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Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 7:02 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
We came from here.... http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view/42319/

There is still room in the Swap if anyone wants to join... just post your intention in this thread, and we will add you to the list.

Links to Important Posts:

Rules
Part 1 http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/434172/
Part 2&3 http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/434191/

Participants http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/434298/

Philosophy http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/434166/

What to send to Ella http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/434213/

Seed List Database http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/db/hogwildseedswap/browse.php

What is "land-race", by Joseph http://cubits.org/ellasgarden/thread/view_post/471773/

Here's a guide to seed viability: http://www.hillgardens.com/seed_longevity.htm

Foldable Seed Envelopes - great made with wax paper
http://www.carnivorousplants.org/seedbank/Envelope.htm

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Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 7:06 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
All of our Mantids are gone for the season .... I haven't seen one in weeks, but usually by early Nov, they are all gone. Up here, probably their last food source, besides each other are crickets and dragon flies.... oh yes, and bees.

I probably found at least 3-4 casings .... but with the open field of golden rod, teasel and other tall weeds... i'm sure there are a lot more. When i'm cutting back plants in the Fall -- I'm always on the look out.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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ImageKLStuart
Nov 21, 2010 7:28 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Good Morning!

Looks like its going to get close to 70 today, so I need to get outside and get something done... if I can get all my other stuff done quickly!

I'm wondering what those that live in zones 8 or warmer that have Datura do in the winter. If a frost kills it, do you cut it back to the ground and it may return from the roots? I think I'm kind of borderline for it to live, and I hate to just rip it out if there's a chance it will make it... on the other hand I don't like it's location, so it will have to be moved if it does make it...
ImageMistirose
Nov 21, 2010 9:52 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
I be here too! Hurray!
ImageLeBug
Nov 21, 2010 11:35 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Kelly which datura is it were you the one that had the purple one? Since the foliage is probably dead by now or when it does die back all the way I see no reason not to cut it back I still have to cut my Inoxias back hate to do it but they look like sticks out there right now the main thing to do today is get the rest of the leaves up around the neighborhood then start on pulling annuals that haven't been pulled up I hate that chore knowing what weather is coming now I want spring to be here :( Summer is so short and winter seems so darn l o n g!

Well I'm off to play outside the rest of the day while I can Big Grin
ImageLynnWeidman
Nov 21, 2010 11:49 AM CST
Name: Lynn Weidman/ Phillips
Buckley, WA 7b
NOTE: new married name, still me
Is it best to pull up the dead annuals, or leave them as ground cover protection?

We're getting our first snow of the year today.
ImageMistirose
Nov 21, 2010 12:09 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
just opened my shop here that was easy Hurray! Hurray! I hope tonight to have time to go through some seeds. Big Grin
Imagechelle
Nov 21, 2010 12:20 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Lynn,

I do my fall "cleanup" differently than a lot of folks do; instead of taking everything out of the beds I take the opportunity to add organic material to the beds. If I'm 99.9% sure that my plant material (spent tops, dead annuals, fallen leaves) are disease and pest free I'll just crumble, chop or otherwise munch it up and throw it back in.
On the other hand - plants that are predisposed to disease or that may be harboring pests, or pest eggs go straight in the dumpster and off to the landfill. There really aren't all that many of those latter types in my garden though. Every bit of peony and delphinium matter gets cut and sent off though, that's for sure - and cutting tools sterilized directly after!
Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Lynn.. I pull most of my annuals.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageLynnWeidman
Nov 21, 2010 12:40 PM CST
Name: Lynn Weidman/ Phillips
Buckley, WA 7b
NOTE: new married name, still me
Thanks. I bought a new lawn mower last week and "mowed" my leaves to put on the beds. I pulled a few annuals, and then questioned myself (or got lazy). Birds are hiding in some of my plants, so I didn't want to destroy their cover.
Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 1:10 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Lynn -- I have a large field next to my property.... I had read once... "dont get rid of large branches and other lawn refuse"
they suggested that you leave it in piles so critters have places to hide.

So, i pretty much dump everything in the field... I'll shake out any plants that carry a lot of seeds - in hopes some may germinate. Much of it will eventually decompose. Us and our direct neighbor dump our lawn [grass] clippings and you can see where little critters, probably mice or voles, burrow thru. In the past, i've seen where rabbits will burrow in too, especially when the weather gets nasty, snow storms etc.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
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ImageStephGTx
Nov 21, 2010 1:28 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
OK...So I know this is a little off topic but... I just got some really cool news. Hurray!
My gardening friend with whom I'm sharing these seeds with was just contacted by Neil Sperry. He want's to feature her gardens in one of his publications. Hurray! How cool is that! I'm so excited for her, she is a huge Neil Sperry fan. Her gardens are gorgeous!!!
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
ImageHorntoad
Nov 21, 2010 1:47 PM CST
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas Zone 9a
Hurray! Thumbs up
Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 1:50 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
WOW... that has to be a real honor.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Imagecritterologist
Nov 21, 2010 1:55 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD
It doesn't bother me to look at "dead" winter plants, whether annuals or perennials, and the birds love hiding in them and picking through them (they even keep busy in the railing boxes and other containers on my deck, don't know if they're finding bugs or seeds or ?). Brush piles are also great for critters! I got officially certified as a "backyard wildlife refuge" (NWF) in part so I had a excuse to give the neighbors or the HOA... the songbirds need that brush pile! If I got rid of it, I could lose my certification! Whistling

I tip my hat to you. to your friend, Stephanie!
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Imagetcs1366
Nov 21, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I left all my Agastaches standing... they are usually covered in Finches. so fun to watch.
i've seen them on my Amaranthus too.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageStephGTx
Nov 21, 2010 2:31 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
Confused How does one go about collecting seeds from gaura? I keep looking but never see any. Confused

Oh yeah, I think I have found seeds on my rosary vine as well. Does anyone know what those look like? Do they look kinda like 2 horns? How do I know when they're ready? Confused
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
ImageCarolyn22
Nov 21, 2010 3:15 PM CST
Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
I cut back my peonie because disease/botrytis can be carried through the following year with leftover peony fronds and I lift my dahlias. Other than that, I leave everything until Spring. I have seen the birds eating the agastaches and the coneflowers during the winter - I don't want to shortchange them.
Imagemjsponies
Nov 21, 2010 6:00 PM CST
Name: mj
Deleon Springs, Fl
KL - I'm zone 9a/b except we can have winters that act more like 8b. If we get a hard freeze the Dat's are done. I don't even bother trying to overwinter them as they are so easy to start from seed. And will reseed if you don't catch the pods in time !

StephGTx - Rosary Vine Seeds look like a "V", and behave very much like Milkweed seeds, they will pop open and float away on the little hairs. I bring mine onto the porch, and put seed baggies on it to capture them.
Here's a pic of the Seed pods before they open.
Thumb of 2010-11-21/mjsponies/d95cd8

Here's a pic of my plant. I've had it about 10 years and it's almost 6 feet long.( couldn't fit the whole thing in pic and still be able to tell what it is)
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ImageStephGTx
Nov 21, 2010 7:10 PM CST
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas
Thanks MJ Lovey dubby That's exactly what I thought those were. Hurray! How do you get the seed baggies on those tiny little vines? Confused
Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

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