We are going to have another Round Up much like last years at Jim's house in Olive Branch, Ms. The date will be September 22nd (Sat.). This thread can be used to determine who is coming and for chat. We will open a food and a swap thread later.
Here at work they decided to move my Hot Check Conference from mid October (the week it has been for the past 25 someodd years) to mid September, and instead of it being in Little Rock or Hot Springs, they decided it needs to be in Ft. Smith! Right when I thought I was free and clear. LOL My Goodness!
I would absolutely love to come and don't think it's too big of a stretch for us to drive from here (near Huntsville, AL) so I could finally meet everyone. We'll have to see. I know I have 2 back-to-back business trips and one is just before this and I'll get home on either the 20th or the 21st from Calif.
I plan to come but every time I chirp up this far in advance something happens. Sooo you did not hear a peep out of me. Elaine it will be good to see you again. Our last meeting was just too short. Missing all my buds and looking forward to visiting Jim's place again. He and Kenny have enormous green thumbs. Kenny thanks for setting this up.
I plan on attending also..Even tho we didnt hear a peep from Cindy maybe she will see this. Since we live so close together maybe we could ride up tpgether, just a thought. I will be glad to drive if that helps you any..Trish
If figure with this heat and lack of rain we have we might just have a rock swap. We're going on vacation next week so I figure if it doesn't rain everything will be dead when we get back. Hope everyone can make it.
Lol at a rock swap..I just strolled outside to see what I might have to offer and I was really amazed at how many things are fried out there..Ugghh I water all the time it just isnt helping..Not to mention now they are warning of restricting water usage. I guess we just keep praying for rain. God knows our needs and will give it to us in his due time...I guess my time and his time must not be the same.. Im looking forward to seeing everyone again..
Lol on the rock swap ! If we keep getting hotter every summer, I think we might all have to start collecting rock--lol !!! I hope to be able to dig some daylilies Sat, so far, no one has made plans for me !
That is the good thing about daylilies, they will come back when they get some rain, they are very tough !
I have lost a few things too... but thankfully we have been getting some rain along, and I water like crazy in between but this unbelieveably heat really takes its toll on everything! I am tentatively planning on making it!! YEAH... I don't think I have anything going that weekend, but I am like Cindy and almost afraid to say that this early! SURELY, Leigh will be able to manage after his shoulder surgery by then!!!
I don't even have many rocks to swap... :( Had to import the ones I have around my flower bed!! I had some things rooted and they were doing well, but Leigh missed watering some of the small pots while I was gone to Dallas and they were TOAST when I got back. I still have a few things, but I lost all the ones that he didn't water...
Will be great to see everyone again though with or without plants!!
Hoping Al and I will be able to come. Will know for sure later. Would love for you all to meet Al--he never meets a stranger. However, Jeri and Emily (if they get to come) may be the only ones who can understand him. I say that he is a Rhode Island Cajun--he was born in Rhode Island but talks like a Louisiana Cajun although he has lived in Missouri since he was 14. LOL
Kenny, are there any RV parks near Jim's place where Al and I could rent a spot for a couple of nights?
It's too far from here to drive it and get back home after the RU in one day. We have a fifth-wheel which we can pull.
Plenty of rocks here in the Ozarks in case anyone needs some extras. LOL
Thanks, Kathy Ann. I'll google RV parks in the Olive Branch area. Al says he would like to come to the RU so it is definite that we will be there! Interesting that you were born in Rhode Island, too. I didn't know that.
Like some of the rest of you, I'm not going to post anything on the swap thread until probably some time in Sept. I'm going to have to see what has made it and what might need to be divided. Some things that I usually have a lot of have just not done much of anything this crazy summer. My bee balm usually blooms like crazy but it has been pitiful this summer. It's almost died back. Some other things are the same way. Going to be really busy for the rest of this month. I decided to add more space to my antique booth. So I've lots to do getting it ready and lots of shopping to do!
Well, y'all, I may not be able to make it after all, I have taken a second job and it requires me to work all day on Saturdays. I'm thinking about taking the day off to rest up from the conference but I need the money so I may not. I'll let you know, I would LOVE to meet Al too!
Crissy, we'll sure miss you if you can't make the RU! Besides, we have to send our usual photo to Celia, saying "Wish you were here" LOL If you can't make it, I'll have to text a photo of myself to both of you! :(
Well gals, I am not going to be able to make it, I work Saturdays from 9am to 7pm and I could get the other girl to work it, but I need the money too bad and I'm already losing 3 days that week because of the conference. Boo HISS!!!!
Yes Genna we drive to Memphis and then to Olive Branch. Olive Branch is not very far from Memphis. Four of us are riding over in my truck together and that's the max it will hold. Your welcome to follow us but we might be leaving a little early for you. We are making some stops before Jim's and I plan to leave my house at 6:00 am and we will be pulling out of Kim's drive way by 6:30 am or before. And believe me when I say no later than 6:30 am I mean no later than 6:30 am. They will be standing in the driveway waiting!!!! It's going to be pushing us to get what we want to get done before we get to Jim's leaving at 6:30 am.
There is some road construction going on between Memphis and Little Rock. It starts around Carlisle and I'm not sure where it stops but I think somewhere around Brinkley. So you might want to check the Arkansas Highway department sight to find out more about it. Everything is one way for a number of miles and there can be long delays depending on the time of day. The old highway south of the interstate can take you around it.
Genna if you go through Pine Bluff and get back on I40 at Forrest City that takes you around the detour and will probably end up taking you about the same amount of time and I know will be a lot less actually miles.
Good question, Genna. Please let us know if we're doing door prizes or a gift exchange of some sort this year and, if so, what sort of thing to bring. I've never been to one of these either.
Crissy, so sorry you won't be able to make it. I hope by next year you will be in a better position to join in again. Completely understand, and I'm just sorry we can't meet since this time I CAN come!
Aww, Christine, I am so sorry you won't be able to make it. I suppose I will have to send a photo of myself to Celia! LOL
Are we putting a limit on the cash value of the door prizes? I know in the past we had a $10.00 limit--does that still hold?
Charlotte: Are you all going to Dabneys and Homestead before going down to Jim's? I told Al that I wanted us to stop there but we are going over to Memphis on Friday so we will probably visit both nurseries on Friday afternoon. :o)
Yeah, I even thought about going to Memphis on Friday evening after work, but not crazy about spending the night in Memphis by myself. I had also considered going to Alex's and spending the night if I was going to follow ya'll. Might be just as well to get up early and go thru Pine Bluff and that way to avoid the construction.
Thanks for the info!
Elaine, I didn't get to go last year, but it appears we are doing door prizes which we do at most of our get togethers. Someone else will have to vouch for the price range... so looking forward to seeing everyone! :)
It's only a week away! Al and I have decided not to bring our fifth wheel. We will just drive over on Friday and visit Dabney's and Homestead and spend the night at a motel. We'll drive on down to Jim's place on Saturday morning.
Genna, if you want to drive over on Friday after work, you could get a room in the same motel where Al and I are staying if that would make you feel safer. We could have breakfast together on Saturday morning before going on to the RU. We don't know yet where we are going to stay but I am going to check into it today and can let you know later.
That might be a plan Marilyn... Trish and I are still trying to work out some details as to whether we are going on Friday or Saturday...and if her friend is going to be able to get off work to come too. You might message Kenny - he told me if I decided to spend the night to let him know so he could give me some good areas to stay and some to avoid...
Marilyn, I'm still not sure if my DH is going or not, but I've made reservations at a Hampton Inn in Olive Branch. It's about a 4-hr drive from my house there so I decided I'd rather just go on over Friday.
Marilyn , are you staying in Olive Branch, or in Memphis?? Where is homestead and the other nurseries located ... and what type of plants do they carry?? Will there be any of those places that will have some good deals on shrubs?
Genna, I made our reservations last night at the Holiday Inn Express in Olive Branch. Kenny told me it was only about 5 miles from Jim's house. They had a good rate plus they do serve a complimentary breakfast. If I remember correctly, I bought more plants at Homestead last year than I did at Dabney's. Charlotte was driving so I didn't really pay any attention to how we got to either place. LOL I am going to google directions to both Dabney's and Homestead.
It's raining here this morning--only lightly, but every little bit helps! Supposed to be rainy all day! :D
We updated the maps in our GPS yesterday so we shouldn't have any problem finding Dabneys, Homestead and Jim's place! :D I have addresses for all three places if anyone needs them. You can google Dabneys and Homestead for their addresses, though, although you should put in "Homestead Farms" instead of Homestead Nursery.
I am planning to route thru Pine Bluff, up 79 due to the construction on I40. I have been that way several times... but now, because of where Homestead is located, I am considering going thru Helena and possibly up to Tunica to spend the night. Then over to Homestead the next morning... or maybe going closer to Homestead, I just don't know for sure if there will be decent places to stay in the area. I just hate to drive all the way North to Memphis, to turn back south to drive to Homestead... Anyone have any input about coming from the south? Anyone stayed in Tunica? is it a safe area? and can you sleep there good or is there so much comotion from the casinos that you can't rest?? I have no idea...
Sandra just told you where you need to stay. Southhaven is just a few miles from where Homestead is located. There are lots of nice places to stay in the Southhaven/Olive Branch area. No need to drive into Memphis. The end of Memphis you would end up in is certainly not a place you would want or need to stay!
Yeah, I know not to stop in South Memphis. Years ago when we were coming thru Memphis headed home from somewhere the kids wanted to go by Krispy Kreme donuts. At the time, that was the nearest Krispy Kreme to us and they had heard people talk about it - and occasionally someone would do a fundraiser here and sell their glazed donuts - so we were looking for the KK. Stopped and asked for directions from a security guard at St Judes. The guy routed us back toward Nashville and then around the loop around Memphis, then into South Memphis, and we FINALLY found Krispy Kreme. It was not the best neighborhood - although we were right down the street from Graceland! :) It was late in the evening and just NOT a good experience...LOL The kids laughed about that for the longest time and what we went thru to get some fresh, hot Krispy Kreme donuts!
We did realize that we could come over just a little ways and hit 55 and head back into NW Memphis that way and get home a LOT faster!
No telling how many miles out of the way we drove for those donuts...
Guess it makes for funny memories as long as you survive the trip!
Yes, it is sad that that area of town has gotte. So bad when so many people come there to visit Graceland. You would think the city would try to improve conditions there. Whe I took Mamma to see her cousin Alcy we had to go that way. I was always glad to get back to MS !
Kenny had told me that last year everyone went to Dabney's in the afternoon after having lunch and hanging out at Jim's. Is everyone planning on doing that this year? I am sure I will only have time to go to one in the morning before going to Jim's so I was just trying to make sure that I was planning to go to the correct one early (homestead).
We are driving over on Friday and will be going to Homestead on Friday afternoon before checking in at our motel in Olive Branch. We will probably go to Dabney's Saturday afternoon after leaving Jim's. On the other hand, it will depend on how many plants we buy at Homestead as to whether or not we go to Dabney's at all! LOL
Hi everyone. My Aunt passed away this morning so I'm not going to be there Saturday. We have to leave first thing that morning. Jim will be there so everything is still as planned. I hate that I'm going to miss seeing everyone, but there will be another get together somewhere. Have fun.
Ok, thanks! Just making sure we didn't need to change some of the plans...
I have the water in the ice chest and will put ice on them here at work. Made cookies to bring...my husband REALLY pushed for me to make cookies. He knew he could sneak a few of them - hard to do with a cake or pie! ^_^
Great photos, Kathy! We had the best time! We got home around 6:30. I've been unloading the trunk, grabbed a bite to eat and doing laundry. I'll try to post some of my photos in a little while, but yours are hard to beat! Kathy, I think DG has improved on the photo posting. I gave up back in the spring when I tried (and failed) to load more than 2 or 3 at a time.
Thanks again to Jim for having us all at his place and to Kenny for helping get everything organized. I can't wait to see everyone again!
Loretta, we are considering changing the date of the luncheon to the sat before the 20th, with high hopes that Terrye and Sandra can make it. i think if you can make that date we will just change it to that date regardless if they come or not. so let me know ok. We'd all love for them to make it.
Had a wonderful time at Jim's! His place is beautiful and it was great to see everyone! Sure missed Bonnie, Cindy, Kenny, and Jeri - sure wish everyone could have been there! It was a great time for sure!
Thanks to Trish for riding with me and making the long trip a lot shorter! We had a lot of fun - and packed that suburban to the brim... :)
The food was all delicious of course! Kim, you need to share that recipe for those bars - although I know they must have a million calories each! everything was great and Jim's place was even more beautiful in person!!
Is their a better adjective to describe our day other than "wonderful?" If there is, I cannot think of it. Not only was our time at Jim's great but also our time at Dabney's, as well as, in the truck on the way! I am so lucky and honored to have such marvelous friends! I love you all dearly! Elaine, I am so glad that I got to meet you and Earl! If I can help with any duck stuff just give me a shout! Marilyn, I am so glad you brought Al. He seemed to enjoy himself! Terrye, I hope you feel okay today. I know you were hurting before we left. KA, you are welcome to sleep on the comfy green couch anytime! Charlotte, thanks for driving! Maybe, I should drive to KA's in October! I promise we will take the truck and not my car ;o) We missed all that could not make it and hope to see all of you soon.
Kenny, you and Jim have worked very hard on/in the yard...and it shows! Kathy and I only got into the forbidden plant pile, once or twice, five times at the most! Please express to Jim how much fun we had and appreciate all the plants he willing shared! I am certain he will be eating that delicious bbq for the next week! Maybe you and Jim can make it to KA's in October or my house in December!
I would also like for all to post their dish recipes. Everything was soooo good! We certainly know how to cook...and eat! LOL Genna, I waved my magic wand over the strudel and removed all fat and calories!!! I was supposed to make lemon blossoms but they stuck to the pan (I think element in oven is going out) so I had to go to another recipe. I can post recipe for those, too, if anyone would like.
Cream Cheese Strudel
2 cans of crescent rolls
2 packages cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 tbsp milk (more depending on desired consistency)
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix cream cheese and sugar together until smooth
Spray nonstick coating or lightly grease pan, then layer one can of crescent rolls on bottom of pan
Spread filling onto the rolls, then place the other can on top of that
Cook for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Make glaze and pour over while strudel is still warm.
Al and I made it home about 6:30 p.m. tonight after spending a good part of today at Mud Island. It was a beautiful week-end, weather-wise and every other way, too.
We so enjoyed meeting Elaine and Earl and having supper with them on Friday night and then seeing all the rest of you on Saturday. Al says "Hi" to everyone and he was glad to meet all of you. I, of course, had a great time visiting with you all in person again.
Thanks to each of you for the plants you shared with me. I will be eternally grateful to all of you for your generosity in helping me to start yet another flower garden here at my new home with Al. A new husband and new flower beds = this gardener's dream! (picture smiles and hearts here)
The photos are all great and just more proof of the fun we had. Thumbs-up to you shutter-bugs!
Looking forward to the next Round-Up!!
Ha, ha, ha, Sandra! He jokingly told me, "You certainly have a lot of plants to get into the ground when we get home." I immediately said, "You mean WE have a lot of plants to get into the ground when we get home." LOL He just grinned.
We did get out this afternoon and planted some of the plants we brought home. We had to go to the grocery store this morning and then pick up Laddy at the boarding place, which is why we didn't get outside until after lunch. Laddy was ecstatic to see his "mama" again and I was equally glad to see him.
We'll plant more of the plants tomorrow. I can only work for short periods of time right now because when I start sweating, the poison ivy starts itching really bad so I have to go inside and shower to get it to stop itching. I have it on various parts of my body especially on my abdomen and in all the areas where one usually sweats. Ack! It is really interfering with my gardening plans. :o(
I hope I can remember who gave me which plants. I like to label my plants with the names of the people who have given them to me but some of you ladies didn't put your names on the plants you gave me. ;o)
Oh Marilyn, you know all of us love you so who does it matter which one gave it to you. I do have a piece of resurrection fern that was given to me by TGIF, who has now passed on. I think I met her at the first plant swap we had at Tupelo. I am proud I have it and think of her when it looks so pretty after a rain, she was a very sweet and kind person.
some of us are real lucky to get the new owner's name on the plant lol I'm guilty of never putting my name on a plant i'm giving away. i gave you all the sedums and the red monarda and the elephant ear which isn't hardy for you. ;) i got all my stuff planted, and Danny never helps me do that, he will do much work for me but NEVER plants flowers for me, if you can't eat them then I don't need them he says. go figure. I will continue to use him for my carpentry and veggie garden work and I'll continue to do the flower plants by myself. That way he doesn't have to know how much of his money I spent ha ha.
I was doing good to get a tag of any kind on mine must less my name.LOL I gave you a hot lips salvia, sage/salvia, small hosta and seems like something else. You'll just have to check my list of what I promised.
I didn't bring back much but it will probably be the end of the week before I get it planted. I did prune all my older hydrangeas back late this afternoon. I bought 2 new hydrangeas I need to figure out where I'm going to work them in. I bought three new hostas and got a couple from Terrye. I've figured out where they are going - now to did a hole. Everything else I bought back is tropical.
Terrye forgot to tell you the tiny little purple tiers hydrangea you gave me a couple of years ago is now a decent size. I kept it in the pot until this summer. I had it sunk in the ground in a spot where I wouldn't lose it. Then this spring I planted it in the ground where I wanted it but put some caladiums around it for protection. It's grown a bunch! Think it's going to be fine now.
I have a long time friend in El Dorado that is a gardener. Her husband likes to get out and piddle in the yard too but she tells him - this is my spot I'm digging here- you go find your own spot!! And she means it!! LOL
Ms Marilyn I didnt put my name on mine either but heres what I gave you.
St Joseph lily
canna yellow dwarf, red velvet or red australian, orange yellow canna pretoria
Al and I got more of the plants in the ground today before it got too warm this morning. I worked from about 7:30 till 11:30. Al had to take my car to the shop and get a new battery for it but he helped me when he got back home.
I knew that you had given me all of the sedums, KA, and I marked them accordingly. They have all been planted.
Sandra, I also knew you gave me the plants in the basket. I also got the ones marked that Trish and Charlotte gave me. It is just one of my little "quirks" that makes me want to know who gave me what. Maybe I have OCD? LOL
Trish, I think I got home with a peacock fern that was meant for you--it did have your name on it but I think Kim is the one who brought it for you. I have already planted it but I promise to give you a start of it next year. LOL Does the woodland phlox need to be in the shade? I planted the St. Joseph Lily and the coneflowers this morning, I will store the cannas over the winter and put them out next spring. When should I sow the zinnia seeds?
Thanks for posting the photos.
Marilyn, I have a list at home of what I dug and had for everybody. I think I gave you some tiger stripe canna, Rubenstern coneflower, Ida's Magic DL, Navajo Red salvia, Penstemon (Husker Red and a purple), and seems like a couple of other things.
I can't remember the other stuff but a lot of my tagged things either had Burpee tags or re-used blue tags that I wrote on.
Ms Marilyn I got a peacock fern, but maybe she was sending one to Cindy, you enjoy it..Also I found the red velvet canna here this morning mixed in with things I had bought from lowes, so I will have to get you a piece of that next time.. Woodland phlox likes the shade but I do have some growing that gets quiet a bit of sun each day..I sow my zinnias in the spring but I have some come back each yr volunteer so if you sowed them now I bet they will come up also...Cindy came by today and was excited about all the things sent to her..Said tell everyone she appreciated your generosity..She called me about 5 hours later and wanted to know if we were trying to kill her, lol I know the feeling I have been planting things for days...I stopped at Lowes and bought $50.00 worth of things on clearance and have to plant all that also..;) I'm already thinking about how pretty everything will be next spring..
Thanks, Elaine and Trish. I think I have my list straight now of who gave me which plants. I came across your Burpee tags when I was planting today, Elaine. :o)
Trish, I have visions in my head of how pretty everything is going to look next spring, too. :D
I found my list, and I also gave you a big sedum, Autumn Joy, Marilyn but glad you found the tags!
I've finally got almost everything planted now. Been working in the yard every night after work. Got it finished last night except for the mini DLs Sandra gave me. Got to figure out where I'm going to put those, but they are in pots so I know they will be ok for a little while. Sandra, I forgot to ask you how tall they get. Are they similar to Stella d'Oro's in height or smaller?
Thanks, Kim. I'm glad to know that I didn't "steal" Trish's peacock fern! LOL
Elaine, I planted the Autumn Joy sedum yesterday. :o)
We won't be planting anything today. Al has an appt. at the eye doctor. I will have to drive him because they will be dilating his eyes and he won't be able to drive himself back home. Besides that, a day of rest will give the poison ivy rash a chance to heal even more. It is much better now, thank goodness! We'll finish planting everything on
Thursday and Friday.
Elaine, the plants I had in there were
When my sweetheart returns
Siloam bye lo
Some will get bigger than others, now which ones you got, I have no idea, I don't even know what I have now in mine !
I planted some Sunday, but left a few hostas to add to pots on the deck. I had forgotten that I have two hosta loving ducks on the deck! Needless to say, by the time I got home from work Monday, they were eaten!