Is anybody else interested in planting some oriental lilies this spring? I started a thread here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1164932/ so we could organize a group purchase. I'm looking at Sunshine Bulbs because they have good prices on 25-bulb bags and free shipping. :-)
If it's okay, I would like to come to this swap, too. I did go to the one a couple of years ago at Rick and Holly's.
This year I would visit my friend (and college roomate MANY years ago) who lives in Finksburg, MD, then we would both drive down to VA. She loves gardens--flower AND vegetable--but cannot stay out in the sun long enough to garden herself. So I plan to plant her vegetable garden that Friday and then she will drive me ..and my plants..to your swap.
I usually have a good assortment of tomato seedlings (and love to trade for more). And if the winter snap we're having now doesn't kill my WS containers, I would have some flowers, too.
Well darn! Holly was asking me if I might be able to make it to your plant swap so I had to go looking for the thread AND date! I would absolutely love it if I could make it but unfortunately that's the first weekend of our Open House here in Lexington :( I'll just have to make plans to get up there another time, maybe I'll get a private tour? :) I envy all those who will be able to attend - this is one event I'm really going to be sorry about missing!
BB also has good prices on phlox (with free shipping) if you buy 15 of a variety... we did that a few years ago, and it worked out well. I lost too many plants last summer, so I'm looking at their phlox again this year. I especially want 'Laura', 'David', and 'Eva Cullum'. We should probably start a separate thread for splitting a phlox order, but for the moment we're talking about it on the same thread as the lilies & astilbe.
Wonderful...John was asking earlier this week if I knew when the Plant Swap was going to be. I can now fill him in. Thank you Terri for offering to host the event. I am sure that it will be lots of fun like all the others have been. Looks as though some great folks are coming too. Hope to see everyone there.
Debbie, I would have loved it if you could have made the swap, and I would definitely have liked to make your open house - maybe one of these days the timing will work out! Private tour anytime you are up this way and have time to stop in. I'll probably see you at the Green Springs Plant Sale if you are doing that again this year.
Ruby, I hope you and John can make it to the swap - I'd love to see you guys again.
Thanks Terri. We will try our best to be there. We have always enjoyed the ones we have attended in the past and truly regard it as a high light of our year. For a while I was away from Dave's and last spring contacted Becky and asked about a plant swap. We attended the one at her place and I have since spent almost a year now back and chatting with a truly wonderful group of folks.
At the first swap we attended at Hart's some years back, I was so impressed with the giving nature of everyone there. I can't recall other times when anyone was begging me to take some real lovelies off their hands. On a couple of occasions we have ended up with quite high dollar "trees" that folks have so kindly given us.
Another bonus of attending and participating in the swaps is that when gazing upon our gardens we are reminded of the special person at Dave's who gifted us with the plant. Many of you are remembered very kindly when I check m y gardens. Thank you everyone.
:-) Joyanna helped me get some cuttings today of Jasminum x Stephanense, and it looks like some honeysuckle cuttings we took earlier are rooting well in their pots. I'm going to try to label cuttings as I go this year so I'm not packing plants for the swap and wondering what they are!
We'd better hold further chatter for the plant thread... (I have L. americana and the coral honeysuckle, both unknown varieties but I have ;photos I can post on the new thread). I know what you mean about finding out if people want things... don't want to pot up a bunch of crooked willow cuttings for example and then have no takers... oh, I do want black pussywillow, though! LOL, so much for not talkin' plants here.
Let's see, back on topic... oh, that's right, yes, I plan to come! I can come down earlier in the week or early that morning, too, if there's anything I can do to help out.
Hi, just saw this. I am interested in coming if I can get a ride. Is this swap in place of the one that Bec_No-Va has usually hosted? I thought I saw something about a Memorial Day swap, but I must be thinking of last year.
We try to share around hosting responsibilities for the spring & fall swaps... Becky offered again last year because the person who was planning to host wasn't able to do so. But yes, this is the "usual" spring plant swap! The date tends to vary a little, also. :-)
Anyone coming from NJ--or Northern PA along the Eastern side...
I would like to offer my home as a half-way stop-over--if anyone wants. Nisi???
I can sleep 4 people--no problem...One Dbl. bed with private bath---perhaps for a couple??
and two Twin beds--upstairs--share bigger bathroom. I have a 3rd bathroom off my BR.
No one will starve for food! I prefer the "help yourself" concept...Easy!
I am about 2 miles off of I-95 at Exit 67B. (White Marsh Blvd. Rt. $43 West.
VERY easy to find!
Nothing fancy--just homey-comfy. Garden to rest your eyes in...Beer and wine available...
Please let me know if you would like to stay over--either coming or going...
You are welcome!!!! I know NJ is abut 2-3 hours from here. VA is another two?
I will ride up with Sally--who is about a half hour drive South from my house. We can caravan...
Might be a comfortable way to take a break...
I am off on Friday and Saturday--but do work on Sundays--9-6. You can get up as late
as you want--and lock the door when you leave...IKEA (5 minutes from my house)
has Sunday AM breakfasts for 99 cents---eggs, hash browns, bacon OR sausage,,,
Double the fare--and get a really good breakfast for $2.
coffee and drinks separate...Nice restaurant!
I am getting really excited now folks. So much fun!!! Gosh ya'll, I have seen so many great offerings and after I make my wishes known to those I just read about, I think that the back end of our car ought to be full to over flowing. Exciting!!!
The month of May has us invited places each weekend. So glad that the winter is behind us and that we can now all begin enjoying the sunshine and pretty blooms popping up everywhere.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at Terri's. Thank you so much for offering to host this Terri.
Sorry I didn't make it to the this past Saturdays swap I was sick as a dog, but for those of you who were looking forward to the mushroom soil I will have it with me this weekend at Terri's. Oh by the way Terri I will be coming. LOL
Steve you were missed. I was going to send you a D-mail to see if you were going to Terri's glad you will be able to make this swap. I won't be able to take any of your great soil but I do have plenty of plants for you.
I sent directions and phone numbers in dmail. Please let me know if I've missed anyone. A couple people have asked about a gift table - I hadn't thought of that. If there is enough interest, we could definitely have one, but will it be too much with loading up with plants and food to think of also doing gifts?
It sounds like there are a LOT of plants coming to this swap, so I'm not sure we'd miss the "gift table" a lot if we didn't do one... if you think the logistics are easier without, that's fine! We'll do one in fall, anyway, because it's pretty easy to set one up near the front door as we've done at my place in the past (yes, I want dibs on hosting the fall swap!). :-)
At the Mt. Bethel swap last weekend they just asked whoever had brought gift table items to put their names in the container for a drawing. First name drawn gets first choice, etc. That way those who wanted to participate could, and those who didn't...didn't have to.
aspenhill wrote:Nisi, that sounds like a great idea. So those who want to do a gift table, bring an item and we'll go with Nisi's suggestion.
Oh, please--it wasn't my idea; I was just reporting on it. I have to give credit to DJ member Gardadore, who organized and executed the process. She even carried around the container to inform a person that his/her name was drawn, and then had THAT person draw the next name. (Everyone was in little groups talking.)
Aspenhill--I am thinking I may not be able to make it. I have not secured a ride and I also will need to be home with my son due to my DH going somewhere this weekend.
Some folks have requested plants from me. If anyone of you are coming close on the way to the swap and can stop through Falls Church to pick them up and take them to the swap for me, that would be great.
I thought somewhere I saw you talking about Coir...
I have begun to be interested in it...Have played around with looking into buying it...
I do not know a lot about it--but seems it is great for many things gardening...
Did you do a "mass" purchase of it and have been posting about sharing it? +
Are you looking for people interested in sharing your purchase of it? For $$$, of course...
Perhaps--at some point of the Swap--you could step up and educate the rest of us about all the
wonders of Coir???? I sure would like to learn more about it...
I would love to have some Mushroom Soil--but I don't think we will have room i the car for any...
There are 3 of us car-pooling in Sally's SUV--with all our plants and tables ans chairs...
I believe I could find, somewhere, around here to buy it by the bag...
Do you mind telling us WHAT exactly IS Mushroom soil????
What is it made of? Another opportunity to hold a quick PK on an important garden item.
I'm all excited because astilbes have arrived and I just got email today from Sunshine saying we will have our lily bulbs by Friday. I'll get them sorted out and let people know what they owe me (I think we only had 4 or 5 people in on the purchase, so it should be pretty easy to figure out LOL).
It is getting close, and maybe the rains have finally stopped!!! I have been frantically pulling weeds, and trying to get the beds in shape before Saturday but I'm not nearly done - oh well, just as long as the bathrooms are clean LOL. I wanted to set up everything to the back and side of the house, so we'd overlook the pond and my hillside shade garden, but we'll also be treated to a fine view of a dirt pile. After all this time, my conservatory project is finally underway and the foundation and basement walls were poured this week. It won't be ready to backfill until next week, so the excavated dirt will be part of the party... I'm hoping we'll have great weather. See you all soon!
CHILLL! No one will care what there is to see or not to see.
NO ONE will judge you what is just so--or not perfect...
I have hosted many a HUGE party and I understand your stressing out...
I always stressed out as well. Everything HAD TO BE PERFECT!
Seeking everything to be just so----It is just something good hostesses do!
In the end---it does not matter...It is being with friends that matter...
The reward is--that, when everything is under way---everyone is happy!
And--No one cares about all the small imperfections...I, personally, prefer the
"Lived in" look at homes I go to. Makes ME more relaxed...
And--hopefully, YOU, will be able to relax and enjoy the company as well...
NOT easy--I know---Just try to do it...
Relax! Take a deep breath! Everything will be OK! We are all common folks...
We are ALL gardeners and dig in the dirt every day. Cleanliness is NOT
next to Godliness in a gardeners world! Perfection comes from a great garden
full of flowers and veggies etc...Weeds????? Well--They are also green ...:o)
Apsenhill, Can't wait to see your dirt pile. WOW an actual foundation. We haven't gotten that far with our GH yet. I just wish it would stop raining long enough for me to dig the rest of my plants out. I do have some but really all I need is one day with little to no rain so I can get plants out of the ground without being up to my elbows in mud.
No joke, greenthumb?? If the world comes to an end on Saturday, I'd prefer to be caught at a plant swap! Shucks, I will not be coming this time. Froggy is out of circulation at the moment and I have decided to stick close this weekend. I'll save the plants for the next swap. Ya'll have a great time and I hope everyone gets something "special." It's always cool to get a new plant, even if it's something you had before.
Gita, I'm not stressing too much. I've been part of the "dirty little housekeeping secrets" threads that Sallyg started, so I know I am in good company :-)
Holly, I've been outside working in the rain, along with my husband and brother-in-law on one of the wettest days this week. I wish someone was here to take a picture of the three of us - grinning, soaking wet, and covered pretty much head to toe in mud - we were a site to behold.
I'm just excited to hear you've finally got that project underway... I know how you've looked forward to it and how much effort you've put into planning it! If there's one thing gardeners don't mind, it's "a fine view of a dirt pile," LOL.
How did it get to be Thursday night and just one more day before the swap? All the rain has limited Joyanna & me to mere "puttering" in the garden this week. I'll pull some chocolate peppermint tomorrow afternoon and bag it. Joyanna helped me pot a couple of 'Rose Petal' thyme and 'Hot & Spicy' greek oregano starts this afternoon, and I'll try to get soem more of those to share.
Bluespiral is stopping by tomorrow morning, and she says she is bringing over several bags of Sarcococca hookerii (Sweet Box, an evergreen shrubby groundcover for light shade). I'll bring some along on Saturday!
Terri, please call or Dmail me tomorrow and let me know what time you'd like me to come Saturday morning and what I can do to help you set up... it sounds like you've got things well in hand! I'll try to get my folding table into the car, maybe a card table also... let me know if you need me to bring a cooler, or a warming tray, or anything else!
Hello folks - I missed reading the threads for a few days and have missed out on the last minute excitement. Terri, everything will go fine. Is there a way for me to heat the baked beans at your place before putting them on food table? Just a warning, they will be Bush's Original Baked Beans, from a can, not a home made dish by any means. The potato chips are in a bag too, so hope this will be acceptable to all eaters.
Looking forward to seeing all you great folks tomorrow.
You mean you're not making your famous double-fried fresh potato chips??? Well, I'm not eating any chip from a bag! Harumph! ;-)
Wow, you should see the pile of goodies Bluespiral unloaded from her car this morning. Looks like more than enough Sweet Box to go around... I'll try to untangle it and pack it in grocery bags for those who requested it. Wouldn't you know, this is also the day that a couple of big boxes of plants have arrived, so I'll be potting and sorting and digging the rest of the afternoon, I think!
Sounds like we're set on coolers... I might pack some plants in one just in case, but will probably bring a tub for mushroom soil instead. :-)
I'm putting things in the car and bagging a few more things that I thought of after dark last night (forgot to dig the lamium! and can get cuttings of my hardy geranium 'Biokovo', easy to stick and root). I'm changing my food contribution from bread & something to spread on it to crackers and something to spread on them, since I didn't get to the grocery LOL.
I can't wait to see everybody and meet some new folks, too!
Hope some of you took pictures. Sorry I didn;t get to go but definitely next year. I did get to go to the Master Gardener plant sale this morning before we went to the Gold Prospecting club. Then on the way home, we stopped at a plant sale, and I saw some plants looking like wild foxgloves (purple hanging slipper flower with white around the lip, growing on a bank so I had Bob stop, I ran out, climbed up, pulled one out & took it home but found a deer tick on my so had to take that out & disinfect my arm. Oh man do I get into situations. Safe trip home, everybody. Yes, it was wild foxglove (Ceratotheca triloba). Hope it survives when I plant it tomorrow and is worth the crap I went through to get it.
What a wonderful day. Can't thank you enough for hosting Terri. What a beautiful home and property. I got some very wonderful plants and had the best time talking and visiting. JR just loved the lake, so very nice of your neighbors to keep and eye on him for me. JR wants to come back tomorrow. LOL
Thank you everyone so much for coming. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the company. It was good weather, good food, good plants, and great friends. I know I felt really, really, really happy yesterday - again, thank you so much for making a special day.
Thank you, Terri and Mike! What a perfect day, perfect host(s) and perfect place to have a swap! (We even saw Theismann mowing his yard when we were leaving!) I'm soooooo glad we 'gently convinced you' to hold the swap at your place - may you have many more! Message to your hubby from mine when I told him Mike's a Jet's fan - "what a fine human being he must be"!!! ^_^
I want to add--to all the above--what a generous, wonderful man Steve, and his GF,
was to bring a full scoop of Mushroom Soil in his P/U truck and then hand-shovel most of it into
Kitchen garbage bags (that they ALSO brought) for anyone that wanted any...
Those of us who took a few bags of this "garden gold" drove home with the
aroma of ripe manure wafting all over the inside of our cars...AAAHHHH...
Steve! You are MY kind of a human being!!! Bless you for your generosity, your caring,
and your hard work...
ONLY on Dave's Garden this would be done!!!!!
Please follow on to the "Pictures Post" Jill started. Link above.
I will post ALL the pictures I took...Beginning to end...
My apologies for some washed out shots. I have a very cheap camera--and it
does not pick up colors as it should...Gonna buy a new one---soon! Yeah????
Gita, thanks are appropriate on any thread! But I'm glad you re-posted the link so we can continue chatting, sharing photos, posting recipes, and asking "who brought that beautiful little japanese maple I came home with?" (I know the answer to that... Terri's friend & neighbor, Cheryl Peyton!)
I'm not sure I have a spot either, as such... but I am thinking I might try to bonsai it. I've got a little ficus "grove" that's been doing well for the past 18 months or so, so I'm ready to try my hand at something else. :-)
Hi All - Finally recovered enough to get on line and check out comments from the swap. Terri, you didn't have to tell us that you were happy because the smile across your face every time I saw you made that very clear. What a special hostess you were and it seems that everyone attending had another great day to add to plant swap memories.
I ate some of the tastiest food I've had for a long time. Am in hopes for a recipe exchange because I definitely want to know about the chicken kabobs, Sally's cole slaw and the scrumptious peanut butter bars.
Terri, if you and Mike ever need a way to earn some side money, renting your place out as a Bed and Breakfast would most likely go over grandly. When you retire from the high pressure job you currently have, that may be a thought for you to consider. I would definitely pay to use the grounds. Even though I didn't see the inside, I know that it is lovely because the outside was truly breath taking. Again, thank you for sharing it with us for the day.
Sally and all...speaking of the Red Japanese Maples... who had the several there at the swap? I saw them and hadn't requested one and didn't check to see who was offering them but now have some questions I need answered and thought the donor could possibly help.
So...anyone with experience propogating these babies, I would love to have some ideas. Thanks in advance.
On another note...to all who shared their wonderul plants with us...another thank you all so much. Most plants are still residing on my screened porch and will be planted in the fall when John likes to do it. I did want to report that most everything seems to be very happy and we are enjoying several things that are currently in bloom now.
Ruby- I often get baby Jap maples in my yard. I just pot them and let them grow, and assume that they are somewhat shallow and fine rooted. If your Jap Maple is making seeds, you'll probably get babies, unless they get mowed.
Yes sometimes it IS best to pamper the new plants in pots thru the summer. I have regretted throwing things right in the ground after a swap and not being able to keep them alive.
Ditto, thanks! I now have a lily blooming from Terri.
My neighbor Cheryl brought Japanese maples. She has a tree that gets lots of baby seedllings growing underneath it. She just digs them up , puts them in a pot, keeps them watered, and lets them grow until she thinks they are big enough to put somewhere else in the yard or give away. If she just transplants the babies, they seem to get mowed. I think she keeps them potted up for a year or two.
Good news from all. Actually Terri, John and Cheryl spoke about us possibly coming up your direction to visit her place at some point, so we can talk to her about them then. Thanks all. We have a Japanese Maple that someone very kindly gave us at Harts Swap many years ago. We love it and I would like to have a few more.
Our tree hasn't produced any seeds that we are aware of. May still be a bit young for that???
Ruby, you guys better let me know if you come up this way! :-)
My little Japanese Maple got a few sun-spots on its leaves, but it's looking really cute... I think I'm going to use it as a potted specimen, also, maybe even try doing it as a bonsai if I can get up the nerve to shorten its tap root next year.
Critter...we will let you know when we make a trip that direction. Finding out that you live so close to Terri has now changed our minds about trying harder to get to some of the swaps that you host. I thought it would require an overnight stay, but now know that it is an easy day trip.
Heck, I really enjoyed meeting David and Pat too, who are also in the neighborhood, so we might just have a big ole party in your area before you know it. I definitely vote for Terry doing another one before too very long.
To David and Pat...I am really enjoying many of the beauties that you so graciously shared with me at the swap. Most are now in bloom and all seem healthy except for the May Apple seems to have a lot ofblemishes. Not sure if that will ultimately damage it or not.
Anyway...such fond memories of this latest swap. All of you are really such great people and we feel blessed to know you all.
I will let you know about the May Apple and the Campanula later on Pat. Thank you so much for the offer. Sounds good though.
Gita, I brought home a cup of your Tiger Lilies. I planted them with a pot that I already have growing which haven't yet bloomed for me. This is at least year number two for them. The older ones are over a foot tall and have the little black balls but as of yet haven't produced a bloom.
I can report that the Sea Oats you shared with me at some point are doing great and looking good. They are planted in a corner of one of my back beds and are about 18" tall and very lovely this year.
Yep, a wonderful memory to recall is the great afternoon spent at Terri's. I find myself telling a lot of my friends about the gorgeous home I visited in May. Great food, fun and fellowship. A car load of plants coming home was a great way to end the day too. You folks are the very greatest of the great. Don't ever forget it.
While in town yesterday I was the passenger in the car and was taking in the sights along the ride. I saw Sea Oats planted near a rail road underpass on the hill where someone at some point has taken it upon themselves to plant a few different plants. I noticed that it was full of dried Sea Oats. I am now wondering if someone actually planted them there or if they blew in from someone's residence. So far mine are staying to contained to one area.
This is all very interesting. About the same time I posted something here about the Sea Oats, I went in to the back garden one evening last week and noticed the stand was gone. I looked over the fence and there they lay. John had decided without discussing with me that they should be gone. If I hadn't just read that you hated yours so much Gita, I would have been a bit more miffed than I was. He doesn't know that I have a much smaller stand of them hiding in a bed out front...that is unless when I check on that bed, they are gone too. hahahaha
I have another dilemma that I thought I would throw out for this group and get some advice if anyone has any. NUT GRASS and what to do about it? John dug up the spot where it is the worst in our front flower bed and evidently didn't get all the roots and things because once again it is in the same area, thick as can be. Any ideas?
John just awoke from his nap and asked what I was writing. I was telling him the Sea Oats story and he was shocked and sorrowful that Gita had given them to us and he didn't want to kick a gift horse in the teeth. He sends his apology Gita. Anyway...he said the neighboring bull ate them this morning. So, watch out cows, that bull has had his oats today. hahahaha
Here is hoping that everyone is having a good Sunday and also hoping the upcoming week is good for everyone.
"watch out cows" ROFL! I didn't realized sea oats self-sowed other than around the parent plant. So far, the ones I passed along to my mom from Gita are doing fine and not making a nuisance of themselves... :-) As for the weed-grasses, it's possible to find grass-only herbicide (read the label to be sure none of your ornamentals -- like sea oats, for example -- will be affected in the area where you want to spray). It's sort of the opposite of the weed killer for lawns that kills weeds but not grass, LOL.
I am having this issue with the Sea Oats because the stand i have is next to my
YUK bed. Yuk or not--it is still a bed--and the Oats are germinating all over...
They blend in so slyly! Nice and green, small, spiky leaves...upright growth habit---
VERY upright--on a wiry stem that hurts your hand to twist and pull!
I have dug up zillions and potted them and shared them--as many of you are now owners
of this grass...
The last 2 years--I have been cutting off all the oat clusters so they won't dry
and germinate all over...Still--I miss a few!
I think the ideal location for the Sea Oats would be somewhere near a waterfront property--
with the Oats planted by a sand dune fence along the beach...
It would look really rustic and just right! Anyone want a handfull of seeds?????
I tend to tickle a lot of you city gals when I speak of the cows outside our yard and my gardening woes due to them sometimes Jill. A few years back, Diana Wind was inquiring about some plants she shared with me and I mentioned something about cows and their big teeth gnawing on something and Wind got a real kick out of that.
Gita, your musings and the description of where the Sea Otas would look good sounds lovely.
My mom grew up on a dairy farm, so I'm not such a city gal as all that.
I'm still trying to get plants into the ground this week! I had/have a lot of areas that need to be cleared out first (weeds really took over last summer), but I'm making progress out there. The number of pots on the patio is decreasing, but there are still an awful lot of little pots up on the deck that I'm hoping will be bigger & sturdier plants in time for fall planting.
What were those beautiful plants that Donner had. The Strep...something? I got one the other week at our HGHA picnic.
My pots are decreasing also. Just like you Critter something always seems to need done before I can plant. It's hardly ever just a matter of digging a hole and putting the plant in it.
Streptocarpella? Little blue blooms, small but thick and slightly fuzzy leaves?
My niece and nephew wanted to help plant a couple of the pots on the patio this morning (niece said she was "really worried" about the montauk daisies, thought they should be planted right away)... we headed to the garden with a shovel and digging stick, and I think they were startled when I started pulling weeds instead of just digging a hole at once, LOL.
That's it! Streptocarpus have larger, strap-like leaves and bigger blooms.. that's a Streptocarpella, I believe, and yes, both are related to African violets and like pretty much the same conditions. I seem to remember that I've also rooted tip cuttings in water. I've got a cute little pot of it going now that I got at DPF last Feb. Yours looks happy!
My pretty white & blue AV from Donner (Frosty Frolic, I think, must check its label) is still blooming away -- so pretty!
Holly, your plant is lovely! The ones I took to the swap were streptocarpus "blue ice", related, but not quite the same. They are both related to AVs as Critter and Gita pointed out. Keep your plant in the small pot and do not over water it. It should do fine. Good luck.
Critter, yes, the AV is a Frosty Frolic. It is a real good bloomer.
Plant Files comments on the goose neck loosestrife are all three - the negative ones sure are passionate about its invasiveness. I planted almost everything from the swap on either side of the stone stepping path where the tents were set up - seemed like a good area to remind me of you guys and the happiness I felt when you were here.
I'll dig up the loosestrife and move it on the far side of the pond. I was thinking that at first, but I thought the one plant would get lost over there - well, it can spread to its heart's content along the edge - I doubt it would cross the creek/waterfall to the left or where the bridge is to the right. I will only have to worry about it going up the grass and into the woods. Comments on control said that mowing routinely around it would keep it in check. I also have extremely opposite experience with things that are rated invasive - just my luck that my intention where I put them IS for them to spread, and they never do (vinca, lily of the valley). It would be so pretty if that one plant did spread itself as a mass planting over there - I can just picture the "goose necks" swaying in the breeze, and the foliage is nice too.
Oh good...nice to see Donnerville and Aspenhill joining in on the chat. Terri, you and I must have the same sort of gardening thumb...I too have difficulty growing things that are regarded as invasive by others. Go figure!!!
Terri - may we remind you that we were all gloriously happy to take advantage of your hospitality. You live in a perfect setting for entertaining. I am really looking forward to returning to your area before too very long to visit Cheryl's place and of course see you gardens during a different time of the season.
Sally, glad I could give you a laugh...you have been responsible for me having the giggles more than once...glad to return the favor. Oh yeah...not sure if you are aware or not, but along with the neighbors cows often roaming by, we own two goats who are real sources of entertainment for all. Homer and Jethro are always good for a laugh or two. Never in one million years did I ever think I would be a goat owner. When John decided to purchase them to help clear the two acres our house sits on, and he brought them home and they weren't much larger than a large cat, I automatically fell in love with them. They are of the La Mancha breed and one of their characteristics is instead of having ears, they have little tiny nubs. They look almost space alienish.
Anyway...as always...love the dialog. Always good to hear from each of you and to learn while at it. Here is hoping that everyone will have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend.
I posted this on a separate thread and no one answered, so I thought I would try here. Don't know why I didn't do it originally. DUH!!! Anyway...John is wanting to know who gifted us with a Day Lily called Grace and Glory?
some of the PF comments I think result from confusing two different plants because of their similar common names... gooseneck loosestrife is not the same as the very invasive (and largely illegal now) purple loosestrife. That said, I do have a purple-leafed lysimachia that spreads by short runners... while it might not be "invasive" by environmentalist standards, it can definitely be a garden thug. Thankfully, it's shallow-rooted and pretty easy to pull, but it will also come back from the littlest scrap of root.
confusing two different plants
Thats my only fear with PF- you do have to beware of "rogue" answers that don't fit the others. But despite that, its usually the best resource I've found -certainly the only place I know where you get real gardener feedback instead of what the seller tells you.
CRitter I have your purple leaf lys. (of course!) in two patches and yes if it creeps it is not so hard to deal with. Then lily of the valley- it creeps but slowly, but when you want to take it out its impossible!
Thanks for the education Jill and Sally. Always learn something when hanging out in Dave's.
Sally, I am posting a picture or two of a plant you gave us two years ago I believe. We don't know the name of it, but it is in full bloom now and is very pretty. I love the blooms on it. Any care tips?
Another vantage point. I said something to John about getting his shadow in the picture and he informed me that it was done purposly in order for the yellow to show up truer to life than some shots we have taken of other things that tend to wash the color out. My bad!!!
Speal of the devil- no not John LOL!!-- he's a teaser but no devil! thats the purple leaf lysimachia Jill just referred to also. I think the cultivar name is Firecracker. It looks really great for you! . Mine is in some shade .
Wanted to share this pic of Jill pink petunia , Mini Max Pink (right Jil?) that she brought seeds of, to share in February The blooms are small but the things are blooming their heads off , in afternoon sunny pots by my front door.
Speaking of Petunias...a couple of years ago I kept having some mystery seedlings starting in several of my houseplants. Being the good gardener I am, I decided to let them live just in order to see what they would be. After waiting a while the first year, I had a gorgeous pot of Lavender colored Petunia's grow. I also had these same seedlings begin growing in two or three of my outside pots but don't remember ever planting such a seed, especially not indoors. I have thought about it and can only figure that I was so pleasantly surprised by these lovelies by re-using potting soil that they may have been in a year before or a packet of the seeds somehow got mixed in some of my potting soil. Anyway...they were one of those pleasant gardening surprises that happen. Too cool.
Thanks for the id Sally. It is in full sun, as are most everything we grow. Have any tips for care and warnings? Thank you so much for it, I just love it.
I believe I can identify them earlier now. When they first started appearing, I almost mistook them for weeds. So glad I waited to see because they have given me some really pretty shows and also smelled especially sweet.
Thanks Gita. P. S. I started a few slips of African Violets yesterday, per your instructions. I also changed their location back to the original place where they were producing blooms for me. Again, thanks for all educational tips you have sent my way. I am very appreciative and may some day be able to return the favor.