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Schenectady, NY


December 28, 2010
9:50 AM

Post #8280536

There are a total of 163 votes:


It means the year is about over and I'm looking forward to the new one!
(10 votes, 6%)
Red dot


Days are getting longer and I want more sunshine!
(118 votes, 72%)
Red dot


It is summer south of the Equator!
(2 votes, 1%)
Red dot


Time to think about new gardens/plants for next year.(tell us!)
(23 votes, 14%)
Red dot


Other (what is it?)
(10 votes, 6%)
Red dot


Previous Polls

bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2010
10:56 AM

Post #8280614

Definitely looking forward to more daylight.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2010
11:03 AM

Post #8280627

Same here, more sunlight. So far, that seems to be the definite winner.

Like a plant, I thrive on sunlight.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 28, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #8280776

Hmmm...seems to be a trend in the making...

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
12:54 PM

Post #8280818

Yah, longing for more of that sunshine. :-)

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2010
1:08 PM

Post #8280830

Yep, a trend for sure.

I'm telling you, after more than a day or two w/o sunshine I start to wither noticeably.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
1:35 PM

Post #8280871

Been there, done that! :(
sunnyg
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 28, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #8280889

Bring on the sunshine!

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

December 28, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #8280903

Clearly no vampires in this crowd.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

December 28, 2010
5:16 PM

Post #8281125

For me it means snow will actually hit and stay for awhile. I want more snow!! LOL. I like the sunshine part too but I don't mind shorter days. lol
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

December 28, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8281153

Defiantly glad to see the days lengthening.
wannadanc
Olympia, WA

December 28, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #8281239

Even though I used one of those full spectrum lights here on my computer desk, I still celebrate the fact that the days are getting longer - regardless of how small the daily increments might be.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

December 28, 2010
7:34 PM

Post #8281316

LOL!! Looks like I'm the only one so far looking forward to putting 2010 in the rear view mirror!!!
randbponder
Hornick, IA
(Zone 4b)

December 29, 2010
3:44 AM

Post #8281535

2010 in the rear view ain't bad but I need the warmth of spring.
My fingers don't claw through ice very well, so bring on the sunshine, I have my first catalog!!!!!!! an my snow blower broke down.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

December 29, 2010
5:06 AM

Post #8281581

I am just about ready to start my spring seeds. I have a new grow light arriving soon. We have had another horrible winter with freezing temps, so I don't look forward to the winters as much as I used to here.
momcat
northeast, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 29, 2010
5:09 AM

Post #8281583

It means it's almost Christmas!!

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 29, 2010
9:09 AM

Post #8281901

I voted for: "Time to think about new gardens/plants for next year"

I enjoy looking through the seed catalogs that are arriving daily this time of year. I always send in my seed orders during the first week of January.

I was born and raised in England, so am used to not having too much sunshine.

Here's a photo of my hometown.

Thumbnail by HoneybeeNC
Click the image for an enlarged view.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


December 29, 2010
9:26 AM

Post #8281934

What a lovely village!
Thanks for sharing!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2010
10:14 AM

Post #8282006

I marked "other" because I'm looking for to my trip to Calif to see my son and grandson and than when I get back we'll be getting our new home put on the property so not much gardening going on here next year, but watch out for the following year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
papa1
Dearborn, MI
(Zone 5b)

December 29, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #8282017

All of the above!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 29, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #8282019

That's a beautiful place, Honeybee!! :-)
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2010
10:35 AM

Post #8282046

It means it's my birthday!
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 29, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #8282398

Happy Birthday, flaflwrgrl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2010
2:05 PM

Post #8282417

Thank you marti!
tommyr2006
Poughkeepsie, NY

December 29, 2010
4:25 PM

Post #8282604

More Sun! Giggedy goo!
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

December 29, 2010
5:22 PM

Post #8282722

Sun is good, but not the end-all for me. Daylight is what I'm looking forward to.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 29, 2010
5:29 PM

Post #8282730

flaflwrgrl, Happy Birthday! If you put your birthday on your profile, you'll automatically come up next year for the 'official DG birthday greeting'. :)
I'm looking forward to it NOT being dark at 6pm any more!

This message was edited Dec 29, 2010 8:29 PM
roseycats
Dayton, OH

December 29, 2010
6:43 PM

Post #8282839

I voted for the new gardens/plants. I will enjoy the longer days also, but until then I like looking at all the garden catalogues, and getting a lot of rest before Spring gets here.
I'm not a Spring Chicken anymore. LOL

Like the picture of your home town Honeybee.

I watch HGTV- and sometimes they have house hunter's international on. I see some people from England on there, looking for homes in Paris or Spain, because of the weather. They say it rain's a lot in England, or it's to foggy.

HazelCrestMikeB

HazelCrestMikeB
Hazel Crest, IL
(Zone 5a)

December 30, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #8283171

HoneybeeNC, where is this town located?
patgeorge
Nurmo
Finland
(Zone 4b)

December 30, 2010
10:15 AM

Post #8283584

KyWoods

I'm looking forward to it not being dark at 4PM!

flaflwrgrl

It was my dad's BD too. He didn't like it much because he usually just got one present as it was so near to Christmas.
soandso2008
Richmond, KY
(Zone 6b)

December 30, 2010
10:35 AM

Post #8283599

To me it means NEW YEARS EVE!!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2010
12:22 PM

Post #8283687

OH, my, 4pm in your country, that does bite, patgeorge!
mcash70
Logan Lake, BC
(Zone 3a)

December 30, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #8283920

Longer days, I hate getting up at 7: AM and it's still dark!!!
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2010
5:47 PM

Post #8284114

I have ordered my seeds, and preping the garden for the Spring. This picture is from last Summer, I got tired of cutting the grass front of my house, so I have planted flowers around my firehydrent.

Thumbnail by kiseta
Click the image for an enlarged view.

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #8284145

And Happy Birthday KyWoods! Best wishes for many more.

I'm voting
Quoting: Days are getting longer and I want more sunshine!


and maybe I'll come back a few more times to vote for it again...

day after day...

until I am satisfied.

So there! 8 )
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 30, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8284151

LOL Thanks, podster, I had sunshine, nearly 50 degrees (warm for here!) and the snow is nearly gone, so I had a very happy birthday!
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 30, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #8284157

Now that I understand!

I have restrained myself from whining about shorter, darker and colder days this fall and feel that I was rewarded when the first day of winter ~ the famed winter solstice ~ was 83 and sunny. Life IS good!
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2010
4:51 AM

Post #8284601

patgeorge, I always hated it growing up because I never got birthday paper with so much Christmas paper around AND my present usually got put under the tree & because it was in Xmas paper she would get mixed up as to which one was for my B-Day so I had to "pick 1" from under the tree. Far to late, when I became an adult, I realized:
You know how you always get antsy a few days before Xmas to open a gift? I GET TO!
Now why couldn't someone have put it to me that way when I was a kid?

Thanking everyone for the birthday wishes.
roseycats
Dayton, OH

December 31, 2010
10:58 AM

Post #8285058

kiseta very pretty, and good idea


Flaflwrgrl Happy Birthday and you are right about when you were younger people should have put Birthday paper on your gift.
and how do people find out when someone has a Birthday on Dave's Garden?


"Happy New Year" Everyone and may "2011" be much better than "2010"

This message was edited Dec 31, 2010 2:19 PM
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2010
12:44 PM

Post #8285263

If you look on the right side of your DG homepage, you'll see the birthday list of the day. Click on the link right below the names, and it will bring you to the birthday forum. Here is today's birthday thread, and you can start your own for a certain friend if you like:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1147087/
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2010
2:17 PM

Post #8285386

Okay, okay guys, I get the message & will put my B-Day in my profile. :-) I did know it was an option but when I first signed up I did not put my Birthday down as I had heard so much about identity theft & cyber stalkers etc... Now I'm much more comfortable with a) the site b) the people on DG c) computers in general

Thank you all for your birthday wishes & concern that I "get it right".

I might add that my parents were fantastic parents. They were just hard working with 3 kids (I was the last) & money was always tight. So birthday paper was an expense in a season filled with expensive expenses. My DH (of 37 years) has ALWAYS made sure I had birthday paper! Even if we couldn't afford Christmas paper!!! How's that for a great fella?

podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 31, 2010
5:42 PM

Post #8285715

Being a December birthday person too I can appreciate your thoughts. It always seemed less of a gift or perhaps less excitement to it due to the Christmas season. Today it really doesn't matter. As we have glutted on sweets for the holidays, I don't even want a birthday cake!
I did meet a woman whose child was born near Christmas. She picked a day in June and let him have a birthday party, complete with cake and gifts. Thought that was pretty neat!

C'mon longer days and more sunshine!!!
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #8285723

That's a cool idea of picking a day in June for the party & celebration.
Funny thing...I've never had a taste for birthday cake...too sweet with that icing that makes me gag...ugh! Now give me an un-iced cake & we have a party!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8285737

My sister was born in June, and she always had pool parties. Nobody could come to some of my parties, because of the ice and snow! My parents did always make an extra effort to make my day special, though, with birthday wrapping paper (most times, lol), and not having combination birthday/Christmas gifts. I always appreciated that!
I still like the idea of switching it to a better time of year...
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #8285756

My sister too --- June 25th --- wouldn't ya know it! No pool parties though. Beach party.
KyWoods, I must apologize, somewhere along the line I TOTALLY missed wishing YOU a Happy birthday. Sooooo HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

December 31, 2010
6:09 PM

Post #8285763

Awww, thanks. But we were still celebrating today, so you didn't miss it--just got back from another birthday dinner!
flaflwrgrl
North Central , FL
(Zone 8b)

December 31, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #8285805

I think birthday celebrations should last a whole week. DH & I sing happy birthday to each other for about a week. Oh, DH is Dec. 1st.
DDCHA
Altamont, TN
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2010
6:56 PM

Post #8285853

The dogs like it too for their am walks, nothing better than taking a pee at sunrise !!
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

January 1, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8286957

I'm all about more sunshine! Today's high temp is only 7 degrees. Overcast & windy. YUCK! I think about new plants all year long!!!!
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

January 1, 2011
5:38 PM

Post #8287381

mattsmom, we had here in Augusta Ga. 65 degees, just enough warm weather to rake my leaves and work of all those goodies. I can hardley bend to put my shoes on. Now it is cloudy and hoping my pansies will get some water.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

January 1, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8287509

I'm looking forward to trying new plants this year, and to try wintersowing. I'm in the yard whenever it's warm, checking out the Spring blooming bulbs that are starting to emerge, despite our cold weather. Can't wait to plant some poppies and the delphinium.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2011
5:34 AM

Post #8287841

We plant poppies here in Oct. better hurry.
podster
Deep East Texas, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 2, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8287845

Yes, wish you had reminded me in Oct. lol

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8287850

LOL!!! Me too!!! Hopefully some of mine seeded themselves from last year.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8288042

HazelCrestMikeB - The photo is of the harbor - Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom located in the South Western part of the Country. I haven't been back since 1984!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8288445

I think we get about a minute more of daylight each day after the winter solstice and I savor each second. Seems like I become a sleeping hermit about this time of year. If it wasn't for getting up to go to work I could just read and sleep most of the day.
Honeybee, that is beautiful. I attended a wedding near Fowey, a small village in Cornwall about 6 years ago and it is truly a beautiful part of England. I visit London and other areas quite often but would love to go back and visit the Cornwall area.

kittriana

kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 2, 2011
12:47 PM

Post #8288498

none of the above wasnt listed. I'm glad last year is gone, but I love spring more than summer and fall, and warm cloudy temps are easy on my eyes-more so than summer sun, or eyes wide open straining to see ahead of me thru snow and heavy rains, all the plants are babies to be tended, and I DON'T age anymore, been permanently 21 so long that even my drivers license is legal age...guess I love it since it is gone, and spring is around the corner.

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

January 2, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8288613

OutsidePlaying - I've visited Fowey, although I don't remember exactly what it looks like - it's been so many, many moons since being there.

The entire County of Cornwall is beautiful. Sometimes I wonder why I left!

HazelCrestMikeB

HazelCrestMikeB
Hazel Crest, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 2, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8288638

HoneybeeNC, the reason why I asked is because my father has been living there since the early sixties. His last address before moving to Spain a few years ago is in "South Yorkshire", town called "Wath on Dearne". I have never been there. Maybe in the future.
mxswisshelm
Fullerton, CA

January 2, 2011
4:44 PM

Post #8288945

spring is comming!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

January 2, 2011
6:57 PM

Post #8289221

Fowey is tiny but very charming. There was a very nice hotel there just a few blocks from the main village on the water. Also a lot of trails leading toward an old fort and castle. I took a taxi to a beautiful botanical garden one afternoon I had free. It was built on top of a former pit where they used to dig clay for porcelain I think...but an interesting place now. I forget the name of it and will have to look it up. They also have a huge ampitheater there where lots of performers hold concerts. You should go back and visit. You too, Mike B.
luciee
Hanceville, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 11, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8367128

Longer days, New Year, Birthday in Jan., gardening catalogs!!

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