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Yearly TN and MS Nursery Fun Run April 20-21

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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


Some of the goodies I got last year...

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Ripley, MS

Very funny Kim, rub it on in, you better skip Tunica, you might lose all your flower money!

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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!

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

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.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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!!

http://www.plantdelights.com/searchprods.asp?searchstring=cast+iron+plant&pagenumber=1&val=0

This message was edited Feb 9, 2012 5:14 PM

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

Don't buy the stripe one I will find you a start of it somewhere. . I'm planning to try to go on this trip so we shall see each other then.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Glad your going to make it!!! I may end up ordering a coup,e of the really different ones but I want get the stripe.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Yea! Cindy is coming!!

Golly, I did not realize there are so many types of cast iron plant! Charlotte, if Cindy does not find a start for you, I have some that she gave me a few years ago and I will be happy to share!

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Seems i'm still having trouble posting, had to post that 3 times to get it to post. good thing I copied and pasted it just in case. I hate to retype lol

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Kathy ann if you will click on where it says search (cast iron plant) will already be typed in, it will bring them up. Don't know why it did that.

Ripley, MS

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.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

We're going to miss you Sandra!!! But certainly understand! One of the twins is named Justin.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Shucks, Sandra, I hate that you cannot make it. We will have to laugh really loudly so you can hear us ;o)) We will miss you!

Holly and I will be staying at the Hampton in Jackson, TN on Friday night.

Ripley, MS

Please do, Kim! This makes 2 I have had to miss!

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Haven't gotten all my plans made yet, but I do plan to be there! I'm gong to Homestead on Fri. Sarah wants to go also. May see you all at the Hampton Inn.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Sandra I think I've already told you we're going to miss you! Want be the same without you!

Olive Branch, MS

Sandra if I'm every off on First Monday weekend I just have to come visit you at home. We went to Homestead last weekend and things are looking great there.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

And if I can ever come to First Monday, I will come by for a visit, too. LOL One of these days...

Thanks for the update, Kenny. The more warm days we have, the more excited I get!

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Well, I know ya'll will have a blast as usual. I can't make it because that is prom weekend ... (one last time! )...... but I know ya'll will have fun for me and buy lots of plants!

Sandra, is there a reason why they scheduled the section at 38 weeks instead of waiting til full term? was just curious............

Ripley, MS

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!

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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 .

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

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.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

I am sad that you will not be able to come with us. However, I am very happy about you and your man!!!

Isabella, MO(Zone 6b)

Thanks, Kim! :o)

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Is anybody going? lol, I'm sorry too that your going going to get to come and neither is Sandra, not going to be a big year this year like before. Good luck with your new beau!

Northeast, LA(Zone 8a)

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.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Holly and I will be there! I need to send Bonnie a dmail about some Memphis nurseries we can visit on Thursday before heading to Tunica.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Will do Cindy. I think Sarah and I are still planning to go.

Batesville, AR(Zone 7a)

I am still planning on going but only on Friday.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Friday is when we plan on going Loretta. We may go on up to Jackson. Will have to see.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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!

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

KA, Kenny is still planning on being with us...which of course, includes Jimbo...and Bonnie?

Ripley, MS

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

yes I know, I'm still going, not backing down , not even if noone goes lol Looking forward to seeing those who are going, i do think terry and melody are both going too.

Olive Branch, MS

We'll be there. Not sure about Bonnie. Maybe she'll check in sometime. Can't wait.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

I'm still planning on being there on Sat. I've just been too busy behind the scenes here to stop in and let you know.

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