Glad to hear you are already planning another swap. I will get the date on the calendar. Right now, Kris and I will plan to be there. So excited. I hope I potted up some good treats last fall. Can't wait to see everyone again.
Ha! One can always try to get the DH to come :-) He is especially indebted after our mishap last fall... He thought he was helping with fall cleanup and DUG UP all my plants from the swap. He knew he was in trouble when he found me on my knees, sobbing, searching the ground for remnants of roots. Not a good day. But he was very sorry and is planning on a big trip to the greenhouse as soon as it is time :-) LOL.
Thanks guys, I'll have to get out there and take inventory. I know he dug up the false indigo, I was particularly bummed about that. And a few more I'll have to check my notebook... Can't wait till spring! This nice weather the past few days is really making it hard to sit at my desk!!!!!!!!!!!!
COOL Sure hope she can make it :) Ask her if we are going to plan another trip to the HERB FARM ????
& WHEN ????? I WENT To Fredrik Meijers Garden today with a DG MEmber from TX Up here Visiting we had a wonderful time
here is a link to our day at the gardens if you click on slide show it is great .
I was out in the gardens today and yesterday. Pulling out all the leaves we missed in the fall - way more than we thought. But it was nice to see all the little baby plant shoots braving the cold. We had to have a small fire so we could warm and hands and buns when we got too cold. I guess I have spring fever bad.
Looks like Linda has another obligation on the day of our swap, bummer!
The more I look into it the more depressed I get... It looks like I've lost all my blackberry candylilies (I had grown them from seed and was so proud :-( Also a number of foxgloves, irises and various types of sedum... There was a cool bloodwart (I think that is what it was called) I'd gotten at the swap that is gone... a lavender, and a thyme. And a pink coreopsis I'm pretty bummed about too.
darn that is my weekend to work sorry! I am noyt going to re- "up" my subscription to the site this year. I do not get on enough. We can still use the site without paying. So maybe I will be able to get on here am not sure yet. I hope the swap is a huge sucess. Thanks, Ronna
yes you may list it for us if you would like we have a great Day together & Really would like to meet others from DG Around the area this is a great meeting place we have lots of sunshine & Shade . we are a Small Groop but we share BEAUTIFUL Plants Better then you can get in a store :))) .
here are the few of us from last spring & we hope to grow by a few more this year :)))
anyone who wants to know more can call me at 269-945-4323
Well I am back on wanting to do some trading but am not able to come to the swap. I need some shade plants... Am looking at my area and it looks beautiful but want more. Gardening is so much fun. Relaxing. I worked for hours yesterday and could hardly move for the rest of the day lol. But enjoyed every minuet! Sorry about the swap but hope you all have a great time. Ronna
Thanks Susie but we are very tight on emplyees now and I am not able to get an extra sat off. So I will not be able to come to the swap:( Your Iris are absolutly georgeous! But I however do not have enough sun in my yard to force a bloom sad to say. Thanks, Ronna
Susie, I just looked at your photos from last year's swap. Where's your picture??
I am sorry that I can't go again this year as I also have prior commitments. It looks like everyone had a very good time.
I have never been to a swap, partly because I do not have a lot of stuff properly named. I am going to ask a few stupid questions, so that I may be able to prepare for a swap.
1) If some of what you want to swap is coming out of your ground, how long before the swap should you dig it up and pot it, to make sure that it will be okay?
2) Could it include things that you started from seed their first year, or is it better to wait and see if they survive an entire year either in a pot or temporarily in the ground before taking them?
3) How many plants do you need to take to a swap to not get laughed at? and to make your presence worth while?
The pictures kind of look like everyone has a greenhouse in their backyard, I know that is probably not the case, but you are obviously all well established gardeners. Are newbies discouraged from going to something this organized?
Q ) If some of what you want to swap is coming out of your ground, how long before the swap should you dig it up and pot it, to make sure that it will be okay?
(A) AS SOON AS YOU CAN POT THE PLANT UP IT WILL DO MUCH BETTER FOR SHOW AT THE SWAP
ALL PLANTS SOMETIME GO INTO SHOCK FOR A DAY OR SO ,IN THIS CASE USE SOME THRIVE ON THEM THAT HELPS & FOUND IN YOUR LOCAL GARDEN STORES .
Q ) Could it include things that you started from seed their first year, or is it better to wait and see if they survive an entire year either in a pot or temporarily in the ground before taking them?
A) WE DO NOT DO SEEDLINGS IN OUR SWAP'S WE BULBS, PERENNIALS , SOME HOUSE PLANTS,
Q ) How many plants do you need to take to a swap to not get laughed at? and to make your presence worth while?
A) YOU WILL NOT BE LAUGHTED AT TILL END OF THE SWAP WHEN WE SEE YOU FILLING YOUR CAR & YOU HAVE NO ROOM FOR YOUR PASSENGERS SIT . SO PLEASE BE WELL WARNED :) hehe
JUST ASK SHEL OR LEANN :)) i DO HOPE Y6OU CAN COME JOIN US IT IS SO MUCH FUN
YOU WILL GO HOME WITH MORE THEN YOU BRING ANYWAY SO NOT TO WORRY . IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTION JUST CALL ME . 269- 945- 4323
just pot up bring what you have we have many gardeners who can proble tell you what you have for we do have books with us to identify plants together. so bring what you can . My Grandmother had a boarding house up in your area for many many years my mother was from up that way spent many summers up on DUCK LAKE Near the MUSIC Camp when we were kids
sure miss it :)
serenaski, I can be your newbie buddy for the swap! I was wanting to attend but worried about having enough plants to swap, potting them up right, knowing anyone etc. Thanks for asking your questions because now I'm more excited than worried. =)
there is nothing to worry about all we ask is that you DO NOT Pot Plants in PAPER CUPS .
If you do not have pots we ask for you to maybe save MILK Jugs You can put holes in bottom plant your plants & You can set them into a Plastic bag so you don't get dirt in your car .
there will be refreshment served if you want to get into out gift exchange Just make,or buy, a garden related gift
$5.00 or more place in a brown paper bag if will fit it is fun .
there will also be other prizes given away .
there will be extra pots there that you may take for the taken to pot up plants for the next swap .
It will not take you long to get into conversation with others trust me , shelbelle was our little fly the 1st swap
for the 1st hour maybe :))) wish i would have taken a picture of her "LITTLE" Car when she left :)
the following year I Think She Brought HUBBYS TRUCK :) Right??? Shel
same with Bizzie .
trush you all will have a great time & no time to be a fly you all will be busy as BEES Looking over what PLANTS You are going to search for . :)
Hi Eleven, it'll be great to have a newbie buddy:-) And I am going to ask yet another silly question.
The first post mentioned a luncheon and Susie you mentioned refreshments, so should we be bringing a dish to pass? If so are there any guide-lines other than cold and easy?
My hostas are at the stage where they look like horns sticking up about 5 or 6 inches out of the ground, should I try to dig and pot some now or is it better to wait until the leaves unfurl?
(now looks convenient, but I don't want hurt them at a delicate stage---I know I should have dug them up last fall to thin and spread them)
Serenaski, this would be the perfect time to divide your hostas! They are much easier to handle now than when their leaves go every which way. I find that a fork lifts the plant with less damage than trying to dig them out with a shovel. Also, be mindful of the possibility of spreading HVX and sanitize your tools between dividing hostas. I will look forward to seeing you =)
as for Luncheon county heath dpt says we cannot share anything with salad dressing ,mayo or eggs into it so with that in mind what ever you want to bring & Share is fine . there is electric plug ins at the park. & Many tables we just ask that you bring a cheap TABLECLOTH To put onto the table so we do not get the tables dirty with our plants .
The tables are very long so bring a fairly long one i get the plastic ones from a $1.store so they can be thrown out if need be :)
I Agree by digging now they will do much better . I what I do when I dig my plants that i will be sharing is put them all in one spot with filter sun like the back side of my house & I spray them with a solution that I got from a jerry baker book . this you can use all season
1 c baby shampoo , cleans the plants
1 c antiseptic mouthwash kills bateria & keeps insects away
1 c tobacco tea insect do not like this mix to make the tobacco tea
place 1 handful of chewing tobacco in an old nylon soak in a gal of hot water untill dark brown
I use this mix on other plants also Get most my suplies at the $1.store except the tobacco.. I hope we will see you there .
if you have GARDENING Books You have out grown & would like to find other bring yours to trade with others
if you paint STONES OR Plaques You can trade for plants .
Whatever your hobby is or craft is bring it there just maybe some one who will love to trade for it .
My hostas have turned into indomitable squid monsters with a kazillion thick strong grasping arms hanging onto each other and the earth for dear life, twisting and tangling within each other to form a stronghold impenetrable to not only a dinky fork and a little hand spade, but also to my trusty shovel. I have been defeated. Help!
After an hours struggle I got one clump, too big for any little four inch pot, out and potted (kind of) into a half gallon pot with barely enough room for potting soil. Is it possible for plants to become potbound while in the ground? Why have they stayed so tightly bound to each other rather than spreading out into the considerable area that they were given? Are their roots supposed to be 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and covering a way larger and deeper area than the plant above ground? /Users/szimans/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Modified/2011/May 20, 2011/2011-05-20_17-15-19_712.jpg
I did a few today & I TOOK MY hose to them washed all the dirt out of them then they came appart much easier > if you have a big butcher Knief you can maybe cut into the root of them to get them pried apart.
I have been busy digging & potting & digging to ship , trying to mow the grass it is so tall from all the rain .
well off to get daddy to bed so i can get some sleep another big day tomorrow
The hose thing I did try, but I was kind of afraid to cut the roots. Thinking back, I do not know why I was afraid to hurt something that was so obviously hearty. Tomorrow morning I will pick out a long bladed kitchen knife to sacrifice to the cause. Thanks again for your help.
As long as you just make a straight cut & there is plenty of root you won't hurt them.
well off to pot up a few more this morning can you believe there is only two weeks from today & going to have a great time .
Don't forget if you want to get in on the GIFT EXCHANGE Bring a GARDENING Gift Can Be Any type of Garden decor JUst fit it into a CLOSED Paper Bag Or a Box Just so NO ONE Can get SNOOPY :)))
I think my first swap I showed up with a dozen ditch lilies in plastic grocery store bags. No one laughed—in fact they were very gracious, saying how they just LOVED ditch lilies and snatched up every one of them! It is a great group, lots of fun... and you will leave with much more than you come, it never fails. We look forward to having you! And I'm sure we can help you ID some things too.
Thanks, so far I did 10 x 4"pots of an un-named variegated hosta, and one half-gal pot with a sizable chink of the same type of hosta. I also did 2 half-gal pots of a house plant that was rumored to be a 'yucca tree', but all attempts to actually verify that have failed. It's getting close but I was considering putting a couple guys that someone told me were 'golden globe', and some weird little sedum type guys that are really cute but might be a weed. I am on a learning mission.
I never realized how many recipes I have that contain eggs, at first I thought no mayo, no salad dressing, no problem I'll take something sweet. Then it became apparent to me that without chickens there can be no cake, all hail the laying hens.
Tomorrow is errand day, so I'll hit the dollar store and Tractor Supply. Does anyone know if that park is dog friendly? With travel time my day will be a bit long to leave my corgi home, so I need to either get the neighbor girl to babysit or bring my corgi-girl with me.
I Honestly do not know about dog friendly for it is a PINIC Area & Play Grounds for Kids it is not really very big so if you can get a sitter it might be less problem for you if you can get a sitter so you can enjoy your day with us :)
CAKES , Brownies, Cookies, all are ok anything baked with eggs or mayo is fine , it is just anything that has to be kept cold is what they frown on you can bring cold salad if it is kept on ice , anything that is hot as long as you can keep it hot in a crock pot ,
this is going to be a great swap can hardly wait to meet all you new ones I have to go raid my friends garden tomorrow for you beginners :) She is moving & Has to find homes for her plants so i will be bringing many with me .
deejay, I'm sorry to hear the news about your friend leaving her plants behind!
I remember reading somewhere to post if you have any particular wants. I'm mostly on the lookout for:
Lungwort 'Mrs. Moon'
Primroses (other than the bright yellow cowslip)
Any hosta I don't have
Lots of Sweet Woodruff. (The squirrels ate my last trade for it. This try, I will house it in a cage until it takes root!)
So far I have:
Hosta 'Golden Tiara' x3
Hosta 'Night Before Christmas' x1
Some kind of barberry x1
Evening Primrose x4
And considering the following, but not sure if there would be interest:
Canadian Wild Ginger
Dwarf Crested Iris
Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'
I just barely started potting things up here and keep second guessing myself. Oops.
I Think i have Mrs Moon Lungwort I can share with you .
INDIAN PINK WHAT Is That ????
I Have a few Primrose red & yellow do not know their names will try to get pictures in case blooms are gone.
I have many Hostas but to tell you names I cannot a gal shared with me a few years back they all had name tags
but names faded off over the years .
I will have many Named DWARF IRISES & SOME tall Bearded Hope in Bloom . I Have also a Missiour Primrose
that is just so Pretty when they bloom .
I would like to find more MUM"S , Asters BLUE ONLY , newer conflowers , white bee balm ,
Rhododendron & Azalea , dwarf sea Thrift s any colors , dianthus REDS & White.
well daddy is up & i have his BKF Ready so you all Keep potting up chat later great day to play outside :)
OK I Just Heard on the news that there are chances of slight showers but sounds as they are going to be more NORTH Of Grand Rapid .
Let me just say when they say chances of rain we usually do not get it so i hope that many of you will not let the weather scare you off we are all under a Great shelter & It will be warm FRIENDLY & SO MUCH FUN
RAIN OR SHINE I Have some really Nice DOOR PRIZES My Trailer & Back of my car will be Loaded tonight
I will do my best to get back in here tonight Have so much to do today & take daddy to his dr apt,
SO chat later .
My car was down for the past week and I thought for a bit that I would not be able to make it down there, but I got my car back and in running order this evening. I will be driving down from Traverse City and have never been to Freeport before. When I stuck Main Street, Freeport MI into google maps it gave me Freeport but no Main Street. So far it basically says US-131 to I-96 to M-50 to Freeport Ave. to 108th St. to State St. to Division St.. Does anyone have any suggestions from there?
Serena (231)499-0343 ... this is my cell , if you don't see me by 10am that means I am lost somewhere in or around Freeport :-)
Oh please post pictures as I will live through them.
We moved away from Cleveland and now live in the south so I guess I will never get to meet yall or partake of any wonderful plants.
It just about killed me to say good bye to three hard years of planting and developing a garden at the house we had. Now I'm looking to start over but since it is a HUGE difference in the types of plants for here it will be a while before I have any plants.
So don't forget those of us who aren't able to come, as we live through your pictures.
Hope tomorrow is the perfect weather day for everyone to have a great time.
trust me going to be a great day I'm Packed Was going to post a picture but it is time for me to lay up for the long day tomorrow can hardly wait to meet & Greet many of you . yes i have my camera
I'm really sad to miss going tomorrow =( I have allergy testing scheduled Tuesday, so no antihistamines in over a week. After tonight, I can't even take Benadryl. But I barely survived this week in my cubicle at work, so spending a day outside a couple hours from home is probably a really bad idea. I haven't even been able to water my garden or plant anything new in the ground.
Here's to hoping there's another swap in the fall (Ronna said there usually is). Serena, I hope you enjoy yourself enough for the both of us =)
well up & Ready I Have a few more plants to get dug up so off the the great out door i will be leaving here as soon as my sister gets here at 8:30 some shopping to do also . Can hardly wait to meet you all.
Eleven I'm so sorry you can't make it I also have allergies I was to go in also this tuesday for testing but i just cancled
& Live with them there are just to many drugs out there that will Kill you anyway just ask my Niece who almost died THURSDAY Night from the meds her doctor put her on she came out of acoma last night at 5;30 pm & NOW Is out of danger, at my age Gardening is my drug of choice ,even with plugged nose,drippy eyes .
well see many of you out at the park it is a clear day so far here & i see no rain clouds at all :))))
I had a wonderful time today at the swap, and came away with a lot of great plants. The drive down and back went quicker each way than I thought, I was home at 5:20pm. I put all my new green friends in a nice shady spot and gave them a big drink of water then came in and did the same for myself (house has ac but the car doesn't). It was such a pleasure to meet everyone, hopefully the rule holds true : merrily we met, and merrily we did part, so merrily we shall meet again.
Thanks so much to everyone for your kindness and generosity,
GM All sorry about not posting last night But just so tired out after such a rushed Busy week & Daddy wants me to go get our groceries this morning so when i get back i will tell you so much more along with post the pictures . will be back soon MID Morning hope if all gose well
Serena It was a HUGE Pleasure Meeting you & So Happy you was able to Join us :)
WAIT IS OVER & WHEN YOU ALL SEE THE PLANTS YOU PAST UP YOU ARE GOING TO BE SO SO MAD AT YOURSELF IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY , GOOD EATS , LOTSA TREATS, LOTSA DRINKS :) &MOST OF ALL
BEST OF PLANTS & FRIENDSHIP.
WELL 1ST TO ARRIVE WAS MYSELF SO I GOT 1ST PICK OF THE TABLES :)
SORRY FOR THE SPOTS THINK ONE OF MY KITTEN'S WALKED OVER THE FROG AFTER IT ATE ITS DINNER & FORGOT TO WASH HIS PAWS :) BUT A HUGE THANK YOU TO KRISS & LEANN FOR THE CATERPILLAR & THEY ALSO MAKE THESE GREAT FROGS & I JUST HAD TO HAVE ONE WOULD HAVE TAKEN TWO IF I HAD KNOWN IT WAS OK :))) & EXCHANGES FOR PLANTS BUT I DIDN'T WANT THEM TO THINK I WAS GREEDY :)
ARN;T THE CUTEST NO ONE WANTED THE BIG HEAVY BOX & IT WAS THE LAST TO BE PICKED SO IT WENT TO ME & I'AM SO PLEASED :)
OK ENOUGH OF ME NOW FOR ALL THE OTHER GREAT SWAPPERS .
#2 TO ARRIVE WAS SERENA FROM TRAVERSE CITY SHE CAME THE FARTHEST & I DO WISH I HAD AN EXTRA GIFT JUST FOR HER
SHE WAS ONE OF OUR NEWEST MEMBERS TO THE SWAP & SURE SHE WE BE BACK :) IF GODS WILLING .
WELCOME SERENA & HUGE THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP :) MAYBE YOU CAN SHOW OR TELL THE GIFT YOU RECIEVED AS A DOOR PRIZE .
#6 IS A LADY NOT FAR FROM ME DOWN BY BRISTAL CORNORS WHO CAME TO MY GARAGE SALE THIS WEEK & WAS HAPPY TO COME TRADE PLANTS WITH US SHE HAS JUST RETIRED BUT IS NOT ON THE COMPUTOR BUT MAYBE IF SHE HANGS WITH ME LONG ENOUGH :)
THIS IS BRENDA ANOTHER NEWBIE
OK LADY IN BLACK & WHITE IS DEB ANOTHER NEWBIE THERE IN TOWN WHO HAD SEEN THE POSTERS & JUST HAD TO COME SEE WHAT WE WERE ABOUT & BOY WAS SHE HAPPY SHE DID :)
ANOTHER HAPPY GARDENER:)
LADY WITH DEB IS ROSEMARY SHE couldn"t swap this time for she had to go with her HUBBY he is a very talented sculpter of garden art &puts them on display . will share with you later after i find their site :)
yes we all have a great time & so much laughter & yes for the most part very very generous with plants :)
maybe you can come next year for a vacation I Have a huge place you can camp out in :).
well it has been a busy day getting caught up with mail & Other post .
now i have to go chat with leann on FB :) Good nite all
Well i lost my post
But i just wanted to say we always have a great time even with just a few of us Guess people thought it was going to rainy or didn't want to get out in the heat well let me just say this spot is full of sun & Mostly shade & We had to TAPE Down Our table cloths & Prop up the Glass Vases filled with GLADS From Blowing over the wind was like a fan you didn't notice the heat .
UNLESS You Wore a heavy shirt ☺
we have beautiful plants for the most part to share & it worke out where everyone won a door prize
well brother is here to put in the air conditioner so will go chat with him you all have a super day .