Terri, major kudos to you and Mike for hosting today's swap! Your house and property are amazing -- what a dream you've built for yourselves, up on the mountain. It was just wonderful to kick back and visit with everybody while enjoying the view out across the pond. Mike worked magic on the hamburgers, and everybody brought wonderful sides & desserts. We went home replete with good conversation, stuffed with good food, and with our cars stuffed with plants!
I figured we needed a thread for photos, recipes, and "just what was the name of that plant again?" questions, so here it is.
Donnerville, don't forget you promised to share your recipe for that delicious sauce we had with the dumplings. I want that banana bread recipe, too! :-)
Thanks to all who came... I had such a great time! We missed those who couldn't make it, and we're already talking about our fall swap (which I'm planning to host)... but you know, I think we need a few events between now & then, because I don't want to wait until fall to see everyone again!
I would like to get togeather again, and a fall swap sounds good. What about a group visit to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden? I think that's about 5 hours from us.
Thank you Teri & Mike, you home's amazing, and I'm sure a great time was had by all, not just JR and Dillon. LOL Ric
Here's hoping I can make one of them. I still have to do my craft shows, ya know. But I had a great time, today, too. Yesterday, I hit a yard sale & came home with hardy Salvia, Centaurea, Johnny Jumpups. This morning, I hit the master gardener's sale and came home with Helianthus maximilliani, Spiranthes (hardy orchid), 6 more tomato plants, Eupatorium Chocolate leaves, then stopped at another plant sale & came home with a pink & a purple Foxglove. I'll be happily planting them in tomorrow. The weather is just gorgeous & I am so thankful I am a gardener. Hugs to all of you.
I brought half a dozen starts of "Felicia's Phlox" along to the swap (Terri, Holly left one on your steps -- it's yours; Holly will get another the next time I see her)... it's a tall violet-blue variety that I got from Jim's mother (named Felicia), and she got it from her mother (also named Felicia).
I will now post all the photos I took at Terri's Plant Swap.
I apologize for the bad quality of some of them--especially if there was back-lighting.
I suppose I could have set the exposure to "back Light"---but who has time----
My camera also does not pick up colors too well in the daytime...
I was just shooting pictures so I could share them all with you.
NOT thinking od settings...
I always drive to Swaps with SallyG. She lives 1/2 hr. from me...
Here--car all loaded (OH, MY GOD!!!) and ready to go!!!
HERE is Terri and Mike's house-----They built it themselves!
You should see all aspects of it!!!! "House Beautiful" should make a trip to Lucketts
and photograph it all.
Here is the front of their house----just amazing!
Sally's husband mark remarked--as we tirned off on this gravel road going to nowhere--
that the GPS was, actually, in touch with this at all...
After about a half a mile of twisting, gravelly road--crossing a small stream---
we were there! Looking for the house among the forest of trees----there it was--
In all it's beautiful glory.
The house Terri and Mike built--almost all by themselves!!!!!! It just blew us all away!!!
With it's immaculate, freshly mulched beds and landscaping---it was just beautiful!!!!
This is one of the HUMONGOUS boulders that adorn the back side of their
property. Seems they came from the very lower subsoil as they were digging
down to build their conservatory-to-be.
Now they will have a nice storage area BELOW the conservatory-to-be--as these
boulders had to be dug up...
From the back side of the house--there is this lazy walkway down to the Pond/Lake...
The concreted steps are long and wide----
When you get to the Pond's edge--there is another, amazing deck--with ALL the amenities
For partying...eating and relaxing...Two great tables with canopies over them
with comfy chairs to sit and relax.
Two built in grills into the stone wall surrounding this deck.
Built in refrigerators to keep beverages cold.
Who knows what else was behind all those little doors?????
Anyway--I am getting ahead of myself here---we are NOT YET down there...
Just looking at it from above!
After the first rush phase of trying to swap all that was promised--and then trying to
keep it all straight--it, FINALLY, was time for lunch.
There was SOOOO much food!!!! Surprised????? Nope! DG'ers DO eat!!!!
Here some of us are, finally, sitting down on the waterside deck and enjoying our lunch.
From left---Terri's neighbor (sorry--I cannot remember her name--but she was a REAL,
budding Daves gardener! Honest!
From the left----
Terri's neighbor--Pat (greenthumb's wife)--"Aspenhill" (Robin)---SallyG--and her DH--Mark.
What a wonderful place to have lunch!!!!! The breeze! The scenery!!!! AHHHH...
it's been over an hour since your last post, Gita, so I suppose I can ooh and aah now... LOL, really, I think anybody can comment on photos at any time; it's not like it'll confuse things in a step by step tutorial or something...
This is the back side of Terri's house...towards where we all parked our cars---
in a wonderfully, stoned in wall encircling the parking area--with Large vases of
fresh-cur flowers on the corner posts of this area...
Again--my camera failed me!
This was such an amazing flower garden area of fragrant, pink PEONIES
and beautiful, tall, blue Phlox.
None of it comes through in this photo...Bummer!!!!
I would like to end my Photo Show with a picture of Terri.
Terri--You have outdone yourself!!!!I don't know how much time you spent
spiffing everything up--but it was obvious!
Your Garden--your beds--the amazing tour of your house you gave-----
I am breathless...
You and Mike are amazing people! Down-to-Earth, generous, not Foo-Foo
I am honored to know you!
Looks like the swap was at a great escape retreat. Ooooh, ahhhh. Nice to see the pics and hear an account, Gita. You said there was tall blue phlox blooming now?? I have a bunch of it but mine doesn't bloom until mid-to-late June. Wish I could have gone.
Ahhh yes the scent of...hmmm reminded me of sauerkraut...LOL...even got some put down in my yard tonight...then watered with fish emulsion...yes, my neighbors love me SOOOO very much. Well kiddos...I've just finished up the side job spread sheet - alas I'm too tired to upload pics...stay tuned tomorrow...same bat channel... Hugs!!! And HUGE thank you to Terri and hubby...you really out did yourself...twas a perfect day!!!
Gita, thanks for posting the pictures and your wonderful narrative, it really captured the day well. Steve - yes, ditto the thanks for that wonderful mushroom compost. I'll be spreading it in my vegetable garden this week - should be the best tomato and pepper crop ever.
LOL, I don't know where my mind goes sometimes. I pulled out plant tags last night, and realized that the "agastache" I was pushing was not the Agastache 'Summer Love' that I thought, but Stachys monnieri 'Hummelo'. Oh well, still a pretty plant anyway. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/88994/
Well for you guys who got to smell it the day after I am still trying to get it ll out of the back of the truck. But I just planted my veggie garden yesterday...so I will see what happens from here. Also got the back beds started yesterday with all the wonderful plants you guys gave me thank you so very much. As for the GF well I will keep her for awhile she is pretty cool even came over yesterday and helped plant. Well more to plant today, thanks Teri and Mike we had a great time. Hope to see everyone in the fall with pictures of the finished yard well half of it anyway next year is phase 2.
Oh my gosh...Again, I enjoyed another grand day with some of my favorite people and came home loaded down with plant goodies and ate one of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Aaaaahhhhhh...life is good.
Yes Terri, we will be talking about the beautiful home you have and the fun we had while visiting you for a long time. I spoke with my son on the phone earlier and told him all about the day. He was impressed by your neighbors for sure.
I realize after seeing all the great pictures that Gita took that I missed seeing so much of the property. John and I are planning a visit in the future and hopefully it will be good weather and I can tour the inside plus see the deck at the lake and the parking area and everything that I missed.
I can't say enough about all the delicious food either...yummy!!! I believe I posted in the wrong spot a bit ago but I hoping to get recipes for chicken kabobs, Sally's cole slaw and who ever donated the Peanut Butter Bars. All were out of this world.
I am sure that as we begin getting our plants in the ground, I will have lots of ID and care questions.
Thank you so much Terri for yours and Mike's hospitality. Fun was had by all.
I just took my camera and made a walk around the property
for the sole intent of having some photos to share. Glad they turned out
half way decent...I just have to get a Cannon or Nikon camera soon!
I have had this little, cheap ($79) Polaroid camera now since 2005. it works!
Trying to catch up with some planting today. Mostly containers...window boxes, etc...
My back hurts so bad--Saturday took a toll on me...Must be getting old...:o/
Sally (Donner) --I planted your Strawberries today...I thought you were giving me three!!!!
There must have been 12-13 in those two sandwich baggies...Hope I did
the planting half-way right...Ric helped me a lot with suggestions...
I know they may be a bit too close together---but so what. I used them all...
When they are growing--I will post some pictures...
Whoever gave me that "Hillbilly" Tomato---It also got planted...as one of my
previously planted Tomatoes was defunct! Dead! Don't know why????
:"Hillbilly" took it's spot...
Thank you all! I will have a few new things to enjoy. Gita
Steve, I wanted to send you a pic of my Trumpet Vine. So you know what you are in for. Like I said it is a big heavy vine much like the Wisteria in size. I have two of them growing up either side of this arbor. Mine is very old and I have been maintaining it at this size for a long time now. If you find a good location for it you will love it. Just be careful when selecting a spot.
At Ruby's request, here is the recipe for the Peanut Butter Bars.
3 cups Special K cereal
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 cup sugar
6 oz butterscotch morsels
3 oz semi sweet chocolate morsels
Mix cereal and peanut butter in a large bowl. Put Karo and sugar in a sauce pan, bring to boil for 1 minute. Add to peanut butter mixture and stir in to blend. Butter a 9 x 9 baking pan. Press mixture into pan.
Melt morsels together in a double boiler. Spread on top of peanut butter mixture. Allow to cool and then cut into squares. No baking!!
For a 9 x 13 pan, increase ingredients by 50%, so that 1/2 cup becomes 3/4 cup, etc.
Crispy Coleslaw -old Southern Living recipe
One and a half pound cabbage (average) shredded (or whatever fits in your biggest bowl LOL)
One onion sliced fine
One green pepper sliced fine, or combo of colored sweet bell peppers
1 tsp celery seeds
1 cup sugar
Layer the sliced veg in the bowl while sprinkling one cup of sugar on layers. Refrigerate for two hours.
1/2 c oil
1/2 c plus 2 TB white vinegar
1 tsp salt
Bring just to a boil, stir to dissolve salt and pour over chilled vegetables. refrigerate few more hours before serving.
Thank you Chantell. Yes, I agree on the huggables of the group. All the others are just as dear and loveable too. Thinking back to the first swap John and I attended which was at Hart's home, I came away that day feeling as though I had just met some of the dearest and most giving people ever congregated together. I have not changed my original thoughts since then either.
Terri's friend, Frances(?) was very impressed too with all the hullabaloo about "here, take this, here, take that." She was amazed by the giving spirit of the group as I was originally. That is one reason that I didn't hold back on my requests this year when folks posted what they were offering. Of course we also came home with more than I had originally asked for too. Only a few things have been planted here so far. John has been busy getting a new bed ready for their arrival. If any of you who gave us plants and know that they will need quick attention, please let me know so that we can get them in the ground first. Thanks All!!!
Thank you Pat and Sally for the recipes. Yummy!!! Pat, I didn't know you made the peanut butter bars or I would have said something. I ate quite a few of them. The recipe seems easy enough and we both love peanut butter and chocolate, so I know it will be a hit at our place. Yummy!!!
I am thrilled as I walk by the large glass table on our screened porch which is full of the swap plants. So far everything is looking great and I am just pleased as punch.
Ruby, you were asking about the recipe for the chicken kabobs. Let me tell you, it was very complicated. I had to get in my car, go to Costco, and get them out of the freezer section LOL. I had heard a lady in the checkout line talking about them and how easy they were - they come already on the skewer and marinated (chili lime) - 10 to a pack I think.
Chantell - great pictures!!!
My neighbor friend Cheryl is still talking about how wonderful this group is. She is so delighted with how kind and giving everyone is. She has a beautiful cottage style garden that has been added to over 40 years - almost everything in it has a story and evokes a special memory for her. Now she'll have DG memories in it too, and I know she'd love to come with me to other get-togethers in the future.
OOPS, what color was Cheryl's hair? What is the name of the former Crozet resident? I am confused for sure.
Terri, dang I was willing to slave over the recipe you offered for the chicken kabobs but alas, no Costco here. We are members of Sam's Club, wonder if they might sell something akin? Hopefully they will sell the same brand. Do you happen to remember the brand name? I know I am asking a lot, but I am going to try my best to get some of those suckers, yummy.
I, much like Cheryl walked around on a cloud of sorts for a long time after attending my first swap. I too was amazed at the class of fellow gardeners I met here.
Hey Ruby, Cheryl has short silver/white hair. Geraldine (Gerry) is the one from Crozet. She was here with her daughter Dawn, granddaughter Ciara, and grandson Dylan. The three generation gals all have blonde hair. I don't remember the brand of those kabobs - I'll look next time I'm in Costco. I think you left your can opener here in case you were missing it.
Sally, that coleslaw was good - I'll have to try out the recipe for Memorial Day cookout.
I've still got a lot of things to plant too, so many plants, so many decisions :-)
Here is the recipe for the banana bread. (Hope you meant the one we brought--was there more than one?) It's Ellenora's recipe and she gave it to me years ago.
In medium bowl mix dry ingredients: 2 cups flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp salt. Set aside.
In large bowl blend 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter with 1 cup sugar. Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix well.
Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix well.
Mash 3-4 well ripened bananas and add 2 tsp lemon juice. (I use the now-empty bowl that had the dry ingredients.) Stir into batter.
Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
For the loaf we brought to the swap Ellenora had run out of vanilla so she added extra lemon juice and stirred in dried cranberries. The cranberries have a brand name but I'll have to ask her what it is.
I agree with Mark, the Banana Bread was high on the list of yummies too. I brought a piece home and ate it later that night. Yummy, will make a copy of this recipe also. I loved the cranberries in it, gave it just the right umph.
You are correct Terri, we did leave the can opener at your place. DUH!!! Will get it on the next trip up. Thank you for the name confusion correction. I liked all of your neighbors.
Making the dumpling sauce is easy. Just mix all the ingredients together and let it sit in the refrigerator.
about 70% Light Soysauce
about 30% Chinese fragrant vinegar (adjust the proportion of vinegar and soysauce to your taste)
a couple of cloves of garlic, cut in half or minced (adjust the amount of garlic to taste)
a piece of fresh ginger (I used about the size of a finger for the sauce I made last weekend, but you can use as much or as little as you wish. Remove the skin and slice or shred or mince it.)
1 tsp of sesame oil (strong stuff. Do not use too much!)
1 tsp of sugar (use only if you think soysauce is too salty)
chili oil to taste (optional. I didn't use it because I wasn't sure if everybody could eat spicy food.)
All the ingredients are available at Chinese or Korean stores. The sauce should be made at least a few hours in advance for the flavor to develop. It can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks. Keep in mind, the garlic flavor gets stronger over time.
This sauce can be used to make Chinese cucumber salads, especially in the summer time -- slice or julienne cucumbers and mix them with the sauce right before serving. If you mix them too early, liquid will come out and the cucumbers lose their crunch. I normally add some cilantro to this salad if I remember to buy it, but some people do not like cilantro.
Is "fragrant" vinegar the same as rice vinegar? or is it the black vinegar I get sometimes (which also comes in a "seasoned" version with salt and sugar added to it)? I'll have to check my cupboard... I have several vinegars, but I don't think any of them say "fragrant." Hmm.
I missed tasting the dumpling sauce, but ate a couple of dumplings and they were super. I don't believe I tasted anything that day that my mouth didn't like. I am interested in trying this sauce on cucumbers, should be interesting. Thanks Donnerville.
Now I have a plant IDENTIFICATION questions for the group. I believe they were from Gita, but can't be positive. I came home with three tiny white cups with Bristol Company Streptocarpus on the tag. Would the donor please ID these plants for me and possibly add some care tips along with the name. Thanks in advance.
I will be back with more questions as I begin planting. Thanks all.
Streptocarpus sounds like it might have come from Donnerville... she has been busy propagating african violets and other gessies! It's an AV cousin, a houseplant, and it likes about the same conditions as African violets -- bright indirect light, good draining potting mix, and let the soil dry out a little between waterings. I think there's a whole series of cultivars with "Bristol" in the name.
Ruby, sorry about the confusion. I did such a terrible job labeling the plants. The plants you have in those little cups are the Brunneras you requested. The Streptocarpus "Ruby" is in a slightly larger cup. It had a couple of flower buds on it. It is a house plant and please make sure you do not leave it out in the sun.
Jill, I have just realized that the label on the vinegar bottle only says "fragrant vinegar" in Chinese, not in English. If you ask people for "fragrant vinegar" at a Chinese supermarket, people probably will know which one you are looking for. Anyway, I will take a photo of the bottle when light is better tomorrow. It is probably the most popular vinegar in Chinese cooking, It is not as acidic as other vinegar.
The pot is still safely on a rolled down plastic bag.
Are you saying squirrels like these???? I put some in my window box--and they had
dug in there...Hmmmmmm...Need more moth balls to scatter on pots...
Box at HD---$3.47...
I have still not had any dry days to do much planting ot gardening...
Today is dry--so far--but the usual T-showers are predicted later...
Thanks everyone. Thank you Donnerville for setting me straight on this. Oh, I had no questions about the lipstick plant and the streptocarpus because they were so beautiful that I remembered their names as soon as you gave them to me. I did not actually hand exchange the Brunnera and that is why I was confused. You must have given them to John at some point and I was out of the equation until now. Got ya...and thank you.
YUM thanks for the sauce recipe and info donnerville!
I have Brunnera, I am pretty sure it was from donnerville last year, and it is doing GREAT! It bloomed this year and now getting nicely 'macrophylla' if you know what I mean (wink) Yes nice big heart shaped leaves in my shade bed, nice counterpoint to other things I have there.
Yes, Sally. They were from me last year. Glad they are doing well. I love this plant because it never has bugs/diseases and the foliage stays nice throughout the season. Over the years I have grown to appreciate shade gardens more and more. I guess that's a sign of maturity as a gardener.
Terri, your house is beautiful. I'm am so sorry that we didn't get there. Son was supposed to work but his Saturday client cancelled but he failed to call and tell us. Guess he was on standb-by. I talked to him in early evening and was surprized that he'd been home all day.
Sounds like you all had a wonderful time and Terri and Mike outdid themselves with their warm hospitality. I'm so sorry that I missed the event. I like the idea of having all the plant donations put on tables. I've only been to one plant swap and people parked in what used to be a horse pasture but it was into lawn and the host directed parking and you walked from vehicles to vehicle..What a great day for a get together and that view was spectacular but I can imagine the serenity that the properity provides Terri and her husband.
Gita - I love this photo. If you wouldn't mind, I would like to try copying, enlarging and then framing it and hang in my plant room or somewhere else that I can see it and get the warm fuzzies. Such a darling picture. Would that be okay?
Oh yeah, I am in total agreement about how adorable Chloe is. What a beauty. Gosh, I remember her being a few week old infant at Hart's swap, if I am not mistaken...Wow, lots of years have passed since I first met all you great folks at Hart's. I really miss Hart too so if anyone is in touch with her, please tell her I said howdy and that I think of her often. I guess I could try emailing or snail mailing her too if I put my mind to it. hahaha
I haven't been to any of the swaps that Critter has hosted thinking it was too far to drive in the past. Finding out on Saturday that she is close to Terri puts a new spin on things, and I now believe that a trip to Critter's at the next swap she hosts is in order. Looking forward to whenever that is. Speaking of Critter, for those of you who have commented on how well she looks, I am in total agreement with that too. You look like a new woman Jill and I too adore the short locks.
Oh yeah Jill, you have a beautiful little one too, almost forgot. Lots of pretty little ones in this group. Tomorrow is a party celebrating my grand daughter Emily's fourth birthday. That should be lots of fun and I will try snapping a photo of her and I to post here.
Here is hoping that everyone has fun plans for this long weekend. Take care and enjoy yourselves.
Ruby--GO for it!!!! I don't mind at all!
It sure looks like one of those antique photos---does it not?
Maybe you can tweek it a bit in Photo Shop re the side-lighting...
Did you see that lighter, rectangular "thing" on the right??
That is part of a baby carriage--and, I bet, my youngest sister, Valda, is in it...
We share birthdays...March 5th. SO! This was taken in June---so she must be
about 2 months old...My Mom and Dad also shared B-Days---April 8th. ODD!!!
The sad part is that our father died at 36 of Lymph Cancer. Which would have been in 1939 as well.
widowing our Mom at 33. Three young children--a Grandmother, the occupation years
coming on--We all just fled our country and became refugees for the next 7 years...
I have NO memory of my Dad at all--as I was just 2 1/2yrs. old...So sad!!!
If you want a companion picture to the one of me--here it is.
This is still me-on the left--and my older sister, Liga, taken the same day. By the same bed...
Do you just like old photos--or is it just because you know me?????
I have many. many, mny old photos!!!!!
Gitagal wrote:Do you just like old photos--or is it just because you know me?????
Both! (For me, at least.) I especially like old photos and the people-stories attached to them.
Where did your family flee to? Did you come directly here?
I worked with a woman who was born in Russia. Her family fled the Soviet Union during WWII and went to Brazil. She said that Brazil had a relatively open door policy. Then they applied to come here. So she speaks three languages: Russian, English and Portuguese! What a combination.
Great pics Gita...the memories they bring for each of us are special, aren't they?!
Thanks all for the sweet comments about my Chloe!! Yes Ruby she's was only a few months old at Hart's - that first swap...hard to believe isn't it. She's about the same age as your Emily!! If you want Hart's (Diane's) email - just dmail me and I'm happy to give it to you. I'm sure she'd love to hear from folks.
Yum...gonna make up a pint or so of that dumpling sauce...better chicken would be great marinated then brushed over while cooking...dang I'm hungry!! LOL
I'm going to actually be off ALL three days this weekend...spent this a.m. pruning my dwarf magnolia after seeing the damage done by those horrible winds last night to other trees. Tomorrow and Monday...will be planting these great plants from the swap from everyone. You ALL rock...thank you so very much!!
Jill - Lowes (sorry Gita) at least our's is carrying grafted fruit trees...picked me up a Limequat...what fun!!!!
Nisi--this could be a long story--but I will make it as short as possible...
We fled Latvia in 1944--as the last ship was leaving for other places...
Leaving the about-to-be-occupied-again Country once more was imminent...
Because my Mom's father (already long deseased) was a captain and the harbor
Headmaster of Ventspils, my city of birth, someone came and told my Mom that we
better get on this last ship which, was leaving in 2 hours, or we will never get out.
And, so we did...I cannot even imagine how my Mom and GM felt...
just locking the doors, and leaving their whole life behind...
This meant nothing to the Soviets, and after leaving one's home , they just
broke in and pilfered everything..So did some of my Mom's neighbors...
Lets be more positive--better the neighbors have something--than the Soviets...
My Mom was then 38, my Grand mom was 54. We kids were 9--7--and 5.
I was the middle one--7 yrs. old.
Anyway--we took the ship (it was bombed by the Soviets as we were leaving--
(I DO remember that!) and safely arrived in Bremenhaven, Germany.
From this day on--We all became "wards" of sorts...
It was not just us--It was tens of thousands of other refugees from other Countries,
that did the same thing...
Many of them spent days traveling by horse and buggy from inland just to get to
a Port City to leave...We were lucky--as we lived a few blocks from the Ventspils Harbor...
.Leaving one's homelands--to keep, preserve, and carry on their
cultures, language, history, and raise their yet-to-be-born children in this environment
was a HUGE responsibility from then on. What IF these countries never existed again????
SO! We all grew up with this "burden" ingrained into our souls...It was our "Mantra"...
So, for the next 7 years--we were DP's (Displaced Persons). We had no say about where we lived--
or for how long. It was, to me, the scatterbrain of the family--kind of an "interesting" life...
There were WW II organizations that were responsible for taking care of many of the refugees...
One was UNRA (United nations Relief Association) and also the "Lutheran Relief" org.
The later took care of most of the immigration procedures...looked after us, etc...
Eventually--Germany just could not keep all these tens of thousands of DP's,
so, after 6 or 7 yrs. people had to start thinking of where they were going to go on to.
There were rules and regulations
You had to have a sponsor--someone who would be responsible for these families
for one year. Ours was my Aunt's Family--as they had emigrated a year earlier.
The Lutheran Relief also helped a lot. Clothing, food, understanding the NEW ways, etc...
We arrived at the NY Harbor on Labor Day weekend, 1951. I was then 14--hence I still
carry a slight accent when I speak.
Being it was a Holiday--the harbor was "closed" and our ship sat outside the harbor for
2 more days...much to our delight. Looking at the Statue of Liberty the whole time...
When we finally docked--we were "processed" and then met by the Lutheran Relief workers.
They gave our Mom $10. She bough 5 bananas--one for each of us.
Then we boarded the train to Baltimore--and I have been here ever since.
We lived with my Aunt's family--which included my Aunt's Family of 8, another
single man, they had 'adopted" in the war, and the 5 of us.
ALL in this shabby, ready to fall down house--for one year...
BTW--I was placed in the 9th grade of a Jr. High on the 3rd day in this country.
NO speak-a de English at all...Took about 3 years till I was fluent in the English language.
YES! I speak 2 languages--fluently--and have passable knowledge of 2 others.
German and Estonian. My Ex. is Estonian--and we spent 25 yrs. deeply involved
in the Estonian culture here in Baltimore...Festivals...folk dancing...playing an instrument, etc...
I keep the remnants of the German language in my brain by listening to old German tapes...
Love them to death...that kind of music is so gone!!!! NOT to me!
I think, IF you want to know more about all this, there is always the Computer...
Just Google anything...Even just Latvia or Estonia or Lithuania...(The baltic Countries).
It will get you there...with all kinds of more detailed information...
SO! It was 50 years later that the Soviet powers fell. The Berlin Wall was torn down,
and the occupied Countries simply declared that they were FREE! SO--THERE!!!!
The 3 small Baltic Countries were instrumental in this movement...Peaceful Dissent.
YES! it cost many lives--but the powerful Soviet regime was toppled...
This took place around 1989-1991.
Still--I am just an immigrant--like many others...I have great compassion for others
trying to better their lives likewise...and will never look negatively on any of them...
I hope someone does not consider this a "political" topic.
I just wanted to capsule the events of my life--since someone asked...
I do not wish to carry on any Q&A on all this. This would be serious "off topic".
Information is out there...Just go get it!
Gita, thanks for sharing your interesting and beautiful story. I do genealogy research and have been helping my cousin trace her Father's roots. He left from Bremenhaven, Germany or was born there. Have sent that information all to cousin in Santa Fe..I have Ancestry.com online subscription and it showed copy of their passport records, ship they sailed on, etc.
Are you close to Essex or Middle River? That's where most of our Baltimore cousins live now. We'll be going over for a visit soon.
Essex and Middle River are pretty close to me. Say--15- minutes...just closer to the water.
There are a zillion, branching inlets of the upper Chesapeake Bay----like fingers and toes...
People fish and crab from their docks...Most have run-about boats...can suffer from floods...
I live in Perry Hall, now refereed to as Nottingham as well. I refuse to use that address.
Been in Perry Hall for 42 years...The Nottingham label showed up when they built
this new, bigger PO here. There is NO actual Nottingham here...
Perry Hall is VERY old..one of the original German settlements in and around the White Marsh area.
There are still so many Roads named after these original settlers...
Perry Hall---White Marsh--pretty much the same thing...a matter of roads and areas and zip codes...
Love it here...Everything one needs is all withing 5-10 minutes from anywhere...
Ask anyone if they know where the Perry Hall High School is.
I am 4 houses East of it on Ebenezer Rd.
Ebenezer Rd. seems to have gotten cut in half by development. There are two of them.
The one in Perry Hall is ONLY between Belair Rd. and Honeygo Blvd.
The other Ebenezer Rd. is East of Pulaski Hwy. and continues up through Gunpowder Park.
I am sure these were the same road at one time...before I95 was built---before all the
devel;opments here--and before White Marsh Mall was created, etc...
Lots of history around here...
David Marks (now a County Councilman) was the president of the Perry Hall Improvement
Association for several years.
He wrote a book--"The History of Perry Hall"...Check your library...Worth reading!
Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Boy was it hot. I have most of the plants from the swap planted now. Ruby, the astilbe that you and John gave me is in bloom now, and David the campanula 'Elizabeth' and the digitalis that you gave me are in bloom now too. I was amazed at how many things there were once I started sorting thru them - so many nice plants, ditto what Chantell said - you guys ROCK!
I'll try to finish up the remaining planting this evening after work. I still have a bag of mint to plant - Critter, is that from you? I also have the bearded iris that Sally gave me to get in a new area that I'm putting in around the stone retaining wall in the driveway parking area. With this heat, the biggest challenge is keeping everything watered. That dang sprinkler system is broken again - the pvc pipe from the pump in the pond broke when the water level rose real high after all that rain. Should be fairly easy to fix, but just one more thing on the list... The washing machine spin cycle stopped working over the weekend, so all the clothes are soaking wet at the end - getting a repair man scheduled is on the list too. Hmmmm, what is more important - plants or the laundry - not that hard of a decision LOL...
I was telling a co-worker about the swaps and talking about the different plants I brought home. You are so very right about the nice plants. Really came home with some beautiful plants, my digitalis is blooming also.
I will admit to being in awe of those you have already planted their plant swap plants. I have potted some of the houseplants but most of the ground plants will be started today according to the chief hole digger and planter. When he saw the list of my "wants" he began making a new bed. It is now ready for plants.
Heat in the mid 90's for the past few days has made doing anything much a real chore. The temps are supposed to drop some for the next little bit and I am really glad to hear that.
Gita, you ask why I like the picture so much and it is because of the planting/watering theme. I love little girls that age too and when I first saw it I smiled, so I am hoping that if I hang a copy where I see it from time to time that it will continue to give me reason to smile. Of course it helps that it is someone I know and someone who has really played a large part in both my outside gardening and house plant collection also. I think of you with fondness each time I water any of houseplants you have so graciously shared with me.
The same fondness goes for everyone else who has donated specimans for my gardens over the years. Most I remember who gave them and when working in the gardens am reminded of just how awesome you folks are. Thank each and every one of you.
My thanks, also! My labeling system might be going out the window now, thanks to little miss "look at this tag I found!" But I've been keeping track of where plants came from, and a lot of my little tags have DG names at the bottom. Some have become pretty major garden features, too. The sweet woodruff that Happy gave me has become a lovely groundcover through most of my back yard "island bed" (perfect with the daffs & daylilies there!), and Sally's siberian irises were stunning this spring, 3 huge clusters of purple blooms! I could go on and on, but you all know what I mean, and as Ruby said, every time I water one of those plants or repot it or weed around it, I think of the friend who gifted me with it!
At one of our midwinter gatherings, somebody commented, "This isn't a seed swap, it's more of a seed sharing!" Our plant swaps are like that, too... we bring what we have to share, extra seedlings or divisions that need a home, and nobody worries about "even" trades. It makes for a great party and a lot of happy gardeners!
Hey, I still have a few hangers-on of unplanted things. Partly I had to get junk out of the way for these better things, partly the heat slowed it down. I knew I'd doom a few things if I moved them in this heat wave, But I was able to prioritize and the only things left are stable, in pots. Even if I had to up pot, One coleus is aimed at the front garden but the spot needs prep so I quickly potted it larger and have it in the shade.
whoops, I had missed Terri's question about the mint.. nope, any mint in a bag isn't from me this year. I was pulling some chocolate peppermint at the last minute to bag up and bring, and then Ric&Holly pulled up, and I forgot all about it! Anybody who wants some can pull all they want this fall. :-)
LOL... plant that Lemon Balm somewhere where you don't mind having a BIG patch of it. It doesn't range as widely as mint, but it does send out runners to form a pretty good spreading clump! The smell is fabulous. :-)
Welcome Amanda - I have been invited to a couple of the Fairy Stone Park round ups, but haven't been able to attend yet. I might be off the invite list by now though because I didn't hear of this one. I do know I love the ones I have attended and my garden is full of wonderful things I have received from other members. I love the swaps.
LOL - Holly, that must be it - lemon balm, and it does smell good. As you can all tell, I have much to learn in the plant identification department... I had no energy to go outside the last few evenings to finish the planting in the horrible heat wave. This evening, the temps are much nicer and I am off from work tomorrow, so I'll be heading out as soon as I get changed into shorts and t-shirt - I've already got on the right footwear. My feet hurt so bad this morning that I wore my very comfortable garden crock knock-offs to work today - hope no one noticed :-)
Hi Terri - I agree on the heat being too much for doing much gardening. I make it as far as my houseplants on the porch and give them a drink from time to time when the heat is so horrid, but stop short of actually getting in the yard to do anything. Thankfully, it is much cooler here again today and after the sun goes down I plan to go out and work a bit with some canteloupe seedlings I have ready to go in to some soil.
Oh gosh...aching feet...have those issues from time to time myself. I remember with my first pregnancy and in December wearing Dr. Scholls expandable sandles to my job because they were the only things that fit. That is the day I gave notice and stopped working until after my son Ben was born...thirty years ago...where the heck did that time go???
Since the weather seems bearable today, John and I will be getting a few of the plant swap plants to their new homes later. I tried researching most of the plants and made notes on where they should be the happiest. I am sure that as we work our way through all those wonderful goodies that I will still have questions about planting and care tips.
In case I missed thanking any of you who so graciously shared your bounty with us, let me do so now...Thank each of you for your offerings to our flower gardens. We will do our best to tend to their care.
Who ever came up with the idea for plant swaps, should win an award. I know that they are something that both John and I love attending. Again, a special thank you to our hostess with the mostess...thank you Terri.
Hi Amanda - Oh yeah, I don't usually check with the Round Up forum, so am not up to date on all that are occurring. I do know that so many folks have great times at all that are attended. I am so glad that folks in the Mid Atlantic began having the swaps some years back. I have always thoroughly enjoyed the ones I've been to.