I wanted to get some conversation going about the 2007 ORV Spring Swap so I know what to expect. There is going to be one, right? Defoecat was talking about it in another forum.
I was wondering about the spring swap, specifically if extra wintersown seedlings from a spring 2007 sowing are swapped or if they're too little. -- I sort of wanted to know whether I should sow more seeds than I need, or not. (I don't want to devote the space to growing them on for a later swap.)
What other things are swapped? I want to come prepared!
Have any dates or places been determined? I also want to keep an eye on it and put it on my thread watcher.
Sorry for all the questions,
Thanks for any answers,
Anything you would want to bring would be acceptable! Most of the time, we offer some stuff up front to line up a few trades. Let's face it, we don't get together all that often and we might as well skip the postage.
Last year there were mature hostas, ornamental grasses, aroids/elephant ears, seedlings, some bulbs, seeds, sun coleus and lots of nice door prices, plant and otherwise!
So you many not want to drag a whole flat of something special with you unless you prearrange trades or want to give away a surplus. Most of us don't want to take anything back home so we force it on a newbie. LOL
Some have mentioned doing a drawing system where everyone takes a turn picking from a table of plants, then a second turn, etc until plants are gone. I wouldn't mind that but I like prearranging trades then using the extra plants for other things or for people that are newer to gardening.
Hello and Welcome Illoquin!! Last year was my first RU.. I didn't prearrange any swaps.. wellI guess a couple people wanted my prickly pear cactus.. But I forced the extra on soft hearted people and had several plants "forced" on me.. I took home much more than I brought! I had prearranged some tomato swaps.. or since i didn't give them anything I guess they were out and out gifts?>?? except Ric got some cacti. :)
ok..I am apparently babbling.. that's what happens when your brain is drained! I hail from Kokomo and am in that area a lot so wanted to greet a fellow hoosier and say that if you come we'ld be glad to have ya!
I have no idea...let me ask around and see who (if anybody) wants to go and let you know. A lot will depend on where it is. (Cinty or Columbus area).
Badseed & Jazz,
I'm sure I answered this the day you both posted, but I can see I might have written it but never sent it. Thanks for the welcome and the heads up on pre-arranged trades. At this point all I can trade is some snow covered jugs with a very promising label inside. LOL! I'd better not count my chickens until they're hatached -- literally. I will have some baby lilium bulbs, but that's all I know for sure. Some will probably be Martagons which are pretty pricey, but it will be years before they bloom.
I have some experience on running a swap with numbers like you're talking about, Badseed. Everybody gets a number -- that's easy, but you call the numbers in groups, maybe groups of four for a gathering this size -- of what I imagine to be this size -- calling numbers randomly from premade cards marked: 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, etc. (We usually divide the expected group number by 5 or 6 to come up with the numbers on the cards) It goes 4x faster, or people can have 4x as long to choose, depending on the circumstances. It's not only jollier to be able to chat with someone else who is picking at the same time, you also have someone to ask questions -- What do you think about this?
What *is* this? LOL!
In the beginning, most everybody goes up, even if it's just to make sure they aren't missing anything, but as the rounds continue, the veterans mostly stay back chatting or going up for seconds at the food table. Usually the 'most veteran of the veterans' is the one calling numbers because they already know they don't want anything.
I wondered why nobody was discussing the RU on the ORVG daily thread. It's cause everybody is here. I am up for just about any location. Cincinnati is great, I can do Columbus, farther away means an overnighter, but I can do that too. I am marking this thread to watch,
May I suggest, Butler Park in Carrollton, Ky. It has good sites, and I could find out about the prices etc. Don't want to be "in charge" but will be willing to look at locations that may be suitable.
Brian's place is in Louisville, and is well worth a visit! Lots of fun and different plants, very reasonable prices, and cool display gardens and greenhouse. He's also completed his living wall in the tropical house and I'm looking forward to seeing it; there are great pics of it in the Tropicals forum.
Howie and I are just east of Columbus and can come down south with no problem. We're about 2.5 hours away from Cincy, so we'd probably stay overnight somewhere after the roundup and head home the next day.
Just somebody give me a sign, and I will start some conversations with the park people. However, I am flexible, and can head north just as well.
For all you DL addicts, there are some fabulous daylily gardens that could be visited the next day. I could even arrange some tours, if you are interested. There is one in Finchville, one in Waddy, Cropper, and Georgetown. So that would make a full day of touring some beautiful gardens. Just thought I would throw that in, as an enticement.
Okay, since I will be gone from Thursday till Sunday, I will start the telephone calls sometime the first of next week. I will get some prices for some shelters at Butler Park, and will start to call to see when it will be convenient to look at the daylily places.
I'll have to look Carrollton up on the map. Who is coming from the other side of there or a few hours east or west?
Okay, I did look. That would be about 100 miles, 2 hours from me. That would prevent me from coming back a second day and I'm not sure about lodging there. I'd probably have to get two hotel rooms and bring extra clothes which would mean no room for plants. There is no way around me bringing all 6 kids and chances are likely that hubby will be working.
Peak bloom at the daylily gardens should be June-July.
If the majority can do KY, then by all means go ahead. I will make it if I can or possibly come one day or the other. I could probably have hubby take off one day or the other to drive separately or stay home with the kids, but would hate to give up 2 days at time and a half. LOL Our other issue would be the critters at home. They kind of like eating and going potty. ;)
LOL Ric! I almost posted that I have a 3 bedroom house sitting empty. There is one minor problem. It is not furnished! All the appliances are there though and two full baths. It is supposed to be listed next week. I've not heard a date for the Round Up but if my prayers are answered the house will be sold really fast and way before any date you guys come up with!
Could you just see 20 people piled up, air mattresses, bags and suitcases of clothes, plants piled all over the yard and the real estate agent needing to show it??
Didn't Peggy mention a park last year that is south of Maysville? That would be a lot closer for Chele. Have you even set a date yet? That is going to determine whether I'm even allowed to make suggestions. LOL
Was there a problem with last year's park? I thought everyone had a good time... and they did put in a huge playground this year, AND all the bridges are open on 52. LOL
|I think last years round up site was nice The only thing, was it was chilly, but it was the first Saturday in May. So if we planned it a little later, so it would be warmer, I think it is a good venue.
Hi everyone. I've been lurking and watching this thread...'cause I hope to come to the RU/swap. Has anyone made any decision yet about where and when? I could go just about anywhere...of all the places mentioned, Columbus is probably the closest for me, but I don't care where it is, or when it is--I just want to come!
Last year we did it May 6, and it was pretty chilly. This year it might be sweltering the first weekend in May, who knows with our crazy weather. Purely selfish reasons, what about June 2, the first Saturday in June? If that's not good, that is fine too, just thought I'd throw a date out there.
You know, I have to have surgery in a couple of weeks and I won't be allowed to talk for three days! I've already warned the kids, if they are bad, I'm just gonna smack in the buns. Yelling is probably the biggest part of the problem! Hmm, maybe we could turn this into a game where NO ONE is allowed to talk for 3 days. Mmmm hmmm, sure!
oh wow, we should call this the ORV BIRTHDAY roundup!
Chele, I tried to call you today I was wondering what you found out. The number I have for you goes to some kind of school now.
I'll call the park district tomorrow, if they aren't there then I'll call monday AM.
An or so drive is fine with me...I was just concerned about leaving the man and the dogs on an overnight type...I just couldn't do it...There are still days I come home and the dogs are out of food or water unless I fill the bowls myself in the morning before I leave to go to work or wherever...He just simply forgets... :-(
Now that I have a *human job* the days are not an issue anymore due to work.. so plan on.. Im in!!
Dusty, if you think he'd enjoy the outing, by all means bring him! There is always great food and a full range of topics to entertain. It is fairly flat there and if he needs his chair, that should be easy enough to manage. Think of all the help that will be there! If he gets out of line, I'll send the kids over to drive him nuts. :)
Ric, have you emailed Esther? I don't think she checks in quite as much. She's always enjoyed the get togethers and was ready to hit the road when I emailed her last year.
I should have checked here before I called. The park is reserved for June 2, but I called them back a couple of minutes ago, and the 9th is open right now as well, but we need to decide SOON. I can't remember when I booked last year, but our first choice was taken I do believe, possibly even our second.
I'm not sure if I was clear in my eariler post, the park is booked in my name on the 2nd, but, when I called back the 9th is available too, we've got one date reserved, so we have a couple of days to decide which one. I just don't want to wait too long to change it if that is what we're going to do. Either one is fine with me. The guy couldn't quite understand why I wanted "Dave's Garden" on the sign when my name is Melissa. I said, well... that is shorter than writing Ohio River Valley Regional Round Up isn' t it?
Okay, I vote we go with the original date of June 2nd, since Melissa has already booked it, and that way gardenwife and Howie will be there too. Since we have so many June birthdays, let's make it a birthday celebration.
Everybody okay with the 2nd then?
I think I misunderstood the post too, I thought you were saying the park was taken for the 2nd. Okay, seems we all were reading it the same way. Those things happen.
Thanks Melissa for doing the reservation. I think the 10:00 to noon, is a good idea. Although last year, after we ate folks started leaving. So maybe a 10:00 start time would give time to visit before the meal and the plant swap.
Melissa how much is the rental fee? Let me know and I can send some money so that you won't have your's tied up till June.
Since I'm new to all this I've just been sitting back and watching how it all unfolds. I'd love to come if you'll have me and my schedule permits, but it's too soon for me to be able to make a firm committment. Can I wait until closer to the date to pitch in my share of any expenses?
I do hope that we will get to meet you! Between fresh from Florida Dusty and her empty yard and your garden/tropical newness, it will be a toss up to see who gets' forced, I mean to see which newbie is gifted the leftover plants. LOL
LOL! My work is so unpredictable I probably won't know until a couple of weeks ahead of time, but it would be great to meet you all, and yes, to get forced...I mean gifted with some of your "leftovers." You all seem to be great friends. I feel a bit like an outsider, but you all also seem very friendly and welcoming.
As far as chipping in Lala, last year we just waited to see how many members we had show up then divided that number into 50. It's not really fair to split it among everyone that shows up, because then those who bring spouses and kids are eating the lions share of the cost. So, don't worry about anything other than getting your schedule cleared and having enough room in your vehicle to haul plants home.
I was the newbie last year and I brought home a ton of things. I especially enjoyed all the sun coleous! Those were so pretty and got so nice and big. I was really mad at myself because I waited too long to take cuttings and they got frosted. I also got a bunch of nice tomatoes and ornamental grasses. ALl I brought were some cactus and tomatoes.. Dh was giving me a hard time because I brought as many tomatoes back as I gave away.. oops..
How do you pre-organize trades? This will be my first round up, and I'm soooo excited! In preparing to move, I'm digging and potting a lot of my hardiest perennials now (75 gallon pots ready to go), and I'm finding they've really multiplied in the last couple of years. I got 10 'Silver Shadows' Heuchera from one I bought in '05. The least I've gotten out of a Heuchera so far is 5. Anyhow, I'm thrilled to be able to show up with some good stuff! Michelle, maybe we can finally trade some goodies like we talked about last summer :)
I am getting excited about it too. Since this is the 2nd one, I can say I am a veteran!!
Neal, just go over to the ORVG Trade forum and claim a spot. Then start listing what you have to trade, and someone will come along, and say I would like to have that "apple" would you like a banana in return, hence a trade is made.
I always have plenty of tomatos, and I have many annuals started, so I will wait until closer to time to see just what I will have.
If anybody is looking for a particular kind of tomato, let me know, and I will start it just for you. I plan to have about 50 varieties, mostly heirlooms.
Excellent! I wondered if it should be here or the trading forum; this makes more sense :)
Yes I'm moving to Winchester! To an old farm house with a barn and gardens sheds (that I've been sorely grieved by the lack thereof, lol). There are lots of mature trees, including some lovely spruces, and flowering shrubs, and oddly, they are planted in wonderful spots! The thing I'm most excited about is that I'll have SUN! I have really enjoyed living in the woods, but having so few areas that even get 6 hours of sun is quite the limitation, especially for a rose lover. With all the mature trees, all my shade goodies will have great homes too. The official move in date is May1, but I have permission to go ahead and start moving plants. Trying to do everything I can to get a head start; there are 75 lily bulbs in my fridg now, lol.
Thats Winchester, KY. I bet you do know what I've got ahead of me, you're probably still sore from your move! This time I'm certainly getting lots of pics from the beginning. Now that the weather is finally cooperating I should be able to get over there and start digging holes for all the woodies. The image of the "march of the Ents" from Lord of the Rings popped in my head, lol.
That's my Family's old stompin' ground Neal!
Right on the river just downstream from Boonesboro...
LaLa don't feel leftout... just jump in...
This will be my 3rd RU... many people at Dave's do that many in a month...
most people never do them at all...
Many of us do though get together, physically or in spirit, as our paths cross in the night..
Chele and I have known each out for 15 or so years... but we're not friends...
I believe I'm the only one to meet Dusty so far in the months since she's been up here from FL... but we're 'Old Souls'...
defoecat and I both post to a Coffee and... Forum over at the Barking Lot...
Rox and I do the Tropicals and Aroids Forums
As you get comfortable here at Dave's you will find your niche...
Lala, I missed that you said that earlier. I am so sorry! I've not met some of the people and won't claim some of the others (LIKE RIC!).
We're all a big family and would grab you and hug you just like we'd known you twenty years! It's the most bizarre thing when we have these get togethers, it's always like the "good old days" even though there weren't any.
I really do hope you come!
And Ric, Dusty adopted me so plllllllllllllllllllllllll!!
Chele you're not a friend...you're Family... Dusty called that one right...
Lala she's right, there is really something rather odd about the first meeting of DG'ers.
It's not the polite and reserved handshake you would expect...
But since it actually is a meeting w/ history and a common thread...
Hugging is the proper response.
Bonnie, I was thinking Ric and Robyn could come to my house early and make the meatballs, maybe a double batch, and at least batch one would still be hot when they got there. :) Those were fabulous weren't they?
I have to agree with what everyone else has said... I'm a very shy person around people I don't know. Crowd phobia, who knows, but I didn't feel uncomfortable, even though the only people I actually knew were Peggy and Michele, and she was LATE!
So now this year you know lots of peeps, Michelle. The only regret that I had from last year, I didn't feel like I got to talk to everyone long enough. I know I didn't talk to you much, and I know that each person has a wealth of information that I would be interested in.
So let's plan on coming early, and staying late, in order to get all the talking/visiting done.
I hope I get to be there. It would be my first RU, believe it or not, after all these years! I will have to start saving babysitting money :~) Geez, get me and Chele together and who knows what will happen!
Tell ya what Melissa, you come to my house, dress all six kids, keep them clean until the car pulls out of the driveway and pack all my plants the night before and I'll get there on time. LOL OH, make them not fight too, pleeeeeeaase!
Lana you better show up! Now you've gone and teased me! Bring the kids! Heck, I drove 7 hours to TN with five of mine for the first ever RU and one was only 6 months old. I can't say I was the pictures of 'nerves of steel' when I arrived but I did it. ;)
I wish I had a crystal ball that could tell me what the weather would be! We could have a tent city here and hang out. I really wish I could afford the house next door! It would make a great guest house!
Ric, I'm gonna let the kids kick you in the knee caps!
Yes, I babysit though not right now cause the Mom's boyfriend is laid off work and has been keeping him. He was suppose to go back to work this week but the weather didn't cooperate. So I will NOT be bringing any kids...except my DH! LOL I hope I hope I hope I get to come.
Thanks all, it sounds like great fun! I can't really say I have a "new people phobia" ...well maybe unless all the new people already know each other, LOL. But for the most part I'm not really a shy person and you've each made me feel very comfortable and welcome. I'll keep watching the thread, and I'm sure the more I watch the more anxious I'll be to join you!
Chele you are a very friendly gal not to mention downright pretty. 'Tis true I fight the weight, I wear glasses (when I'm not pretending I don't need them), and I wear jeans every day. But my shoes are always straight out of Vogue. Just kidding, LOL
If I should be lucky enough to be in attendance at the RU I'll be sure to post a pic first so you'll know where the frumpy chic with the dazzling shoes fits in ;-)
I had 300 pair of shoes with matching handbags when hubby and I were dating. Got married, decided to eat! It's so much more fun to eat when you cook for and eat with others! Then came six kids between 1993 and 2004. My foot size went up about a 1/2 size per kid! Had to give away all my cool shoes...and purses. Most days, I live in the grunge! I live to work if the sun is shining. Yeah, I still feed the kids, talk to them sometimes too. :)
I do attempt to clean my hands and feet of dirt stains before going out in public...
Melissa, just caught your offer. You'd be insane to have all of us for a sleep over! Or were you just trying to get a nights work out of me? LOL
This is an official "PROBABLY". I am in the midst of packing boxes, cleaning, changing things etc. in preparation for a move into the Charlotte, North Carolina area. I've just initiated the contact with the realtor for my own house. I have to have my house in near tiptop condition all the time while living here. Who knows when my house will sell? If I'm lucky, I'll be able to move in the summertime. If I'm not so lucky, it will be during the time that school is in session and my grandaughter will be uprooted whenever. There are quite a few factors which will inhibit starting seeds as I've done in the past & I don't have the initiative to make my house as pretty as before. I intend to take as many plants as I can to NC and not leave many. So, I don't know how many plants I'll be able to bring. Things are up in the air here!! I'll see how things go.
Wow ya'll have been busy. How nice of you to have a RU on Howie's and my birthday. I don't know yet if I will be able to make it. I have a trip planned that weekend but looks like it might fall through. So hopefully I can make it. It will be great to see old friends and meet new ones as well.
Hey, Mystic, want me to swing by and pick you up. Er, I can if I don't have a load of plants!! Don't know if twin sister is coming with me or not. If she doesn't may just take another route, a more direct route for me. When I came last year, I went to Flemingsburg, and picked her up, and I think I can do a straight shot up I71, and it would be closer. I have to get my atlas out and look. No matter the route, I will be there, if I have all my limbs working, and my sight isn't gone, hey I'll be there anyway, if I am handicapped, DH can drive me.
Well gonna check some other forums and then to bed.
Don't forget to set your clocks before you retire.
Bonnie I wondered if you would be coming this way again. When you are in town be sure and let me know. GW I think I will be able to make it. The trip I don't think is going to work out but will have to get back early for plans with the family.