemum that I was starting. Yes, it's a lot of starters, but they're pretty safe bets and I gave her the better ones. Plus I have enough of all of these to pass around just as she has lots of aloe plants. The one she gave me was having babies and needed to be repotted. I quickly repotted them and returned her pot back to her. I wound up with 1 mama aloe and 4 baby aloes. I was a bit surprised, and I understand why she was so willing to give them up - she has 6 mature aloes that are all sending out new plants. Phew! That's a lot of aloe!
Mama Aloe Plant:
Baby Aloe Plants: