Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #2

 
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Imagetcs1366
Nov 14, 2014 6:58 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
vanessa - you are doing such a wonderful job helping your Gram with this swap, and she is correct -- Gardeners are some of the most generous people in the world. Learning about all of the different plants/seeds is a lot of fun. So glad you could be a part of this.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageArleneB
Nov 14, 2014 8:02 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I agree Hurray!
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 14, 2014 8:13 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Yawn and stretch.... Made a dash to the cold kitchen to get me some coffee. I was beat yesterday. I turned on heater, snuggled under covers and went out like a light. Felt sooooooooooo good. Don't get much sleep during swap time, but than I usually up and down every few hours anyways.

Erica... I don't have to worry about watching counts too much. I'll know when everybody has more or less reached the 100 mark when I hear piggies squelling and begging for more food and oh they can squeal. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Generally, I wait til everybody is close or over before I do that so everybody has a chance to catch up and get things.

We still have about 3 weeks or so to go. Everything in moderation. Don't want a barnyard of piggies with heartburn. No antacids used in fatting up piggies here Gotta keep everybody organicially feed. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

I have been asked if I am going to have another Black friday shopping spree for ya all. Yes, I been thinking about it. We'll see how folks behave and what going on with everybody.

One thing I did forget to post, especially for newbies, and am doing it here and will be posting on Oinking thread and on Databases is :

PIGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PIGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whatever you do, DO NOT DELETE these parts of your database, even if you run out of seed or have your list closed. DO NOT ERASE these areas:

MY WISH LIST
MY DO NOT WANT
MY IN COMING SEEDS
MY OUT GOING SEEDS
A BIT ABOUT MY GARDEN

These areas are used for check lists, for adding surprises and such and that way folks don't have to send sheets of paper along with their seed.

When I am done with the databases and all the packages are sent and everybody has their stuff and happy, then I will come back and let ya know you can remove sections off your database you want. Til then the above areas are HANDS OFF, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can keep doing edits to those sections, all the way to the very end. Just when I close the barn doors for the year, after that I ask folks not to mess with them. That way if I have a question, it right there in front of me. Appreciate it. Thumbs up Thumbs up


Dahhhhh just discovered I forgot to hit send when I typed this early this morning. I gotta get me more coffee.

How we doing folks. How ya doing on the cold, snow or frozen situation? I think we have a couple of piggies that may have to dig their way back out to the swap.
ImageDanita
Nov 14, 2014 8:44 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Brrrr, temp got down to 24 F this morning.
I'm really mad at myself for not digging up and moving my Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' to safety. Grumbling I'm hoping the roots survive. It's hit or miss here. I'm missing those luscious fuchsia flowers already. Crying
ImageArleneB
Nov 14, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
We were 28 and my greenhouse was 40, so looks like the caulking helped and the heater is working fine. Just have to find some straw bales to put around the perimeter. We're seriously considering using a geothermal method with a barrel buried, just have to do a lot of digging, something that's not easy in this clay!

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' is very pretty Danita. I hope it makes it for you. Maybe if the temps weren't too cold for very long and you move it now it will survive.
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 14, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I forgot a few too Danita and in just a little bit am gonna go out and shiver and get them moved before tonight hits. Tonight gonan be the worst for doing damage. Need to uncover some sections and water and than cover back up. Wind been terrible here today so far makes it even colder outside.

Northern folks that get snow have it so much easier. What's bad is we getting all this cold and than at some point we will probably warm up and our plants will think winter is over and try growing again, putting out new leaves only to be frozen and un frozen all winter. Really puts a strain on the plants.
Imagetcs1366
Nov 14, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Would anyone be interested in the standard Blanket Flower? the plants were about 8-12" tall, nice compact pants.
It seems they are the standard Red & Yellow blooms.

My neighbor has about 15 plants that are all ready to be harvested, so if anyone would be interested in seeds... I'll go grab a bunch of seed heads.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

Imagestarlight1153
Nov 14, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling Dabnabit.... Oh I so mad. Partly my fault too as I was just too cold last night and wet with the rain and gathered all the veggies I could and , moved and covered perennials. I looked at all my Comfy plants and all them leaves and decided to wait til today to harvest them before the real ice cold hits tonight. Took out my tray, scissors and just stood there Blinking and Blinking . Them rascally squirrels went and munched the leaves off off every plant. They didn't even leave me one leaf. At least they left the roots, but dang, it's not like there is not hundreds and hundreds of nuts all over the yard. I want my greens too.

Too many... Alrighty, I'll just see if I can come across some seed of them for ya at some point. I had wondered how you had made out with all them Maple seeds. Had thought about this past weekend as they starting to come down from the trees and you find them falling around now.

Danita... That is a yummy Salvia... Shamelessly asking if you managed to get any seed from it and if ya did, gonna hold up my hand and wave and yell me..me.. me... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Tcs... if ya feel like going out. Graba few you can use them for Part 2. Big Grin

ImageDanita
Nov 14, 2014 12:03 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Yea, their forecast changed throughout the day, going down about 5 degrees....and then it got 1 degree colder! Had I known earlier, I would have changed my plan of attack yesterday. I was hoping to let some things get knocked back into dormancy with a light freeze, but I'm afraid they may have gotten knocked back to heaven instead! Crying

I'll be going out in about an hour to check out things up close and attempt rescues. I have to say that, visually at least, it's a really pretty, sunny day.

I bet the squirrels were using those fuzzy comfrey leaves for blankets in their nest. I've had creatures steal entire stems off my Dichondra 'Silver Falls' for nest use (they are also fuzzy.)

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish' is a sterile interspecific hybrid, so it doesn't set seeds. Believe me, I still check just in case a mutation occurs and I end up with a fertile branch, but no luck so far. However, that sterility means that it just keeps constantly blooming and blooming trying to set seed. It is really easy to propagate through cuttings though (as long as it's only for your own personal use, as the plant is patented.) I can't recommend this plant enough. It is gorgeous, blooms constantly, is adored by hummingbirds, and tolerates a large variety of conditions. If it was a bit hardier, it would be the perfect plant. It is very commercially available right now, so you should be able to find one in the spring and I highly recommend that you do! Big Grin

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Imagestarlight1153
Nov 14, 2014 12:21 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Thanks Danita. I never thought of them using the plant leaves for their nests. I thought they was just pigging out and wondered how they could eat all the leaves off of 8 plants in so little time. Now I know.

Drooling here at pic. I'm not quite sure what I do wrong with try to root cuttings of Salvias, but I don't have too much luck.

I just wish I could have gotten decent pic of your Salvia Cherry Queen to show folks. That been a yummy Salvia too. Think I got Wild Thing seed from you too and it hung in there right along next to Cherry Queen. And it bloomed finally. :thumbsup:

Bundle up sun supposed to be out today and tomorrow but it very deceiving. Don't take long for cold to penetrate the clothing.

Don't forget some of Southern Folks, we probably gonna have to drip pipes tonight. I know I am for sure. Which reminds me better run back out and cover up outside water faucet. Oh man. Don't need another pvc pipe break already.

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Imagechelle
Nov 14, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
The chipmunks are harvesting my tiniest sedums. I keep finding fragments of it all along the trail to their nests. I wonder if these are their wintertime juice pouches...to wash down their sunflower snacks? They're pleased as punch with my newest hugel/log/rock garden area. They seem to think it's a lovely chipmunk palace! Hilarious!
I can easily see how it could be...all kinds of lovely plant material insulating, and maybe even releasing a touch of heat, as it ever-so-slowly decomposes, rock and logs to keep everything stable and secure, and it's situated lakeside, so they likely have a tunnel leading right down underground to some unfrozen water. Not bad. Big Yellow Grin No need to come out at all on a lousy weather day.
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 14, 2014 1:56 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
How sweet Chelle. My yard so full of their holes, but I do so enjoy watching them as they race along the yard looking for morsels. They even cute when they sit on top of a woodpile and just check things out. I listen to their call all the time. If I hear em making a bunch of racket I know there something out in the field disturbing them. I didn't know they enjoyed Sedums. I'll have to move mine so they have better access to them. Gotta feed the critters even if they drive ya bonkers .

They probably stay alot warmr than we do and with all the tunnels they can even go visiting without getting a chill.
Imagechelle
Nov 14, 2014 2:59 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
starlight1153 wrote:

They probably stay alot warmr than we do and with all the tunnels they can even go visiting without getting a chill.


Yep. I'm thinking they're pretty darn smart. Very little wind chill that way too.

For once I don't mind them grazing the sedums; these itty bitty ones are rooted in a log like moss, so I'm not sure if they'd survive the winter anyway.

Imagejoseph
Nov 14, 2014 3:01 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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ImageDanita
Nov 14, 2014 3:36 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA Zone 7b/8
Chelle,
That's cute about the chipmunks. ^_^ I'm glad it's not a really special-to-you plant that they are eating.

Joseph,
Salvias are generally self-compatible. Plus, I grow many, many Salvias. The issue is that it is an interspecific hybrid which likely ended up with an odd number of chromosomes (since it has two different species' DNA.) It's a mule, basically.
Imagechristine00
Nov 14, 2014 3:38 PM CST
Name: christine
kentucky
added a few seeds to my database..
Weedwhacker
Nov 14, 2014 3:47 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Chelle, that's a very cute visual about the chipmunks! Our red squirrels make tunnels in the snow in the winter and pop up like prairie dogs, which can be a little startling to our (actual) dogs. Smiling
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
ImageSorellina
Nov 14, 2014 4:21 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Goodness, it sure feels like a Friday despite me working from home. I got 3 swap parcels in the post, so now I should be able to devote all of my time between this swap and Patricia's. What a mess it is around here, but I'm not letting it get to me. Tomorrow is another day and I'm tired! Time to check out databases and see who's oinked stuff from me. Thumbs up
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageArleneB
Nov 14, 2014 4:35 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I have some Artemisia, Sweet Annie with chaff. If anyone is interested I'll bag some up, otherwise I won't bother. Such teeny, tiny seeds there's no way I can clean them, especially when I'm this tired.
ImageSorellina
Nov 14, 2014 5:45 PM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
I posted more things on my database - runner beans and tomatoes. The runner beans are going fast!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna

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