Thanks to everyone I got plants from and to Sybil for hosting us. A special thanks to trishen for the nipple cactus,it was a great surprise. I hated to trade and run but my hubby planned a nice weekend getaway.
Dennis, your first picture is rain lilies from me. Apparently the label fell off. Oops
We had a great time, sorry to run off as well but the long drive and chores were a concern. I too have a couple plants I cannot identify but they will have to wait till Monday since I am heading to Austin to judge a dog trial tomorrow. It was fabulous to meet everyone, Sybil's place is gorgeous! Thanks for having us,
Had a wonderful time. I also need to apologize for leaving early without a chance to say proper goodbyes. And thank yous to Sheila, Josephine ,Frank and Sybil and all others behind the scenes.
I had to be in Azle to pick up this little rescue. She needs a name...maybe inspired by today's RU?
I did not get nearly enough visiting time after arriving so late. I love the RU and all you guys. Thanks to all the people who made it happen and all those who participated. Sybil and hubby thanks for helping me get there and find my way home. The way you took me back was easy and gorgeous!! What a pleasant drive! wish I had called y'all before getting all tangled up with my GPS and my google map. If you got plants from me, know that some plants are in good soil and others are not. Check and re-pot as needed. Also, some things were potted up months ago and some potted as recently as yesterday. I'd wait until I see roots out the bottom to be sure they are ready. All the rooted cuttings have been in since last of Jan.
OK...all of the pics were great Trishann, thanks for posting them!!
Questions & comments...
What was the plant you girls were working so hard to dig?
Jeff did you know that was a weeder not a nose pick?
We failed to mention that the birdhouse was handmade by Dfwdennis' dad Ray... and it was georgeous!
Yes, I am curious about what sybil and smockette were digging too.
Those birdhouses are precious. Dennis, your Dad should start a little business. I would pay for one of those!
Thanks for taking all the pictures Trishann
In the picture with Smockette twisting poor Sybil's arm, she was really catching her from a fall... Sybil was jumping on the shovel trying to dig us some kind of hibiscus... Just love those pictures!!
Sybil, did you ever think of the name for that hibiscus?
Thank you so much for hosting the plant swap, we all had a great time and it was awesome meeting you, Jeff and along with all the other wonderful plant nuts that came...
Certainly no thanks needed for hosting our party, but to you all----a big "YOU'RE WELCOME." I loved having you all, I agree with you that it was soooo fun seeing everyone again. Loved it!!
Ok, about Jeff...I'm sure he was just trying to think of a use for his new tool, as he knew for sure he wouldn't be using it for it's intended purpose. BTW, I love it, and it's mine now.
The hibiscus is Rose Mallow. It's very hardy, and I've only had to replace it once (I think) in about 12 years. I try put about 2 inches of mulch on it before the first freeze after I've cut it back to the ground. Please advise--should I dig more of it out to thin? The stalks have been more spindly the last 3 years or so and not as high. Should I dig some out of the middle?
Thanks to all who were so sweet and kind to Maddy and Austin. They are thrilled with all the plants you gave them. They spent the night again, and this morning, first thing, they were out there checking on their "babies." I had to call them in to get ready for church. Their families are here for Sunday dinners, and it was a hoot seeing them trying to get everything into their family cars tonight when they left. In fact, I'm baby-sitting some of Austin's until next Sunday.
The canna is Tropicanna.
Thanks to all for the nice comments about our place. It truly is a little bit of heaven to us. God has blessed us beyond measure with a home where our grandchildren could grow up together, ride horses, fish in the tank, play football and soccer in the front yard (death to bird feeders and flower pots), take walks, run and scuffle. So much more than we deserve, but then isn't that just like God?
Update on my take home RU critters...!
The Black Swallowtail came out this morning!
The Gulf cats are eating away at my passiflora.
Pipevine cats from Josephine, are still munching away...so loud I can hear them!
In the process of gathering them more leaves I found eggs and my own pipevine caterpillars! Woohoo!
Oh Dennis...I forgot to mention them...sorry! I took more pictures of the bees, but they turned out fuzzy. A lot of mine have emerged. I had some chew their way through the sides of the tubes, I guess it was because they saw a light? Herman made me two houses from 4 x 4 blocks so I am set; I hope they can find them. I placed the houses near a flower bed and my citrus trees on the shop deck where I have them.
I imagine the bees had quite a shock going from the frigerator to 80 degrees! LOL! I kept them in the shop the first evening inside a bf cage, and three had come out by morning. I took pictures and released them, not realizing the pics were not clear! This one was taken later on, it's not too bad.
Should I be able to see all the way through the tube if they all emerge?
I an glad to hear that they survived their extra long hibernation. I guess that I got lucky that mine immediately moved into the tubes I provided. If they don't move into the tubes then at least you should have them in your neighborhood.
Yes, Cheryl it is hard to get everyone at one place. I still think we have great turnouts for the FW and Burleson RUs. But, that said...I would encourage Tina and others in her area to organize another RU in the NE TX area. I just think it is too far to call it North Central TX, so I would still want to have one here.
I pulled it up and Caddo Mills is about an hour and 30 mins through Dallas for me, so I wouldn't want to be counted on to help. People like Patricia (patrob) that comes up from the south would not be willing to drive that additional distance either I bet. I am sure there is a lot of members that would make the trip there, maybe some new people that haven't come before. Those from Jacksonville area may join with Tina also, maybe even team up with Phyllis to organize. Sometimes we get so large that we don't have time to visit with everyone, small events are just as hard to plan and just as much work however.
I think that Tina teeming up with Phyllis is a great idea, she is really good and the east Texas group has been kind of quiet lately.
That way those that live in east Texas have a choice without having to go too far.
Let us think about this and see what people think.