There's been interest expressed in holding another RU. I've agreed to host here at Maypop, in N. GA., the last Saturday of July. That is Cleveland, GA., seventy five miles north of Atlanta.This will most likely be a mini-RU because the heat will dictate more seed swapping than plant swapping. If you are interested and think you can come please post here. If it's only a couple of nearby folks we can skip the RU thing and still get together.
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1. Digger9083 (Sally) and DH, Johnny
2. Cedar (Pam)
3. kdfisher (Ken)
4. Danita (Danita) and Mom
5. Jim (Hawkarika) and DW, Patty
6. mqiq77 (Mike) and DW, Barbara and Mike's friend Jay
7. EFGeorgia1 (Elaine) and DH
8. Suzmyers (Sue) and sister Cheryl
11. MaypopLaurel (Laurel) and very DH, Steve
12. Beclu (Becky), hopefully
Edit memos take up lots of line space. I'll update a few times a week, then more frequently as we get closer. Since Chris did that big, fabulous RU in Spring, I'm thinking this one will be small. At some point I'll make a fresh post to include the "wants" and "haves" for trade. It will be pot luck for those who like to cook and store brought for those who don't. Since I cater, I'm happy to cook "a mess" of food and the garden will share it's bounty.
If anyone would like motel, cottage rental, or camping info. I will add that as well as things to do in the area. DH has the scoop on trout fishing spots. If you need info or have questions to mull over now just DM me. I'm off to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for an orchid society meeting shortly.
We are off to Maypop tomorrow and hoping for more calm. Several things come to mind that I'd like to throw out. Please let me know what you're thinking or would like to add...
Firstly, if you'd like to start a trade or share thread with your name attached, please go ahead. If you're coming for the food and friendship and don't want to make a commitment, that's fine too. I thought we would not have much to share at this time, however several are talking propagated plants and cuttings. I will have seed, cuttings and a few potted plants. There will be an opportunity to dig and cut on site.
If you would like to bring a friend or SO, or think you might, please let me know now. I don't need specifics, but like to plan on extras if you're thinking that's a possibility. They are very welcomed. Thanks in advance for this consideration.
Because we garden to eat, and we are gathering at the hottest time of year, I'm planning a cold foods menu. There will be an array of sandwiches, pick up foods and some sides for both meat and veggie eaters. I'll make a mint and spice tea from the garden. If you like to make deserts, want to bring beverages or paper goods such as cups, plates and napkins (no plastic but paper please as we are "green" at Maypop), or would like to add to the cold foods menu, let me know. I wash and recycle plastic cutlery so we are covered there. If you have special dietary needs DM me. I'm a caterer as well as a nurse and will do my best to accommodate. Don't be shy.
If you need info regarding places to stay, LMK as soon as possible. I've got some info, but will need to update my references. If you are looking for optional activities in the area LMK as well. There's so much to do from visiting the many water falls to the North Georgia Pottery Museum.
We are looking forward to meeting you, Ken. You can wonder around our woods and maybe find something for your woods. BYOT (bring your own trowel).
I've learned not to put much energy into beautifying our woods. I used to order plants to naturalize every Spring, but then spent too many hours battling back the wilderness. I have some things like sweet shrub, wild mini iris relatives, and Chrysogonum that might interest you.
Hey that's an idea. I actually have lot's of that growing in sunnier areas. Would it be okay to transplant this time of the year. It stays fairly cool in that area even during hot days. The creek nearby helps.
and I've seen a few of those growing
"but then spent too many hours battling back the wilderness"
Yes, I've been thinking about that aspect. I wonder what kind of monsters (jobs) I may be creating. But at the present time I'm able and fit with plenty of free time (work at home internet). Plus I need to keep busy as I'm trying to quit smoking. Should be an interesting visit (RU) ...a first:)
Ken , just visiting Maypop ,the retreat , and the lady is a treat in it's self . She and D H are so creative .
I've not rooted any plants this year , but can start some cuttings for others . (got some viburnum , scented )
Ken, congrats on trying to quit. If you keep trying long enough you will. Don't give up! We are both happy quiters.
Cedar knows more about transplanting than I. Maybe she will see your post or DM her. I was watering under our shady overhang this morning and thinking of you. I've got bronze Ajuga and Sweet Woodruff growing with Hellebores and ferns. Both should naturalize nicely in your setting. You're welcome to some.
Regarding battling back wilderness; we've found ourselves absent from Maypop for weeks and once for years. It takes very little time for nature to re-landscape your work without consideration as to your time or investment.
I've been lurking here for a while, so wanting to come to this. I went to the one at Chris's in Peachtree City and really enjoyed meeting those who came despite the downpours. I'm a bright green newbie and still don't have anything to share but I would love to meet more of you. Meeting the group at Chris's was wonderful, although I don't remember all the names ... I do remember Tulip Lady because we sat next to each other during lunch and talked about her daughter's prom dress. :-)
I just don't know if I can make the long drive. I'm in Newnan. I have some health issues and tire easily. Thought about possibly staying overnight or driving back as far as Lula where I have a relative. But haven't really firmed things up in my mind yet. Can you put me as a maybe?
Judy, I will add you as a maybe and thanks Chris for volunteering to share the ride if you are able. Lula is very close to us and easy to get to. That's where Cedar lives. I got some motel info today so check the Q&A thread shortly.
For those of you who know Danita, and those who don't, she is not a subscriber at this time. I've cut and pasted info about the RU and DM'd her. She has been making cuttings and has lots of fun plants and seeds. She is interested in knowing what will come up for trades. Please DM her for her trade list and to share yours. She's a lovely person. Thanks.
Thanks, Laurel. I will sure try to make it. I think I met someone from Lula when I was at Chris's. Maybe it was Cedar. There were so many I just can't remember them all. I do remember Charlene who has the mule, Charley. :-) And a guy named Mike and a couple from Jonesboro. I didn't come to swap or share because I had nothing to share, but they gave me several plants that were left over which I treasure. Amazingly, everything is still living! I've planted (permanently) everything except the bee balm and the salvia. Still working on garden areas. Had a landscape company come in to dig and amend several beds. I'm trying to do the planting, mulching and edging myself. I'm a little slow but it's getting there. Grass has grown back in some but at least the ground is soft and it's easy to pull.
I'll have an odd seed offer for guests. I recently obtained fifty seed packets from the former supplier to Smith and Hawken. They are no longer in business in Georgia, if at all, but offered very unique and very pricey garden products. Vegetables and flowers, organic and heirloom...some very interesting stuff. The seed is a couple of year's old, but should still be viable. They were brought to an Atlanta Orchid Society meeting and tabled as freebies. No one picked them up. At the end of the evening I located the donor and asked what the plans were for the seed. He gifted me all the remaining packets.
A heads up and reminder to check this thread as well as the Q&A thread and the Seeds, Plants and Items thread for info and updates regarding our RU. I'm updating these threads under my main post. Re-read to be up to date with information. Cedar alerted me to the fact that she was not, and perhaps others might not be, aware of the two added threads. Edits do not show up as new posts on the thread.
I sure am looking foward to meet new Gardeners, and see others, that I am well aquanted with.I will be bringing a sorted pick of different things, that I have over propagated.I have coleus, and some prennieals, can't remember, without being out in the prop. area.If anyone wants anything, in particular, LMK, good chance I might have it.
I could use some (black) hollyhoch seeds, as well as the (Barnyard) varities.
Looking foward to meeting you Laural, and Steve, as well as old friends. I inserted this pic, because I grew these from seed, and from the same pod.It was my first attempt at germinating, and gathering seed, and I remember one parent was "Pearl harbor". Just thaught it strange. Mike
Pam, don't forget to wear your pearls. I have one that never comes off.
Mike, so glad we are finally getting to meet since the sweet shrub way back when. I do have a few double and single hollyhock seed to spare, but not a specific color. Cool lily. Our daughter was in Oahu and visited Pearl Harbor this past week. My dad was stationed in that area during the war. That is a strange name for a lily though. I'd be interested to know its history. I'll put your current plant "brings" in the thread about seeds and so forth. If you want to add more, just let me know or create a list there.
Another case of a DG member having a child bride. Bring Barbara but leave Mitzi at home. She looks like a crouton for Pepper the Plott hound. lol
I borrowed some banquet tables from Suzmyers sister, Cheryl, yesterday. She is not a DG member, but will be attending, along with Suzmyers. Cheryl and I were long time friends before I met Suzmyers here at DG. A good story for those who attend. Anyway, we can use the tables to put our shares on. In other news, I made a giardeniera, or Italian pickle, using some veggies from the garden and cut the last of the red cabbage today to make sweet and sour red cabbage for our gathering. Now pray for good weather.
I'm getting hungry just reading...I'm not much into bringing things... bachelor for 25 years. Hey folks, I don't drink but how about I pick up few six packs of some good imported beer? Any takers?
Nice to see a few pics of who will be there. Any other pictures about so I have a vague idea who is who? Will we be doing name tags? I'm horrible on names. I even got our host mixed up already. Pic of me in profile.
I have tags on my to do list, Ken. Once you meet a few of us we will forever be imprinted in your memory like it or not. DGers are just that unique! Really, the best thing about these get togethers is how we are just like we are on line yet so different from our everyday friends. The garden brings us together. I've posted this photo before, but here it is again. This is actually a projection of what I'll look like at sixty one (being that I'm currently twenty five).
In regards the beer...could you please tow a non-alcohol option as well? I do like premium imports and micro brews but most will find the time early to drink. Some of us think it's gotta be the right time somewhere on the planet for a sip though (that would be me). lol
The food will be amazing. I'm hearing from folks now. Some food will be eleventh hour creations and some will be posted in advance. Bring an appetite.
Hineni (Sunny), wrote last week to say she had an unexpected opportunity to visit her daughter and baby grandson during our RU dates. She regrettably will not be with us. On the positive front, DG friend Hawkarika (Jim) and DW, from FL, will be vacationing in Franklin, NC and are hoping to join us. Jim and I met in the Orchid forum when I first became a DG subscriber and get together to shop the orchid greenhouses in central FL several times a year. Hope they can make it. I'll edit the list.
No pressure, Danita but how do you plan on topping that cheesecake? Did I hear red velvet? lol We are so glad you have renewed and are able to come. It was wearing me out keeping you abreast.
Mike writes that he is bringing a something or two but doesn't know what yet. He is also bringing friend, Jay from PA.. So we have one more for our gathering. For those who are food planning we are at fourteen.
Oh dear. Make that 13 (unless you weren't counting maybes). I am going to have to cancel. I promised some friends the use of me and my van for a move and they're moving Saturday. I REALLY wanted to meet all of you, especially that wonder woman, Digger. :-) I know you will all have a wonderful time. Maybe I can make the next one (by then maybe I'll have something to share).
Hi Judy. We are sorry you won't be able to make it. Digger is every bit as wondrous as her on line persona! I didn't count the "maybes" on the list, so we still have fourteen. You are a nice friend to help with the thankless job of moving.
Digger, I think your story (thread) of traveling back to Georgia, moving in your new place, dealing with all the repairs ... Lordy, woman! I was so tired after reading it I had to go take a nap! You are truly Wonder Woman in my book!
You guys are all such experienced gardeners and I was really looking forward to meeting those I didn't meet at Chris's and re-acquainting with those I did meet. Also was looking forward to a tour of Maypop and digging up all those wonderful plants. I am a beginner at all this stuff. Just planted my first "real" gardens this year (one sun, one shade) and am still working on filling them out, choosing plants, finding little doo-dads to put here and there, etc. (I like cottage gardens). It got too hot on me and I had to stop for a while. So now I do a lot of "creative staring" at the garden areas, trying to plan and design in my head. At least I'm doing SOMETHING.
These people I'm helping are church friends who have helped me out in the past. I would not even think of turning them down.
Great picture . Judy , we go to Tex every year . My only child lives there . I had a house in Ar when I married and sold it last year . Bought a trailer and put it on some lots right across the street from his weekend place , so staying in Ga isn't an option . Also , D H always wanted to live on the coast in Fl . but when we married , he had to wait three yrs to retire ,so we had too much tied up to just get up and sell out . He has three kids here so the best way to satisfy both of us is 6 mos . here , 6 mos there .
I would love to have you live closer , Laurel has so much to do , she can't get away to go eat Chinese buffet and Cedar lives close by , but we just haven't gotten together yet , but I bet we could tear up Gainsville and put the restaurants out of business . I get together a coupla times a month with my stepsons wife and we eat out and find someone to talk about . lol. I have a best friend , Eufahla , but she works and lives down at Eatonton. I can never spell her name so I just call her Oofie . Back to On topic . OOps , sorry
I think I mentioned before that I went to North Georgia, so I lived in your fair town for four years. It was very different back in the 1950s but I still hold fond memories. Will look forward to meeting you at a future roundup ... and everybody else too ... dang, I just hate that I can 't come!
I've heard from DG Orchid forum friend, Hawkarica (Jim). He and wife, Patty are planning on driving down from their vacation cabin in Franklin N.C. for our RU. Also, Cheryl called and asked to invite friend and landscaper, Tim. We will miss Chris and Judy. In the meantime, the list is now at eighteen and I'll update at the top.
This is a reminder that if you have a camp chair please bring it along. Also, you might want a hat. It's supposed to be pretty hot that day. Though you're welcome to come early (at 10 a.m.), people will be arriving throughout the earlier part of the day. If you have arranged shares with friends, go ahead but I'm asking that you hold off on swapping 'open to anyone' seeds, cuttings and plant donations until closer to lunch when most have arrived. That way the people who have to come late won't lose out.
If people are still fence sitting about coming, please feel free to join us. I would like to know quickly though for food planning. Our biggest concern is parking. I might need someone to help with the logistics because Steve will be busy helping me. Oh, and does anyone have a spare bunch of name tags languishing in a drawer (about twenty)? I think that's one more errand on my list. Oh, and BTW, I meant to paint the house inside and out and redecorate last weekend but didn't get around to it. Think I'm going to enjoy one of Ken's cool ones by Saturday.
Sue, that would be terrific. Do you have around twenty? I sent Steve to scour his office for labels but he is out. Thanks. We'll go nameless until you get there. If anyone else comes they'll have to wear a cardboard sign around their neck. I've got yarn, cardboard and markers.lol
Okay, that means we're up to nineteen unless we eat your mom Danita. I'll add her when I've got a minute. I've been "putting up" garden produce for much of the day and RU organizing the rest. We are on our way to Maypop tomorrow to get ready. See you all there! I will be able to "talk" to you there but will be extra busy.
Danita, I know this is in the wrong thread but I've not got the time to look up your trades. If you could just save a couple of low maintenance perennials for my border that would be fantastic. Pam has given me a couple of lilies that we could divide.
Laurel, I"m sorry -- I mischaracterized the nature of my problem with the word "miracle." It is, thankfully, not a problem requiring a real miracle. I just meant that lots of things would have to change to open up my day.
Thanks for your concern. And once again, I apologize for the unintended phrasing.
Pam, It was meant tongue in cheek 'cause I was hoping something would come up and you would breeze on over. :)
Mike, I'm looking for 2 gal. semi-rigid pots like the better nursery ones that azaleas or other shrubs are raised in. Cymbidiums like to be pot bound and break the ones with the thin walls. If you have a couple, that would be great. I've got your creeping Jenny and the Hollyhock seed.
I've taken three cuttings of purple leaved sweet potato vine (which is really a tuberous morning glory called Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'). I overwinter it in a sunny window by growing in half water and half potting soil. The cuttings can be further cut if more than three are interested because they are long.
Yikes, thank goodness Sue found some name labels. I don't want to wear a cardboard sign around my neck again. When I was in high school and made the varsity cheerleading team, they made me and the other new girls wear stupid cloths to school one day and put cardboard signs around our necks that said "Will cheer on command." That day if anyone asked (outside of class) we had to drop whatever we were doing, and perform a cheer for them. So pleeeeeese, NO cardboard signs!
I'm sorry some of you won't be able to make it to the trade but I look forward to visiting with everyone that can! :)
Steve hung out the hammock and made a few signs to guide you in. One says "Mash The Gas" to let you know not to dawdle on the hill up to the house or you might slip a bit on the gravel. I have added several more side dishes to the original menu and have five sandwich combinations. The cake is frosted, but I've not gone looking for blueberries. We are ready. C'mon over.
Oh my, I'm going to miss so much. Especially the food. But we are working on the kitchen remodel (since 7/5) and are finally getting some cabinets in. So, y'all have a great time and think about us just a little bit.
Hi everyone!! This is Lynn (Eufaula) I'm still here at Sally and Johnny's for a little while before heading back down South! Sally is kind of under the weather this morning,( she wasnt feeling to well yesterday at the Round Up...Sinus cold!) So im on her computer I just wanted to let you all know what a wonderful time I had yesterday at the RU.
MayPop and Steve you are such wonderful hosts and your home and gardens are just beautiful. You really outdid yourselves and made everyone feel so welcome. Thank You for letting me join you and participate... so much fun!!!!!!
It was so nice to finally meet people and put names to faces.! Mike you have one crazy since of Humor and kept me laughing! How many other men could sit and talk to a group of people and keep their attention and be talking about changing oil or somesuch on a log truck??? LOL!!
I hope to see you all again real soon!
I know I had the mostest fun of all."Yellow Jacket" stings, and all.
Laurel, you and Steve are the mostest hostest, and you are a very interesting couple. You made us feel so welcome, and left us with that " want to see you again" feeling.I tried to tell DW, about all you fixed, and she thought my imagineation was doing double work.I told her how can I explane it, if I can't say it? I can say, It was all wonderful, and I left happy, and prosperious, in skills learned, and plants.
It was wonderful seeing all you, and meeting the rest of you. Mike
Hi Eufaula and Mike. Thanks a boodle for the lovely compliments. We had such a good time too. Actually, for us the RU ended just a short while ago when Danita and her mom left to return to Atlanta. Now I have to get out to the garden and start planting some of my new treasures.
Thank you all for the help, the food and the exciting new plants. EFGeorgia started an after RU thread where I'm hoping she and others will post some photos. I was too busy to keep up with who had cameras and what was going on.
BTW Mike, please let everyone know you didn't get stung at Maypop and...thanks for calling us interesting instead of "odd".