I was sidetracked and have been away for a couple of years. I loved this little corner of Dave's and hope you guys are still around!
Anyone Still Here?
I'm still on the forum but Texas is a ghost town. I moved to the Propagation forum and the Back Porch, we have folks there from California and Florida and New Jersey and Indiana and a couple of Texans. Haven't had a RoundUp since about 2015. I miss those. I joined NPSOT as a couple of members of DG have gone there.
Where did everyone go? Frostweed? I moved about 30 miles outside Houston and the NPSOT meetings are a bit far for me.
Frostweed and the others went to NGA (different site) or dropped out of forums.
I moved to the Propagation forum and the Back Porch. I don't like NGA.
Retired and decided to take a computer break at the same time several years ago. Kind of lost track of all the forums and favorite sites I was a member of at the time but of all things, received a newsletter from Dave's Garden several days ago so decided to check back in to see what was happening... apparently not so much.
Still recognize a few names here and there but somewhat dismayed at the last known posting dates on many of the forums... years ago in some cases.
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years indeed. I post to Texas now and then just to see who will answer, mostly no one does. However the propagation forum and the Back porch are alive and well
I'm in Fort Worth but everyone else retired from dave's garden I think
Hi all :)
Was wondering the same thing.. been off DG a few years and kind of shocked at the inactivity here while away. Just purchased a 2 month subscription and hope to catch up with all my TX garden buddies! Holding a "Round Up" type swap in October for anyone interested.
I joined. I'm in Fort Worth. Most everybody on the Texas page got tired and dropped out. I hang out down in the propragation group and on the back porch, I paid for a year back in March. Trying to get some photos taken that will win the photo contest this year
Nice to see you again Gypsi! And I see you joined the group.. I'm just getting it off the ground, but have the swap set for October 5th (pending pavillion availability). I'll come down to the porch and say hello 😊
Fireside chat is the thread I'm on, I don't know if the others are active anymore Also propagation, have some smart people on there.
I recently won a subscription, but it does look like a ghost town here. Maybe others will return or new members check in. This used to be a lively forum, and we had Round Ups (plant swaps with food and visiting) a couple of times each year. Those were a lot of fun.
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The roundups were great. I really enjoyed them. I'm still here, I check in when I have time. Anyone else?
Check in when something new pops up, but those are few and far between
well you know I can't carry a conversation in a bucket.
so work project is photo 1, fixing waterfalls.
Guineas in my garden photo 2
Spider web on beehive, she ate well for quite a while but has disappeared, along with 7 others, I'm down to 2 Aurantia Argiope
My one hummingbird pic inside yellow circle. I don't use feeders, I use flowers, and they see me coming.
Puppy says box is better than toys.
I'm missing being outside, but I just can not take the heat for long. Since we have had no rain in a long time, I don't have to mow. I had a good young helper until football and then school started.
I enjoyed your photos, Gypsi. I remember that you work on ponds, waterfalls, etc. Our hummers had only flowers too this year. I never got the feeder out, but they had lots of red salvias and now the anisacanthus, aptly called hummingbird bush, is keeping them fed.
The barn swallows were back this year, but have just recently started their migration to South America. I do have to powerwash under their nests from time to time, but we have no mosquitoes to deal with until this time of year after the swallows have left.
We have a Sheltie, a bunch of cats, one horse, and a small ranch with a small herd of beef cattle. We enjoy the animals, though we don't do much of the ranch work. I'm grateful to have found a reliable part time helper who puts out hay after he gets off from his day job and works cattle on week-ends.
Teacup, I remember meeting you at a Round Up in College Station. That has been quite a few years ago! My husband and I drove many miles to those get-togethers: College Station a few times, Arlington area many times, and even to Jacksonville a couple of times. We always met interesting people and had a good time.
I couldn't get a hummingbird bush to live around here. Either I watered too much or not enough, but the turks cap and flame acanthus are doing a good job of feeding them, plus 4 oclocks, and honeysuckle and lantana, plus many salvias, help out. Unfortunately I rarely get a chance to photograph the hummers. I think they are also visiting my phlox. Certainly the butterflies and a hummingbird moth did.
The black swallowtail and tiger swallowtail were July, the giant swallowtail was in August. I planted fennel this year so I got the black and tiger for the first time.
I only went to Roundups in Arlington. I got to go to about 3 before everyone faded away
Yes I remember meeting you at a Roundup in CollegeStation. That was a long time ago. I am retiring in December and we plan on moving to the Dallas area in 2020. Lots of great nurseries and a new garden to plan
Teacup, (I wish I could remember your name!), congratulations on your upcoming retirement. The Dallas area is hotter and more humid than where we are in the center of Texas, but the nurseries and growing conditions are good. I hope it will be fun for you to start over in the garden.
Gypsi, the hummingbird bush/ flame acanthus is invincible here. growing in areas with and without water other than rainfall. Frostweed, Josephine, has it in her yard. I've noticed that the seedlings often do not overwinter, so perhaps older plants have a better chance of survival. The hummers sure like it.
Gypsi, I see you mentioned flame acanthus, what I was calling butterfly bush. Common names cause confusion!
I have lots of gold lantana that the butterflies like as well. I have an overabundance of Turk's Cap because my landscaper loaded up on sale plants in late spring a few years ago. I need to move them to a semi-shady area.this winter.
Tomorrow I will be potting daylilies that I received in the mail this week. I'll hold them in crowded pots until I have their bed prepared. Just been too hot to do much outside.
Most of the folks got upset with DG, didn't like the way the formats changed. Frostweed posts on National Gardening Association occasionally garden.org. I retired from driving and have been working at holding onto retiring, chuckl. Fireside Chat is on a forum that doesn't upload to posting on the internet as these dedicated forums do- why some of us went there. The roundups fell apart when everyone had everyone else's plants, chuckl, many of the older members have died. Imelda has given me 2" of rain- the first in many months down here in Zone 9. It rained again today and dead branches are being shed out of the trees. Txflwrchild is on NGA, Roouxcrew has been devoting her time to her border collies and winning events. DG also is on FB and many of them share that site. Just waving HI at all my old friends here!
Patrob, I bought a Hummingbird Bush or Hummingbird Plant at Lowes (I think I tossed the tag when it died).
I have Butterfly bush and several flame acanthus, the area under my big pine is littered with small turks cap, since I took my giant one out. I try to not have them where I water a lot, the one I took out was 10 ft long by 6 ft wide by 6 ft tall, I put a pond in where we took the roots out.
NGA is so big I'm not comfortable there, I visit every 2 or 3 months when I'm off for a day. It is for people who have more time, I'm not retired and I can't possibly keep up. Kinda like Beesource, I love Beesource, but I have time to visit like once a month and the discussion moves fast and leaves me behind after a day.