Guess what time it is? It's time for the DG County Fair! Now in it's sixth year, enter your blue-ribbon photos or mouth-watering recipes for a chance to win a gift subscription! Click here here to get all the details, dates and entry rules.
1 POST WHEN THE ROBIN LANDS & WHEN YOU PUT HIM BACK IN THE AIR
2. EACH PLAYER HAS 3-4 DAYS WITH THE ROBIN UNLESS THERE IS A HOLIDAY
& NO MAIL FOR A FEW DAYS :)
3 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION YOU CAN ASK ON THE FORUM OR DMAIL ME .
OR CALL ME PH # In Robin
4 PLEASE GO THROUGH ONE POUCH AT A TIME TAKE WHAT YOU CAN USE &
SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE WITH OTHERS
5 ADDRESS LABLES ARE MADE UP BUT IF YOU WISH TO PRINT LABLE ONLINE SEND ME THE CONF# "PLEASE"""
6 CROSS OFF THE NAME YOU ARE SENDING TOO . DO NOT POST CONF # ON THE FORUM.
!!!!!!!!! BEFORE You CLOSE UP THE ROBIN!!!!!!!
BE VERY SURE ALL BAGGIES ARE BACK IN THE ROBIN & SEALED TIGHTLY.
SCREENS ARE BACK IN THE ROBIN
MEASURING SPOONS BACK IN THE ROBIN
YOU HAVE ADDED YOUR SEEDS TO THE ROBIN
ALL INFO PAPERS ARE BACK IN THE ROBIN
1 .MIDWESTFARMWIFE-----OH ---LANDED OCT 18TH ---TOOK OFF OCT 22ND
2. OBLIQUA------PA-----LANDED--OCT 24TH--- TOOK OFF OCT 26TH
3 GARDENSEEDER63 / ---NH--LANDED OCT 30 TH --TOOK OFF OCT 31ST
4. ALIKAT32 -NH---lLANDED NOV 1ST-----TOOK OFF NOV 3
5. PFG-----NY----LANDED NOV 5 TH ------TOOK OFF NOV 7 TH
6. SNARVA,----- NJ ON THE WAY TO CRIS316
7. CRIS316-----DROPPED OUT
14. MARTI001 -----KY
15. POISONDARTFROG ---KY
20. DOMEHOMEDEE- -CA
21. GARDENQUAIL--- ---CA
23. PATTI1959-- OR
24. ORDAIRYGIRL / --OR
28. MOMCAT--DEB-- ILL
29. DIAMOND9192002 / -IND
LEFT THE NEST MONDAY OCT 16 TH WILL ARRIVE BACK IN MICH @ DJ'S ON ????
TAKE A GUESS FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN a GREAT PRIZE TO BE announced LATER :)
SORRY Was about to Go out the Drive When UPS was coming up it . so then I got side tracked with a box & then it was already
4;30 PM & BY TIME I would have gotten to town the post office would have been closed . so I Will go early tomorrow :)
I'm sitting surrounded by seeds. Some are packets from last year I won't be using again, both commercial and from trades, some are newly labelled from this year's harvest, and some are still drying. It's pouring outside which is the only reason I'm in here, but I've finally finished all the sorting I hadn't gotten to before now.
So my collecting is about done for the season. Between the frost and the rain, I don't think there's much out there any more, except for the few still blooming. I 'm leaving in the morning, won't be here again until 10/26. I will check again for Verbena Bonariensis and Salvia Snow Hill, which are still going strong. The salvia in particular has set very few seeds up until now, just keeps flowering like mad. I looked near the bottom of the stem where the pods seemed more brown, but very little is coming out.
Next task: Divvy up the requests and get that organized, then finish packaging the rest. So exciting! I'm near the beginning, should see the robin really soon!
By the way, I'd like to be in the 2nd round. I'm dying to see what everyone adds after me!
I have the chocolate kind- it has little tufts on the end like an aster, but more in small clusters like lettuce. Hope that helps- I can probably post a pic thurs. I work today and tomorrow- dark when I leave, dark when I get home:)
Hiddey Hey it's on it's way!!!! Can't wait--even though the wait will be a loooonnnnng one for me(next to last on the list)! And being my first time participating in something like this , the anticipation will drive me crazy with wonder as to what I will find when it finally gets here!!! Well about time to get ready to go to "Christmas town" for the day. At least it's not raining any more!! Have a great day all!
Don't worry Shirley, everyone will post when it arrives and tell about all the fun they are having. So you will be even crazier when it arrives at your door. That's what keeps me going everyday. I love being crazy!!
GM MY Friends Waiting for the sun to clean off the frost from my windows & Enjoying my morning coffee . I found a few more seeds that I had forgot in the robin so will go reopen the robin for the 3rd time & include them also :) .
so will be leaving here in a hour or so will post when I get back .
MARY it should land maybe tomorrow at your house . :)))
Ya'll are gonna think I'm off my rocker, have too much time to think, or quite possibly both.
Here's what I came up with last week while thinking about how long it would take for the Robin to return to its nest.
31 players X 2 days average for Priority Mail X 3 days max for each of us to review the Robin = 186 days (April 20th).
Cut that by 20 days since some of you may be able to hand the box off in person, or keep it less than 3 days = 166 days (March 31st).
By excluding our inability to mail on the 6 Holidays and 24 Sundays between now and March 31st = 136 days (March 1st).
After all that -- > Friday, March 1st is my guess.
Corey, I hope you're watching and got a kick out of my primitive formulas...lol
well i tried to lay back & Just couldn't so here i'am & Fruity you have been very busy :) & would have made a great MATH TEACHER :)
You Might want to add a day or two for SNOW Days Just in case someone Might get snowed in for a day or two :)
I think i will go bake some PUMPKIN Bars Not sure why I feel so wide awake so off to play in the kitchen :)
bigtrot = May 14
Just wait there will be snow storms and ice storms and people making all sorts of excuses for not mailing...so The Robin lands back home 2 days after Mother's Day on May 14th. I really hope I lose this game :)
So true about increment weather, Donna. Hadn't thought about that or folks being sick or on vacation or ...
I made Pumpkin Pie Bars today, from a Krusteaz boxed mix. Haven't eaten one, but hubs did and said it was tasty. Their Lemon Bars are very good. Sometimes I make them in a muffin tin and add an Orange slice to the middle of each one, nice and tart and aren't ultra sickeningly sweet.
Just curious...is there a prize for the correct guess? LOL...Maybe we should find something for a prize...Think I'll guess April 7, guess I should find a calender to see what day that is...oh ya it's my bday...lol but is still my guess for now...
Got a special package from Shirley (sbish5)...thankyou so very much...
I just took pix of Eupatorium joicus which is varigated Joe Pye weed, which blooms white, so far are 48", though this is the first year for bloom and considering the drought will have to see next year true height, and yes the seeds do in fact have a tuft on them.. Will try to download pix when I can...also when the box gets to me I will be including.
Domehomedee FEB 28TH Was taken by cz So can you choose another & Bigt I had you down for may 14th in my 2013 calendar but forgot to add it here so sorry .
Kathy :april 7th is a sunday
THE ROBIN IS ABOUT TO LAND TODAY MARY HOPE YOU ENJOY :))))
WELL off to get my brother moving today :) back later
PAULA_P ----Feb 11th?
Wow Maybe I Should get a guess in here then :) Yes I was going to have a gift for the CLOSEST Guess But I Just didn't Know at this time what I Wanted it to be .
Just went over to check conf To see if the Robin landed or not but i hate the NEW TRACKING Page Every time you want to check you have to type the WHOLE # Again HATE IT . wish they would leave things alone .
says its out on Delivery .
I have all these Apple Gourds What to do with them I have no safe place for them to dry its way to hot here in my house . so think i will give my friend a call who has this HUGE Basement as Big as her Home :) Sure we can find room there :)
well off to call her :)
Well, my guess of 128 days would put it on Feb 18, a holiday, so I'm changing my answer! I considered changing it to much later, but the optomist in me won out. And besides, robins always come early in California :) so...
My official guess is Feb 22nd.
Ooo, those goodies sound so yummy! Feel free to send some my way :)
Candi, are you guessing when you will receive it or when it will make it back to Susie? November sounds like a guess for when you think you will receive it... Do you have a guess for when it makes it back to Susie?
I had this all up-dated this morning have no Idea as to what happened to it .
ANYONE ELSE GUESSING THEIR B-DAY AS LONG AS IT IS NOT ON A HOLIDAY OR SUNDAY :)
CANDI THE GUESS IS FOR WHEN IT WILL LAND BACK HOME TO ME :)))
RAINY Day today but it was a great day Linda K / Taters55 was here with her father & We had a great Lunch & Lotsa chat
much fun :)))
gotta share a project i had been working on findly finished today a garden friend gave me this cement Leaf she made & I findly after 2 yrs
got it painted :) I love it just can't believe it took me so long to get it done :)))))
the Mum is from LK's dad :) & the other 3 pictures is of my front yard & all the colors was just pretty .
well off to do some more painting so ya all have a nice eve I maybe back.
Ok Fruity...if it's soo great where's the pix...We usually only get one color here, yellow with slight orange...hmmmm, I'm thinking I might like some more acid in my soil (that's where most of the color comes from, unless it's a color specific plant, ie Autumn purple Ash, natives tho are mostly yellowish). So I love seeing the Autumn colors...bring 'em on...More pix please!!!!!
Susie...just love the colors, wow, lucky you!!!! And love the leaf, (bird bath?), and is it a Rhubarb leaf? Next spring...(I've been saying that for a couple of years now, lol...)
Rototiller back in action, more tilling and maybe the last raking ...Just finishing up on my backyard drawing and if I find the time to tranfer plans to actual larger paper, ya more time, lol...Hopefully begin planting this weekend...
Pix...gotta move this beauty from my daughter's house, will take clippings and try to root, got a tray of 40 cubes ready to stick them into, cross your fingers gals, they might end up in some trades next spring, (fingers crossed here, LOL)
The Cement leaf was a gift from one of out gardening friends North of here it took me just a few ours to get it painted Painted it a Forest Green
Crafter Paint Let that dry then I Took a Sponge Dabbed it in an Orange paint dabbed it around then same with a red then took the other end of the sponge & Blended both colors & WALA I Was Just as surprised as to the fall color look it had :) I have to put a Second coat of
sealer on it yet .
Kathy hope you can get them rooted Put me on the list to rec:))))
well it is a great sunny morning so far anyway :) But I have a head throb that won't quit so off for a hot towel :)
HAHA - I was guessing when I will get it! Hmmm...march 23rd is when DJ will get the box back is my guess!
Love the clematis Kathy! What a beauty!
Plants are looking mighty sad here in NH! Everything's already been frozen during some really cold nights in Greenfield! My mums are a sad sight now...was reading in gardengate about which plants I should cut and which ones I should leave and MUM's should not - maybe that's part of the reason some don't come back! I'll try not cutting them this year! At last that's one less thing to do this next weekend!
Ali...mums are easy to root if ya wanna try, cut stem and any flower buds off, stick in water or soil for inside...
Yup, didn't get that clem cut yet (was working on backyard plans which was needed...), will try on tues...I still have the tray in the back of my car...Rototilled all day, almost done for the 3rd or maybe it's the 4th round, raking tomorrow and then planting begins, got 4 days to get as much done as I can...next weekend might be iffy and who knows what after that, lol...PLEASE>>>PLEASE>>>PLEASE, need more good weather...
Big...it's "The President", I planted it at a downspout at my daughter's house 4 years ago), if I get time I will bring the whole plant home, that's why I will also take cuttings (need to shorten it a few feet), and my oh my, it took off and flourished...I always plant deep too (two or more nodes) gives a great start, just make sure to cut any leaves that would end up under ground...and tons of peat...I did get a full tray of clems cut from the mix of plants around my yard...hope they take...even some of my clem shrub...
Pix is a mix of plants I got cuttings from so far...fingers are crossed!! Pix #4 is in front of the stand of baby's breath in pix #5. Last year took a few cutting and put them in a jar of water over the winter and really didn't take care of them but still got one great plant...
I stand corrected...pirl corrected me, lol...the clem is HFYoung...
Seems I have noticed mums resent cold weather cutting and as you of course know they have to have a few months to get rooted before cold weather dormancy if they are starts or small plants. I have some from cuttings, and some from the hardware store. The plants right from the pot and the store still took three or more weeks to establish, I lost a lot of cushion type mums over the years learning that.
MY cuttings were started in a small gravel, sphagnum mix but I here desiccated pine is what the pros use .
They ain't spectacular or anything ,only neither am I so they will do nicely!
BEAUTY FUL FALL MORNING HERE Oops sorry for the caps
I'm going to post your guesses up top next to your names so we can keep better track so will up-date it soon :)
AS For Mums ONE OF MY FAV"S I DO NOT Cut back in fall they fall over & Make for a nice Mulch For the plants
It The Spring & Summer when they come up through the ground & Get about 4-5 in or so then I PINCH The Tops Off & Put them Back into the Ground Next to the Plant Many take off & root some do not Ones that do are ones that I Share in my trades in the fall .
By Pinching then back will do two things Keep them from getting tall & Laggy & falling over also helps Promote more BLOOMS &
when tops are Planted will give you Many more Beauties, LOVE LOVE LOVE My MUMS :).
here is the beauty outside my window this morning . wish you could have seen the heavens opening as i did with the sun coming through the pines..
well off for another cup of coffee & get my day going .
MWFW/ Mary can you let us Know what you found in the ROBIN ????
The Fat Robin flew off this morning (Monday) - Will post tracking # tomorrow. What a FUN time looking through all the seeds and taking a pinch of this and that! I don't want to spoil the anticipation, but will say that there were lots of nice flower seeds, and I added some veggies and flowers to the mix. I'll post Grandma's Pumpkin Bread recipe later and let you know how I froze all those Jumbo Pink Banana Squash and New England Sugar Pie Pumpkins to use in the recipe.
I really don't know how that bird will get off the ground after a few more stops. It's so full of seeds right now, I am betting a bigger box will be needed before it gets back to Susie. We might need a 2nd round just to use up what's in the nest. To add to the excitement, Kim's box from the unique flower seed exchange arrived today, all with Latin names. I'll get an education looking up some of these seeds.
A HUGE thank you to all who sent seeds to Deejay before the Robin started her flight. I appreciate being a part of my very first Round Robin.
Susie, that leaf you painted sounds really neat. What a fun project to work on :)
Also, my apologies for the confusion! Please change my guess to Feb 22. (I had to change my guess from Feb 18 to Feb 22 because Feb 18 is a holiday).
Midwestfarmwife, sounds like you had lots of fun with all those seeds :) Oh, and remember not to post the confirmation number to the list. Dmail it to Susie instead.
GM Yes love the fall Colors Just not the cold that turns them :) going to be in the 70*'s for a couple days so hope to finish my triming.
TY Mary For Posting & Please Just DMAIL THE Confs # to me . & Yes later when it gets to the North west We will Put up a New thread
So if you want to go through the robin once again you can do so.
I wentt out to the PUMPKIN Farm with my sister Sunday & They had BANANA Squash So yes I planned to go back this week to get some cider so will try a squash also :) They are HUGE . so would love your Recipes.
Yes i have had that leave for a couple yrs just now got around to painting it turned out very nice since I'm NOT A Crafter :)))
well i have 2 boxes to work on so you all have a great day
GM once again I Just opened an Note from CRIS316 That she just had surgery & thought it best to drop out for this ROBIN ,
So if you would like to change your GUESS You May just remeber we also Hve many reasons for the robin to get side tracked .
TY Cris for letting me know & Wish you a SPEEDY RECOVERY.
Hello, Fruity-- I got some easter egg plant seeds from another member here on DG and actually divided them in half with deejay9 and have about 30 seeds left--will split them in half and send you some !! Will get them out tomorrow for you!
Lots but you knew that, didn't ya? You know you want a pinch, Kathy! Of the 25 seeds bought on eBay I shared most of them, but the few plants I grew have produced roughly 300 seeds so far and am still collecting. The "shake onto a paper plate method" worked like a charm.
You're a peach, Shirley! Thanks so much :)
I've asked this question before but didn't get an answer. In addition to collecting Zinnia seeds from the top core of spent blooms, are those also seeds around the bottom set of petals? They sure look like it to me...arrow-shaped and are much larger than those harvested from the cores.
Am also collecting seeds from a Red Salvia. This one is an annual. I looked through the baggie of empty seed packs that were planted in June, trying to find a name, but came up empty handed and must not have saved the pack. There are about 6 plants like this one. Photo is early October.
Fruit, here's something I read and saved from another thread:
Zen_Man, Ottawa KS, Z5b: There are two basic kinds of zinnia seeds, the petal seeds at base of the zinnia petals, and the floret seeds at the base of the pollen florets (the fuzzy yellow "starfish" looking things with 5 or 6 arms). The petal seeds have a chance of being cross pollinated by bees, but the floret seeds are mostly selfed by their own pollen. When I am sorting out zinnia seeds from the chaff, I usually drop the petal seeds in one cup and the floret seeds in a separate cup, and package them separately. Petal seeds have a fairly consistent look, but floret seeds occur in several different forms. Both kinds can yield nice zinnia plants. Commercial zinnia packets make no attempt to separate petal seeds from floret seeds, and contain both kinds mixed together.
THANK You Pam for sharing that Info , well been up since 3 am with sore throat, stuffy sinus head cold can hardly motivate right now .
so Looks as this day is going to be spent wasted in bed with Liquids , & can ya believe it is the last 70* day of the year .
There is still so much I would like to do out side . ok no crying I got it so just have to deal with it .
I hope the rest of you will have a better day , I don't have the conf# so Not sure where our Robin is but it should have landed yesterday or today @ OBLIQUA--in----PA .
PLEASE When the Robin Lands Post to let us KNOW & Then POST When you send it off again , This is the fun Part of the robin for us to Keep track . well off to check other messages & Then lay back .
For those who wonder what to do with all their winter squash, here is something I did that should work with any orange winter squash. If you grow the Jumbo Pink Banana Squash, you will REALLY have lots to prepare. Cut up the Banana Squash to fit in a large roasting pan - of course you know to save the seeds. I have 2 of these pans that fit in my large capacity oven. Put a little water in the pan to keep it from scorching. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1/2 hr., or just long enough so you can scoop out the squash. Mine went into a large mixing bowl ( or several) to cool in the fridge. Measure out 2 C. and put into pt. freezer bags. I have used it for pumpkin bread and iced pumpkin cookies - yummy! I don't think it works so good for pumpkin pie, unless you want to puree it.
You might have a favorite pumpkin bread recipe, but here is what I use:
Grandma's Pumpkin Bread
3 1/2 C. sifted flour
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice
3 1/4 C. sugar
Mix together and add:
4 eggs (preferably farm fresh)
2/3 C. water
1 C. melted butter
2 C. heirloom winter squash (if frozen, thaw in fridge overnight)
1 1/2 C. chopped nuts (we like pecans)
1 1/2 C. raisins
Mix and pour into 3 well greased and floured loaf pans, or 2 large and several small ones. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hr. for large loaves and about 1/2 hr. for small loaves ( I insert a toothpick in center to test).
Yummmmmm!!! got it written down, now I need to find some squash, hey can I substitute Zuchinni squash and any ideas if it changes the taste? Neighbor gave me a bunch of over grown ones and I usually shred and freeze for quick bread thru the winter...
Seems like we have a large group of people here and I have a favor to ask...Sorry I don't know how to link to the other room, but I need input on a few questions reference trees I'm waiting to plant and don't want to retype , lol... Any input would be helpful, Please and Thankyou, The magic words, lol...
Questions are on the Perennial Thread, "What new plants have you just put in the ground?" Hoping I can get some answers...Kathy
Thanks for sharing the tip about Zinnia seeds, Pam, and for your recipe, Mary.
Tried a new-to-us Squash today I picked up at the grocery story, Buttercup, and have saved and cleaned the seeds. Somebody here was looking for them. Raise your hand and I'll set some aside for you. Was it you, Susie?
Sh, I saved seeds from the rudbeckia I got from you at the swap, do you happen to remember the name?
Hope you are feeling better.I think I am finally starting to . It's been a rough week.take care everyone:)
I planted 3 Italian vining squash, Tromboncino. When we left in early August, it was just getting going. When we got back 7 weeks later, it had gone viral! Supposedly it's great on a trellis. For me, it rooted in grass completely untended. I have seeds left over, and still one huge one to get seeds from. Anyone?
Mary, thanks for sharing your pumpkin bread recipe. Sounds yummy!
Regarding substituting zucchini for winter squash, hmmm, that's a good question. I'm not sure, but I wonder if zucchini would have more liquid in it than winter squash?
A friend in my gardening class shared the following simple recipe for using large zucchini:
Shred zucchini. Cook it in a little olive oil and minced garlic until desired doneness (it can cook down quite a bit if you want). When done, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
Pam, yes please! We grew those monsters years ago and let them vine in a field of Sunflowers and wild morning glories. Of course the squash took over and ended up pulling some of the sunflowers up or bending them badly. They would make a fabulous privacy screen if grown on a sturdy fence or trellis. In one of our albums, I have an old photo of my husband who came in wearing one around his neck. Scared the willies out me since I am deathly afraid of snakes. We still get a chuckle out of that recollection. How did you prepare yours for eating? Seems like we just let them dry for decorations and made birdhouses.
Oh, to clarify, you can definitely use zucchini in bread... Just not sure if you can use it as a substitute for pumpkin, or if you need a slightly different ratio of flour and other ingredients to zucchini. Hope that makes sense :)
By the way, I was originally hoping to try Cris316's siberian wallflowers. But since she's dropped out of the swap, does anyone else have wallflowers? Doesn't have to be the siberian wallflower. I once had a packet of wallflowers from Renee's Garden. We planted them at the Blind Center, but unfortunately, the seeds didn't germinate because the area where they were planted didn't get watered regularly enough. So I never got to see what these were like. They're fragrant, too, so I'd really love to try them some time.
JEN I think they were Tojker (MS) Sorry But the flu Has hit me hard I've never slept pass 8am since i was a teen .
forgive me but i just have to go lay back I cannot sit up long . back when i'm better.
Fruity yes to any seeds flowers / gourds/ squash
JUST REC'D A NOTE THAT THE ROBIN IS IS FLIGHT SO SHOULD ARRIVE BY MONDAY @ GARDENSEEDERS :))))
Thought I Better fix me something for my tummy But Just had to come let you all know .
Pam , I would like a few seeds of your Gourds, I grew the Bushel Gourds I guess they were but they won't be dry enough to get seeds from
Maybe Next fall's robin.
I hope not since I've been saving seeds from the grocery store squash. I scooped out pulp and seeds, cleaned the seeds under running water and let them dry on paper towels. Please add me too for a few.
FruitOfTheVine wrote:I hope not since I've been saving seeds from the grocery store squash. I scooped out pulp and seeds, cleaned the seeds under running water and let them dry on paper towels. Please add me too for a few.
Anybody know for sure if the method I used is OK?
Your method will work as far as saving the seed but not knowing if you are growing a hybrid or open pollinated squash variety could get you some strange looking and tasting squash. Even if it is an open pollinated variety it could have crossed with another squash grown near by.
My recipe for Pumpkin Bread will work with any orange type winter squash, but won't work with summer squash such as zucchini. But - my neighbor has good ones for zucchini. Cherry Zucchini Bread is wonderful! She also makes Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Her daughter said she tries to 'hide' zucchini in everything - ha! I'll dig up the recipes and share. I haven't had the chance to make them yet but need to do it next year. Our chickens got most of my round zucchini and vegetable spaghetti squash this yr. - too busy on renovation projects. At least they traded us eggs for it, and I saved lots of seeds. One thing I've noticed about saving squash seeds. Make sure you are saving the firm ones, not the thinner, flimsy ones that are too immature and usually a bit lighter in color.
Anybody have hints on saving and using fresh cilantro and sage? I cut several bags yesterday before the nasty weather moved in. I think it can be coated in olive oil and frozen. With my delicate digestion, I haven't experimented much with herbs, but am willing to give them a try.
My method for saving basil would probably work on the others herbs too... I put the leaves through the food processor with a little olive oil, then freeze in ice cube trays. Once the cubes are frozen, I take them out and put them in ziplock bags in the freezer. Then I can use as much or as little as I want all winter.
Ok...I'll try again...Please any personal info on:
Prunus x yedoensis (yoshino cherry)
Hawthorne phaenopyrum (Washington Hathorne)
These are trees I will be planting in the next few days, I'm interested in likes or dislikes about any, root problems , 1 and 3 are suppose to be fragrant (comments), does anyone else like the fragrance of the hawthorne?
Gardenseeder...I am suppose to have seeds for you but the box is coming to you first...can you dmail me your address and I'll put those seeds in the mail to you!!!!
I can't believe it's almost here...and I'm still not done putting all my seeds into the little clear ziplocks yet...I have about 7 more plants to go! I'll do that this afternoon while watching football! We're in for a big storm here in NH...my school is in the southern part of the state so I think we'll get poured on for sure! I hope we don't get snow! :( It's too early!
Monster Storm heading to NH! Schools are closed and we've got light winds right now...major winds later today and into tomorrow! With the rain soaked ground they are saying trees could just blow over... :( I hope that doesn't happen near my house! I have a generator and gas...so we should be ok barring a tree in the roof! I'll send along updates and photos if there's anything worth photographing!
Seeds are in the packets...I've got envelopes for everyone who wanted specific seeds and I'm awaiting the nest in a few days! :)
WWK, not sure who told you Hawthorne is fragrant. They smell disgusting. It is not a flower type of smell more like dog poop.
I used to work at a botanical garden we had a row of them and it was bad when they were blooming.
And yes they were Washington Hawthorn.
Another thing is they can be susceptible to some diseases like rust, most other things apples and pear trees get. And the thorns are pretty big so careful walking barefoot under it.
You have to look hard for any info about the "fragrance" being offensive. But it is out there.
Plant this tree away from the house , it will have tons of bees, if anyone is sensitive to stings. Also very good for birds they like the berries.
The tree is not long lived with it being a very fast grower, so plant it where it can be removed easily.
Sorry for all the negatives, just thought you would like to know.
GM Oh ALI / & pam sure will be Keeping you all in our T's & P's Be sure to Put BUCKET's OUT side to collect WATER that way
if you Lose power you can still Flush the Towlets the most Important part of the House :))))
Keep all your batteries in one spot so you know where they are ,LTD Lights work Great & Less dangerous to use.
here is my Ph# if you cannot get on the compter 269-945-4323 .
Gardenseeder should be getting the robin today if the MAIL if going out we don't know what its like up her way .
so here is one reason the Robin can get delayed :) Lets Hope he is in a SAFE Place undercover :)
can't take my eyes off the news those waves are very high . Please all In the path Take HEED & Stay Safe
Chicory - thanks for your information. I'll add a couple things -
Although the local Hawthorne that grows wild around here may not be the Washington Hawthorne, it looks similar, and I love the old-fashioned look of the flowers. There is some fairy lore associated with this tree.
The thing is, our area is terribly over-run by deer and this tree does well with deer around. I think the berries are said to have some beneficial herbal uses in tea for eye problems, like macular degeneration. Of course, if anyone wants to try this, see your doctor first.
Susie, we cross-posted - thank you too for reminding us of precautions for Ol' Sandy. She's here too, but not behaving very ferocious yet. No television to tell me how awful Sandy is - maybe it's for the best :)
Thanks for the birthday wishes... Had a lovely day with friends, family, and garden :)
Stay safe, everyone! And hopefully, our robin will make it to a safe nest to ride out the storm.
We left CT yesterday to come back to NYC. Closer to the eye, yes. But where we are without power and with trees down all over the roads we would be really stuck. In the city we feel safer, even if we have to walk down 11 flights of stairs. Last night in the supermarket the lines were all the way to the back of the store behind every cashier.
bluespiral, you can go to weather.com to check the radar or find a local TV station online for updates. Better to be safe than sorry. We watched a couple of hours news this afternoon and it is not good for the NE Corridor.
I am worried now about Cris316. Atlantic City was a direct hit.
Pam, I'm glad you're safe. Have you heard about the crane dangling from the new highrise apartment building downtown NYC? Scary looking on top of the rotten weather conditions.
For those who subscribe to DirecTV, they have devoted channels 325 and 349 to the storm.
All in the path of the storm, be safe and check in when you can. I care a lot about my DG friends. So far we have just had winds and a small amount of rain.
Were pretty far away from the storm but are having 30 or 40 gusts now and those are suppose to increase a little, Nothing near the 82 to 94 mph winds being recorded at the eastern sound area ,wow that is some air "a movin" through .
With a little luck maybe the weather will forego throwing tornadoes at anyone.
The we are having are from the weather patterns created by Sandy,she is pretty big gal of a storm
We have lost power...but now have the generator on...there's over 120K people without power now in NH -- nothing compared to NY and NJ! I am feeling so bad for all the people who are getting flooded by the ocean! We are getting gusts about 50+ miles an hour with steady winds around 35/40mph! I just gotta say -- I love my generator and it was worth every bit of money it cost to buy it and install it! So -- I can flush (yeah DJ right?) and we have heat if we need it and can use the microwave to cook. We also have fridge power...so we can eat, drink and flush...what more is there? Who cares if we can't shower!
My poor baby plants -- they are getting blown all over the place! So far -- no trees in our yard have fallen! More details as we have them!
We're getting gusts here in Ky that the weather news says is due to the hurricane. We've also getting some rain. We'll see what the night brings and I have to leave here by 7:30am in the morning to drive to Lexington for my sisters DR appointment at UK. Am not looking forward to it!
At least not flooding due here. Everybody on the coast, take care. My prayers are with you and yours.
Chicory and Bluespiral...lol...there was one at an apt where I lived years ago and thought it was nicely fragrant...I went to a nursery and they had said it was the washington hawthorne, I liked it enough to find out an ID...lol..Guess I will plant further away from the house and then decide later, and yes was impressed with the thorns, deer don't like it great!!!!!!
And Juhur answered ref the cercise canadensis for me...
So thanks for those who took time time...really appreciate it as I'm now planting, got 25 shrubs in today...Total of 22 lilacs (some planted the other day), 4 Viburnum plicatum Shasta doublefile, and my favaorite 3 Prunus x cistena (Purple leaf snad cherry, just LOVE the fragrance).
Yup, batton down the hatches you easterners, keeping an eye on the news...hope all those gardens make it thru!!!!
well - we still have no power and four roads in greenfield are closed...however, we don't have any trees down in the yard so that's one good thing! The poor people in NJ and NY -- so much water damage!
Oh susan so glad to hear from you & that your all ok Do you think the mail is going to up & running with all the power being out ???
Please check with them before making the trip out side , we do not want to lose track of the robin . so if it means holding it a couple more days please do .
we have cold wet windy rainy & Snow Mix just hitting us but they say the snow is not going to stick.
My Neighbor Keep me company for the night so i felt safe through all the high winds :))))
my Neighbor "Betty Boop " :) Just couldn't say No To Her . Guess she has adobted me she;s still here.
called her owners to let them know she is safe & is ok here with me today while they are working :)
going to spend the day painting for Our Xmas parties so you all have a safe day . back later
We chickened out and called the trip off. There was talk of bad weather and possible snow around Lexington, so we rescheduled the appointment for later this month. I've stayed home all day and worked on my crochet blankets and painted gourds.
Sounds like a good day for crocheting where you are, Marti :)
Glad to hear the robin arrived safe and sound :)
My prayers are with those caught in the stormy weather. Take care and stay safe, everyone!
Pam i meant to tell you that the Dianthus that have shared in the robin I believe is a mix of the ones you had listed & a few others but didn't know if you wanted a mix or not . i can tell you they got fairly tall this year . the plants were all next to each other so i couldn't tell what seeds from witch plant that is why i just mixed them.
weather is clearing off here so i'm going to make a trip into town to pick up my meds & restock my frig :) ya all have a great day
Gm Findly just a cold partly cloudy / partly sunny :))) No Rain clouds but they say more is coming .
can you believe we have had 3 SAFE LANDINGS in 2 weeks .
SUN JUST POP Through Oh How Nice Isn't it Funny How Sunshine can help your Mood & How to choose what to do with your day :)
I sit here wishing I could Load my car with all the EXTRA BLANKET ,SHEETS, DISHES, COATS , & So much more that other could use out there in NY or NJ Or where the power is out & I Myself Don't have the money or gas to do so.
going to call around today to see if there is a place around town who will be taken the donation to help out I know it will clear out many of my shelf space & maybe help others .
will let know what i find out . back later today .
the robin has landed in greenfield nh! it's is stuffed with great seeds...I'm happily ignoring my work to look thru the seed packs and look up plant files to see which seeds will grow here and which ones will make it in my sandy soil! I'll plan to put the robin back in the air on Saturday but will post for certain the date it goes into flight. :)
There's nothing like sunshine and the promise seeds hold to lift the spirits. It was a gray overcast day here, breezy, and the high might have reached 50. Hubs woke me up before 5:30 this morning while getting dressed to go hunting. Good for him he bagged a doe; bad for me I never went back to sleep and stayed too busy during the day to take a nap.
Pam, I'm still breathing a sign of relief you're alright.
Snarva, how much of an effect did the storm have on you? Really hope you didn't have any damage inland but may have had some snow.
Hey Ali, just a suggestion but peat moss does wonders!!!!! I have heavy clay and other areas that are sand...I have used 2 large bales in the last few weeks and am planning that the other two bales (3.3cb. ft.) willl be used in the next week. I am planting like crazy...But I have found it's the best amendment to make perfect soil unless you got tons of compost...lol. Give it a try...personnaly I put a handful or two in each planting hole and backfill, (1gallon sized plants).
evening everyone Just wanted to hope you all have a safe & fun Weekend I Won't know till tomorrow am but i maybe away for a few days so if anyone has a question or anything just ask Fruity will ya Please & she can contact me . or if you have my Cell phone # you can call me .
Wow Fast stop & Go Take out :))) Like cash & carry stores Lucky Robin :)))
Has anyone heard how bad MD was Hit from the storm ???
BIGTROT------MD & .BLUESPIRAL-----MD are you all safe in your area if I Don't hear from either of them by Tuesday then I'm going to assume that they are without power also . LAMARION--------VA are you ok & Able to receive the robin Soon ????
I have no way of knowing if mail is running in those are right now & so we do not need or want a lost robin once they are back on
we will send the robin back that way . but please let us know if your safe & if you can get mail in your area PLEASE .
Well i got a Box today so off I go to BOAST OVER IT :))))) want to hear from you PLEASE
Snarva, my daughter and her husband sat out the hurricane in Florida, then couldn't get back until Thursday. Poor things, stuck hanging out by the pool... They both had their laptops so were able to work some from there. When they got home, reality hit. No power, no heat, lots of things blown around, fence down, food in freezer no good... The worst is that one skylight is partly blown off. Somehow, though, there was no water damage. They still consider themselves lucky.
I'm due to get the robin next week in NYC, where everything should be working fine by then, and I will see that she gets it after me and that it gets mailed to the next person.
Pam, I did not know she is your daughter. Bless her heart and home. What a rude awakening to come home to after a lovely sunny vacation.
Marti, we used to be able to set our clocks by the time mail was delivered. Now it's willy nilly with a short-staffed PO. It's not unusual anymore for delivery to be later than Noon when we used to count on receiving no later than 9:30. 10 in those days was 'late'.
Everyone, here in MD we consider ourselves very lucky. Not anywehere near the damage further east. Not even as bad as Irene last year. We are very lucky so go ahead and send that robing when it's my turn.
Thank you Ladies for letting us know That helps to know . So looks as Pam will have it next & She will hand it off to her DD :) & Then it will be mailed to Donna/bigtrot . very cool here this morning . I'm Hoping to go scatter a few seeds today :) if the sun pops out :))
right now I have Laundry to do & A couple notes to answer :) So have a great weekend of whats left that is :)))
Dj - jealous that you get to spread a few seeds...it's freezing here! only 39 here right now...ran outside yesterday at 43 degrees and my lungs were not happy! am going to have to switch to running in the dome now...too cold for me!
I do wish spring was here...I've got soooo many great seeds to plant now!
Candi Some of your seeds you can start Now in Milk Jugs & Leave them out side . I Planted a few seeds today to many to list but then i came in & Made 8 Loafs of Banana Nut Bread for the freeze , 6 loafs of zucinii Bread Going to make more of that this week .
I even changed my Kitchen a bit ,to give me an extra baking table :) with my brothers help :) LOVE IT .
The reason i was so sick was my blood was to thin & just making we weak & I couldn't fight off the bug but since I had my IV Of Vita-K
My body is back to norm :) well My Body will never get back to what it once was 10yrs ago but I do feel better :)
well guess i better get off here & maybe do some crocheting ya all have a great evening will try to get back to say good night :)))
Hey susie...if you ever get the chance over the next month or so ca you list those you start in milk jugs...Please, ok, prettttty Please...lol. And do you leave them where they will get the snows? or shelter them?
Pix Dianthus grationopolitanus (Cheddar Pinks or Bath's Pinks, and very fragrant...yummmmm)
A great website is http://wintersown.org/
Trudi is still in the processof adding more info- she also has a facebook page where you can ask questions and find lots of great info. also for a SASE she will send free seeds to wintersow, and tomato seeds:)
Same Place for me also way back in the 99-2000 & I even Posted my Pictures there but i cannot seem to search that far back for she has up-dated since then :) but she also had a Much larger list & I don't find that I Want the oLd trudi back :)))
her new site is all GREEK, or spanish to me sorry no offence but i can only read English & her winter sowing list is gone .
I Planted these but right in the ground not in JUGS
I hope to get my Fall Bulbs in the ground this week they say heat wave well a warm up thurs to sun :) well off to get my day going back later today
I have up-dated my list as to what I Would like for my gardens & If you all have just a few seeds I hope we can share :))) or if you want to order
let me know . forgot to add BUTTERFLY WEED any colors or all :) tell me if they are reseeders in your area or mounder if you can please
SNARVA, my DD, is swamped today, her first day back at work in NYC. They got their power back over the weekend at home, a great relief, but life is not back to normal, either there or at work. She will come here one night this week and we'll go through the robin together, then mail it off the next morning. It could be Friday, but isn't still within the guidelines since it's two of us?
Wow, this robin is stuffed, and it's only the beginning of its flight. I'm sitting here with all my little envies and the iPad, looking up all the plants that are new to me, taking my bits far more often than I thought I would. Lots of interesting things to try, and lots of old favorites, too.
Don't want to be a spoiler... That's all I have to say for now.
Hey susie, hoped that some that were sent for your personal stash were goodies, I had almost forgotten. And I still have a few goodies to add if and when it gets out here in the west... In fact if I get time after I get some more planting done there are still seeds in the garden uncollected such as the Rudbeckias.
Pix 3: collected seed from this one Penstemon palmerii, the only fragrant one and tops out at 4-6ft tall.
Put me down for some Penstemon palmerii, & the 1st & last pic of the Rudbeckia I love them Also Don't forget Looking for all colors of the LUPINES & Foxgloves , columbines . this is what I Was doing yesterday have to get ready for our bake sale this weekend .
now if i can just stay out of them :) hehe got to make zuccinii Bread today . & some Cookies .
so you all have a great day .
AFTERNOON just got note from pam that The ROBIN IS ON THE WAY TO BIGTROT as of this afternoon :)
should land by fri :) . planted out more seeds last eve & Tomorrow hope to plant my bulbs :)
Had to bake Pumpkin cookies for carolyn this afternoon :) just took her home & Now i need to get my kitchen cleaned up ya all have a great
ok we have a slight Mistake Pam said she sent it to Cris316 & Cris had dropped out I Hope that Cris is able to receive mail .
not sure where in NJ she was in when sandy Hit . I hope she is safe & will be able to get the robin . Not sure if she has power or not so we will have to wait see if she can post or not .
So sorry, Bigtrot, I went by the list in the robin, should have double checked. I was so surprised that DD wanted to come last night, and she got great stuff for her new garden, needed all the more after Sandy. I was happy to be sending it on its way so quickly But I just should have slowed down :(
I sent Cris a note after the storm hit and she replied they had no real damage, like many around her that will need to repair or rebuild. She is doing pretty well all things considered and expect having the Robin land will be a pleasant surprise for her.
so good to hear that susan thank you for sharing with us & I know it will be a surprise for her & hope she will enjoy also .
I feel for all those up that way that is going to be hit with another storm Only this time being so cold I feel there
county should pass out some gas Heater & suply the gas for them also or their INS Companys or if they have electric but no gas they should get the INFARRED Heater I love mine .
well I need to go lay back for the night ya all stay warm & Safe
Hey susie...Lol...I'll get some of those Rudbekias for ya if you sent everything in those 2 pix...LOL! Oh my they look yummy! I'll try on thoses seeds, but I can't stop planting yet...got sooooo much to get in yet, and not sure if I can tell them apart but will keep seed seperate from each plant... Hey I got a big mix of Aquilegia from my neighbor in late August, not all one type of plant but thinking there was maybe 6-10 different ones including a yellow chrysantha that is fragrant (not sure if it's straight chrysantha or c. Denver's Gold, both of which origonally came from me, lol, dogon deer...or I'd get you some from my garden. I don't understand she has a four foot fence and lives across the road from me and they jump my 7ft tall fence every chance they get, but leave hers alone...go figure!).
Pfg...ha ha ..you can forget my request, except from yours...lol.
Gosh I gotta go find something for dessert now, Susie...your naughty. And can you remind me of what you want when I get the box? I'm thinking we should have had a page where we could have put our wants...lol.
Been busy filling up this newly rototilled area (backyard). Just finishing up on my 3rd bag of peat...Kathy.
Sorry, I haven't posted in a while... Upgraded my computer this last week and had to solve an annoying glitch so I could get back on DG. Good to be back! Did anyone let Cris316 know that the robin was sent to her so she could be watching for it?
Sounds like a great box!
wwkathy, you said that the Penstemon palmerii grows to be 4-6 ft high. How wide would you say it gets? And what color are the flowers? That's neat that it's fragrant. Might have to read about these. Don't know how they'd do in my area or where I could put one, but it might be fun to try if it would do well here. Do these grow quickly? Can I grow this in a large container?
I will check out the winter sowing sites...never even think about planting in the winter here...mostly I hibernate in my warm house and pout about being cold...living in NH in the winter is not as fun as when I lived in TX in the winter! AND it's so long here and dark comparatively! UGH...makes me sad just thinking about it...been cold and windy here the past two days...we have a snow dusting already from the nor'easter! (think of me with a big sad face here!)
I cleaned up all the garden decorations and all the other stuff that I put out there...we've covered the roses and other plants needing a bit more shelter (my hubby is a saint for doing all this for me...). I got some brug cuttings from Vel and they are on my counter in water growing roots and leaves...very cool looking...I know I should put them on the porch where it's colder but I like watching them...
DJ - wow that was a lot of cookies...wish I could sample them all!
happy friday everyone
Good morning everyone! I will be off line for the weekend. I'm headed out for opening weekend of deer hunting and my computer is going to my computer geek for cleaning and servicing. I should be back on line on Monday he says.
GM yes ali I Know what ya MEAN when it come to that snow nasty stuff on the ground it stays dark & Gloomy for so long this is why I have
Floresent Lights WORKSHOP Lights & when it is cloudy I Will turn these on & Its Like a bright sunny day & what few Plants i have love it also :) .then i paint rocks for the gardens along with i have a few planters that i hope to get painted. saving milk jugs or water jugs so that when the robin comes home I will be able to plant a few seeds out in them .
so i hope that i have this winter planned with more to do :) Now that I won't have daddy to care for I will have more time on my hand.
I'd love to go to florida to see my brother who lives there but price of gas has allot to do with that .
so not sure what i will do yet .
well its a frosty morning but it is going to get to 68* today i think !!!! Guess I Should wash my Windows today they look as they need it being i live on a dirt road . well i have got to get off here you all take care .
yes I dmailed cris but nothing back yet if the robin lands today I'm sure she will contact me .
Gm All just checked the conf # Expected Delivery By: November 9, 2012 but it dose not say it was delivered so not sure that it was so maybe today LETS Hope.
well i got all my Bulbs planted yesterday hard to believe its supose to get 60's today & 70* tomorrow (SUN) & possible Snow flakes on Monday . what a crazy weekend but i hope to enjoy it while it last .
My friend Ann came last night to pick up all the goodies so I don't have any temptations left here :) so now i can go get my laundry done ya all have a great weekend.