Once again it is time for our flower power fun run!
Friday April 20--Homestead, Dabneys and the rest in the MS and Memphis, TN area. We can eat lunch at the greasy spoon (I cannot remember the name) and eat dinner where ever.
Saturday April 21--Randolph's Greenhouses and the rest in the Jackson, TN area. Lunch at Casey Jones.
Holly and I will be going to Tunica on Thursday, April 19 and may stop at a few nurseries on the way. All are welcome to join us in Tunica...but I doubt there will be any takers. (Casino hotel rooms start at 60 dollars) We will be staying in Jackson on Friday, April 20. Returning home Saturday.
We need to decide on times and where to meet each day.
We know everyone will not be able to make it, so we will just rub it in after we get home with all of our new stuff! LOL
I'm going to skip Tunica but I do plan to go over on Friday. I really want to spend some time at Homestead and Dabney's. I need (not want but need as one has died) to replace the cedar looking bushes in my front pots. I'm hoping I can find something at Homestead. It needs to be large and evergreen and two just alike. Kim also got me into this hosta collecting!!!! LOL So want to find some new hostas. Hope I can find some different varieties of cast iron plant. Who knows what else I might find.
I do love Rita's stuff and hope I can make it too. She has the best for pots. I overwintered my big Rita's fern last winter and I managed to keep it alive but it had died back a lot when I put it out. I'm overwintering it again this year and doing a much better job of it. I don't think it's going to take long for it to really bounce back this year. I bought some of those clear drum plastic liners and put it in it and it's in the workshop. It's still green all over. I also put several other ferns in plastic drum liners in the workshop and they all look good. Of course I left the tops open. The plastic just helps hold the moisture in when I water them.
I am more of a people watcher than a gambler, so I should have plenty of flower money!
Charlotte, did you get the polka dot cast iron plant last year? Mine has done very well! Hosta? Me? Collect Hostas? Oh alright, I have lots! You should not have trouble finding new ones at Dabney's and/or Homestead!
Yes I got the polka dot one and it has done great! That's what got me on the quest for more! I'm also using them in my planters. I found some more in a catalog but waiting until after the Memphis trip to order any. I'm trying to get some things in my containers that are perennial and then just fill in with annuals.
Do you have the striped one Charlotte? Hopefully I could get you a piece off mine. Mine is planted in the ground so not sure if I can find it until spring. The tops do not winter as well as the all green around here. You have the perfect place for the stripe since it requires pretty deep shade. Sun and wind burns the foliage. I used to have several small bunches of it but the flood then drought nearly wiped it out.
Cindy I don't have the striped one. That's one of the ones I want. Plant Delight has several different kind including the striped one. I still have the hostas you want. One of these days I'll get them to you. They have probably multiplied by now!! LOL
Here's a link to the ones at Plant Delights. I'm drooling over several of them!!
charlotte, your link didn't come through for that cast iron plant from plants delight. That variegated cast iron that kenny & Jim gave me it already spreading in the pot. it's doing really well. It's the same one you bought last year I think.
Looks like Iam out for this trip too. Heather's doc has scheduled her c- section for the 18th, so I will need to stay here in case I am needed when she comes home. His name is Justin Kase, and this week he weight was est at 3 pounds. Heather will be 38 weeks on that day.
Genna, she had to go in the hospital a few weeks ago and she was almost into pre eclampsia, they are watching her pretty close now and have scheduled the scan they do at Jackson MS for next Friday, everything looks normal on the scans they are doing here, but want to be sure everything looks good for the 38 week delivery.
I think all of you just need to take a week end off sometime this summer and come to see me. Cayla is due June 20 and I am planning on keeping Eli when she goes back to work. None of the daycare centers here will take infants anymore. Some of them will not even take them until they are potty trained.
So just feel free to come anytime you want, looks like I will be here most of the time after Eli gets here anyway!
Sandra, I sure will miss seeing you, it' s just not the same with out you there. It feels a little different this year than in the past years. Already planning up to not being the same usual folks there as in the past. I sure hope everything will go ok with the delivery .
Sandra, I was wondering the same thing about the scheduling to take the baby at 38 weeks but he should be plenty big enough by then. I know the excitement is building for all of you!
I had originally planned to come along on the trip to Rita's, etc., too, but I think I am going to cancel. Two reasons: 1. My DD and her hubby will be out-of-town the last two weeks in April and I need to stay at home with the dogs. 2. Most of you know that I am seeing a very nice man. You do not know, however, that things are getting serious between us quickly. I don't think I want to spend any more money on plants for flower beds that I could very well be leaving in the care of my DD sometime in the next few months. :o) (don't hold your breaths---we aren't going to rush into anything). DD is not a gardener so the poor plants would most likely have to fend for themselves if I move off and leave them.
I will miss seeing all of you but will hopefully be able to plan a trip sometime in the future.
I am not coming either because it is just too expensive with gas at $4.00. Maybe I can catch up with everyone in the fall if the prices go back near normal. I could fly cheaper than drive but then I wouldn't be able to get a plant again..
Charlotte I need you to dmail me your address so I can ship some of the stripe cast iron.
Wow, so you guys aren't going on saturday either ? hum, Is it just me and you kim? lol boohoo. Just wondering if I should cancel sat trip myself and just go sometime to memhis nursery shopping some other day, I really want to go to Rita's though.
As I put my plants out it is very obvious that I don't need any more tropicals!!! My yard is beginning to look like a jungle! I actually don't need a lot of stuff for pots as I have been planting perennials in them and overwintered a lot of the stuff I had in them last year.
What I really need is at Homestead. I need something really unique for my planters on the front porch. Anything else I buy needs to be perennial!!
I'm also going to the MG conference in Natchez on the first of May so I don't need to be gone too long this time and don't need to spend a lot on gas. Like Cindy said $4 gas gets your attention!! May also run into some nurseries around Natchez!
Yes, 4.00 a gallon gas does get your attention. Our car has been action up lately and Jerry has trading on his mind. We really do need to trade it before it conks plum out--lol--if he had to drive his pick up every day to work, we would probably be just as well off for him to stay home--lol. The week it was in the shop, we made 2 trips to Memphis and he drove it to work every day-we spent 160.00 on gas, of course it has gone up again since that too.
So, for the Friday folks, I am guessing that we will start at Dabney's...right, Kenny? Then Homestead...or to the yummy greasy burger joint and then to Four Seasons and then to Homestead. You will have to tell us, Kenny...we shall follow you. What time should we meet?
Saturday folks, what time do you want to meet? Rita's first?
There is a fish place somewhere not far from there that's not bad. I don't know if there is a buffet or even the name of it. We ate there once with Bonnie and it was pretty good. Other then that I have no idea, but am up for anything.
Kenny, when are you going to show us all those iris that are blooming? I'd love to see some pictures. I have enjoyed my irises so much this year that I've made a list of all the tradeable ones and i'm going to try to do a couple iris trades this year to get some more . They have done so well for me this year.
I might be able to make the trip on Fri, the 20th. Where are y'all meeting and what time? I've got a new van that will hold even more plants than the old one, and I have a GPS now! So I can go anywhere! Where will I find y'all? I want to do Homestead and Dabney's for sure. I've already been to both of them this spring, but I didn't get enough plants. I need MORE!
Are we doing any trading? I have a few mints I can divide and would love to trade for other mints.
Kathy Ann, it is Terrye and I that don't care for the seafood, but we will find something we can eat, I can make a meal out of hush puppies and fries, so that will be fine with us. I just remembered that the food quality was not as good at the buffet as it had been in years past. Fish house will be fine with us.
PAT! I so wish you could come. I would love to see you...
Sandra, I am glad to see that you and Terrye are coming!
As far as time on Friday, Holly and I will are staying in Tunica on Thursday so we can be there anytime but 9-9:30 sounds perfect! If the HB place was not very good last time, I am willing to go just about anywhere. However, I may have to stop by there just for a shake!
I am not plant swapping, Nancy. I don't believe the others are either.
I popped in here just to make sure I had the date right - I was thinking it might be this coming Saturday. (Of course, if I had gone a week early, I would have had a great excuse to go back the next week, right?)
Hopefully another 10 days will from now will mean this frosty-morning nonsense is out of here for good until next fall. My containers are pitifully bare, but I'm not plunking anything in them them until I do some major poaching errr, shopping at Rita's.
Not all that much colder; when I got up at 6, it was 33. I didn't check the thermometer again, but I wouldn't be surprised to know we dipped below that dreaded 32-degree mark. The irises seem to have withstood the cold, and as soon as I peel myself out of this chair, I'll check on the peonies. Silly things shouldn't be unleashing flower buds this early anyway.
My crazy peonies have already bloomed and the faded petals have fallen off!!!
It was just in the mid forties here last night. I'm glad because I have planted a vegetable plot this year and it is fully panted with new seedlings coming up!
I knew better... but I didn't cover my tomatoes/peppers, and they are brown and green this morning. I planted them anyway. It's early enough that if they don't make it, I can get more... but I hate to do that at $3.48 a plant. Yep, Bonnie's brand. I planted the garden this morning: Louisiana Purple Pod beans, Henderson bush beans, some speckeldie brown and white running butterbeans my uncle gave me, Okra, Ambrosia Corn (2 rows), some purple hull peas from my cousin, 3 Mortgage Lifter tomatoes, 2 Celebrity tomatoes, a chocolate tommie tomato, and another patio tomato, 4 different kinds of bell peppers, 4 cabbages, 4 hills of straight neck squash, 3 kinds of cucumbers, onion, and a row of Zinnias (of course).
I am going to get three more tomato plants to finish out the row. Mom says they need to be 'Bradley' plants, so I have to shop for them.
I was able to do all of this because Joel and Marsha helped me put up two great cattle panels for trellises. I am blessed.
I wish I could see y'all. I think it would do me good!!
Hey, what happened to Trees by Touliatos?? I was in Memphis yesterday and wanted to stop by but it was locked up and looked abandoned. I drove around by the side of it and it didn't look like they had any plants in the greenhouses or anything. Did they go out of business?
For those of you interested in the new hardy hibiscus, both Dabney's and Homestead have some of them: Tie Dye, Kopper King, Cranberry Crush, Jazberry Jam, Turn of the Century, Summer Storm, etc. Dabney's has one gallon pots for $7 or $8 (can't remember which). Homestead has a few one gallons, but the newer ones are in 3 gal pots for $13.75. AND they have the new lavendar dinnerplate hib "Berrylicious" in a 3 gal pot, which I had to have of course.
If you're after herbs, Homestead has some nice unusual herbs (hot & spicy oregano, licorice basil, orange mint, various thymes and sages) for $1.25 per 4 inch pot. They're $3 at Dabney's and they didn't have the large selection that Homestead has.
I have a friend in Bartlett and Sat. we're going out to Oy Vey in Arlington. She's never been there and has recently begun an interest in gardening. I thought she'd enjoy seeing the plants in their natural habitat.
I'll see if Melanie wants to. I haven't been to Rita's in years. Maybe Melanie is up for it. We're supposed to spend the whole day together and I don't think she cares what we do as long it involves plants. So I'll see what she thinks about it. What time are y'all planning to be at Rita's?
yes I'm hoping to get to Rita's at 9. That's the plan. Lol. Thanks for that tidbit of info on the hibiscus. I'll see if Kenny can be on the lookout for that berrylicious one for me! It sounds divine! See u all on sat. I'm ready!
Ok, I'll have to get up and around early then to pick up Melanie and then get to Rita's by 9. We may be a little late. But I have a GPS now, so I don't get lost as easily I used to. LOL
It will be good to see you all again. I haven't seen y'all in years!
KathyAnn, can you bring me some soap? I want some of that gardeners soap with the seeds in it if you have any made. I can pay you at Rita's. I'll have cash...if you catch me before I do my plant shopping! :-)
I think that we are going somewhere else this time, the Buffett there was not good last year. One year we went and it was fantastic. I am thinking it is around 12 per person , if you decide you want to eat there.
Just so long as y'all tell me WHERE we're having lunch, I'll be there :-)
Actually, I plan to hit Rita's around 9 or soon thereafter. I'll be driving my new "Bertha" (she's a big girl) and I'll have plenty of hauling capacity. Which is good because I can't pack 'em in as good as KathyAnn does.
Are we going to hit that one nursery we stumbled over last year in Jackson after we left Rita's? They had some nice stuff and it was nicely arranged, too.
Nope. Your memory is correct: Dutch Gardens was the big'un up on a bypass (maybe?) The only other ones I went to that day were Rita's and then that little treasure-trove tucked behind construction work. If the rest of the contingent went anyplace else, they gave me the slip :-)
So are y'all going to eat lunch at the Velvet Cream? I've never eaten at Casey Jones, and Melanie loves it, so we may split off and eat there and catch up with y'all at the next nursery. Other than Dutch Gardens, what are the names of the others y'all plan to visit?
Kenny is going to take us somewhere he know there in Jackson, the velvet cream is in Hernando, MS close to where the ones that went today were going to eat. We loved the Casey Jones for a couple of times, but the last 2 times it just was not as good. We will figure it out at Rita's in the morning, we will be there around 9.
Dutch Gardens is huge, we got some small Japanese Maples there last year for 9.99 I got Butterfly and it is doing great. I can't remember the name of the other place they are talking about, but it is near the Casey Jones Village.
Woo hoo I get to come too! I am leaving out in the am, and will catch up with u all at Ritas's. Just tilled up some more flower beds so I have to fill em up =)). Totally jacked!! Flowers, food, and friends!!! That's where it's at!
We made a nice haul today!!! It started to rain around 5 just as we were on the outskirts of Memphis on the way home. It rained all the way home but not too bad of a rain. Hope the rain moves through during the night and that you all have a good day tomorrow!
Oh Great, Sheila, I can't wait to see you again! Girl, you need to stop by the house sometime and take some of my plants. I need to clear out room for all my new plants. I've already been to Memphis twice this spring and brought home vanloads of plants. And now tomorrow, another vanload. Maybe you could come by sometime in the next week and take home a carload...or more. :-)
I got 2 barberry bushes for my pots on the front porch. Several hostas - going for the yellow and white ones this year. A sensitive fern - I have lots of ferns but that is one I don't have. I'll take a picture as I can't remember what all I did get!
I also got some things for my neighbor. I got him some holly ferns, heurachas, white begonias and a double red camelia.
Sarah got tons of stuff too. She got a purple smoke bush, hosta, candy corn vine (so did I), a climbing hydrangea, ligularia (3 kinds), ladies mantel and a bunch of other stuff that I can't remember.
Not sure what Loretta got but she had a car full too!!! I know she got at least a couple more trees but a lot of other stuff too. She'll have to tell us!
I hope everyone has a safe trip today and the weather is not too bad. I had a wonderful time yesterday,
got some trees at Homestead and the Four Seasons. It was so nice to see Charlotte, Sarah, Kim, Holly
Charlotte, we cross posted. I got two Styrax "Fragrant Snowbell", yellow Buckeye, Fothergilla "Blue Shadow", Harry Lauder's walking stick
and a Bleeding Heart called Burning Heart. Now to get it all planted but it is very cool this morning.
Thanks also to Kenny for being our guide!!!! He had everything all scouted out and knows how to get us from one place to the other!!!!! Sarah and I talked about how good the Velvet Creme was all the way home!!! LOL Holly's ice cream that we didn't get looked so good that we had to stop at Sonic on the way home and I got a root beer float and Sarah got one of those things they have with butterfinger mixed up in it. That was dinner!!!
What a fun trip, despite the dreary weather! I'm home, the plants are in the garage until tomorrow, assuming it warms up enough in the afternoon for me to plant the perennials. It looks like the tender annuals will stay in the garage until Tuesday from the sound of the weather forecast. Maybe after this round of cold air, I can get my containers filled and cross my fingers the last of the cold nights are outta here for the season. (I won't complain too much - looks like the northern seaboard is going to get slammed with a late spring Nor'Easter snowstorm tomorrow night. At least we aren't faced with THAT.)
Thanks everybody for another great get-together and thanks to Rita for her warm hospitality!
My friend Melanie had a great time and enjoyed meeting everyone. She's quickly becoming a plant addict.
Me, well, I spent too much money...again. But I still don't have enough plants, soooo, you know that means I'll be making the next plant safari too! LOL
I love eating at the Casey Jones restaurant. The food was delicious, just like mom used to make.
I enjoyed meeting all of you I've never met before, especially that "Oddbird". LOL (I must be dislexic since I've read that name wrong all this time. Sorry, Kenny!)
And Sheila, don't forget to come and poach a few plants from my gardens. I have tons of that Arundo Donax you can dig...but bring that mighty shovel. The arundo is so tall and so thick now that it's pretty tough!
I am so glad I got to come today too, I missed telling some of you bye, but my foot just could not take any more, had to sit.
I hope everyone knows I love you all and forgives me for not chasing all down to say bye. I especially enjoyed sticking my tongue out at Melody--LOL--they were right beside us on the road and would not look, so when I started making faces, she turned--gave it right back to me too !!!
I enjoyed meeting Renee and Holly and Melanie, and they absolutely MUST get on some of the threads with us !
I also enjoyed the food very much at lunch, it was really good again, I guess we must have just hit them on a bad day last time.
Once again, I love you ALL and treasure every friend I have ever made at DG !
You guys are making me homesick!!! I finally have the 'hopes' of a contact on my Olive Branch house. We are in negotiations. It's been for sale for 2+ years and I would love not to have two house notes!! I miss my zone 7...
I had a great time too. long day, went straight to bed when I got home last night. got everything planted today though, except 3 elephant ears that Kenny gave me. As usual, it was a fabulous trip!! Amber even got her some basil plants and a curry plant.
I think we are going to get a frost tonight, going to be in the 30's here, I can't plant anything yet.
Te poor people in the northeast are going to get a horrible snowstorm, so I won't complain, some areas are getting a foot of snow.
They're saying the chance of frost for us is better tomorrow night than tonight. Crossing my fingers they're right because I didn't cover my peppers and tomatoes. (I still have lots of replacements safe in the house if worse comes to worse.)
melody wrote:...Was I the only one who took home the Hobbit Foot salvia from Rita's? It was a super texture along with being a cool name.
Nope. Two of 'em managed to hop into my basket and up into Big Bertha's open tailgate :-) (Oh, and I looked up your SB salvias - they are hardy to 6b.)
So now y'all have me wishing I had bought the curry, too. But I'm not going to dwell on it...I don't have an herb garden yet, so it probably would have languished while I tried to figure out where to put it.
I looked up my salvia too and it seems to be some confusion over the cold hardiness. From what I can tell, it is reliably hardy to zone 8 and possibly colder. I think I'll stick it in a container to be sure...the microphylla I got last year did great in the garage over winter.
We also stopped at Green Acres Farms just outside of Milan on the way home and bought a flat of some absolutely heavenly strawberries. Easy customer service...we drove in one gate, pulled up to the counter, bought our berries and went out the other gate...almost like a drive through!
Melody, we went by Wal-mart on the way home and the strawberries they had had PINK blooms on Them, I went looking for a tag and all it said was strawberries, I have always seen white blooms on strawberries, anybody have pink blooms on their strawberries?
Don't forget to rate your trip in Go Gardening. Even if you've posted a comment in earlier years, you can add a few lines about this year and it will automatically post with your original review. Here are some of the links to help you out...who am I missing and I'll hunt those up too?
I think Melanie, Sheila and I were the last ones at 4 Seasons. They almost locked us in! LOL I think that is where I got my Orangeola Jap Maple, but I might be wrong. I got so much stuff that day! Melanie and I are still talking about how much fun we had.
I think the Salvia argenteas are short-lived regardless, aren't they? Prone to "melting" in our humidity as much as anything else. At least it seems like I remember reading that on a seed packet a few years ago :-)