Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #3

 
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Imagetcs1366
Nov 26, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Andi -- not sure yet. I have to find out what I have first. I know there are Brugs in the courtyard, though i have not seen anything bloom yet. ~~ I do have very pretty Orange cana that is always blooming.
The previous owner seemed to do all flowering shrubs... not a stitch of plants in the yard anywhere....
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageSorellina
Nov 26, 2014 8:08 AM CST
Name: Julianna
Victoria, BC USDA Zone 8
Haha, Joseph, you're not alone in never having searched the databases. Technology is not one of my super powers. I didn't know you could search them either!! Whistling

I think I may have grown Salvia patens before - maybe from Tuink. It's a really vibrant blue with larger flowers than a lot of the other salvias? I may still have some seeds from her, so that would be one to try with the Black & Blue. I really love blue flowers.

I'm quite happy that I got all that pumpkin cooking done yesterday. Now, we can finally get the shopping and the house cleaning done! All 4 monsters get their annual check-ups and shots on Thursday morning, then we can come home and clean while the parade and the doggie show are on. Our Thanksgiving will be Black Friday. There's just too much to do beforehand. I'm not as overwhelmed as I was even yesterday, so that's a blessing!! Hurray!
Grazie a tutti,
Julianna
ImageMistirose
Nov 26, 2014 9:19 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Good thinking plantsister! I wont even let them know I am home. Course I do have several options if they make it inside too Whistling But this never occurred to me until I saw the movie Strangers. If you have never seen the movie, some younger people torture and kill a couple in the country. When the woman asked Why are you doing this to us? the girl answered Because you were home. I know these are not pleasant things to think about but at the rate people are going anymore this is a feasible scenario to me. So please be aware and just stay safe, all year round Group hug Group hug Group hug
ImageLeBug
Nov 26, 2014 11:13 AM CST
Name: LeBug 6b
Greenville, In.
Criminal Minds makes me keep my doors locked sometimes I can watch that show and sometimes not it's when they show all of that detail of what they do to people. It's awful that we can't leave our doors unlocked in the country anymore and when I go to town in the parking lots I'm always looking over my shoulder day or night people shouldn't have to live like this!
EricaBraun
Nov 26, 2014 11:38 AM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Yeah, there's a lot of craziness going on in the world. I talked to my brother the other day and just last weekend he came home to find his front door open, and 2 robbers in the process of finishing up a burglary on his place. There had been a third who had already taken off with $8000 worth of stuff. It still remains to be seen if any of it will be recovered. My brother was lucky enough to catch one of them, trying to flee, however, last I heard, he was not wanting to give up the name of his accomplice.

That being said, there are also some great people in the world. This is my first year gardening, but I have to say that I have never met a nicer bunch of people than fellow gardeners. I haven't come across a single one that was rude, bitter, or jaded. It has been my experience that gardeners are down-to-earth, generous, pleasant people -- happy. Maybe it's because we spend so much time dealing with plants, rather than the a'holes of the world. Lol. Whatever it is, I'm so glad to be a part of it. And I do want to thank you all for welcoming me into your swap this year! Lovey dubby
ImageMistirose
Nov 26, 2014 12:01 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Agreed Lebug and Erica. and Erica this here is the best bunch of people I have ever run across on the internets Lovey dubby Hurray! always kind, helpful and generous.
ImageAndi
Nov 26, 2014 12:51 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Once a city girl always a city girl - things are always locked and loaded here. I don't take chances with my safety. However, I moved to a nice neighborhood with a relatively low crime rate. Occasionally, some strung out kids break into a vacant vacation home and steal the copper pipes (makes you want to put out a sign, plastic plumbing, don't waste your time) or domestic dispute. Crime was increasing in the area where I used to live. It is one of the major reasons I moved. Better safe than sorry.

It is not safe to be driving in this wet, slippery snow. Hope the piggies take care if they are out on the roads.
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 26, 2014 1:55 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Erica... Maybe it just me, but I do think we have one of the best crowds around here. We have lots of folks all with different personalities, different nationalities and life styles, but the one thing we do have in common is our love of gardening and our plantings weather they be flowers, veggies or both.

Even after the swap ends, this thread never closes. You can pop back in here anytime of the year and ask for help if ya need it to grow something ya oinked for, people come and chat about how they getting on with their seedlings and some bring pics of how things grew to share.

It very interesting and fun, reading and learning about all the different ways folks grow their plants. Over the years folks have learned alot of new methods, about new items, in depth knowledge of some of the plants they are trying to grow.

We are a small family here, but a caring one. We share successes as well as failures. If one is not feeling up to snuff, we all here for support.

We're glad all you new piggies found your way over to here and we hope you hang around a bit too. Group hug
ImageMistirose
Nov 26, 2014 2:31 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Exactly Star! I agree.

Andi I love it locked and loaded its the same at our house
Imagetcs1366
Nov 26, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
Quoting:Maybe it's because we spend so much time dealing with plants, rather than the a'holes of the world.


how true. Gardeners are some of the most giving folks I know... always willing to share information and best of all... SEEDS.

DH is always locked and loaded.... I just don't care for them... but should probably learn to.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageRickCorey
Nov 26, 2014 3:23 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
There's one thing about scammers, thugs and criminals to be happy about - every single one of them is punished according to their degree of inhumanity.

THEY have to live with being the kind of people they are. A severe punishment!

Maybe some prison terms should include a feature like "you can't get out until you grow these difficult plants for several years in a row".

They may not know how to be sensitive or caring towards people yet, but they could practice on plants until they figure out that living things need and deserve TLC from everyone around them.

EricaBraun
Nov 26, 2014 4:44 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
RickCorey -- I love your idea. However, trying to grow some plants might fall under the realm of "cruel and unusual punishment." *giggle*
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 26, 2014 5:16 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Just thinking that Soils should be back with us hopefully early next week. Thumbs up

So what's everybody doing for the holiday? Anybody have any special traditions? I already had me a whole pumpkin pie and a can of whip cream. Sticking tongue out The crust was terrible, so I just ate the filling. It didn't have enough spices in it for what I like, but it was pie. While I was eating it, I must say I kept checking my arms to see if I was turning orange. Hilarious!










ImageAndi
Nov 26, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
They have juvenile programs with rescued horses and dogs. Why not have inmates grow some of their own food. Perhaps it would even lower the burden of taxpayers.

I think it is regrettable that our society spends more time and money "rehabilitating" criminals than aiding victims. Many victims of violent crimes continue to suffer long after the guilty parties are released on parole.

Winston the pug is protesting the cruel and unusual punishment of simmering chicken soup. He smells something cooking, but only has dry dog food in his bowl. Good thing he doesn't know how to dial 911.
Imagetcs1366
Nov 26, 2014 5:18 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
we have a group of 13 neighbors all going out to dinner [well, late lunch at 1pm] most the folks that are my neighbors, are transplants / snow birds, and their kids don't come down, etc.. so we are all going out.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageArleneB
Nov 26, 2014 5:40 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
That sounds like a good tradition to start. When we lived in MD, away from family, we got together with neighbors for the same reason.

I am near my sons now so we will all get together, even though they grumble. Good thing they have wives who insist! Hilarious! We'll spend Christmas in MI with my mother and then stop and see my daughter too.
Imagestarlight1153
Nov 26, 2014 6:08 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Maybe I have just gotten old, or maybe just spoiled, but as much as I would love to see my relatives up North, ain't no way I am going to drive through snow and ice and the cold. Your all braver than me.

Weatherman said on news tonight that after this weekend that weather should be clearing up all across the country. I hope so. Is it spring yet. I ready to start planting. I'm trying to figure out if it is going to be safe to try to do any wintersowing. 50F this morning... 27F tomorrow morning. Too hard to try and plan anything with temps on a roller coaster ride.
Weedwhacker
Nov 26, 2014 6:58 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Oh boy -- echoing what Star said, this isn't just about the Piggy Swap... Erica, and anyone else new here (I'm new to the swap but not the site), this great bunch of gardeners doesn't go away when the swap ends!

Andi wrote: "They have juvenile programs with rescued horses and dogs. Why not have inmates grow some of their own food. Perhaps it would even lower the burden of taxpayers."

I was raised in Jackson, Michigan, where there is (or was... they have definitely downsized, maybe not even going any more?) a maximum security prison. Back "in the day" there were prison farms where they grew vegetables and I believe they raised animals as well. Why would that be discontinued?? If I was incarcerated I would far rather be taking care of farm animals or crops or whatever, than sitting and thinking about the fact that I was in prison. I honestly can't even imagine why that program was ended, although I'm sure either politics or finances were involved. Confused

I hope everyone here has a good Thanksgiving, however you spend the day !
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
EricaBraun
Nov 26, 2014 8:49 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Thank you all for your warm welcomes. Lovey dubby

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. I wanted to offer a little something extra, so for Thanksgiving (12am - 12pm on Nov 27) I am running a "special."

Here is what you will find at the top of my trade page:

Happy Thanksgiving Special -- One thing I am thankful for, is finally being able to garden. It's swaps like this that have helped me make the transition from "seedless newb" to "seedaholic newb." Since it's Thanksgiving, I'd like to show my thanks by offering some free companion seed packs.
1) One free pack of Orange Hawaii Marigold seeds to the first 5 people who oink for any of my tomatoes.
2) One free pack of Heirloom Radish Mix seeds (contains white icicle, french breakfast, hailstone, pink beauty) for the first 5 people who oink for any of my Cucurbitaceae.
3) One free pack of EA Special Strain Celery for the first 5 people who oink for any of my beans.
Weedwhacker
Nov 26, 2014 9:01 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Erica, I'm afraid you have become a seedaholic enabler Rolling on the floor laughing
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association

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