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Looks like the ayes have it. We will have our fall RU on Saturday September 29. Time to put those hot summer days to good use. Too hot to go outside and work the garden so let's work our brains to come up with another great Round Up for those of us in "sort of central TX".
I would be more than willing to have it here at the farm again, trees will still have leaves in the back yard, I also have a very large canopy/tent that I can put up if it is inclimate. My DH will be happy to grill, horses and donkeys are counting the days till y'all come and feed them again, and the Border Collies are anxiously awaiting those suckers who will throw the ball endlessly into the pond for them.
We will start around 11'ish.
I am in Hempstead, and there are quite a few places to explore nearby if you chose to make it a getaway.
Hempstead is 40 miles northwest of Houston on Hwy. 290. It's also about 60 miles south of Wacko on Hwy. 6, and about 70 miles east of Austin on the same Hwy. 290.
The daylilly place we're talking about is just west of Brenham on 290, right before you get into town. Coming from Austin to the west, just after the road goes from divided into 5 lanes, start looking on the right hand side, you won't miss it. They grow LOTS & LOTS of daylillies but that's my wife's forte, so she would be the one to ask specific questions about them. She bought some the last trip through, and they grew pretty well after she planted them, so that's about my knowledge on the subject.
They also have vegetables and do market sales, with a decent size operation, about 5 acres, that I could see.
You'll go right past the place when you go to the RU... If you've gone to Hou. from up in Austin, right after the road goes from divided to 4-lane with a big center-turn lane, as you come into Brenham, start looking on the right-hand side of the road, you can't miss it... You'll love it & stop back by on the way home to pick up your stuff...
I've got a staple gun for the real unruly ones!!! LOL...
I have Friday free and I am thinking that after chores I might just have to go and scope it out. I would hate to recommend a place on hearsay, LOL. Course then I will need to get a bed going so that I can plant my prizes. And with the skeeters and the humidity, something I haven't had to deal with for 4 or so years, I can't even weed the areas I have.
Went scrounging rain lilies today, found some pink ones and some really tall ones, in white. Now it is too hot to get them in little pots, or big pots for that matter. Guess they will sit in their buckets till evening.
Kevin, we could just staple them to a tree, or use them as catfish bait.
OK, went to the daylily place and boy are there some pretty ones blooming since the rain. The fellow's mom said that he wasn't selling any till fall, maybe first of October and gave me his card, said I should call him to place an order. He has all sorts of pics on the porch wall but it isn't the same as looking at those gorgeous blooms. I will call him sometime this week and see what he has to say and let y'all know. Here are a few of the ones I saw blooming while I was there.
Well, it looks like I will not be able to make this trip, as my Granddaughter's Birthday is on the 23rd, and her party date is on the 22nd. So sorry everyone. I know there will be more round ups, so I am hoping to catch you all on the next one!
I'd love to come again but Sept. 22nd is the only day I have something written down to do in Sept! What about the following Sat.? I'd love to be closer to *possible* cooler weather but you know how that goes! Oct looks good too, as of right now.
I want to see the horses this time! Janet
I don't have a problem moving it one weekend, I just picked one that I knew I had free. So who's in favor of Saturday September 29th? It would put us right in the figurative ballpark for our daylily guy. Haven't had a chance to call him, but might make a drive out there Saturday and talk in person.
Do we lose more folks than we gain? LK, could you make that weekend?
We're not 20 minutes from LBJ Wildflower Center, and I think my wife would really like that short trip.
September 29th would be great for us, since it's the day after Betty's birthday. A little trip and some daylillies might get me out from under the dog house, for the time being. I won't even mention about the daylilly place, try to make it a surprise. I'd have to bypass coming down 290 to throw her off the track, and come into Hempstead from Brookshire, more than likely...
Wow, sneaky. That would surely get my husband out, that or a trip to the Antique Rose Emporium. It's about 25 minutes from the farm, NW of Brenham.
Guess we need to set up a trade list and a food list?
Hi -- new to this RU thread but wanted to ask about the "Daylilly" farm/source --??-- Is that open to the general public... or is this a neighbor of someone on this thread that just sells to select people..??..
Also, I saw The Rose Emporium mentioned -- has anyone else had any problems with the roses that they bought from them..??.. I lost my well established Pinkie Climbers to the Rosette Virus and the Aloha rose that I had them send to my brother in Indiana also developed the virus. Just curious...
Look above and see who I gleaned a definite yes from. We are getting closer, would love to have more folks come out.
janz, the daylily guy has a place just west of Brenham on Hwy 290 and sells to the public. He has hundreds of varieties. I stopped in the other day and found out from his mom (who lives there) that he is supposed to start selling again in Oct. Have yet to call him to see if we could invade his place a weekend early to scoop up some deals or if it will be later.
ARE (rose emporium) sells disease free roses. I have bought from them for over 20 years and have carted some to other states all with good results. If you are concerned, you should feel free to call them, they are very forthcoming and willing to address anyone's concerns.
I haven't heard about any of the commercial nurseries in E. Texas to have been attacked by rose rosette. It is possible of course - did you contact the nursery about the rose and the virus? How long did he have the rose before it developed rosette symptoms?
I think the daylily place is open to the public - he just informed our fabulous hostess that he doesn't usually open until October. :)
Always fun with you there Carey and I really want to meet Sandi! I have to come up with some sort of fall nummie for name tags.
Oh, and we have new LGD pups. I am raising two for another DG'er who has gotten goats and will need a guardian that does the job right. But we bought Boo for our goats since they live separate from the sheep.
Sorry guys, no bottle babies in the fall although we should start lambing next month, maybe. We did get a new calf this morning, Sprite, the big yellow cow, delivered near the house. He won't be a bottle calf but will be cute.
Thanks Gymgirl for the invite to your RU -- I'll have to take a rain-check and try to get to your next one. I'll be in Rhode Island that weekend... hopefully getting to see some Fall Color!
RE: Rose Emporium -- Please don't take my question as being critical of their products. The Dirt Doctor sent out a newsletter indicating it was a problem in Texas so I just thought it was quite the coincidence that my brother experienced the same virus up in Indiana.
RE: Daylilly Farm in Brenham -- I'm usually down that way in November and I love daylillies -- I'll have to see if we can stop by.
Jannz, no harm no foul, I just wanted you to know that you could ask them and they will shoot straight with you. I was just lending credence to their quality. We haven't seen any of the virus here, hope we don't.
Sheila, does that mean that the rest of us are not invited?
Mark and I would be more than happy to have anyone spend the night (or nights) here if you are traveling from a distance. We have pretty much the whole upstairs to use which includes 2 bedrooms and the game room which has 2 single beds (sorry, only board games in there!!). I live on the far west side of Houston, Katy starts right down the street from us. My invite extends to adults and older children--we aren't set up for toddlers! Send me a Dmail if interested. Janet
Also, I don't have anything rooted right now but can start anything today. I have those pretty Polish Spirit Clematis, can dig some Illustris Imperial Taro, golden shrimp plant, Lavender Lady Passiflora, Musical Note Plant, and others. I haven't tried to root some of them but I can certainly bring cuttings!
I've updated my trade list with my opening thoughts on what I have/will have so far. I may update with epis too as the time gets closer.
I think the deer responsible for most of the chowing in front of the house was the one that had to be shot when it got impaled on our neighbor's fence a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, it taught its children the same...but at least they stay off the porch now!
Sorry to say this but we may have to bow out of this RU. My Mom is TENTATIVELY visiting us that weekend. We might have her stay over Saturday night at my Dad's cousins' for a short visit, so we might be able to attend. All still in the planning stage.
On another note, was in Florida working on Mom's house last week & visiting some of Betty's relatives there. On Saturday night, at her Aunt's & Uncle's place, my left knee blew out. Luckily, didn't fall or do anything else, but had to drive straight back. Had knee surgery to put spacer back in place on Wednesday, and came home yesterday afternoon. For those that don't know, had double-knee replacement last November. Needless to say, this is going to put fall garden on back burner.
Still hoping to make the RU, but will just have to see...
Thank you Josephine! so nice to be missed!
I love Georgetown. i love everything about it. i am not active on Dave's anymore but i do still garden. since we have only lived here a short time i don't have a lot yet but i am enjoying starting over.
thank you Joy and gymgirl for a warm welcome to the round up!
How come you're not still active? You're here now!
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.
What do I say? If I lived closer, I'd come help plant your garden, so you could at least look out the window at stuff growing. Bummer, but, consider that you will have loads of time to research veggie varieties and soil blends, and techniques and do all sorts of learning while you're down. Turn it into a glass of lemonade, cause I'm gonna give you a quiz and pick your brain!
Having your mother visit is a blessing. That's all I'm gonna say about that...
If she's there, and you and Betty are able to make the RU, BRING YOUR MOTHER. She might welcome the opportunity to be amongst use wonderful people for the day. Plus, if she's a cook, have her make a special dish to bring so we can oooh and aaaaaaah and make her feel appreciated. Just my two cents, and I know you're giving me some change right about now, huh? LOLOLOLOL!
P.S. You gotta lemme know if ya'll are coming, cause I'm halfway committed to ordering a B'day cake from a baker I know who's anxious to get the additional business!
Ok guys, since our RU is still a small one I have an idea for a fun thing we can do.
Do you know the game Clue? Let's do a garden style Clue. Everyone will get a name, "weapon", plant, and "room". We will then have to figure out who killed what plant with which tool and in what room.
What do you think?
Was also considering a scavenger hunt?
If you want to do this, I could use some suggestions for the parts. I like the old standard Professor Plum, maybe Colonel Mustard Greens? Shovel, weed killer, pruning shears, ????? Greenhouse, flower bed, vegetable garden????
Great ones! Now we need one more person, or if we use Lily Pond as a person we will need one more place.
Now we need the poor victims, 10 if you please. What have you killed lately? My bane seems to be echinacea. We will call it E. Coneflower.
Carol, I can send you directions as late as the night before. Earlier is always better so I know how much beef to thaw. But I always try to have more than we need so don't worry. We are a very friendly bunch and would love for you and your friend to come.
Kevin, good to hear from you and I hope you and your family can come.
I'm familiar with Clue but have never played it. What a fun idea! Y'all came up with some great names.
I'm about to put some items in the trade list. I started several different seeds that have been sitting around my house and some have actually sprouted! (And yes, I am surprised...). I have some cuttings I'm trying to root. And I can lop off cuttings to bring if anyone wants to try rooting them yourself.
Time's flyin'! See ya soon :)
Sorry, but it's going to be impossible to attend the RU in 2 weeks. Mom flies in from Florida Friday night, and I don't think she's going to be up to the car trip. Her health has been declining, and we're going to north Austin for some family visiting Sunday afternoon. My Dad's youngest cousin lives in Austin and Mom hasn't seen her in years. What Mom doesn't know is that Dottie, Dad's cousin, her sister, Winnie, just happens to be in town that weekend. I don't know the last time they saw each other, but I'd guess it's probably about 10 years.
Thanks, Joy. Sounds like you're all going to have a good time, and I'm going ti miss it.
We had six, and the prettiest one was solid white named Pearl, but lightening struck her while she stood under a tree. Broke my heart! But she had a paint baby, and we named him
Freckles. He is the smallest of them all. We have a place near Weimar, and that is where they stay. Josie Lynn, Ida Bess, Buttercup, Hollyhock & Freckles. Now that is a group of little
DH is insisting on taking the car instead of the truck. I'm pretty sure it's because he doesn't want me to get any manure! I made a "trial run" of cornbread from a Pinterest recipe. It was awful, and it made a lot! I'm going to try a different recipe tomorrow.
Ok, here is what I have with me. Not sure if it is totally accurate but I have been at the vet's all afternoon with Evan's cow calf pair and don't have my paper with me. We have to put the calf down, so sad and frustrating. I may not have everything done by saturday so y'all have to promise not to be too picky.
Let me know if we need to add or subtract, I will thaw meat out tomorrow.
poor calf, we will survive, thaanx, cornbread recipe- tho old fashioned
pour 1/2 cup boiling water over 1/2 cup cornmeal, add 2 TBSP oleo, stir well, cover and let stand in a warm place abt an hour.
seperate bowl, 1/2 cup non rising flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking pwd, (optional, 1 TBSP sugar, chopped onions)
beat 1 egg, and beat in 1/2 cup milk- add to cornmeal mixture, then stir in dry ingredients, mix well. will be quite thin, bake in hot greased muffin pan 25 min 400*F. Myself I have a small cast iron skillet, add bacon drippings, and heat skillet a few minutes - pour in batter and bake. Now as for muffin tins, I think it makes a six hole muffin tin
Hey guys, I have been watching this weather pattern all week and the models show us not in the middle of it but it going to the west and south. They were saying rain today and it is sunny and already in the 80's.
I will have it rain or shine, we have a big barn alleyway that will work or my house. I understand folk's concerns, feel free to call or check in first thing in the morning, I am up around 5:30. Please let us know if you aren't coming so that we don't end up without something important for lunch. (it's all about eating LOL)
We don't usually get the rain that gets forecast for Houston, we are in an area that gets displaced due to the proximity of the Brazos River.
K, I am estimating 35 show ups, I am 1+1 also, was wondering if you guys have any problems with vinegar on tater salad instead of mayo and mustard- my daughter tells me she wont eat any, so am asking ahead of time...
Janet, I am slightly ahead of you, I just hung mine to drain, now I.am off to meet Carey for a trip to the Rose Emporium. Then back to make whoopie pies.
Vinegar is fine for me.
Sorry Dashaunda can't make it, I'll eat her share of greens
It'll be me plus hubby, Mark.
I just thought that if anyone is willing to share leftovers of food, we could bring a container from home. Assuming there ARE leftovers heh, heh...
Maybe we can try to get a group picture today. I'll bring my camera :)
We'll be there around 11:30, unless we run into some bad traffic or something.