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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9041436

Welcome all DG friends, Ric and I are hosting a Spring Plant Swap

WHEN:
Saturday May 19th, starting around 11:00 tillÖÖ
Lunch will be around 1:00. It will be a covered dish.
We set the 11:00 start time to try and give people time to get here but earlier arrivals are welcome and so are late comers.

WHERE:
Ric and Hollyís house in Dover, Pa.
We live in south central Pa. close to Interstate 83 half way between York and Harrisburg. If you do a Map Quest from your location to Dover, Pa. that will give you an idea of driving times. I am in the DG Address Exchange but will also be D-Mailing my address / directions to everyone planning to attend closer to the swap.
So please check the next post to be sure your name is on the list. So that I send you my address.

WHO:
All DG & Cubits Subscribers their families and friends are invited.
Children of all ages included.

WHAT TO BRING:
Folding table or blanket and chairs to set up your swap area. We have a few extras but if you have room please bring your own.

Something for the covered dish lunch.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1254325/


Have / Want Lists
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1246746/


Swap thread for chatting and organizing your swaps and trades.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1246743/


You: Most important thing to bring is yourself. For those of you that have never been to a Swap you should know that you donít have to bring plants to the swap to attend, you donít even have to bring plants to take some home. If you donít have much in the way of plants or seeds to swap that doesn't matter. There are plenty of plants to go around Gardeners just love to share their Gardens. This is a great way for new gardeners to start off. These events are as much about just getting together as they are about trading plants.

This thread is for general info, organization, who is planning to attend, and for answering any questions that might arise. Pretty much anything that is NOT food or plant related. Please keep food and plant trades chat on those threads. Iím going to save a few spots at the top of this thread for my info, you are welcome to chat after that.

Please check the top posts of this thread for updates, more information, and links to additional threads. Holly


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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2012
2:40 PM

Post #9041437

Jan23
FlowAjen
ssgardener
donnerville
Catbird423
Roses_R_Red
Gita
ecnalg
greenthumb99
Sallyg
Kubileya
critterologist
Ruby & John
Aspenhill & Cheryl
Coleup & Wayne
Chantell
Bec_No_Va
Onewish1 & Michele
Gardadore
happy_macomb
Buttoneer
Wind & Harry
Pippi & Lloyd




This message was edited May 15, 2012 3:14 PM
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2012
2:54 PM

Post #9041460

Save the space
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

March 13, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9041812

Thank you, dear. I am planning on coming with a friend.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2012
7:04 PM

Post #9041821

Woo hoo!!! Should be coming...hubby may actually drop me off with the trailer(so I can load that with rocks ☺) and he'll take the kids and go to Gettysburg or something
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9041826

It will be so nice to see you both.
Jan, friends are very welcome.
Jen, there are a lot of things to do in our area and I can post some ideas later. The state park is close by, too.

donnerville

donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 13, 2012
7:19 PM

Post #9041844

Please count me in. Thanks!

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 14, 2012
10:01 AM

Post #9042488

I will be there too.

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 16, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9045089

We'll definitely be there!!

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9045352

So will I! Please add me to the list...Wouldn't miss it for anything...+

Gita

greenthumb99

greenthumb99
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 16, 2012
5:58 PM

Post #9045433

Pat (ecnalg) and I are looking forward!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 17, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9045845

Thanks Holly and Ric for hosting!!!
I'll be there. Wouldn't miss it for anything!
Kubileya
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 18, 2012
6:45 AM

Post #9047074

I've been gone from the forums for a good long while, but my family and I would love to come!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 18, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9047260

Yay Kubileya! We met at another swap, maybe even the previous one at H and Rs.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 18, 2012
1:54 PM

Post #9047546

Kubileya, It will be great to see you again. So glad you will be able to come.
Kubileya
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 19, 2012
10:42 AM

Post #9048797

Hi, Sally! Yes, we met at Holly & Ricks and maybe one of the seed swaps once upon a time. :)

It will be good to see everyone again.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9050839

Hooray!!

You know it's been on my calendar. :-) I'm really looking forward to seeing everybody, also can't wait to see the results of everything Holly & Ric have been working on at their place!

Going to check out the plant chat thread now...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9051305

Yay Jill!

By the way, Gita and Catbird know they are welcome to ride share with me. Although at the rate of Gitas' promised plants,. we may need to caravan it!

Mark hubby will come, unless my oldest DS has need for help. He is having jaw surgery on the 17th.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9051352

Sally--

Thanks! I know I would be welcome---BUT...

I will be glad to caravan with you and hold up the rear--just like last time.

You are right. I will have quite a few plants--besides--I will be bringing back some rocks and bamboo stakes.
Your car, definitely, will not hold all this...

We can meet at the same restaurant off of Padonia rd.

Lets keep in touch. Gita

edited to say--
Here are some pictures from Holly's Swap in 2009.
Sally--see how full my car was?????

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sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 21, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9051389

And see how much fun we were having ?!?!
rumibanjan
Sterling, VA

March 21, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9051695

Aw, man. This sounds like fun, but it's quite a drive from VA. Wish I was closer!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
2:59 PM

Post #9051768

rumibanjan, I did a mapquest from Sterling, Va to Dover, Pa and it comes up a little over 2 hours. We would love to have you and you are welcome to bring family or friends.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9051801

Rumi, put it on your calendar! If there isn't anybody going from Sterling, you can likely drive just part of the way and then hook up with somebody. Leesburg, Brunswick, Frederick are all along your route, I think... once we know who all is going from around here, we'll figure out how many cars we're taking. Riding together is more fun, anyway!

Gita, any chance your daughter could join us again? She'd give you company on the drive, too.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
3:48 PM

Post #9051831

Oh Gita, I would love to meet her.

Gitagal

Gitagal
Baltimore, MD
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9051956

Well...Gee...

I asked her after the seed swap--and she was not all that sure about going.
She needs her weekends off to--to tend to her budding garden and to Mark.
She works at a hard job at IKEA. She is on the design team--The design and
then put together all the rooms that are on display--physically! That can be exhausting!

I will ask her again. I know she would love it...Gita

Here is a picture of her from Jill's Seed Swap.

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2012
10:47 PM

Post #9053551

RUmi I have not yet driven 2 hours for a swap, but if I had to at this point I would. So much fun.

I hope Aina decides to come. She won't have to work hard!
rumibanjan
Sterling, VA

March 23, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9053670

Thanks for the encouragement. :) I really would love to come, but gaah, a 4-hour round trip. I have family in Delaware so I thought maybe I could make it part of a trip to visit them, but it's almost as far from there. Don't think I'll make it. Have fun!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 23, 2012
8:43 AM

Post #9053905

I drove all the way to NH for one so 2 hours is nothing to me ☺

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

March 23, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9054129

Not everyone is as "spunky" as you are Jen. I think you run on jet fuel!!

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 23, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9054279

hee hee
rubyw
Crozet, VA

March 24, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9055135

Not exactly sure how many hours we will be on the road in order to make it to this swap...but we too are planning to come Holly, if you will add our names to your list.

I love these swaps and will say it again...it is truly something that we both look forward to each year. A true highlight for us. \

Looking forward to seeing everyone then and also chatting with everyone between now and then.

Ruby
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 25, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9056194

Ruby, as always, you're welcome to break up your trip and stay over with us Friday and/or Saturday night! One of these times I'm going to talk you into it. It would be fun to have a little extra time to visit with you & John. :-)

rubyw
Crozet, VA

March 27, 2012
7:32 AM

Post #9058936

Jill, you are so sweet to offer. As I said, we won't make a decision on whether to stay over or head back home probably until the week of the swap. I will let you know. l am already aware of your great hosting skills and loved your home and yardens, so I would feel good about staying over if it can be worked out. If you offer someone else the same between now and then and they are able to give a definite answer, please let them have first dibs. Thank you so much for offering and I will give some serious thought to it. Love you lady.

Ruby
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9058985

Well, if I was going to be in the area, I would have joined in the fun.
The house in MD has SOLD and I'm "retiring" and heading south on 22 April.
Now my sights are set full time on learning how to garden in FL.

It was great meeting so many at the Seed swap. Hopefully my seeds will do well in FL.

May you all continue to have very Green Thumbs !!!!!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

March 27, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9059045

Anybody who needs a "halfway" point to stop over is welcome to stay with us... we've got an "official" guest room but also have a sleep sofa downstairs and just got a queen size inflatable mattress for the admittedly untidy (hahahaha putting it mildly) plant/craft/misc. room upstairs. By the swap, that room "should" be under control. Oh, and there are a couple other twin size mattresses the nieces/nephews use in the book room / play room upstairs. Joyanna can share her room, too. So theoretically, I think we could sleep 10 people here without putting anybody quite on the floor. :-)

My back yard neighbor (the one with the pretty gardens, not the one who hates anything except grass LOL) may come with me... she's been dividing her plants, too, and her daughter just moved into a new place with almost nothing growing yet. You'd all love Lupe', she's an incredible sweetheart, so I hope she'll be able to come!

When we get closer to the swap date, I figure we'll see how many people are coming from the Frederick area (or points south like Brunswick & Luckett), and we'll meet up and share rides if people want.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 27, 2012
10:15 AM

Post #9059161

Hey Qwilter- got one word for ya. SAND. Yur new soil will be all SAND and need lots of organics all the time. OR thats what my sister is experiencing. But ts so much fun to dig in! And, your growng dates may change becasue winter is so short and summer so hot. But I bet you'll have fun. And check back often!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

March 27, 2012
4:36 PM

Post #9059633

Not sure which is more of a challenge - sand or clay!!!! But the sand is so much easier to dig in.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 1, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9066262

It sure is Quilter, I can't get over how much easier it is to garden at my FIL's house in Fl. LOL

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2012
4:48 AM

Post #9066391

Yay, get together at Holly and Ric's! Count me in. My neighbor friend Cheryl will be back from FL by then, so maybe I can convince her to come too. She had a great time meeting everyone at the swap last year. We'll figure out the caravan from Lucketts thru Frederick at some point... Can't wait to see everyone.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9066533

Hope to finally see everyone and not just send my plant ambassadors! This may be the year. judy

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9066733

Yay Terri and Cheryl!
Coleup and Catbird- looks like I have all seats open. DH has a golf trip. (I'm sorry he'll miss this, I know he would like the company!)
So we'll figure out a departure time later and meet up with Gita on the way.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

April 2, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #9066739

Oooo, looks like I'm finally gonna meet a bunch of DGrs I haven't met before, cool!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9066885

Thing 1 & 2 shall be there with bells on - will be SO good to see everyone esp. sunce we sadly missed the fall and February get togethers!! Hugs to al!!!

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 2, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9066984

Should I mention that this will be the first swap that I probably won't see Stormy? I'm can't wrap my head around her absence.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 2, 2012
3:25 PM

Post #9067298

Chantell and Becky!!! I was thinking about you gals. YAY!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 3, 2012
7:23 PM

Post #9068819

I will be so good to see you all here. I'll be adding more names to the lists.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

April 14, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9081940

Sounds like a party to me. Can't wait!!!

Ruby

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2012
6:53 AM

Post #9087291

Bump - just in case someone's missed it... ^_^
gardadore
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2012
6:23 PM

Post #9088161

Hi Holly and Ric,
I guess I should have my name added to the list as Roses R Red has kindly agreed to take me along! DH will be away and I didn't want to drive the distance alone in my old car! Really looking forward to meeting many of you I have heard so much about and seeing the rest from our Mt. Bethel Swaps! Jessica
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

April 18, 2012
6:47 PM

Post #9088217

Whoop, whoop!!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2012
7:05 PM

Post #9088247

So very glad to have you Jessica. I always look forward to seeing you.
Buttoneer
Carlisle, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2012
6:51 PM

Post #9092222

Hey Guess what? Buttoneer will be at this swap. Not sure of DH Bob since he got his ankle operated on and has pins & screws in it but I'll be there for sure. Looking forward to it, too! This hot dog is from Ernie's Texas Lunch in Gettysburg, Pa. The best texas dog I ever ate.

Hey Holly, do you have a thread for the covered dish & what we are bringing?


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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 21, 2012
6:52 PM

Post #9092225

Yay, gardadore, and Buttoneer!
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

April 21, 2012
7:39 PM

Post #9092263

Hooray! I know I say it every year, but this is going to be the best swap ever!!

ecnalg

ecnalg
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2012
4:00 AM

Post #9092472

So glad you're going to be there and that Bob's surgery is behind him.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #9092821

Holly & Rick: I might make it (I'd love to come but scheduling is a bear); if I do, it'll be on the very late side -- no earlier than 1pm, and likely closer to 2pm. So I'm hesitant to promise anything...
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2012
10:56 AM

Post #9092875

Happy!!!!!!!! So glad to see you surface again in the MAG forum. It's just not a proper swap without you. :-)
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 22, 2012
11:51 AM

Post #9092956

Buttoneer, I was going to D-mail you as I hadn't heard from you yet, so very glad you will be coming. Hope Bob is doing well. Haven't put up a food thread yet but I will soon.
Happy, Oh I would love it if you could come, I remember last time it was a run in and run out but so nice to see you.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9093065

Holly and Jill: Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I hope I can make it!

Bec_No_Va

Bec_No_Va
Huntsville, AL
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2012
6:07 PM

Post #9093407

Happy!!!!!!!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 22, 2012
9:23 PM

Post #9093687

Hi Bec. I'm a little elusive, I know! Great to hear from you!

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9093841

Happy! You probably don't remember me, but my first swap was at Becky's house in 2008. You gave me some solomon's seal, and now those few plants have multiplied and are doing well in my woodland garden. I think of you every time I see them! I really hope to see you again at Holly's. Terri

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

April 23, 2012
1:00 PM

Post #9094665

HAPPY ^-^. Soooo good to see you!!!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 23, 2012
3:57 PM

Post #9094900

I'd love to see you too happy! I hope i get to linger long...
rubyw
Crozet, VA

April 24, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9095771

I feel the same about missing Happy at the swaps, and actually on the threads too. I hope that you can make it, and I would love to send you home with some goodies from our place. Sitting at my desk I can see the lovely Japanese Maple Tree that you gifted us with at Harts, so many years ago. It has become a very lovely tree. I also think of you each time I tend to my Ficus Benjamina. It too has done very well which is amazing due to having often killed Ficus in the past. Please do try to come.

Ruby
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

April 24, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9096055

Chantell, Sally and Ruby: I love you all so much -- wonderful to hear your voices (that doesn't sound right) or to see your characters (that sounds worse). You know what I mean!

Has anyone heard from Hart, speaking of whom?

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

April 24, 2012
11:00 PM

Post #9096718

Oh yeah, we are some 'characters' all right...rofl !

I only hear from hart when I go in my garden and see 'her' iris, 'her' lilac...
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9110714

Bump

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2012
6:35 PM

Post #9113188

Happy - I spoke with her a month or so ago (it had been a year or more since talking with her) - she's been through a lot. I think you knew her mom had been really sick...then her brother passed and for the past year she's been having health issues. Please keep her in your prayers!!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2012
7:52 PM

Post #9113339

Thanks and I will.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 7, 2012
7:53 AM

Post #9113859

Happy, I miss Hart too. I believe I contacted her at least six months or so ago and have the same report as Chantell gave. She was such a lovely person and I always just loved her too. I get the warm fuzzies from very many that I have met here. You guys serve as my main form of socialization. I am in semi-retirement and it is very easy for me to act hermit like at times. Sometimes during the winter months, it seems as though I can stay put right here at home for a month before actually getting in my car and traveling somewhere. Doctor visits are usually the things that get me out and about and if the visit isn't due to being ill, that is when I try to add my shopping errands and such at the same time.

I have been fortunate the last five or six years that John has taken over many of the errands that I used to run. I have become very spoiled by it in fact. He grocery shopped this morning and I am paraticularly grateful that he did. I had a lot of perishables on the list and I didn't want to shop later when no one was here to help me bring things inside. It is also yet another wet day outdoors and I don't like trampling all over creation on days like this either.

I wish I lived closer to some of you folks and get togethers were more often. I am satisfied with the couple times a year I get to see everyone though and the chats we have here are always a good way for me to start my day. You too have been missed Happy, but I am glad to see you posting recently. I know that you are a very busy woman, but you always have a lot to add to conversations.

Anyway...I am really looking forward to seeing each of you very soon now. Won't be long at all.

Ruby

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9114959

Ruby - I passed by your exit doing stores for my 2nd job...it's gorgeous down there...my arm could be easily twisted to come on down...and meet for lunch on a weekend
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2012
3:41 AM

Post #9115164

Holly, Lloyd and I are planning on coming. I don't see our names on the first list. I'm glad to see that more men are coming with their wives, so he won't feel out of place.
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 8, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9115542

Hey Chantell and Ruby how about the two of you cooking up some kind of plant swap get together down you alls way? Certainly cuts down on travel time! And we'd probably get more Virginians and mountain folk attending that haven't been met yet or heard from in awhile. Tee hee hee, just a thought as I fully realize what it takes to host one. Hats off to all who do!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

May 8, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9115559

Hey Cole - I am game...what we are waiting on, according to John is getting the front walk way finished that he started some years back and hasn't yet finished. He calls it his construction zone, add a construction zone to a very steep front yard and we may just be asking for a disaster.

Supposedly, after purchasing a cement mixer a few months ago, the completion of the rock wall is slated for this summer and early fall. We will see. Lack of parking may be an issue, but we can figure something out. My brother owns a piece of land across the road from us, and I am thinking that we could see about parking there and borrowing his Yamaha or Honda Mule which seats four people to transport people and their plants up our steep drive way. It is workable...just needs some planning and some permission asking beforehand.

I used to entertain quite often and always enjoyed it. Over the years that has been something that has been lost along the wayside. A plant swap would make up for the years that I haven't been entertaining, plus more. hahaha

I will be working on it Cole...just for you.

Ruby
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2012
2:02 PM

Post #9116048

Coleup, that's one reason we try to switch locations for these swaps from year to year, so different people will be better able to attend.

Ruby, wouldn't it be wonderful to celebrate the end of the "construction zone" with a plant party?

Joyanna and I stopped by WalMart this afternoon (yes in the rain; we have rain jackets and puddle-splashing shoes), so I picked up a couple of 'Whirlwind' hostas and also found bigger (gallon pots, 3 to 5 eyes) hostas for $5 -- 'Guacamole' and 'Aureo marginata' (or something like that LOL). I got a Guac. for my "new" part shade area, but if anybody wants one of those I can go back... they had just come in, so they'll have a good supply.

Also, I wondered if anybody would like a little start of Hart's "pussytoes" (Antennaria, not sure which sp) ? I had them growing in a pot with another plant from her and pulled them out this morning for repotting & planting out... They make a nice low groundcover, and the little "kitten paw" blooms on wiry stems are cute & pettable.

Speaking of Hart, my light purple heirloom iris from her was blooming today... I thought I'd lost it! So, Sally, somebody else can have the one I asked you for. It's a beauty.

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
3:49 AM

Post #9116757

I hosted the swap last spring, and I can't even describe how happy it made me feel. I had taken a week off from work and worked in the gardens from sunup to sundown - it was exhilirating, and gave me a taste of what retirement could be like. The place never looked better, and sharing it with people who appreciate and love gardening as much as I do was the icing on the cake. I couldn't stop smiling all day. I think we all love seeing each others gardens and just getting together is so enjoyable in general. I'm looking forward to Ric and Holly's swap, and a possible trip to John and Ruby's next year - YAY!

ecnalg

ecnalg
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 9, 2012
4:19 AM

Post #9116780

We enjoyed it so much and could see how much love went into the plantings and design. It was well worth the drive!!
coleup
annapolis, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2012
6:38 AM

Post #9116958

[quote="ecnalg"]We enjoyed it so much and could see how much love went into the plantings and design. It was well worth the drive!![/quote]

I totally agree!

Even though I wasn't there, the post swap pictures spoke volumes. So lovely.

And, lol, its nice to have a reason that gets us pulling things together that we ( I ) might not do for ourselves but will enjoy the fruits of our labors and the fellowship enriched.

For now I am concentrating on making it to my first swap. Any "hosting" may need to wait for another life time as my yard could be a runner up in the category "How to garden among invasives you've learned to live with and still enjoy it"



flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9116959

[quote="coleup"]

"How to garden among invasives you've learned to live with and still enjoy it"
[/quote]


ROTFL

Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2012
6:40 AM

Post #9116961

Me, too
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2012
4:25 PM

Post #9117683

Oh I just loved Aspenhill. Terry has a truly lovely home and gardens. It was such a pleasure to visit her home. You are right I have been working in the gardens and really loving it. It is just so nice to be out there. Even with all the work we are doing there is a ton of things that I know we won't get too.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

May 9, 2012
6:28 PM

Post #9117838

[quote="HollyAnnS"]Oh I just loved Aspenhill. Terry has a truly lovely home and gardens. It was such a pleasure to visit her home. [/quote]

mega ditto

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 10, 2012
3:20 AM

Post #9118102

Holly, my neighbor friend Cheryl will be joining us, so add her to the list. This is going to be one major parteeeeee!

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2012
3:26 AM

Post #9118111

seems that way!!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2012
4:38 PM

Post #9119022

Great!
ssgardener
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #9128865

It looks like I won't be in until close to 1:30 or so. See you tomorrow!
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 18, 2012
9:14 PM

Post #9129129

We will still be here and still eating. Looking forward to seeing you.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

June 2, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9148742

Now, I KNOW that this is way early, but will there be a Fall Swap? I am asking now as I am a Living Historian for the War Between the States, and as a Civilian, in high demand for the next years...Sesquicentennial (don't ask me to type that again) and all, and I'd really like to reserve that day...

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9148799

I will likely be offering, unless there's another War between the States before fall...I don't have a date in mind--.mid September.?
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

June 2, 2012
7:12 AM

Post #9148826

Oh, thank you! I am engaged in The War on September 15-16 (Antietam), but otherwise, as of this second, things are pretty clear!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9148905

Yippee!!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9148923

Gracye- At one stage, I was interested in handmade historic clothing, Do you wear (or other re enactors) clothing handsewn to be more authentic? Better question- can I make any money at that? Even pocket change? har har pun INTENDED
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9148998

Sounds interesting!

I also want to put it out there for a spring swap at my place. If I commit then I will do it. May 18, 2013. The Saturday after Mother's Day.

Location: Pennsville, NJ

30 miles south of Philly
About an hour from Baltimore
103 miles from Dover, PA

Hopefully this will open up another area for DGers. I do realize it will be too far for some of you and will miss seeing you, but know that we WILL meet again.
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

June 2, 2012
11:00 AM

Post #9149100

sallyg - I quickly switched from beginning attire to authentic or period-correct. From what I've found, you will sew out of a great labor of love, and pride as an artist. Correct sewing techniques of "the day" take intense study, materials are rarer than hen's teeth. So, the quick answer is NO you will NOT make money. Best if you live in Gettysburg area so you can bop on over to the little sewing shop that carries a large amount of period-correct sewing materials (including ability to order the right lace).

But you will make a name for yourself, and your creations, if correct down to the stitch, type of thread (and was it ironed and coated with real beeswax and made of 100% silk?), and length of stitch, you will have more work than you can handle.
Problem with most seamstresses is in getting a bunch of money, spending it, then having to deliver the product. Oh, and dealing with we "Pieces of Fluff" women...LOL!

Thanks Jan23. This gives me another date for my GREEN passion!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #9149443

SallyG and Jan -- I'm excited to have swaps to think about!

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 2, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9149569

Thanks Gracye! If I ever end up living near Gettysburg or another place with the resources, I would consider looking into it. Or visit Gettysburg and see that shop for fun.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2012
8:19 PM

Post #9149777

I would love to see your place Jan.
I am already looking at plants and thinking about what I can divide for a Fall Swap and I am going to try rooting Chrysanthemums. I need to cut them back, I just can't believe that they are blooming.

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #9149795

September sounds great Sally!!! Jan - would be great to be up that-a-way again. I grew up in PA and my Aunt Uncle and cousins lived in NJ

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #9149822

Sounds good, Sally and Jan

Where in Jersey, Chantell?

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2012
9:27 PM

Post #9149829

swedesboro - we used to take the car ferry over...course that was in the 70's. Yikes - did I admit that? LOL
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 2, 2012
11:25 PM

Post #9149874

So funny Chantell, I lived in Trenton for about 4 1/2 years after I got out of the service in the early 70's.
I went to Trenton junior college, now Mercer Co. Comm. College majoring in horticulture and biology. At that time our only goal was to go to DelVal and get a job at Longwood for bread and water. I so wanted to pull weeds for the DuPonts, Even though my grandmom instilled a love of gardening the teachings of Dr. Ellen and Doc. Donahue are still with me.
As you cross the bridge to Trenton you see the sign, Trenton Makes the World Takes, what is underwater is What the World Refuses, Trenton Uses.
Why are New Yorkers so depressed? The light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey!
Ric

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2012
3:14 AM

Post #9149925

oh Ric... you bad boy!!

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2012
3:50 AM

Post #9149940

I'm trying to resist touting Jersey Girls, but it's reeaaally hard!!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 3, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9150256

I live about 10 miles from Swedesboro.

Wouldn't it be awesome to work at Longwood? Or Winterthur?

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2012
3:48 AM

Post #9151191

Or Mt Cuba? Love all three of those places - wish they were closer so I could go every couple of weeks to see the season progress. Ultimate dream would be to work somewhere like that instead of sitting at a desk in the basement of a government building...
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
4:23 AM

Post #9151219

Indeed. Haven't been to Mt. Cuba yet, but on my bucket list.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
5:33 AM

Post #9151264

MT. Cuba, Wow we were just there last Thursday with our Hobby Greenhouse group bus trip. I was truly impressed. Since we are a greenhouse group they gave us a tour of the the entire growing area before the regular tour. One of the greenhouses was air conditioned to grow cool loving plants, only with the duPonts.
I can't fathom planting an entire woodland from scratch let alone maintaining it in such a natural looking state. I'll never complain about Holly's water features after seeing Ms. Copelands. LOL To think she just wanted a little stream, OMG.Ric

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9151280

The entire place was just lovely. I could have spent the entire day there and definitely want to go back for the azaleas, maybe next year? The solarium in the mansion was something to behold also. Ric

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
5:51 AM

Post #9151287

Those evil 1%ers...lol, just kidding. So gorgeous
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
6:00 AM

Post #9151302

After a nice lunch at a family restaurant in Hockessin we went to James Buchanan's home in Lancaster, Wheatland for a tour there before coming home. That was surprisingly informative and well conducted, albeit less a thrill than Mt. Cuba. LOL Ric

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HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #9151309

Sally, at least these 1%ers let us peek in. ROTFL Ric

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sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9151428

These fabulous gardens and estates- are kind of a national treasure.

flowAjen

flowAjen
central, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9151586

Lovely!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 4, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9151595

Yes, they are.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2012
9:52 PM

Post #9152765

I don't need the mansion... just the solarium... with an attached greenhouse or two!

I love how Holly & Ric's very successful swap party has people lining up to host the next events! I think it was RosesRRed at the end of the swap gathering who said she'd like to do a spring swap at her place as possibly a 2-day round-up type event, giving more time for visiting and, who knows, maybe some workshops or field trips in addition to the plant swapping. And Jan is interested in hosting next spring also, and she lives a couple hours closer to the NJ folks.

One event doesn't preclude another... we're spread out enough that, as has been noted, everybody is not going to be able to make it to every swap. If both these ladies host, I'll probably do my best to get to both events... locations are 2 1/2 hours and 3 1/2 hours away for me.

We just need more parties, more often! Who is hosting a July BBQ? (I would donate a prize for the best red white & blue lawn ornament, definition of "best" to be determined... most partiotic? tackiest? twirliest?

I'd like to try putting together a couple of workshops this summer for things I've been thinking about but haven't quite tackled on my own... hypertuffa troughs/planters, toad houses, stepping stones, concrete leaves or other objects made from QuickWall (available at the Frederick Lowe's; I checked last week). I'm stocked up on gloves & masks, and I had a bale of peat moss and a big bag of perlite, so all we'd need would be whatever type of concrete our project required.
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 4, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9152768

Jill -- that would be so much fun!

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 5, 2012
3:11 AM

Post #9152849

I've wanted to try making the hypertufa planters. We have an abundance of family fun plant nurseries here. One of them is now having a hypertufa seminar. These nurseries provide all kinds of lessons. Last year I went to a "pruning" seminar where the owner spent a great deal of time, with his very expensive power driven clippers, choosing where to make the next cut. Jessica mentioned that my shrubs and bushes always looked very nice and controlled. I told her that I hit them with a large hedge cutter and small chain saw when necessary! I am definitely slowing down and could never manage taking lots of time pruning so many bushes twice each summer.
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 5, 2012
3:54 AM

Post #9152858

Jill, I would love to come to a seminar on hypertufa, planters, concrete leaves or such. I have been trying to make leaves for several years now but never seem to get around to it. You will have to decide what would transport easiest.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 5, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #9152896

Wouldn't that be so much fun? However I'm afraid I will have to miss the July BBQ since we will be driving our granddaughter back to Oregon. LOL

I see many things that I think to myself that I could make, but never seem to try or make the time to try. Lots of good intentions.

donnerville

donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
11:43 AM

Post #9153321

A planter making gathering will be fun!!! I came across this link a while back but have never tried it http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/472203/. The papercrete pots in the pictures look natural and they are supopsed to be light.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 5, 2012
12:57 PM

Post #9153400

I can see already this is going to be a workshop series... beginner hypertufa (toad houses & small planters)... introduction to papercrete... stepping stones... quickwall art... concrete leaves (we'd have to do small ones for the workshop, I think, because transporting bigger ones that haven't set could be a problem... ?)

I'll start a thread for all this as soon as I can firm up a date on my end for the first one. Stay tuned! (I'll post a link here, of course.)

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9153549

Sounds like fun to me. I haven't done any crafts in years, so I'll need lots of supervision.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 5, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9153856

Not to worry, Joyanna will be happy to help.

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
9:01 PM

Post #9155281

Ohhhh Jill...this sounds fantabulous!! Since they cut my 2nd job back so much...I actually have free time AND much less money. So fun cheap stuff...well that's right up my alley!! Should little Miss Joyanna want company...I could certainly round up 1 or 2 'little' people...LOL

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happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
9:02 PM

Post #9155283

Are those flowers ever cute, Chantell!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
9:05 PM

Post #9155285

Any they're hardy in our zone and nice fragrance most of the time...
HollyAnnS
Dover, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 6, 2012
10:02 PM

Post #9155324

Chantell they are just adorable.

aspenhill

aspenhill
Lucketts, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2012
3:13 AM

Post #9155393

Chantell, they are still as cute as ever. Beautiful girls.

donnerville

donnerville
Damascus, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2012
4:08 AM

Post #9155415

Love the flowers, Chantell.
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 7, 2012
5:05 AM

Post #9155457

Gorgeous little, fragrant flowers!!!!

Chantell

Chantell
Middle of, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9155503

Y'all are sweet...thank you! I kinda like them myself!!!
rubyw
Crozet, VA

June 7, 2012
7:05 AM

Post #9155553

They really are some beauties who will no doubt break some hearts on down the road. If they take after Grandma and are sweet as can be, they will do okay and even the broken hearted boys will still like them. Thanks for sharing their picture Chantelll...really sweet photo.

Ruby

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

June 7, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9155587

OOhhhh what precious little girls. We have 8 grandsons and only the 5 year old is interested in gardening so far. Of course they all hate shopping and primping, so I'm on my own with this.
critterologist
Frederick, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 7, 2012
8:57 PM

Post #9156519

I need to double check family plans... but Saturday, June 23 is looking good... will try to post a thread tomorrow!

Chantell, the girls are lovelier than ever, and of course they'd be very welcome!
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
4:37 AM

Post #9156701

Have fun!!! Our granddaughter from Oregon will be here and we will be shark tooth hunting that day on the stream banks of the farm where I lived as a girl. Then in July we will be driving her home. I am beyond excited. She arrives Tuesday.
rubyw
Crozet, VA

June 8, 2012
8:01 AM

Post #9156893

Seems that a lot of us have some special female blessings in our lives. Jan, the visit and excursions with your grand daughter sound like a lot of fun will be had. Enjoy everyone!!!

Ruby
Jan23
Salem Cnty, NJ
(Zone 7b)

June 8, 2012
11:23 AM

Post #9157064

Thank you, dearie! She is a fun kid.

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

June 12, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9161899

Oh Chantell- they are so sweet- and they have that Chantell smile
; ^) !!!!!
Gracye
Warrenton, VA

June 15, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9166747

Chantell, just came across your post about the ferry...

"So Ferry, Cross the Mersey..." remember that song? Sorry, listening to MY MUSIC (Classic rock) on a movie right now...

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