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Several of us were discussing this recently on another thread, but we all forgot to start a separate thread so it died off. We were just thinking about getting together somewhere like the Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas to just hang out. No trading or pressure, just meet. I can't be in charge of this, because I'll forget and it won't get organized, but thought I would get the topic started. If it ends up that we can't get it done, there is another thread on the Roundup forum regarding a Dallas swap around Sept. http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/504380/
Hello guys, the only two dates that I have available in June are, June the 5th and June 26th.
I know that this is rather limiting but that is all I can do. I would love to attend, but please do not try to work around my schedule, do what is best for everyone.
That's kind of the way I am Carol. I think it's a personal thing with me tho, I just can't plan ahead. It's fear of commitment. LOL I never know what's going to be going on so I just usually hear something is happening and then decide if I'll go. Sunday's are best for me, so I can leave my 6 yr old with dad.
Ours was all day 8 to 230 - I cannot keep up, and I am young. I made one of my kids haul a chair around for me - all the teachers who had been there forever never thought of bring a chair. The kids love it but man are we tired by the end of the day, 22 cranky First graders!
Are there picnic tables at Pappy Elkins park where you've taken some neat pictures? If there are, maybe we could have an after work picnic there some evening. That way if we end up having to visit Discovery Gardens when you can't go, at least we will have been able to have a picnic with you, also.
Hello Linda, I hadn't heard from you for so long! But I guess you have been watching, I am very happy to hear from you. I am not sure about picnic tables at Pappy Elkins, I will go and investigate. I do know that in the wildflower area they don't have any.
If not, Veterans Park is close by, and we could do it there. I will check it out.
It is very nice of you to try to include me, if the date for the Garden tour doesn't work out for me.
Thank you, Josephine.
Hello Linda, I cheked it out yesterday and Pappy Elkins does have picnic tables by the little lake, not too far from the wildflower area,so at leat we know that much.
How are your wildflowers coming along?
I managed to plant a few rows of wildflowers before I left for Colorado. The cowpen daisies and the four o'clocks did very well. Also got one jimson weed - about to bloom- and a few hibiscus. Questions: Is it probably too late to transplant these to the hillside or do you think it might work if I wait for a break in the weather? Is it too late to do some more planting? Too hot for anything to germinate? Could I do it in peat pots? I do so appreciate the seeds and the sumac which is doing very well.
What about having a picnic at Pappy Elkins on the Wednesday or Thursday after Memorial Day. Or would the next week work better?
I have plants coming in the first week in June - just lots of water and shade for the first few days and pray for a break in the weather! It worked last year at least - LOL maybe just dumb luck but hey it worked. Mitch
This heat is going to make it pretty hard to just hang out. :( I'm not sure if I'll be able to go during the week since my son will be out of school. If this park has trees and playground equipment, I might can. Anyways, carry on and I'll keep watching.
Hello Linda, I am glad that some of the seeds did well for you. I don't know how big the plants are now, but if they are not very big, you could probably transplant them if you can keep them moist, it is so hot right now.
If they are not potted and you need to thin them out, you could pot them now in small pots and set then out when the weather cools down.
You still can start seeds of the Texas star hibiscus and Golden hibiscus, also the Jimsonweed.
The others will probably be better to wait till late September.
Did you get started on the pond? and how is your slope coming along.
I am glad the Flameleaf sumac is doing well, it is such a pretty tree.
About the picnic, I dont know how many people will be able to come on a Wednesday or Thursday late afternoon, we shall see what develops, let us see what people have to say.
OK, folks. How about we plan a picnic at Pappy Elkins on Wednesday, June 8 with June 9th as a rain date. We could meet at 6:00. I'm sure we could find some ways to entertain any wee folks that can come. I'd be happy to bring a big Greek salad.
Linda, you are really serious about this, maps and everything. I will try to research a little more.
I don't know if they have restrooms.
There are picnic tables and trees on the south side of the lake. There is the Dalworthington police and city offices off Rosevelt. If you turn into their drive and follow along the road you will find the tables by the lake. The wildflower area is on the other side of the lake, but no tables there. Josephine.
Linda, I went to check the park yesterday afternoon and didn't see any restrooms, so I called the city offices this morning and asked, and they said no restrooms, so this might be something to consider. However Veterans Park which is close by has all the amenities, but not within walking distance.
Josehpine and I just talked and we think we should have the picnic at Veterans Park since they have all of the "necessaries." We can meet at the picnic area at 5 pm, tour the gardens and then get the picnic ready about 6 pm. We think it might be easier if everyone brings his or her preferred beverages. Again, I'm going to bring a Greek salad, Josephine said she'll bring a cheese tray and if someone can bring bread/crackers and someone else fruit then we'll have all of the bases covered. Then people can pitch in whatever else their hearts desire. We should have until at least 8 pm before it starts getting dark.
I'll do some searches and post a map in a day or so. A head count would be appreciated, but we're always flexible.
Looking forward to meeting you guys,
PS Those interested in seeing Pappy Elkins might think about going by there before. It's not very far from veterans.
Sorry guys I'm going to have to miss out. My DIL's sister is having a baby and DS is taking DIL to California to see her sister over the first week or so. While thay are both away guess who is looking after their 4 and 2 year olds!! DS will be back on 8th, but working, so we will still be in charge of Miggy and Isabelle, and totally knocked out by then I should think!!
All right I figured out thanks to Frostweed what to bring (wow what a yard! you have to go see the place I am still in shock) that I will bring crackers and bread to go with cheese and such. I will also try to bring some plates.
Sorry, I can't make it on a weekeday, since I'm not anywhwere in the area, and I work Mon - Friday. Josephine, I'm looking forward to meeting you when you come this way in August. When I look at my garden, I think in terms of, "I want to get that done/hope that will be finished before Josephine comes."
Maggiemoo, I totally understand your not being able to come, it is a long way, and also a weekday. May be you will be able to come in September when we have the plant swap on a Sunday.
Thank you for thinking of me, I am really looking forward to meeting you also, and getting to see your garden. How are you repairs coming along?
Carol, I am sorry you can,t make it either, I totally understand, but again maybe in September for the plant swap, which will be on a Sunday. We will talk as we get closer, in the meantime
I hope the children keep you busy, but not too tired. Josephine.
Josephine, I'm sitting at home right now while the guys are replacing the drywall in the ceiling. I spent the weekend dismanteling my bedroom, and did too much heavy lifitng, so I went ahead and took a day of vacation to both get my back in order, and to kind of keep an eye on things. I've never had anything like this done before, just started to feel all wierd about having strangers tramp around in my house while I was away. They are all very nice, and won't let me move anything. I'll just spend time between sitting in the garden and sitting in front of this computer.
I had spoken to josephine about this, but I will be out of town that week. Wish that I could make it, but maybe next time. I go to my dads about 4 times a year... and this is the first time this year... Catch ya later! Thanks for asking!
I'm going to have to go right around the corner from there before I meet up, so I'll go by there. They have Ice Ballet and White Milkmaid, both say A. incarnata for $4.99 in the little round pots that are larger than 4" pots. (never thought about what size that is)
Oh wow, you are serious about wanting those white milkweeds! I will do my best. Are you good for it? Do I need to get references?
I have a yellow milkweed coming up! I was totally surprised, but I do think I threw out some of those seeds. It didn't take long for it to grow if it's from one of those. Maybe I'll get lucky and have one of the pink Cinderella ones too. Still waiting for my swampmilkweed to bloom.
Here is a recap for the meeting Wednesday, June 8th at ( 5.00 p.m. )
Linda and her Husband
John and his Wife
Mitch his Son and Wife
Paige her Son and Husband
Me and my Husband.
That is 12 people, possibly only 10, if Mich's and Paige's spouses don't come.
Bread and Crackers-------Mitch
Forks,cups, plates, napkins---Linda
Ice-----------------------------Josephine and Linda
Everyone bring what they like to drink, that way it will be less complicated.
If someone would like to bring some other easy item, you are welcome to do it,
but please let us know.
We hope that we will have a lovely time and it won't be too hot.
Looking forward to seeing you
Linda and Josephine.
Hello John, I will attempt to give you very good directions and hope this will help.
Our mobile phone in case you need to call us is-- 817-706-9518
At work--817- 543-2175
COMING FROM THE NORTH.
Take 35W south to Fort Worth
From 35W make a left exit to 30 east, you will be heading toward Dallas.
Go I30 east to loop 820 south, make a right exit.
Go 820 south to Rosedale, exit and make a left onto Rosedale.
You will be going east, Rosedale will shortly change name and become Pioneer Parkway.
Continue on pioneer Parkway into Arlington to Park Springs road and turn right.
Go south on Park Springs to Arkansas Lane, make a left onto Arkansas Lane to Spanish Trail and turn right,
you will be by the park, go past the first entrance and the pond, to the second entrance on the right, that is for the gardens.
We will tour the gardens, and then go to the picnic area, and if we have daylight left, we will go to our
house which is not far, and see the slope and back yard.
We are planning to meet at 5.00 P.m. and eat around 6.00
COMING FROM THE SOUTH.
For those coming from the South, take I20 to Bowen Road, go north on Bowen to Arkansas Lane.
Turn left on Arkansas Lane to Spanish Trail, turn left on Spanish trail and go past the first entrance and the pond
to the second entrance, which is for the gardens, then we will go to the picnic area after we tour the gardens.
I hope this helps everyone. Josephine.
Oh no, so sorry to hear that John! I hope that she is better soon. I was just going to confirm that you were coming, since I don't need 6 new milkweed plants. Now I don't have an excuse to go to the nusery. LOL
So is everyone else still coming? I'm bringing both my boys and we are heading over to Six Flags after meeting, since we will be in Arlington.
I've been taking my younger son since he was about 2. My other son is 13 years older than him, so we would watch him ride some rides and then me and the little one would ride on a few of the baby rides. He got in free until he was 3 or 4 and a certain height. He's had his own season pass now for 3 years and getting more daring all the time. I still ride some of the kiddie rides with him too. I ride the big roller coasters with my other one tho!! We love the Titan! The last time we went alone, we rode it 6 times in a row, 4 on the front car! Now I have to try the last car.
John and Betty, I am so sorry that you won't be coming! Shoot, we were really looking forward to having you with us.
Well, may be in September when we have the plant swap, we are having it at the same place,
so you will already have the directions.
I hope Betty will be better soon, I will send you the Antelope Horns seed when it dries.
Well Guys, I did hang out, and in the process we ended up getting a lovely sauna bath.
Wow! it was hot and humid, and the Wilscape part of the park has many hills and hollows, all sorrounded by trees. Consequently, there was no breeze and the humidity was very high.
We did see some interesting plants such as Lizard's tail, Sea Oats and Giant Coneflower, but there wasn't a lot blooming at this time. Oh, and Linda's husband spotted a snake in the creek and a crawdad, which we all thought was neat.
Here is the Lizard's Tail plants.
The picnic pavillion is at the top of a hill, so we had a wonderful breeze to cool us off.
Afterwards we went to my house to see the wildflowers and pick up some plants.
We missed you John and Betty, but may be in September you will be able to make it, and a lot of other people as well.
Great pictures, Josephine. Thanks for posting them. Lou and I enjoyed meeting Mitch and Malichi and Paige and Brian and Griffin for the first time and seeing Josephine and Frank again. The tour of the park was great although it does demonstrate how hard it is to keep a volunteer project going. We especially enjoyed seeing Josephine and Frank's gardens. Wow!!! What an inspiration to us all. And I'm so grateful for your generosity, Josephine. My hillside is going to take a giant leap forward when I get everything planted.
You are welcome Linda, we had a great time too, and thank you for listing all the names, I am so bad about that, I barely remember mine.
Thank God I do remember other things, or I would be in big trouble.
Mitch, you are so kind, I happen to think that God put us here to care for each other and to learn from each other. Beleive me I get as much from giving as the one receiving, it gives me so much joy. Sharing is a wonderful thing, that is why our Moms taught it to us early in life.
I can only speak the truth - you have really touched several of us with your wonderful gifts of plants. If there were more people like you the world would be such a better place to live in. Now off to work on the far bed... now called the pecan bed . . . hehehe
Hey I try to stay on top of things ... do what I can. Hey I am going to have a ton of Iris at the end of June (i know bad time to plant long story short developers are going to rack it all over and I ask and gained permits to go on and gather) I do not have room for all the Iris if you are interested I would love to share with yall local folk - - and maggie if ya want some let me know and I will stick them back. They are all mixed up purples and yellows no white that I saw but they were not all in bloom.
It was nice getting together with y'all last week! Putting names with faces is nice. I'm sorry I missed going to Josephine's house. I have been wanting to go back and see that slope! Hopefully I'll be able to do that to a slope in my yard. I've already planted a few buttercups, thanks to Josephine. I hope it's cooler the next time we do it!
Mitch, you are very lucky to have such a happy little fellow!
Thanks we know we are really blessed with this little one. They told us we would not bring him home more then once and here he is happy no heath issues and going 90 to nothing.. your boys were great I hope Malachi grows up to be polite and well mannored like them.