Welcome all DG friends, Ric and I are hosting a Spring Plant Swap
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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. :-)
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.
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 !!!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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?
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...
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! 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
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.
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, 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.
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!
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
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.
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 wrote:We enjoyed it so much and could see how much love went into the plantings and design. It was well worth the drive!!
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"
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.
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...
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
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!
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.
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!
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...
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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.