NOtice Notice notice!!!! My stamps backup is very very low...it sometimes takes more stamps then are sent depending on how full the envelope is...If you can send 6 instead of five...greatly appreciated!!! Thank You
K here we are!! This thread is for Newbie information and questions, No scrambles on this thread...
To get your free seeds
Be Sure to put your dmail name and a note of wants in your envie, along with return name and address
Address exchange is here http://davesgarden.com/address_exchange/
You have to add your information to be able to access everyone else's
Please feel free to Dmail me with questions
Many of us "oldies" and some Newbies would like to share our seeds with those of you new to Dave's. By new, we mean you joined in the last 8 months(or so) and are a paying member.
Send me a SASBE (Self addressed, stamped bubble envelope) and we'll send you 10 packets of seeds. (Usually more, depends on our stash) That's all there is to it. Let us know you are sending your envy. Just Dmail me with sent envie today in the subject. You will get a good variety of good seeds.
If you can, stick a note in your envy and tell me they types of things you like. Veggies and Flowers, some seeds you are looking for, stuff like that. It will help me fill your envy. I can't always get just what you ask for, but will try.
Postage keeps going up so now we need five usually,
Send 5 stamps and an address label with your name on it.
4 of the stamps will go back on your return envy, the extra will go into the "pot" I don't use it for personal use, but it helps when some mail comes with postage due and when the "oldies" send boxes of seeds sometimes there is postage due.
Best thing to do is just send me an empty bubble envy with your label and stamps inside. I can use that same envy to send your seeds back. Saves that envy!!
Also, if you will scotch tape the envy to send to me, I can use the self adhesive and won't destroy your envy pulling them open when I get them.
Please make sure you put enough stamps on your envelope you send to me. An empty bubble envy is at least 84 cents, so two stamps. If you are sending seeds, it's more of course.
PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR D MAIL NAME WITH YOUR ENVY.
I am in the address exchange, so you know where to send the envy. If you can't find it, just d mail and I'll shoot it right to you. At the top of your home page, you'll see the link "EXTRA'S" ,Go into that link, scroll down and you'll see the address exchange this goes to the exchange http://davesgarden.com/address_exchange/ you have to add yourself to the exchange then you can get my address.
Oldies! lol If you would like to donate seeds, it would be great.!! I know how much I loved it when I was new and someone sent me seeds to get me started. Now I want to pay it forward and maybe you would too.
For those of you who would like to help the newbies, but just don't have a lot of seed, if you would like to trade for seeds, that is great as well. Send seeds for the newbies and I will send you the same amount back. Put a note in with your DG name and let me know what you are looking for also.
Happy Gardening Everyone,
I think your right it went from Ca to Brewster Ny and it does not want to come to Maine there is just to darn much snow!! 18 more inches last week and snowing today!! Maybe it will turn up!! If there is anyone on the list that did not receive let me know so we can put a package together for you!!
I'm new here, would love to receive a welcome pack...I also have a couple of things to contribute. Not a lot yet, as I inadvertently left all my seeds - some saved from other years, some bought last fall and some collected- in CT when we closed the house for the winter and had to buy new ones for the early starts.
What is the best size of bubble envelope to get? I'm planning a trip to the PO tomorrow.
Newbie to arejay: I'm a little confused...which thread is active? I seem to be watching both, and each has a link to the other!
Got the envy today, looking through what I have so I can send at least a couple of things I have extra...should be mailing out tomorrow.
Hi everyone, THIS is the newest thread. The other one is so long some, especially dial uppers can't make it to the bottom. BUT looks like the RR has been found and ready for her flight back home! Ye Ha. Woo_ Hoo and all that stuff. Seed aholicks, here she comes!
All you newbees ready to start new gardens, look out she is loaded.
Thanks for the new thread Robin. I have wireless internet but it just wouldn't go to the bottom for a week or so on the last thread. It would just freeze. Glad the robin was found and all is well. She just must have needed a rest or a diet to get the lift off. I hear some of the first stops fed her pretty good. Hope everyone has had fun and enjoyed finding new seeds and better show us the new blooms this summer when you get some. Have a great week and soak in some sun. It is beautiful here. I have dafodills and Bradford Pear trees and yellow Forsythia bushes all in bloom. Hyacinths are budded out and won't be long till I see color there. The greenhouse is bursting in color from petunias ad a couple other plants, I can't remember the names of. But very nice. Feels like spring already. I'm getting scared to look around the corner because we always get a freeze in April.
This is the active thread I am just leaving the other one open for a couple of days so we dont lose anyone!! Then I will close it.
Hi Jan isnt it exciting the Robin is on the way..to someone somewhere!! Yeay!! No freezes this April Jan we did that last year lets skip it this year!!!
We always seem to have one last SLAP from old man winter in April. Just his twisted sense of humor saying mwahahahahhaahaha (evil laugh) at us!
I noticed yesterday how much the horses and donks are starting to shed, so I'd say we are getting close!!!! Here is DH with our new 'pets'. A new mini siberian burro and a regular size one. This was taken when we first got them home, and 'Powderkeg' didn't want to get out of the trailer! lol That is mini 'Jake' with DH Richard.
Arejay, the envy got sent off today by my bf...I hope there is enough postage on it. I put 2 stamps, then added the seeds I'm sending. I planned to go get it weighed at the PO to make sure, but then he was going out and just took it and put it in the box outside. I put 6 inside the envy for the return. Please let me know if I owe you more and I will send them asap. Thanks, Pam
helloooo all my fellow 'seedy' peeps! yes, I am BACK! took a brief hiatus from DG (another way to say my subscription lapsed. hehe) but now that Spring is here, and my Butterfly garden is just screaming to be redone, I will be spending alot of time here... you've been warned, lol.
Robin, II will be sending some seeds later on in the season for the newbies... I'll drop some postage in as well to help with your dwindling stock pile :)
Getting ready this weekend to layout and plant the new butterfly garden, which has been moved from its previous location. I always start it off with plants at first, and then seed through spring. The former Butterfly garden is now the herb garden. yup, yup, lotsa stuff going on here.
Hope to be seeing all my old DG buddies and make some new ones.
P.S. anyone know a really good source for coneflower plants?
I think I'm good Mekos. Some gals in the houseplant swap are helping me with Monarda. Someone else was helping me but I forgot who :( Now I'm trying to find more poppies and carnivorous plants for my son.
Erin are you here? Thats what It was ...Erin come out come out where ever you are!! One more envie to fill...whew...people are ready for spring!! I hope that means the snow is leaving my back yard soon!!!!!!
I wanted an assortment. He loves poppies, especially the seed heads and harvesting seeds. I had harvested some seed from a neighbor but the seeds got wet and the entire bag molded over winter. I had bought a packet called poppy collect but I think I accidentally put them all in the round robin or another rotation box that stopped by my house.
Funny thing is I had to go to the nursery yesterday and forgot my seed shopping list. Kicking myself.
I just promised someone my shrimp plant if I can remember who it was?????
I didn't know it made seeds(eyes caught in headlights here)!
I was tied up with a sick relative I take care of and haven't done anything on shipping yet. Maybe get back to that next week.
I do have poppy seeds I think, I'll look.I got 3 different Genetiana seeds for Robin and a Magnolia tree and Cudzu vine. I remembered that!
Got some seeds for Locakelly. (two thumbs up)
Got some VFT seeds for Nettie.
Hmmmm, somebody better remind me by next week if I forgot any.
I got Lions tail seeds, Crit. I got thousands of different seeds, I will make a list n see if any interest you.Canterbury bells???Got a friend having heart surgery in the morning so I'll be at hospital till late so will try to make the list this weekend. Will send d-mail when it is ready.
I just did a dumb thing...I sent all the envies out...and threw out the label for these seeds before I labeled them...For some reason the name of them have left the vicinity of my mind...Can anyone name them? Texas something I think
Right now I got a few VFT seeds but I have lots of different pitcher plants in different colors and some cobra lilies all growing in my bog garden but after they bloom there should be seeds. I didn't collect them last fall because I didn't know how. Just let them reseed. And the rest of the seeds I had for white pitcher plant, I sowed last week. Remind me when I get sprouts and I'll share.
~~~~~waving at mekos. I was the one wanting shrimp plant. Canterberry Bells is one thing I have already gotten in a trade. I love odd plants like the shrimp plant, chinese lanterns, corkscrew vine ... all the odd type plants.
We have 2 of our granddaughters this weekend. 7 and 4. I told the we were going to the Lawn and Garden show tomorrow. The older one said she would like to plant some flowers. I told her we would get a couple of my planters out and they could plant them. I would take care of them and they could see them when they came to visit during the summer. She said 'I would like to have some at my house'. (my daughter doesn't do any type of gardening) So we stopped at Dollar General on our way through town and they each got a planter. We are going to plant them and send them home with them to take care of. There are no drain holes, so I need to find some pots with holes to put inside them. I'm so glad they are interested in gardening. I let them help me water when they are here in the summers.
That is wonderful Crit. Teach them how to start a flower garden in containers and watch them go!
I knew someone had asked for the shrimp plant then I got busy with everything and just forgot who it was, but one day next week I will try my best to get back to shipping stuff. My membership will be up tomorrow I think so Arejay can get me at the other place if I need your address info. so I'll let her know when it is ready to ship. I have some other seeds you might like too that I'll toss in for the kids to try.
you could also turn those planters with flowers into a 'container fairy garden' like I did one year when my son was young. we bought different sized pots from the dollar store and planted small annuals in a few, in the tallest one, we put a small birdhouse to serve as the house for the fairy and planted Irish Moss around it to serve as a lawn. we made garden furniture and an arbor from twigs and a walkway from small rocks. in the bottom pot, we put a small dish to serve as a 'Fairy' pond -it was the cutest thing... and it kept him interested in keeping the plants healthy so the 'fairy' wouldnt be sad and move away.
Hello, years ago I found Dave's Garden but it wasn't until yesterday that I finally became a full fledged member. I'm estatic!! How long would you like me to be a member before I request seeds?
Also, I know that in June or July I will have quite a bit of rocket larkspur seed in multiple colors of pink, purple, white and depending on what mother nature gives me maybe blues, that I could donate back if you would like?
Hi Arejay-- all I can say is Wow!!! I got my newbie envie today, and it is stuffed!!! I just spent the last couple of hours sorting through and looking things up that are new to me--there are quite a few. Some I already know where I'll use them, but others may take a while. I'll have plenty of questions along the way, I'm sure.
I'm excited to try the Pride of Barbados, it looks beautiful. I've seen a few ways to get it started...what worked best for you? It sounds like lots of DG-ers have had good luck with it. I hope I'm next. :)
So thank you all for making me feel so welcome and a part of things. I'm looking forward to adding my goodies into the mix as well.
You guys are awesome! I received my package yesterday too and did the same thing to find out what everything is, lol. I'd also like to hear any tips for the pride of Barbados. My three year old claimed the giant sunflowers for her flower garden. Hehe, I'm so proud of her, she has her own little bitty veggie garden and a flower bed started. Of course the only thing she wants to grow in the veggie bed is broccoli.
I don't have a lot of seeds to share yet but I do have a postin the plant trading forum for any newbies (or oldies) who might want some irises for postage.
We got some cute little pots. Around the edge we put alyssum and portulaca. In the middle one put a nastursen (sp?) and the other put in a zinnia. I expected with the confined space, the taller flowers may not get as big. I didn't have any other short seed that I knew of without going through my box of seed. lol Would LOVE to be able to take pictures as they progress, but they are taking them home. If I can get their mom to take pictures and send to me, I will post.
Crit I love nasturtiums! Last year my son and I put the seeds between paper towels to start them. You should have seen his face when we opened the paper towel to all the roots and sprouts! We planted them and they did good indoors, but did not like being transplanted outdoors.
This year we will direct sow into pots or use starts but first I have to decide which ones will use.
i use them everywhere to cover the ground where I don't have a plan and don't want weeds to take over. I love the trailing ones for large areas, Alaska for foliage interest and many, many others. I usually direct sow, and also do one flat a couple of weeks early for spots that need filling in. I don't have any trouble moving them as long as the roots are still pretty new, not potbound. I make sure the soil is really loose around the roots when I plant them, then water well. I also mulch, usually with shredded pine or small chips. The only time they haven't done well is if I wait too long past the frost date. For me that's 4/15, and I have to get them in the ground by the beginning of May.
I put some Fordhooks in a huge barrel and ended up pulling most of them out because they were taking over!
I got the robin back in the mail today. I found a few veggie seeds and flower seeds I thought I could use and put in some of the extras I had. Loved going thru the box. By next year I'll be ready for a few trades. I'm getting my yard back together, being as how we did not get the loan for the new trailer. Boy, do those trailer sales guys lie!!! They said it would be no problem for us to get a new trailer so we did all the paperwork and I started moving things in the yard and suddenly its, "Sorry, can't help you!"
Anyway we have a friend that knows about construction and he's going to help us rebuild our trailer and enlarge/remodel it. We have to save up some money to buy supplies with so will not start until next year. In the mean time I'll work on my garden, move the few things I'll have to inorder to enlarge the trailer. Plus I have my trip to Calif rescheduled for July/Aug.
I was trimming my back plants a month or so ago, and couldn't let perfectly good seeds go to waste! ;-) FYI, the runner beans are actually "perennial" in my zone...this was quite a surprise to me. The vine dies back completely, but they form some sort of tuber and resprout each spring.
Robin, I'm not going to have a chance to make up individual packets, so just take what you want and give away the rest. :-) I'm happy if they find good homes, wherever that may be! There are a decent amount of seeds of both plants...
Oh Corey!! I would love to have your help!! Did everyone see this!! Corey is volunteering!!! Yeah!! Ok I just packaged up a lot of bulk seed but I do have more on the way lets see if we can make this work!!
You know Corey I just thought of something...last year Mindy made me a spread sheet to start tracking what I have and how old it is and on and on she worked up a great spread sheet...how do you feel about spreadsheet ? I can post it in google you could make labels of from it maybe add in any information you research does any of this make sense? Organization is not my strong point...networking and sharing is...
A spreadsheet sounds cool to me, though I have had trouble getting at files on Google before. Maybe I should try from home, not work.
I'll try again, becuase it is much easier to share ONE file, than to email it back and forth.
I see you use paper coin envelopes while I lean towards 2x3 Ziplocks. It you want to use paper, can you tape labels onto coin envelopes? I like to print double-sided. I would be happy to send the labels to you pre-stuffed into plastic Ziplocks, but those coin envelopes are expensive!
Here's an example. I would see how much of this fits onto 2x3",
and check it's accuracy with SunnyG - especially: what color?
[tender perennial Z8b-11, maybe as cold as Z.5-Utah]
Grown as Annual
do not let dry out
Bloom mid-summer (Bright Yellow or Maroon (Purple-Brown) or White/Near White)
4'-6' tall 2'-3' spacing
May need stakes when young.
Seeds sprout in 2 days to 4 weeks.
Maybe soak or nick seeds.
Sow indoors before last frost or
DS after last frost or
from woody stem cuttings
from sunnyg's garden
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I should probably use very few abbreviations. Maybe [P] instead of "perennial" is OK?
I hope "DS" is OK for "direct sow".
Probably spell out "drought tolerant" instead of "DT".
Probably NOT print the web link to Plant files (too small to read).
I usually print in 10-point Arial font, with common name bold and larger if there's room.
If it gets crowded, I'll print long lines in 9-point or even 8-point font.
(But that's getting to be fine print!)
The zipper ones you use are great!! I use paper only because that what I have easy access to. Corey!! I wish I had a happy clapping avatar!!! You get my point with the exclamations though right? Those are perfect and yes abbreviations are great!! Yeay!!!! We can work at the spread sheet anyway that works for you..Mindy are you here?
Cool cool cool! Usually my suggestions are considered much too detailed and nerdy.
After lunch I'll bang out something for SunnyG's second batch of seeds, and mail you some pkts, probably this weekend.
If I can do the color printing, I see one photo from SunnyG in PlantFiles, so i hope I can use that without copyright violation!
I also found some germination advice for the edible Hibiscus:
Abelmoschus HHA (half-hardy-annual)
sprouts emerge in 15-30 days
sow 1/16th deep, germn. 75-80 degrees in well drained media
Soak 1 hour in lukewarm water before sowing.
Does 10 pkts of each sound better than 5? Or more?
Often I will tuck 2-3 labels into each pkt, so the recipient can store some and share some, or pull out some for sowing WITH a label and instructions.
Probably de-cluttering this thread would be good. I could start a new thread "Labelling New Bee Seeds", or just go to Dmail.
Looks great to me on the labels! Corey, the Abelmoschus manihot are a light yellow flower with a purplish throat. I know I have pics of the parent plant, and can upload one for you to use later today (need to run right now). Feel free to use any of my pics on here for labels, i.e. the runner bean pic from plantfiles. I am mailing the seeds off to Robin today...btw they were harvested in late 2010.
I just checked, and I've uploaded images for both plants. I am so on top of things that I don't even realize it. LOL. Anyway, I just uploaded another Abelmoschus manihot image so it's in the queue waiting approval, but feel free to use any image, Corey.
Yes Corey make a thread in this forum so everyone can see the process!! I think its great!! Save the second post for me so I can add a note to donating members!! Thank You Corey not to detailed for me or Nerdy !! You are doing the work and I am reaping the benefits!! Now if I could only get you organizing the rest of my stuff!!! Yeay!!
Corey, the parent plants of the runner bean seeds I sent all tended toward red and white bi-color blooms like the photo I posted in plantfiles, but judging from the other photos in plantfiles, there is certainly some variation...:-) Looks great!
WOW ... this all sounds so technical. tee hee I am starting to print my information on labels that can be put on the outside of the envelopes. I'm always afraid of losing seed when I take a paper out of an evny. Especially if someone has folded a paper.
Corey, that is a nice idea to send 2 labels in a packet. One for planting and one for saving.
Thanks very much - I was proud when I got the double-sided things to line up. Now I can print LEGIBLE labels as fast as I can type. My handwriting is just unreadable, and the letters are huge.
Igrowinpa has the best seed lables! I just stare at her handwriting every time I see one of her labels. Exquistite!
>> I'm always afraid of losing seed when I take a paper out of an evny.
For me, cutting open a taped envelope or unfolding one of the origami envelopes is an adventure. I haven't done a "SPROING" yet with a folded envelope, but I always worry and position it over a bowl. A few times, all the tiny seeds had migrated to the tiny crack of exposed Scoth tape, and I had to rub them away form the glue.
I think it's cool that no two people package or label seeds exactly the same way.
The very first seed trade I recieved included a plastic tube smaller than a pencil with some tomatoe seeds in it. Maybe from LooneyLinda? It was a re-traded trade.
The artistic packaging of seed here is incredible Corey!! Some people have handwriting that absolutely puts me to shame!! THey are tiny tiny and perfectly scrolled no typewriters/computers needed!! Endless ideas of packaging and labeling go on here!!
arejay59 - Yesterday, I opened my mail to find my newbie seeds - what a delightful surprise! I was so excited I felt like a kid at Christmas time!
My daughter wanted to open the envelope just as bad as a I did so we both went through and carefully sorted out each and every envelope! They just kept coming out of the bag - I thought it might be bottomless - lol.
My son can't wait to get his hands dirty and start planting. I've looked up most everything in books and I think most of it can be planted sooner than later - I can't believe it - boy are we going to have a beautiful garden! Time to get busy. Thank you so very, very much - I'll post pictures as soon as we get things going.
just wanted to give everyone an update... we have the modular buildings together and ran plumbing today :) 1 week to build bedrooms and kitchen and we will back back home :) and ready to landscape :))))
Wonderful News!!!! Won't be long now. Congratulations!
Arejay did the snow storm hit you or are you ok? I know you were expecting 12 inches, so holler and let us know if you are snowed in or what. Hugs and good night all.
OH AREJAY!!!! Poor baby girl! I feel for you. I was just asking everyone if they had heard from you to see how you was. I'm so sorry about all that snow.
( We got so much rain we almost flooded here. They are calling for tornadoes Tuesday with bad thunder storms and rain.)
Sure hope it melts fast and brings sun for you. Is this snow normal for you? for this time of year? I was thinking SPRING time is here, then snow fell. :>( Poor plants have got to be confused! Glad you are ok though. Gotta go do some cleaning so back later.
Glad you are OK Arejay! we had some pretty nasty Thunderstorms here, put the city out of electricity for about a day... a few tornadoes touched town, but other than some roughly transplanted trees (lol) we emerged pretty much unscathed! this is definitely a rough Spring for everyone - north and south
Glad yall are ok Cue. Blondie is somewhere down in Florida and she took pictures of much damage and big hail at her place. Her DMIL had a big tree to fall on the swimming pool and a tree took down a powerline and started a fire. man what a storm yall had. They are calling for that here Tuesday. Hope it don't get so bad.
Our temp today is 84 with the winds at 16 gusting to 38. I'm sweating, don't like to sweat this early. Chance of thunderstorms the next couple days. I sure HOPE and PRAY we get some. We are sooOOoOoooOooOoo DRY! Need some rain so my pasture grass will grow. We got 2 more horses and have to keep putting out hay. I sure hope we get good April showers, or May flowers will be duds. From March thru May is our tornado season. Don't look forward to that, but sure need rain. Just don't need it to overdo it which seems to happen. Once it starts, it doesn't shut off.
Geez - I wondered where you all went. You all must be up to your ears in seeds by now. Just trying to get half of mine planted for the Spring rush. So far I've got tomatoes, peppers, marigolds, and zinnias in sprouting trays. Managed to get some onion and garlic bulbs in the ground for spring greens. Leafy lettuce won't be far behind.
I've had 77 degrees with thunderstorms, rain and lightening all day. Plus sudden gusts of wind that took a large branch out of a maple and it hit the side of my niece's new trailer. Hit so hard it knocked plates out of the cupboard in her kitchen. Made us all jump. Her husband was asleep on the cough and he jumped to his feet sill asleep yelling "What the hell!!"
Had to move our cars out to the street as our parking area is under the trees.
Oh my! Geez, we had really bad winds yesterday, but not today. Guess it blew all the way to KY over night! Glad you are all okay, but sorry about the damage to your niece's new trailer! But it would have been funny watching her DH in his sleep! But hope that it's blown over now, and you can go back to nice weather! Take care and glad to know you are being careful, Marti. Just too dangerous taking the weather for granted and not taking precautions. Glad you are all OK, and hope none of the damage is too severe.
Is everyone ok today. Just checking on people. Lots are still without power, bad storms swept through with bad high winds. We got hail and lots of rain with thunder n lightning and very windy. Power went out for a while but back on now. No real damage here and we are ok so holler when ya can and let us know everyone is safe.
Hope everyone is Ok! Still hovering around 30 degrees here, with a little wind, but we sure haven't had the spring storms that some of you are having. Glad to know you are okay Mekos! Hope some of the rest check in so we know how everyone is!
I am lost in genealogy did he tell you that? I get started and I cant quit!! I honestly have 30 tabs open across the top here and all but three are genealogy links...they suck me in like the newbee thread to a seed addict!!
I think the sun is coming out today!!
Hey Arejay, I couldn't get the copy paste thing to work on the d-mails page. But here is a picture. And depending on that box of Irises as to wheather the many posts of words will follow as I printed them off and can scan it back in the computer to show it all.
Ooooooooow, I'm good!
Now how many Irises are in my box Robin / Mitt ?
Me too Robin, kinda looks like it's at moose lagoon. ;^)
A nuther post here.
Fair Play, SC
Tue, April 5, 2011
Hahahahaha You just ain't right Mitt! Hahahaha ROTFLMAO . If she just knew! Hahahahaha
Fair Play, SC
Wed, April 6, 2011
Wonder iffin that is her fishing rod too? Looks like she mighta went fishing, but nothing on there so probably dint catch anything but poison ivy!
Wed, April 6, 2011
I'm surprised you didn't mention her brass spittoon, Jan
Fair Play, SC
Wed, April 6, 2011
Hot dawg! I missed that. I spotted that purty hibiscus in the edge of the picture and them binoculars to spie on somethin with, and fishing rod and banjo and such, but jest figured that wuz a new fangled flower pot there on the floor. Gud eyes thar Mitt!
Wed, April 6, 2011
Girl you have to look around. Did you see the moonshine bottle on the window sill? How about the tin of chewin tobacee
Fair Play, SC
Wed, April 6, 2011
OH Geesh! She is Chawing!?! Hahaha Back to ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!
Fair Play, SC
Wed, April 6, 2011
hey Mitt, Arejay is bribing me to post what you sent to me about her, What is it worth to you to keep my mouf shut and not post d-mails out there? Is it worth some more gorgeous Irises? FREE????
Thu, April 7, 2011
I thought you were from Fair Play. You don't play fair. That blackmail
BUT I have a big box waiting for you. Don't tell her about this.
Fair Play, SC
Thu, April 7, 2011
YUP at it's BEST!!!! Big smile!
Thanks! Looking forward to all those IRISES!
NOW AREJAY, Who emptyed the booze and are you still Chawing that wakky baccy?
What do you mean did I se it? I sent it around e-mail to everbuddy 2 weeks ago. Iffin I had of had yor e-mail you would have got it from me too. I know what that is before clicking. I jest dont trust ya Mitt. When ya gonna ship my new Irises?
I got white, Dark purple/black and dark purple with light purple mix. AND got bunches of others with HUGE FAT BUDS! Will take pictures tomorrow. I only have one of the white now and one of the dark purple. First ones to open so far then the purple and light purple mix opened today.
Love you folks that have irises already, mine aren't even close. That's why I went to Hawaii, to see flowers.
I'm traying up my tomatoes today, they're about 3 weeks old and ready for their first transplant. Starting a few marigolds and zinnias, too.
I was lucky enough to get an almost new Mantis tiller free out of Gramp's estate. It was just out of the box, but never started. Probably sat in the shed for 5 years or so. It came with a sidewalk edger attachment but no tiller tines, had to order the tines from the company internet site. This looks promising.
I really envie you Al on the tiller. Sure makes it easier to keep the gardens cleaned and soil softer for the roots to spread. Enjoy it! I found a few bloom buds on 1 of my older tomatoes. I sowed the 4 in early January and those are awesome.
Had several blooms out today. So far only the darkest purples and mixed purples and white are in bloom. I do have some more fluffy and larger blooms. Gonna make you a box from the different colors as I see which are what Al. You have sent me so much all through the year and I'd love to share with ya, what I have.
We Do Si Doed there Mitt. (I over posted you, sorry). Thank you. These always bloom early, they are the very OLD old timey ones. The others are full of buds so maybe they will bloom soon. I love my Irises. The colors are all mixed so hard to tell which is what till they bloom.
I can't wait till yours start blooming, You have the most beautiful Blooms I have ever seen.
You probably will have to add a burgular alarm this year when they start though. I may not be able to contain myself any longer. Jest sayin...
Mekos, Crit ~ come to MD and take as much as you want. its incredibly invasive here as you will realize when you drive down any country road. i have literally seen mile long stretches where all the trees on both sides of the road are covered with wisteria blossoms. probably one of the most powerful displays of "invasive" i have ever seen i would say that the stink bugs are tied but they fall into the category of annoying not powerful.
Yup another of my babies I rooted and grew. I trained it to be a tree and not run all over the place. It is about 3-4 years old. I let it get head high and I trim off any runners at the same height and it bunches more and the stalk gets fatter like a tree trunk. I love it. I got red and a white one too, but I know the white one is alive, it is now putting out but too small to bloom yet, the red one is tree form anyway , it don't run but it has not put out so not sure if it lived through the winter till it starts to put out green.
Sorry Michael, I over posted you. I started writing and my neighbor came and just left so I could finish and when I clicked send , yours was already there.
I actually like it but it would be nvasive here too if I let it go. I keep it trimmed to a tree form.
I know there is a place here near the airport where there is a huge one growing. I've thought about going and trying to get a piece of it, but never had. It is kinda up on the hillside, and I would have to park my car on the side of the road to go up there. I didn't know there were any colors besides lilac. I put out 5 seeds to WS, but so far nothing is coming up. My mom had one trained as a tree. I always loved it.
I'm fixin to go get some up for friends in other places iffin ya want one too, I can get one for ya. They are easy to root. If they touch soil, they root. I grew my lavender from a cutting, but the red and white ones I grew from seed. Slow starting but after the first year, they seem to get a second wind and RUN! Just keep the runners clipped off close to the main trunk and it will be gorgeous after the second year. My lavender is 2 years old but going into the 3rd year this summer. This is the best it has been so far.
I had a huge old one years ago. It grew on a big old oak and had sprouted into a long hedge. I kept pushing the tendrils back into the hedge until the whole thing bloomed. A neighbor across the street grew one from seed...it took years until it finally bloomed and was a huge disappointment! It looked like a washed out version of mine. I think it's better to stick to cuttings!
I visited a spot yesterday where I recently got involved with a local non-profit doing urban gardening. There's wisteria a plenty, so I will take that off my list. I am also going into the woods (it's an abandoned homesite in a lovely neighborhood) to dig up some spring flowers and wildflowers. If I'm on the board of directors, I guess I'm not trespassing! (did I mention that I was/am a lawyer?).
I'll post a picture later of the plant. I can't remember the name of it, but it is not a wildflower. these are probably plants that covered the grounds of this "mansion." MAN you should see the size of the 2 magnolias that were probably in front of this house (the stone chimney is down/laying near/between them. One is a double trunk and DBH has got to be huge. I'll take a tape measure today too. They are supposed to be the oldest in Greensboro.
I see you are keeping busy keeping the newbees addicted JB!! Is that Mit I see peeking in? Amanda nice to meet you...are you new or old no kidding just kidding...I am glad to see you I see you just became a member did you send for your newbee package?
Mornin Al you better hang on there you could be buried in Iris by the sounds...Be careful what you wish for!! The sun came out here thank goodness!! Finally...There still some ice and snow but I dug out my favorite garden shoes I am ready!!
Robin, I do believe you actually have more snow left than we do. It's almost gone from my yard now, but still have some snow and ice left in the Hills. Went for a drive yesterday and took some spriing shots. Here is one of a small lake in the hills. Not quite ready for swimming yet.
heya :) news update we will be moving back into our home this weekend :) will still have a ton of projects to deal with, but both modular buildings will be livable :)) Sooooooooo if anyone has any "welcome to your new home pkgs" heheehe i'm in the index ;)
That is great Gary! We'll just have to see what we can do for you to help get your yard going again.
Now John Boy, that looks like a dead orchid sitting upon that big block of ice there girl. I take it, it bit the dust? (Sigh...)
Glad you are thawing out though. My jack in the pulpit has a nice leaf up and I am SOOOO hopeing it will bloom this year. I just saw it today. My Silver leafed Sikonium(don't know if I spelled it right) has shot up bunches of them so maybe a bloom soon on it too. YIPPIE!!!!
Got blooms on 4 tomato plants, Yippie! Looks like spring may just be sliding in sideways!
Well, got to turn in early, had my grandbaby today since 6:00am and I am bushed!
Good night all , be safe if any of yall get those storms moving around tonight. Hugs!
Good night John Boy!
The Wisteria are stunning...mine is still just little ...I wonder maybe this year blossoms!! Garry I dont remember did you get a newbee package? JB I still have one of the orchids you sent a biggg bunch!! Still hope for a MaineSC Orchid!!
Crit - it has escaped cultivation and is about as helpful to trees as is Kudzu in the south. On the other thread someone said and it's true that wisteria can eventually crush a structure. Like a python! That's why I wanted to grow one like a tree - I'd read about it/seen them at nurseries but didn't want to spend the $ to buy a noxious weed (HA!).
It is spectacular, though. A bunch of years ago I bought a giant print of Monet's "Wisteria" for my office. I've seen it on pergolas and arbors and o there is almost nothing prettier.
I wouldn't plant it on a tree unless the tree were already dead, or if you wanted to kill it. :D
Those trees are gorgeous! I just love mine and I do keep mine a tree form. It is invasive here in the south and it can take over just like cudzu if not kept in check. However if you do trim and take care of them, nothing is prettier in my eyes.(Cept Iris)!
Right before I went out my manager reminded me that plant grown from seed can take 7 - 15 years to flower. I took cuttings instead from vines that were blooming, and I have them in water outside in the shade. Shouldn't take long to root, I wouldn't think. They look very healthy.
Haven't done trades yet, but I am very happy to share. How do you get postage to one another? Ever use Paypal transfers? I should think they would be light enough to send first class ($2 or less).
Wish I didn't need to ask but I'm on a grad student's budget. :/
Iris grow on top of the ground, the roots will go down and the tuber stays up. If you bury the tuber it either will not bloom or it will rot if it stays under and wet, so iffin ya like them, keep them shallow or on the top of the surface.
Bearded iris rhizomes should be planted with the top of the rhizome exposed. So if you plant half in the dirt and half out you should be ok. Also mound the dirt up before you plant so that if you receive alot of rain the rhizome won't be sitting in a puddle.
If you have alot of rhizomes it sounds like its time to divide them and give them some room. Crowding will cut down on them blooming, Ang. So after your bloom season in Bremerton you can dig and separate your irises.
The iris that's blooming (lets call that rhizome the mother) will bloom only once. After it is done blooming it will spend the rest of it's life sending out increases or new babies. You'll see the baby increases attached to the mother rhizome. I've had a mother produce 8 new increases in one year so you can understand how they'll become crowded quickly and should be divided every two or three years (depending how much room you've originally allowed for growing)
I guess I should take the little bit of cedar mulch I put on mine off. I know about leaving the rhyzome on top of the ground, I just thought the big pieces of mulch would look nice. Not much rain here, maybe I should water them. I thinned them last year as I only had a couple of bloom, hoping they would bloom better this year. I want to plant them all down my fencline and driveway. I just love them, they are soooooooooooo pretty!!!!! I would be able to enjoy them out my kitchen window and every time I left and when I would return.
Please put my husband and I in your prayers. BIG prayers, please. Thanks to everyone!
Amanda, do you have any extra seeds or small seedlings? I think I have some money in my change jar I could send you.
Mitt, thanks for the advice. These aren't my irises but I think the woman who originally planted them isn't around any more. Since it's planted into the ground here that means it's technically the landscapers job to divide and what not but my Dad could totally do it.
Al, Got your box of Iris shipped this morning and just call it a belated birthday gift! Hope they do well for you. I know you got purple with lavender petals with yellow throats and some dark purple/almost black, and some huge white blooms with a hint of blue smoke inside it. Those I can guarantee are there but some have never bloomed and not sure what those may be. Probably will bloom later this year or next. They are babies off others.
Hi again - yes my addy is in the proper place for exchange, methinks.
Ang - I will have extra cuttings. I have it on good authority that a wisteria grown from seed won't bloom for 7 - 15 years, so vegetative reproduction works best. If you really want, I did collect some dried seed pods which you can have.
I have cuttings soaking and hope to have roots and/or ship within the next week or two.
WooHoo! Oh my, so glad that you are doing this for us, as I really don't want to wait 7-15 years for seeds to grow! Besides, there is no way I could keep seedlings alive that long, lol! I'd lose them, or forget about them or something. Can't imagine how they can be invasive here with our winters, so I'm not worried about that at all, but am wondering how they can take that long in good growing conditions, lol!
For example, you could ask for certain kinds of Columbines. If Arejay doesn't have gobs and stacks in stock, please mention it again here, because I (and many others) have several kinds stashed away.
Since you've only been in DG a week or two, let me mention a feature that should in principle be really usefull:
If you go to "Plant Files", and find some specific variety you wish you had, or that you have enough of that you could share seeds or rooted plants or bulbs or cuttings with others, there is a button somewhere that lets you add that specific variety to your "Have" list or "Want" list, in a searchable format, so that anyone else browsing Plant Files can find people who "Want" or "Have" that exact variety.
Or some people will list a whole species or even genus as a "Want", and then add comments like "anything blue" or "anything hardy in Zone 4".
However, that seems to work out to an even trade so seldom, that I've had people express amazement when we managed to find a trade that way. More often, someone sends something "for postage" and becuase they're generous. Or you can search someone's member page "Want List" to discover that once upon a time, they wanted something obscure, that you happen to have a half-pkt of, left over.
I think you'll find a lot of generous people here!
(I especially like sending unusual and difficult seeds to people who are better gardeners than I am (almost anyone), because if I kill all the seeds I I have left of that variety, next year thay may be re-offering it back.)
Here is a picture of our new horses. I gave Frisky (black) a bath this afternoon when I got home from work, because it was 90* and is suppose to be colder and rainy (ya right!) until Tuesday. She had psoriasis or dandruff or something on her back, and I wanted to bathe her with a medicinal soap. It was our first dance at this and she did really good. Tried to rear up a couple of times, but I just kept talking to her. I really think she was trying to see if I was afraid of her or not. lol She found out ...NOT.
Happy Easter Everyone...The sun came out...I planted all day in spite of the probability of frost coming and taking half of what I planted..I just couldn't resist. Hi Kevin Ill be watching for your envie and everything they said I agree...
Kevin, Dorothy and I will be at the Flea Market this weekend. It will be our last weekend for awhile. Stop in if you get the chance and pick out a birdhouse gourd as our welcome to Dave's Garden. I might have some iris for you. Come see me about it.
The spicy tomato jam was awsome! I and the 2 year old love it on just plain bread. The orange jelly tasted great too. I can't wait to have it on chicken or biscuits. It was an absolute joy seeing all your wonderful flowers, and thank you so much for all the starts you gave me. I'm looking forward to seeing those Iris pop out next year. I had never seen the red colored wood sorrel like you had... either I haven't been paying much attention, or I just don't go where it's growing. Thank you for inviting me over and offering me so many wonderful plants. I'm going to be busy planning and planting. :)
I was at the farmers' market this weekend too, and we smelled this BREAD in one of the buildings. We bought a loaf (just 2 of us) and ate the whole loaf together with a jar of hot dill pickles. MAN alive. :D
This was a full size loaf with a rounded golden top. ('Bout 10" x 6" x 8" (?)). It tasted like honey. It had the nicest soft crunchy texture baked all over, but it had a thin crust. The inside was white and fluffy, sort of flaky and soft and warm. OMG! They didn't have a slicer so when we sat down and pulled it from the paper bag, I just picked it up and took a bite out of the side of it. ha ha haha ha - what great fun that was. And the pickles were from Amish Country in OH. It took some mean deliberation in the pickle aisle to decide. I'm drooling now. The quart jar with the pickle juice is still in the car. I'll have some for breakfast. We also bought a jar of sweet pickled beets, but they couldn't compete with the rest.
I haven't made any the last couple of years. Don't plant a vegie garden anymore since it is just the 2 of us. I just do a few tomatoe plants. But they were yummy. They were my ex-husbands great-grandmothers recipe
LOL corey. I know when I was baking bread for fairs or special occasions, I had to make more than one, then put the one I wanted for this in the refrigerator with "Do Not Eat" on the top of it! My family loved when I baked for the fair because the top of my big chest type freezer would be covered with breads, rolls, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc., that didn't make the 'cut' for the special event.
I covered everything with chicken wire and hot pepper flakes when I planted the bulbs, and only lifted that after they had sprouted well. I still have some digging, and plan to renew the pepper flakes.
I'm trying to decide whether those beds will just sit idle after the bulbs arre spent, or figure out
what can i sow on top of them?
Those storms were horrible. I've been watching CNN. It's so sad to see what they're going thru. In a blink of an eye they lost their home, their cars, their jobs, their neighbors and in some cases their families.
I know it is scary . I dont think we really comprehend it here in the NE we get northeasters but the worst they do is keeps us in our houses and cause us to have to shovel we might get a fallen power line.We get mostly inconveniance though We dont live in the kind of fear a lot of states do.We will be more accepting of our ice and snow. Its nothing compared to the storms that people around the world have suffered and are overcoming lately.
The storms are just devastating - I am keeping the ones affected in my prayers.
Corey - please don't use hot pepper flakes as a deterrant in your garden. If the animal gets the pepper in it's eye it causes severe pain, so much so that animals have been found that have scratched their eyes out. At the least it can cause vision loss and blindness. I know some are considered pests to gardeners but they are living creatures too.
If you can find the black for 5.00 by all means grab all you can. The cheapest I found last year for a few tiny bulbs not old enough to bloom was 15.00 pluss shipping. These will shoot up a seed head after they finish blooming and be ripe this fall for planting. I'll save some if anyone wants any just remind me this fall. I have bunches of other colors, all colors, but some are not blooming yet. I just took these out of the greenhouse and they were ready to open. The ones in the yard will bloom soon though. Mine get half and half sun. Early morning and late evening. Shade in the hottest time of day.I have pastel colors, yellow, pink and lavender too.Some have spotted leaves some solid green leaves.
Well all I can say is ya don't want to run up on Lucy in the dark. Ya ever watch the show about the Munsters? Ya know that man eating plant they had, well now it has been known to hang around these parts at times and people go missing. Seems one of them Kelly Twins keeps Lucy.
LaVonne is doing a little better. She has an appointment with a specialist on the 24th to see how bad her liver has gotten. The problem is it will not get better. It will either stay the same or get worse and from what the doctor said, it will get worse, either slowly or it could quit functioning very quickly. She is not eligible for a liver transplant due to her diabeties and other health problems. So we are in a waiting game.
I thought a liver could heal itself>like regenerate? Hmmmm, this is not good. I am so sorry but we are praying for her full recovery and I am believing she will get better. Hugs. I will get you and Crit a bulb (Calla)as soon as they finish blooming and I see if there are babies in there. Take care and hug LaVonne for me.
We wont think that route Marti, just speak out her healing. Speak positive and believe the positive for her.
Yup, We got KT1 and KT2 and Lucy of course so watch out for the darkish pair! That girl is ALWAYS getting me in trouble when she shows up.
Good Morning Everyone!! You are an angel Marti...I know your sister must be so grateful for your devotion. I certainly would be.Hugs for you...
I have some news for everyone!! Remember last year when I offered up the free seeds for newbees?? I thought someone else might like to try their hand at it...well someone does!! Guess who? Winner gets...um what ..something...Oh seeds!! Yes of course ...a surprise package of seed oh wait or maybe...I will send the winner a beautiful named Iris...not sure which Iris ..but Ill send you one.That will kick off my latest and maybe one of my favorite things...Mits Iris Sale... Winner gets a named Iris or a nice package of seed. Winners choice..who is taking over as the keeper of the seed???
BTW have I told you lately my Brug is magical!!
Yes Crit I am serious you win!! Yes Corey will do a great job... Just dont hoot too loud when you all find out he is much more organized and therefore faster than me...If you do...Im calling Lucy!!
So here is the new threead and I am sure you will here from Corey before the days is a new one...Hugs everyone Crit wins...Corey wins...hey a win win!!
Notice I made the thread in the Welcome Mat forum versus the seed trading forum as you know how busy we get...and it is prime seed trading time...we take over the thread sometimes...Besides where better to put the Free seed for Newbees thread then in the oh Welcome Mat!!!!
Here is the thread http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1182272/
>> Just dont hoot too loud when you all find out he is much more organized and therefore faster than me
FFFPPPTTT! As if! I was just about to Dmail someone I did a one-on-one trade with about two weeks ago, to find out if I ever sent it. And most people I've traded with know better than to think I'm faster than anyone ... organized, MAYBE, sometimes, but that just means more and better procrastination.
Which I will try to avoid.
I love the idea of a thread in the Welcome Mat. But there HAS TO remain a New Bee Seed thread here in Seed Trading.
I dunno 'bout thaaaat ... Robin had been hinting for some time.
At least in my case, there's no risk related to going over the edge or around the corner. I'm already so far gone that I can't even SEE them from where I am!
"Total lunacy?" Been there, done that, got the Tee shirt. Woo Hoo!
I just wish there was a way for several people to share the fun, but it seems that "The Box" has to be in one place, or we get into problems like Wal-Mart and Amazon.com have: high postage due to shipping from multiple warehouses. I'm going to think about that.
If we have huge multiples of many things, and the requests tend to fall into a few categories, maybe several people COULD handle it in parallel.
Good Morning? I think I have found my last official thread of free seed for newbees!! Lets go from here!! Can anyone tell me where the last active thread is for newbee seeds? I don't visit as often since I passed that hat so if you are trying to find me and can't... firstname.lastname@example.org and the Iris facebook page are good places to look. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bearded-Iris
Hi Robin! - I sort of lost track of this thread a few months ago. We have had some good conversations going, but several folks just lost interest or went elsewhere. I think the idea of giving out free seeds likely took up too much space, or got complicated and time consuming as you are well aware. Rising postal costs haven't helped the cause either. I'm not sure what the remedy is, perhaps a "paid" keeper of the stash or some other arrangement would work better. Obviously it takes a truely dedicated person to do this, and we all appreciate what you and others have done for us in the past.
Nice to see you back in action! I was the grateful recipient of a lovely batch of seeds from you when I joined two years ago, and it made me sad to see the program die out. Even though the New Bees got stalled for a while, I'm sure there will be plenty of interest if it gets going again. There seem to be a lot of new people, judging by some of the threads on the Beginners Forum. Welcome back!