I'll be very busy this coming week planting but wanted to get this thread going. Here it is, the beginning of the 2012 RU thread. A separate thread will be started for trades. I have pretty much cut and pasted last year's invitation withur adjustments to the date...
Okay, back by popular demand, we're going to do it. The date is Saturday, June 23th, from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.. Reread this post as needed. The guest list will be updated here.
Plant swaps will be conducted on a separate 2012 RU and White Elephant Swap thread. Please discuss plant info there to keep this planning thread from getting clogged. We can have another white elephant swap if there are willing participants. There is no garden gift, new or used, that goes unappreciated by a fellow gardener and none to small to share. It's a good way to clean out your garden closet.
The gathering will include a bagels, muffins and coffee greeting for arrivals before 12:p.m. and a pot luck luncheon afterwards. We are providing grilled kosher hot dogs, fixings, a variety of sandwiches, goodies from the garden, etc. for lunch. We are requesting help with side dishes and desserts. If you plan to come let me know by DMail ASAP. You may bring one non-DG guest. Please communicate with me by D Mail if you would like for anyone else to join your group. We reserve the right to have or not have additional outside guests.
Our location is within seven miles of downtown Cleveland, GA.. We will provide a map and directions to the final RSVP list right before the RU. We will provide information on motel accommodations if requested. There are several budget friendly options. The area and time are beautiful for weekending. If I hear from singles desiring to share space I will connect you for room sharing.
If you are new to DG or RUing and have questions, please ask. Don't be shy. Some of us have met at past RUs, some of us have never met but have become posting friends over the years here at DG.
Do not bring pets. We have two large dogs that are fenced during the RU. Our large game hound does not take to other animals on the property. When she's unhappy, everyone is unhappy.
*This is a reminder to bring sunscreen, a hat and a folding camp chair if you can spare one.
1) MaypopLaurel (Laurel) and SO (Steve)
2) Wholyhosta (Brenda) and Sandy bringing horcheta (wondeerful Mexican drink) and dessert plates
3) RandyRick (Randy) for sure & bringing ice and chips and salsa.
4) Kiseta (Etelka) Tabbouleh salad with couscous and a special Eastern European walnut roll.
5) JudyinGA (Judy) Hot dog buns and paper plates
6) Digger (Sally) and Johnny. Texas slaw.
7) Eufauala (Lynn) maybe if life allows
8) mqiq77 (Mike)
9) Cindy_GA (Cindy) and SO or guest
10) AdminTerry (Terry) and SO
11) DD (Emily) and Beau (Evan) soon to be bride and groom
13) kdfisher (Ken)
14) ChooChooGal and guest
Do I dare even try again? LOL. I would so love to meet you guys. I do have portable oxygen now so I won't tire out as easily. Heck. I might even have something to share this year. Put me down as an iffy maybe, Laurel. I'm going to put it on my calendar IN INK! Will bring either pasta salad, potato salad or baked beans. Is that okay?
I just walked the back yard and have a weeks worth of cutting , pruning, raking ,herbicide spraying , chipping to do . Oh, where will I have the time and energy ? He can scratch his own back .
I hope to get to the roundup and root some plants to share .I need a break with friends .
Thanks for the invitation Laurel. Im so busy here lately with work and my traveling South to help my Parents, and obligations with the Atlanta Poultry Meetup group. I never know how to schedule any personal time! So if you would be so kind as to hold open my "Spot" I will definitely try to make it if Im in the north Georgia area that day! I never know from day to day where I might be! Eufaula ( Lynn)
Eufaula, your spot will be held as a "maybe". You are always welcome. I chuckled when you said you never know from day to day where you might be. I never know from day to day where I am. I've learned to open one eye before rolling out of bed. Might be I'm rolling in the wrong direction.
Terry, a seat has been reserved for you. Bring a friend or family. Hopefully that old car will not present last minute problems. Now that you're in the new house you should put up a wish list. Georgia has some amazing gardeners. You can always add haves later.
Thanks, Laurel...I want to make sure my eyes aren't bigger than my gardens for now. I'll probably drive my "Bertha" rather than the old HIghlander. Unless gas prices shoot up again. Bertha has a bit of a drinking problem but Swimmer Girl will probably be working and need her "Nemo" that weekend. Maybe I'll drag my husband with me; any golf courses in the vicinity? He has been known to drop me off at Round-Ups, go play a round and come back in time for food :-)
You will be very welcome at our RU, Mud. I recall you wanted to come last year and were unable to make it. Great that things are working out this year for you to join us. If you or Goldhillal have wants or give aways please go to the swap thread. Thanks. I will add you.
No sorry Miss Goober will be at camp that week. So just me. and Crystal. You guys will really like her!!!
Is it ok just to bring what I can? As I am not sure what all we can fit in Crystals car. I have some stuff for Digger that I really need to bring that day too. So my plant space is limited. I mostly want to come to visit friends and show Crystal how fun a RU can be.
I know I cannot bring any lotus as it is to late to divide now. ;(
I still have every plant in pots since my move to the new place so at least I will not have to dig...LOL
Goldhillal, by now you have hopefully found the plant thread. If there are any questions please DM. No worries about the actually swapping. Put down what you want and if you have something to trade list that too. You can edit your list, if you'd like, over the coming weeks including adding that you are out of a certain plant or seed because of requests. First and foremost it's about socializing with like minded gardeners and not about horse trading plants. There's plenty of food, fun and plants to go around. It's a garden party in the truest sense.
Now for an appeal. Last year, after our super RU, folks left dozens (understatemnt) of unmarked and unclaimed plants. While some of the items were appreciated the clean up was more than we bargained for. Our daughter is getting married in Atlanta four weeks after the RU and we are having a weekend of festivities in and around Maypop cottage. Unfortunately there will be no time to plant out unplanned extras. If you bring plants to share that are not claimed be prepared to take them with you when you leave. Thank you.
Kris, don't worry about bringing plants. We are looking forward to you and Goldhillal coming to visit. There is enough to go around. I have been unable to propagate in previous years and thought there was no way this year but managed to pot up a variety of plants this past week. Now, if only I can keep them alive between now and the RU.
Oh right, Digger. You're the gal with the bottomless cup. :) Check out the second photo. I was in the middle of potting up the honeysuckle shrub you gave me. to go in the corner of the garden tub and garden fence. The little "mystery" hydrangea in the pot is blooming the prettiest rose colored flowers.
With a little more than a month to go before the RU we are stringing lines for the beans to run and chasing off cabbage worms. The tomatoes are jetting along though there is talk of serious early blight in GA this year that has us concerned. There's a righteous double row of okra up and going. SO built a bower from saplings to run exotic beans from Cindy. Doubtful they will have reached the top by the RU, but you'll get the idea. You have to walk under it to go down the garden path.
your garden is so very nice! I'm going to bring you some lovely orange lilies to plant between the tomatoes!
I cannot believe I have tomatoes the size of half-dollars this time in May... I started my seeds inside and usually I would be putting in little seedlings about now but this super warm spring? These plants are 4' tall and growing!
Wowzers, Sterling, I can't believe it! Those tomatoes look great. Do you have lilies growing between yours. :>) Mine are 18"-2' at this point with just a couple beginning to flower. Mind you, at our elevations, we were in the thirties just a few weeks ago.
DD called last evening to say she is looking forward to meeting my online gardening friends. She tends her city yarden and has an additional vegetable plot nearby. She and her beau have arranged to be with us for our RU weekend and finalize their upcoming wedding weekend plans. We are thrilled!
You'll have to rearrange your taste buds, Randy, for grilled Nathan's kosher dogs with fixin's and a couple of types of wraps (unless you are bringing the BLTs). :) There will be vegetarian options on the menu for those who prefer meatless. We'll have blueberry, chocolate chip and double chocolate muffins as well as bagels and breads earlier in the day. People usually start noshing when they arrive. We transition into lunch around 1 p.m.. It's as much a food fest as a plant fest. Just ask Sally. Which reminds me, it's time for a...SHOUT OUT!
Below is a list of what I need and suggestions for what would round out the menu...
1. Beverages. We furnish our spring water, coffee and herbed mint tea. If you like soda, punch or other beverages perhaps you will bring some.
2. Sides dishes such as slaw, salads, pickles, baked beans, potato or pasta salad or your favorite recipe. Sally is bringing slaw.
3. Variety of chips and dips or crackers and spreads. Randy is bringing chips and salsa.
4. Desserts. Not too many though 'cause there always seems to be a lot left over.
5. Paper plates; dinner and dessert size. I have cups, napkins and plastic ware from last year so we are otherwise set.
I will add what you're bringing by your name when you let me know. If bringing something besides yourself is a hardship in any way don't worry about it.
Oh yes , Laurel , food and friendship first , plant swap is a way to get and give goodies, and a good excuse to eat and visit with ,and make new friends
Laurel always puts a new twist to foods, most I can't pronounce, much less spell .Or ever have eaten .
I am having to cancel also - My son and his gf are going to move in with me for a month or two while her company relocates her. They are in Chicago and the landlord is insisting on another year's lease or triple the month to month.
Bonnie won't be coming as her mom died quite unexpectedly and she and her dh are clearing out the house.
Ya'll have a great time and be sure to eat one of those lovely hotdogs for me!
And you will be missed as well, Sterling. However, your son and his GF are welcome to come if you are up to it. Please send our condolences to Bonnie.
Directions will go out later this week/weekend. Please check my May 22nd post to see what is needed. Right now we need sides, desserts and paper plates. No styrofoam or plastic please. I've not purchased hot dog buns if someone wants to bring those. We have a boat load of hot dogs to put them in. Sally's DH is going to eat all the extras.
I am going to have to withdraw my name from this event also. I am between joy and disappointment. My daughter is coming for a few days (joy), but I have never been to a roundup and was looking forward to my first one (disappointment).
Assuming Kris is still able to come, I hope to send the quince seedlings and a few other things with her. AShe is busily working on her house right now, but I know she is still hoping to come.
That man loves hot dogs . I buy very few of them . Durn , if I can't have Chinese buffet every day , he isn't going to get hot dogs . YEA for Laurel ! LOL. Johnny isn't going to be with me this R U . He has a coin show to visit that conflicts . To each his own .
Still on for me (can you believe it?). There is a Democratic Committee function that evening here in Newnan with Andrew Young that I'd REALLY like to attend, but I REALLY want to go to the RU too. Hard decision, but still planning to come to the RU. Since I'm coming such a long way, it would be better for me to bring non-perishables, so put me down for hot dog buns and paper plates ... and anything else on that order that's needed. I never bake and rarely eat sweets so desserts are out for me ... unless it's "store-boughten."
As for sharing plants, there is nothing here that I would think anybody wanted ... "Becky" daisies, plain old purple coneflowers (both just getting ready to bloom), no-name Hostas (and Knockouts) are all I have right now that are big enough to divide. And I'm really not sure how to even do that and keep them alive. LOL. Remember I'm a beginner. I really just want to meet the great people who are on this forum.
And, when the time comes, I'll need somebody's phone number. I'll be driving a 15-year-old van and, if it quits on me, need somebody to call and let you know I'm not gonna make it ... just so you won't think I backed out again. LOL Actually it's in pretty good shape and has very low mileage for its age (157,000). Will also need detailed directions which I think Laurel sends via D-mail. Woo hoo ... I'm excited.
YEA to all who plan to schlep from all over Georgia and beyond to eat hot dogs! I only buy them once a year and this is it. Of course there will be other food. I have several wrap fillings on standby, store bought cookies and one box of pastry. There are bagels and muffins for the early birds.
Judy, so cool that you are actually making it up. I'd be torn too but just think...there are lots of functions with Andy and only one a year with us. :) When the time comes you will have contact information. Not to worry about plants. Thanks for the offer of buns (we'll need about two dozen) and paper plates.
Kris, we know you are driving all these miles to meet DG celebrity, Sally. SO and I work the kitchen while Sally works the crowd. We heard she'll be signing autographs in addition to bringing plants. Better come.
Okay, just got a call from our house guest for the next five days. She's on her way from the airport to Maypop. Better go get her room and dinner ready. What a whirlwind; we got here an hour ago.
Actually, hot dog buns are perishable, aren't they? I meant something that will keep ... doesn't need to be refrigerated or kept hot. Will bring three dozen for good measure and a boatload of paper plates --- not plastic. And, Digger, I may take you up on your offer to ride part of the way with you. What time are you going to leave? I can't leave the house before daybreak because I can't see!! LOL. And I may have to spend the night up that way. I know there are motels in Dahlonega because I stayed there when we had our 50th NGC class reunion last year. Just depends on how long the RU lasts and whether I can get home before dark. Of course, it will be right at the beginning of summer and the days will be at their longest, so that will help.
OMG. I'm going to meet the famous Digger. OMG. OMG. :-)
Judy, you have about 120 ml and should be no more then 3 hours. I have much longer then you and last time we finished about 3:30 pm and I was home before dard. If that help you anyway. Looking forward to see you. Etelka
Judy , If you don't mind house dogs , you could spend the night . They aren't allowed in the bedrooms so you'd have that to yourself . We also don't smoke in the house , so that shouldn't be a problem for you . I'm taking it for granted you don't smoke . Me and D H do. Your're welcome to stay .
If you leave early , we should have loads of time to get there , Maypop isn't but about 20-25 miles from here .
Laurel , you're just funny . Everyone will expect a diva and I'm just a fat old lady with a ponytail .(and lots of street smarts ) Got my education in E Dallas . (Tex )
Private joke . Love ya ,
The only side dish we have so far is Sally's coleslaw. Bean dishes, green, pasta or potato salad, etc. would be nice. No desserts, that I know of, are on the list except what I have in the freezer. It's a window of opportunity. If you see your name and nothing next to it let me know if I forgot to list your contribution. I do have a bit of updating to do.
Judy, according to MapQuest it will take you two hours and fifteen minutes to get here whether you go 85 or 400. We go 400 and think it's more relaxing. If you go 400 you'll be passing near Sally on the way.
I will probably wait 'til Monday to send info. Very busy with our company and the garden. She's an engineer and has spent the day helping SO replace a rotten beam on Maypop cottage. I mowed the weeds (what grass?) and climbed all over the banks with a string trimmer then unloaded umpteen tractor bucket loads of wood chips into the yard cart and in the garden. Gonna be hurting tonight.
I checked the weather for next week and it's supposed to be good. Overcast so we won't be too hot.
Laurel, how is Tabbouleh salad with cuscuss sound. The other day I have found the recepi and I would like to make some. I know you know how to make these kind of things, but I thought it would travel in the cooler good. I am also making the nut roll (enough for the freezer too) and another walnut pastry that I started to make latley and everybody likes it. I am bringig some plants and some white elephant items too. I always cover all the possibilities. Have a good weekend. Etelka
I am a lucky duck, for sure. Here is a guy who spends endless hours helping me in the garden, then jumps right into this DG RU thing and he is but a vicarious gardener! He is also our hot dog chef. I better be nice to him.
If you're missing sides, I could bring my (family) famous "Top o' the Stove Baked beans." They get rave reviews ... even from my persnickety brother-in-law. Sinfully unhealthy. :-) You start with several jars of B&M Baked Beans and add butter, onions, bacon, brown sugar, Worcestershire, garlic salt and a dash of seasoned pepper ... all simmered in a skillet on the stove. Really good and will go well with the hot dogs. I'll bring those in addition to the paper plates (a gazillion) and hot dog buns (3 doz).
If the three hour drive from Newnan is right, I could leave here at 8 or 9 and still be there by 11 or 12, so I guess I'll drive the whole way. I will probably come up 400 since I hate I-85 going through Gwinnett County. And even if I'm the last to leave the party, I could still get home before dark. So, Digger, I really appreciate the offer of a pillow for my head, but I think I'll be okay. Dogs don't bother me at all, by the way. I used to raise, train and show German Shepherds --- for 30 years. So I'm used to dogs being in the house. That would have been no problem.
Laurel, you seem like doing the Hoki-poki dance, you know the part of turning your self around and that is wat's all about. You are a better woman then I am, I would say, the kitchen is closed due to illness, I am sick of cooking. But that's just me. Have a real relaxed day. Etelka
Looks like Alexander City's not far from LaGrange and I-85. I'm just north of there. You are MORE than welcome to ride with me (or I with you if your car's in better shape than mine) if you can get here. I'm just 5 miles off I-85 at the McCollum-Sharpsburg Rd. exit ... one exit north of the main Newnan exit. And if we get home too late, you're more than welcome to spend the night ... if you're not allergic to cats. I have a Siamese.
Okay, I just sent Maypop address and phone info. to all who need it. Let me know if I left anyone out.
Ken, from my first post on this thread..."We can have another white elephant swap if there are willing participants. There is no garden gift, new or used, that goes unappreciated by a fellow gardener and none to small to share. It's a good way to clean out your garden closet." The swap can be either a new or used garden related gift. The gift should be wrapped or bagged and is given a number when delivered. At some point numbers corresponding to the number of gifts are put into a bag and there is a drawing. We have seen old garden books and magazines, pots, tools, yard art, etc. end up in the swap. Many of the gifts would be considered under appreciated re-gifts. Thus the name "white elephant".
Participation is voluntary but you need at least two people.
A possession that is useless or troublesome, esp. one that is expensive to maintain or difficult to dispose of.
Etelka, I was born doing the hoki poki. Loved your last picture post, BTW. :)
We stayed at Maypop to take care of chores 'til late yesterday though we needed to be in Atlanta early this morning. We pick up food from bakeries, grocery stores and restaurants and deliver to various charities around the city. We broke our personal record with 698 pounds of food that went to the local community assistance center. We have more pick ups tomorrow and Wednesday; then return to Maypop to have fun with all of you. Our house guest exited with us this morning but is returning here tonight so I still have company. Fortunately she has a business/social engagement tonight and I have a little break.
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only slave around here . Lots of clutter right now . Packing up things to transport to Tex and the more I put up , the more I drag out .
If I had parking , I could have a yard sale .
People have posted a few comments on the plant and white elephant swap thread. It was wonderful! Don't know who has pictures but Ken was making a RU "how to" video. Aside from the plant fun this is a crowd that really gets along. There was lots of laughter. Stories and conversations roamed far and wide. So sorry you guys missed it. Our kids loved meeting everyone. We probably would have been completely out of control if Terry wasn't here. :>)
I think I posted mine on the other thread. Had a wonderful time! Met so many great folks. Thanks so much to Ralph and Kris for the ride up. Those two are hilarious. Laurel and Steve are wonderful hosts. Maypop is a fairyland of flowers and veggies. Loved it all!
Those voices give me insight to people . They told me that you and Steve along with a host of other people I would meet on D G would be special to me the rest of my life and we would have lots of laughs together . They haven;t been wrong yet ! hugs
Kris, I am so glad I got to know you and Ralph (even if I did keep calling you Brenda ... you look just like my preacher's wife, Brenda) and had a blast even though I did wear myself out. I think you and I are both such comedians that we are almost dangerous together. Ralph is a great straight man. LOL. Look forward to seeing you both again.