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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 14, 2009
4:07 AM

Post #6817020

**This Thread/Swap is Closed**

Hello, hello!
I believe this is a first for the Canadian forum, so let's see what we can send each other.

Do you have a favourite plant that you'd like to share with someone that may never seen it, or do you have too many "babies"?

So, c'mon and let's see what each other has for houseplants, and expand our green thumbs and knowledge of some plants we hadn't thought of having!
1. It could be a plant or cuttings - there are no rules on this. If it's a large plant, well-rooted cuttings may be better. If it's a small plant, then it would need to be very well protected, but I don't know about the cost of shipping a pot or how breakable one may be (plastic or ceramic...). My vote would be for cuttings. It's just called Houseplant to differentiate it from Outdoor plants.

2. Blind swap or not - well, I'm going to defer to the group as we get going on this. It would be nice to get something you don't have. Posting the plants you have, ahead of time, would ensure you get something different. I'll need to match people up so they don't get what they have LOADS of already.

3. If you have specific requirements in your home (space, lighting - north/south, etc) please list these. This way you won't get a tropical that needs humidity and you have steam heat, etc, or get a drought-resistant plant and you have high humidity...

-Susan-

Here's our list:
Tallulah_B (Susan)
BettyPauze (Betty)
ceedub (Christine)
DonM47 (Don)
Batflower (Julie)
Spklatt (Shannon)

This message was edited Aug 23, 2009 4:28 PM

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 14, 2009
11:13 AM

Post #6817422

You can count me in, always joining 'swaps' over the USA border but this one due to border restrictions I couldn't..so sad...lol

thanks Susan,

Put me in...

NOW what shall I send...
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
4:54 PM

Post #6818460

I love doing trades! Please count me in. Are there limits?

Christine

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 14, 2009
5:01 PM

Post #6818494

Not sure what you mean by "limits"? Are you wanting to send/receive more than one plant?
I think for the first swap, just send one, because you don't know if the person has room for more (small house, perhaps). Also, everyone gets one plant, and there can be another swap later.
I think also that, when pictures are posted, we don't want anyone to feel like they haven't sent as much as someone else and feel badly.
Cuz we WILL post pictures of our new, received, babies :-))

-Susan-
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6818534

One plant is good. I think I can do that. My mind turned automatically to cuttings, which is what I've done before in trades. So, not cuttings, a plant. Gotcha. Thanks.

Christine
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
5:26 PM

Post #6818606

I'd be interested. Will it be a "blind" swap? In other words, we won't know what we are getting? It would be nice to see a list of what everyone is "swapping". Would that work, or not? Just wondering...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 14, 2009
7:09 PM

Post #6818983

Hello and thank you for joining our Houseplant swap!

You're bringing up good questions, so Thanks Much!
- see the updated 1st post in this thread.
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6819130

The only house plants I have are a collection of African Violets and Hoyas. I have an extra Miniature AV called Lil Thornbird if anyone would like to swap for another AV or Hoya.

Thanks for this idea, Susan.
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
7:59 PM

Post #6819168

Maybe a photo would help. Lil Thornbird

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ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 14, 2009
8:11 PM

Post #6819207

I have an assortment of houseplants and hoyas. I could give you a rough list later in the week of what I have.

Christine

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 14, 2009
10:50 PM

Post #6819828

Although I'm sure everyone will know this, I feel I should say it:

Be sure to only offer those that will divide, or that are of an age to take cuttings from.
The plant (angel wing begonia) I posted for this forum for instance - I can't take a slip from it yet, as it's only got 6 leaves lol I got it from a fellow DG'er. It's a plant I looked for, for 3 years, and I felt it appropriate to post it as the "poster plant" for this thread.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 15, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6824254

bump

We may start small, and we may grow! (like our plants lol)
This swap will close by August 22, and your buddy will be d-mailed to you on the 23rd.
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 16, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #6824571

It must be vacation time for a lot of people, otherwise I'd find it strange that only four people have signed up for this. Either that, or we're alone in our excitement about getting new plants ... nah, can't be!!!


Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 16, 2009
1:43 AM

Post #6824767

hahahaha no, can't be alone in our love of new plants - certainly NOT on DG!!
I mentioned it the other day, on the US Houseplant Swap, in case some Canadians were there...

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 16, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6826126

Lucky you guys..who ever I get will be thrilled, my outside gardens are spectacular, however, the inside plants, we'll let's just say you'll need to nurture and care for them...

Could always blame their half dead look on shipping times...lol

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 16, 2009
4:38 PM

Post #6826810

hahahahaha Betty! If they're half-dead now, what will they be by the time they arrive at the destination?

-Susan-

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 17, 2009
5:12 PM

Post #6831111

Appreciative to finally get someone with a green thumb
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

July 17, 2009
5:23 PM

Post #6831150

Perhaps you need a mentor Betty...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 17, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #6831189

LOL Betty!
I'm just picturing the "sigh of relief" on their little petal faces!!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 19, 2009
4:22 AM

Post #6836782

Bump
OK everyone - plants are meant to be shared, so if you start your cuttings now, they'll be rooted well enough for the swap.
Love to meet some new people, so if you're new, feel free to join right in!
We're a friendly bunch, and won't bite! (at least not so's you'd notice lol)

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

July 20, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #6842647

lol...se what I can do...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 20, 2009
7:52 PM

Post #6842806

Thanks Betty - I invited Astrid from SK to join us, so I'm hoping to see her here, too!

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6864498

Is it too late for me to get in on this swap??? I don't check this forum often and just saw this...I have lots of houseplants and would love to swap!
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2009
11:50 PM

Post #6864944

Awright! The more the merrier...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 26, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6865179

Welcome, Batflower!
As Don says - The More The Merrier lol
btw - what your name?

-Susan-

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

July 26, 2009
12:51 PM

Post #6866496

Julie, nice to meet you all :-)
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 26, 2009
2:00 PM

Post #6866734

Hi Julie...and Welcome!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 30, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #6885246

bump

Reminder The cut-off date for this swap is August 22nd. Closer than you think lol
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6885271

Yikes...August is on Saturday! sigh...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 30, 2009
5:32 PM

Post #6885275

It sure is!!
My mom's coming on Saturday, and there's a Calgary RU on the 22nd... going to be a busy month :-)
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 30, 2009
11:29 PM

Post #6886721

Susan,

From your last post, it would appear the Round-up is August 22nd, right? Would you be able to update this information on a separate thread that is specific to the Round-up? Thanks

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 30, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6886759

I was just going to do that - I just got home lol
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 31, 2009
12:43 AM

Post #6887058

And here I was thinking that I wasn't invited

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 31, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6887071

Joanne - did you want to be part of the Houseplant Swap?
I just realized you are posting HERE! lol
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

July 31, 2009
1:39 AM

Post #6887345

I kill houseplants...don't even know what possessed me to look at this thread

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

July 31, 2009
2:54 AM

Post #6887724

hahahaha ok, Joanne
and you're a gardener?!?!
j/k :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 22, 2009
11:53 PM

Post #6977278

Ok - Aug 22 is here, and I'll match you with a buddy, and d-mail you tomorrow.
This swap is Closed! :-)

~Susan~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #6977333

Don & Julie - you don't have your addresses in the Address Exchange!
Please d-mail me with your address so I can share it with your buddy.
I won't be posting it here.
And of couse you won't know who your buddy is!

Quick, Quick U2 - d-mail me lol

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
7:18 PM

Post #6979950

Thank you - I have your snail-mail addresses :-)

Now, I've let everyone know, and Please Please keep it a secret!

Because of the heat, please don't mail the tender cuttings/rootings until Monday, Sept 14.
Mailing them that day means the buddy will likely get them during that same week, and they won't sit in a post office over the weekend!
I suppose mailing them on Sunday the 13th would be fine, too.

~Susan~
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6980084

Just a question. Do you want those of us that are sending plants to wait until Sept 14th too?
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 23, 2009
9:04 PM

Post #6980282

I missed this one, but next time there's a houseplant swap, sign me up! I always have extras.

Shannon

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
9:33 PM

Post #6980354

Shannon - you only missed it by 1 day, so if you'd like, I can shuffle the secret buddy names a bit...

Don - the reason I said Sept 14, is because it's cooler then (by a bit, anyway) and the plant or cutting won't suffer the heat as much...PLUS if you haven't gotten your cutting rooted fully, this gives you time to let it finish it's rooting a bit more. The main thing is the heat, though...

~Susan~
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2009
9:43 PM

Post #6980384

Gotcha...ok, I'll wait. Was gonna send mine out tomorrow. I'ts starting to bloom. Trouble is, it can be hot at one part of the country and quite a bit cooler at the other end. Found out the hard way in April !!! Lost 3 out of 4 in transit from Quebec. It was nice and warm here already, but obviously still cold in some places along the way. :(

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6980404

yes... that's what I was afraid of, Donna

Well, wadda ya say, shall Shannon join? It would be easy enuff to have her join our group, but I leave it up to the rest.

~Susan~
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #6980450

Yes, of course let Shannon join!
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2009
10:14 PM

Post #6980468

Definitely!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #6980485

Ok Shannon - I may have to re-shuffle some of the names, but I'll have it sorted tonight.

Please remember - Sept 14 for the send-out, as it won't be too cold or too hot for the plants or cuttings to survive. Just be sure to pack them well, and if sending on Sept 14, they likely will arrive before the weekend and won't be stuck in the post office (at least that's the thought lol - 'best laid plans of mice and men', doncha know?!?!)

Welcome to the Houseplant Swap, Shannon! :-)
Shannon - I have your snail-mail address in the Address Exchange... so will d-mail you, and your buddy...

~Susan~

This message was edited Aug 23, 2009 4:22 PM

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 23, 2009
10:44 PM

Post #6980569

Ok everyone - the re-shuffle has been done, so if you didn't get a new buddy, then you're set!

Well, we're sending from Grand Forks, BC to Gatineau, Quebec! Quite a nice spread of cities and provinces!

Get Ready, Get Set... root them cuttings, or watch the plant you're sending grow bigger! lol

To send - please water the plant well, or wrap in wet paper towelling, and then put your plant/cutting in a plastic bag. I suggest bubble wrap the inside of the box (for a plant) or use a bubble wrap envelope (for a rooted cutting).

Don't overdo the cost of postage! I know most, if not all, of us are in other swaps too, and we're watching the cost of our postage :-)

Have fun with your plant! Send pics when you get it!
I guess we'll be "quiet" in this thread for awhile though. If you have any questions, please d-mail me :-)

~Susan~
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

August 24, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6980920

I'm sorry for the disruption; I certainly didn't intend for that to happen! I was willing to wait. But thanks for welcoming me in, and thanks to Susan for the shuffling. I hope somebody is happy with my parcel :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 24, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #6980932

No disruption at all, Shannon!!!
We didn't have that many people, so it only took 2 people to adjust the buddy of - nothing to it!! :-)
I'm Very Happy the swap is spreading to more people, actually!
With all new swaps, it takes time to get started, and gain interest.
Some people see it, but wait to see it's success before they "climb on board".
It's also the first swap I've hosted, so I guess I'm "on watch" too LOL

Enjoy!

~Susan~
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #6980963

You are doing a fine job, Susan. Thanks!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 24, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #6981016

I's tryin', I's tryin' LOL

Now that all addresses have been updated, in the Address Exchange, and everyone has their buddy & the appropriate address...
shhhhhhhh keep your buddy's name shhhhhhhhhh secret lol

This is fun :-)

Now, to get back to making my 10 quilt squares for the Signature Block swap lol
It, too, is alot of fun! I have to have 10 squares ready in 2 wks or less LOL
Too bad I can't ask my boss for time off to do quilting LOL I don't think he'd understand... :-)

~Susan~
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2009
4:28 PM

Post #7077741

Just a little reminder - Hope everyone checks their Post Office today for plant pick-up. We didn't pay big bucks for expresspost for the little plants to sit there over the weekend! :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 18, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #7077917

hahahaha ok, Don!
I hope your buddy is watching closely for their Prezzie!
:-)

~Susan~
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #7077984

Yes, I agree; I hope everyone checks too. My postal carrier has been and gone and no package, but its only 2PM, it could come via the parcel post truck later on.


Christine
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2009
10:04 PM

Post #7078811

Woo Hoo! I guess I am the first to report how thrilled I was to receive my "Mystery Swap" houseplant today. :-)

Christine (ceedub) sent me a lovely succulent "Hawarthia", complete with growing instructions. Thank you Christine and I am honoured that you would send me one of your favourites. Arrived in wonderful condition and is all potted up and happy. I took a photo of my new lovely for you all to see.

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ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #7078828

Glad you received it okay Don. Your potting up job makes it look even lovelier.


Christine

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 18, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #7078891

Way to Go, Christine!!

Betty - that's a wonderful plant - I've never heard of it before!
I'd like to see a closeup - maybe I should go to PlantFiles for that.
Very interesting succulent!

~Susan~

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2009
11:29 PM

Post #7079090

happy to report I got mine today too! a very nice African Violette with growing instructions. It made the trip well.

thanks Don!!!!
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
12:20 AM

Post #7079265

Glad to hear it made it safely, Julie. I was a little worried. I hope you enjoy Lil Thornbird. She aims to please!

Don
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
12:23 AM

Post #7079279

Susan, it wasn't Betty that sent mine, but Christine. It is confusing, I know. Thanks again for organizing this swap. :-)

edited to say, if you click on the picture, You'll get a close-up. :D

This message was edited Sep 18, 2009 5:24 PM

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 19, 2009
12:41 AM

Post #7079378

O that's neat!
I have seen that succulent!

~Susan~

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
1:09 AM

Post #7079493

here is o photo of Lil Thornbird settled in with my other Violets. again Don, I have a little over 400 houseplants and this is a Violet I haven't seen before! I am very, very happy!

Lil Thornbird is in the middle.

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DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
2:26 AM

Post #7079755

Oh my, looks like it was bounced around a little; got a little perilite and soil on the leaves, and no more blossoms. :(
Oh well, I suppose that is to be expected. I am glad it's got a good home, Julie. You are very welcome. :-)

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
12:02 PM

Post #7080558

It will bloom again, Its covered in buds and its normal that it got perilite and soil on the leaves. I've been lightly dusting it but violet leaves are very sensitive so I'm going about it slowly without getting them wet. In a week or so, you won't be able to tell it came from across the country :-)
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #7080901

Awwww, I just knew it would have a good Mommy! :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 19, 2009
3:53 PM

Post #7081062

what a sweet violet!

Wouldn't you just know it - mine hasn't left, cuz the roots aren't big enuff...

I hope my buddy understands!

~Susan~

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
4:30 PM

Post #7081172

I mailed mine out Monday, express post, To make sure it would be there before the weekend. I'm a bit concerned that my buddy hasn't reported receiving it. Did everyone check their mailboxes?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 19, 2009
4:43 PM

Post #7081193

I know I'm a little slow, but... I didn't realize what was going to be happening at work - this was totally unexpected:

well, my brain's about wore out lol
I'm taking on more responsibilities @ work?!
I can barely catch my breath things are happening so fast...
I am currently the Division Admin Ass't for Gen Lab Pathology Division Head, and the lady who was same for Chemistry Division Head is leaving her position. She's on vacation in Paris right now, but when she comes back, she'll be doing a "point 2" in her old position, and doing a "point 6" in her new.
Which means, while she's in Paris and after she comes back to her new duties (and isn't at her point2 part of this one), I'm doing her job. Which entails meetings every week, and a whole raft of other duties. Research Physicians take a bit of hand-holding lol

ALSO, the company's asked me to take on another job which Was contracted out, and no more. It's looking after teleconferences for Medical Staff.
I'm having meetings with the outgoing person to find out the scope of it (YIKES!), and figure out who my "team" of three will be. I'll administer the project (big job in itself) - which entails scheduling my team to setup teleconferences, creating a library spreadsheet of loans/returns of materials (including chasing down those who don't return them in a timely manner lol), ordering the materials from Medical Companies (7 of them), and a whole bunch of other things related to all of the above.

I know this is all unrelated to my promise to this group, and I do have a plant to go out (I love these!) however, my week isn't "my own" anymore, and neither is my Sunday! The only day I can really call "my own" is Saturday, which is why I'm here.

So, my greatest apologies to my buddy - I'm pretty sure you'll understand, cuz you're a gracious lady, and I thank you in advance!

~Susan~

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 20, 2009
7:04 PM

Post #7084688

Shannon - thank you so much for the plants!
I've never had a hoya before!
And I love coleus. I've just never had a chocolate one though!

Here's a pic of the Hoya. How big do they grow?

Susan

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 20, 2009
7:19 PM

Post #7084717

And here's the chocolate coleus!
Thank you Shannon! When I bring my other coleus in, it will be nice to have a small collection :-)
I've always loved coleus, but haven't had any for a long time. This was the year when I was going to start them in the house again!!
How perfect that you sent it this year!!!

~Susan~

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ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

September 20, 2009
10:33 PM

Post #7085337

Juile have you tracked the package with Canada Post?

Susan, that hoya can grow to enormous proportions eventually - they do grow slowly at first though.



Christine
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #7085842

Very nice booty, Susan. :-) Once that Hoya starts growing for you, you'll be hooked. I love all of mine.

I am rootting a couple of cuttings from a Coleus I had this summer as well. Similar to your, it's called Coco Loco.

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Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 21, 2009
4:02 AM

Post #7086380

Enormous proportions?! oh wow!! I like the sounds of that! :-)

Thanks again, Shannon!

~Susan~
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #7088671

Hi Susan,

I'm so glad you like them (and that they arrived ok!). I've never mailed live plants before. The coleus was just a stocking-stuffer or in case you didn't like hoyas - I know we were supposed to stick to 1 plant.

btw I erred on the name of the coleus - Chocolate Chip Mint is the right name. And as for the size of the hoya, well the parent plant at my dad's house fills the ceiling area of their little breakfast nook (maybe 7' x 3'). Although I think that takes several years.

I haven't checked my mail today - yet! Loving everyone's pictures so far. This is fun! Thanks for letting me into the swap at the last minute.

Shannon

ps: nice piano, Susan!

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 21, 2009
9:05 PM

Post #7088736

oh hahahaha the piano is circa 1870's, and I love it.
It was bought for my mom, many many many years ago, and when she gave it to her GGD to learn on, I was disappointed I didn't get it lol
Anyway, when her GGD wanted a new electric piano, her mom (my neice) asked if I wanted it. This was Just as I was about to move to Calgary. My sisters told me I didn't want to take the piano that distance, but I DID WANT TO lol

I'm learning to play, so I really enjoy the older pianos.
btw - funny/ironic story about the piano...
When we moved here, my DH moved it in front of our large, almost-picture window, and I didn't like the loss of light. I asked him to help me move it, and he said "it's fine where it is". He should know me better...when he went to work on a Saturday, I waited until he left, then moved furniture around so I could move the piano across the room about 15 ft to a "blind wall". I got it pushed facing the 2nd wall (picture it being on wall#1, being moved to wall#3 facing the opposite direction), and when it was facing wall#2, it got twisted on a bit of wall-to-wall carpet. I was on the end, and pushing it when it decided to "take a header"... If I'd been quick and able to get in back of it to catch it... well, I wouldn't be here today, f'sure! It weighs about 800 lbs!!.
It's back was flush against the floor, and there are No Handholds on it.
A couple of older ladies said I could grab ahold of the fretwork on the front and pull up LOL it would have broken it for sure!
It took 2 men (my DH and a friend) to lever it up, and took 3 of them to get it placed against the correct wall I'd already gotten it 1/2 way, but they didn't want it to catch on the carpet again lol

Mint Chocolate Chip is my fav kind of cookie lol D'ya suppose it's flowers taste like cookies? lol

~Susan~
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #7089180

That's quite a piano story! Holy smokes. Glad you are ok!!!

I have a Yamaha, apt-size upright (about 500 lbs), dates from late 60s or thereabouts. I'm reluctant to play much in order to not disturb the neighbours, but the other day when my mom was in town she played Home on the Range and a few other goodies and there were no complaints. :-)

Well Susan if I'm your buddy, no worries - take your time! And Julie if I'm yours, I updated my address in the address exchange to Ottawa (not Gatineau) - Susan said she'd alert my buddy tho' so that should be ok.

Nothing in the mailbox yet ... but it's fun seeing the other pics! btw I mailed mine Tuesday (1 day late) and they said 6 business days starting Wednesday so I'm surprised it's arrived already. You just never know, with the mail!

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #7089270

Shoot! that's the problem. I just checked my mail and got the updated address, wish I'd checked that sooner! oh well, I'll start a new cutting for you Shannon. expect it in a few weeks. sorry for the mix up.
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #7089918

It's ok Julie! I had been away from DG for a while, and moved to a new home in the interim (4 yrs ago this Dec.), and just updated the address a few weeks ago shortly after returning to DG. So I'm sorry for not keeping up my administrative stuff. Perhaps the current occupants of the house will return it to sender and you'll have a cutting back. :-) Nice to know you are my buddy though - thanks :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 22, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #7089924

Hey Shannon - they delivered it on a Sunday, no less!
I came home from church to find the box propped up against my door (on my closed deck, so no one would look for it there)!!
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #7089955

-Sunday delivery ... what next? Someone must have been catching up on things, or feeling particularly enthusiastic. Well that's good! Did the plants show any signs of damage or travel-weariness?

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 22, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #7091773

No, none at all. They look great ^-^

Apparently pkg delivery on a Sunday in Calgary is usual...

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #7097320

grate news Shannon, I got your plant returned today, and It was still in good shape. So, I watered in, put it back on the window sill and I will mail it to the right address on Monday.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 23, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #7097394

oh wow - how wonderful that it's still in good shape!
I'm very impressed with the luck we're having here!!
spklatt
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #7098122

wow! I'm glad to hear that they sent it back. Thanks Julie :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 27, 2009
3:54 AM

Post #7212533

Well, Betty got her plant.

Is there anyone else out there who's received theirs?

~Susan~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 27, 2009
1:12 PM

Post #7213159

Mine for Ceedub is in the mail with the lads, nope, not same box just incase one of the lads is allergic to plants...hope it makes it in one piece..

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 27, 2009
1:39 PM

Post #7213226

just in case, eh? LOL
you're funny, Betty!!

btw - like your pic on FB! Good to finally put a face to a name :-)

batflower

batflower
Murray River, PE
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2009
1:40 PM

Post #7213228

mine for Shannon will be sent out Monday, sorry for the delay, but i started a new cutting just to make sure it got there in one piece. since the first went threw so much :-)

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 27, 2009
1:49 PM

Post #7213247

Betty - what's the condition of your Cane Begonia? Were the leaves bent too much? I wanted to get a good sized piece so it would have lots to draw on.
Can you post a pic?

Julie - glad you're able to resend it. Too bad there was an address mixup lol
Ah well, when you're busy moving, etc, it's not surprising DG doesn't get updated quickly lol

~Susan~

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

October 29, 2009
8:19 PM

Post #7221233

The Canadian lads posted a few days ago already arrived safely at Ceedub's home in Whitby..would imagine her plant will arrive any day now...

I will post a photo Susan, not to worry, think it caught the flu while travelling and is not looking well...

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 29, 2009
9:41 PM

Post #7221423

oh no! H1N1 flu... and here I thought it only happened to humans!

Christine's going to be happy to get the lads!!

If the roots and a part of the cane survived well, you can take off the leaves, and it should revive and poke out new leaves soon.
ceedub
Whitby, ON
(Zone 5b)

October 30, 2009
11:34 PM

Post #7225115

Tonight I got home to find a very soggy parcel at my front door containing the most beautiful potted plant! Its an Aphelandra zebra plant and even has a flower on it! Thank you so much Betty, I just love it! Here's its picture, I let it warm up and settle for awhile before I took this shot. And I love the plant buddy, its so cute!



Christine

Thumbnail by ceedub
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Tallulah_B

Tallulah_B
(Susan) Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

October 31, 2009
1:28 AM

Post #7225527

That IS beautiful, Christine.
A green flower, who'dathunk?!?!
I love the "unusual" and this certainly IS :-)

I want to thank everyone who partook in this swap.
Maybe next time we'll have more participants! We'll see, eh?

~Susan~
DonM47
Grand Forks, BC
(Zone 5b)

October 31, 2009
1:37 AM

Post #7225564

Very nice, Christine. :-)

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