Its official! The Raleigh Fall Swap will be October 10 (Saturday) from 2 to 4pm. All the details will be the same as the past swaps including the location - Creech Road Elementary School Park.
I will post details next week.
Darn, can't make it this time! I have a bike ride/fundraiser that day. Have fun!
Hope you all have fun. I'll be in FL visiting my folks! Fun swaps, people. need to go if you can!
Even though it's just the weekend before the fair i'm going to try my hardest to be there. Have an assorted bunch of things rooting. Salvias, diclipetra, some hardy mexican marigold, and others.
I've been potting up and rooting lots, so I hope we get a crowd. Critical mass of potluck food is great. It's a good time to pick up a plant you didn't know and chat with folks who have common interest in gardening (and eating). I missed the spring swap, so I'm looking forward to Oct 10. I'll have Rhemannia (Chinese foxglove), tiarella (foam flower), agastache, peanutbutter tree, Maraschino Salvia. I can bring gobs of Crocosmia 'Lucifer' if anyone has a sunny place they need to fill? Seedling pots of purple Japanese roof iris and baby blackberry lilies. Oh, and I have tons of toad lily seedlings - mostly with just plain green leaves. I can bring 4 o'clocks if anyone wants them? I hope we get lots of newbies attending or we'll have no one to foist our plants off on. When I first started coming, I had few plants to share and a pot of chili. Now I have lots of plants, largely becasue of plants that I received at the swap multiplying. Really enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours - thanks, John, for hosting!
We'll be there! Potted up a few Pinellia - Green Dragon, so cute with their little tails. Not sure which one it is, but mine has made about a 2 foot patch in about 5 years.
Can't think of anything I want right now, except maybe an EE I don't have, or something edible. Trying to do more flowering or edible shrubs. Would anyone have any of the nanking cherries? I've also been trying my hand at orchids and tropical pitchers, and doing pretty well, but don't need any that are too fussy.
Have a lot to go through and pass on. Will post a better list later. I'm more excited about seeing everyone again than the actual plants!
Was out there looking and will have lots of the paddle leaf sedum if anyone wants some. It was potted early last spring so it's well established.
I'm so excited. I've always wanted to come to this swap and it looks like this is the year! I'm planning on bringing: Malvaceae, Glechoma hederacea- Variegata, Tropicana Canna, Saxifraga Stolonifera - strawberry begonia, ajuga, ginger, Ledebournia socialis - a really neat houseplant with spotted foilage, lemon balm and whatever else I can dig up. Oh, and food (the kind you cook in your kitchen) of course.
I'm looking for unusual hostas, venus fly trap, hardy cyclamen, Cleopatra Episcia Cupreata.
Brenda - I would love to have some of your rehemannia, tiarella, and maraschino slavia. Please let me know if you want something off my list.
Brenda - I need some Lucifer believe it or not. I'm moving to a sunnier yard and need some filler plants. But I only need one or two gobs. Oh, and some seedling blackberry lilies, are these the orange speckled ones or one of the yellow ones that PDN sells? Doesn't matter, I still need a few. Years ago Dana brought some to a swap and I still have that plant alive and thriving but I want a few more. Oh, and "you're welcome"!
jdbheartease - I have some of the episcia type plants that are winter hardy with a little protection, too many to list, all easy from cuttings, all related to african violets. Do you want any of them, or are you only looking for Epescia cupretata 'Cleopatra"???
Trianglejohn, Yes, I would like some of your cuttings. If you see anything from my list please let me know. jdbheartease
I have been looking forward to this falls swap.
basjoo banana - lots
forsythias- 1 in gallon pot, well rooted
forsythia in smaller pots, good roots
bee balm 3 - 6 inch pots
hollyhock - 1 in a six inch pot , others in smaller pots
elephant ear- plain ordinary ones- many
Scatterbrain day lily
Stella D'oro day lily
Brug- white, peach, pink
Did any one start a food list yet?
I'd love to make the trip this year. I'll post a list when I see for sure if I can make it.
Would anyone like an unrooted cutting of Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa). I am getting ready to try to tame the beast and should have several cuttings. It's super easy to root!
Sure, rooty- i wouldn't mind a few! I still have my rooted plant but it grows very slow for me, and i could pop a couple cutting s in with it. What would you like? I have a bush cherry- not sure if it's nanking or not, but i can get you a cutting off it. BTW, quirk might be passing a deodora seedling on to you for me... but she never responded with what she wanted in return.
Brenda, i would love one of your rehmannias if i have anything you'd like. I had it going for many years and it was so happy, then it died out before or during the drought and i've had a lot of trouble reestablishing it.
I haven't updated my lists and doubt i'll have time to, but there are always things i can dig last minute & bring. I know i'll be bringing partly to mostly rooted cuttings of a bright pink/purple salvia, greggiii, i think, dicliptera, pink summer sage (not sure of the species), salvia uliginosa, salvia guaranitica black & blue, a hardy marigold- gets tall with very ferny foliage and tiny yellow flowers in fall, Some dogwood seedlings, carolina jessamine seedlings, japanese climbing fern babies, and i don't know what else. I'll just keep my eyes peeled.
Hey Tam, Quirk had something else on that date so she can't make it, but if you work something out with her I'd be glad to help in anyway. Will bring you some cuttings of the Monstera. Just stick them in the same pot. I rooted those others straight into soil and they never even drooped. Mine was slow growing this year, not sure what's up with that, but it prolly needs repotting and feeding. It's a hungry beastie!
That's prolly it- i'm terrible about feeding things. But since it's in the plot now it's getting fed plenty. :) We juice stuff in there to make it look nice & flower if it has that ability. Ok- just let me know about quirk. I'm in no hurry.
OK, will do, if I hear anything.
Could someone (rootdigger) bring me back a couple of lucifer bulbs???? (sigh)
John, I'm interested in your episcia cuttings. What are you looking for this year?
Hi, I'm coming to the swap. I just realized I need directions and if possible a contact number just incase if I get lost. I'm coming from Winston-Salem. Judy
This is copied & pasted from the spring swap.
Where: Creech Road Elementary School Park, Garner NC 27529
October 10 (Saturday)
What Time: shelter rented from 2pm until 4pm
There is also a pot luck picnic - so prepare to eat!
New to the swaps? Dont panic, we are a friendly bunch. There are very few rules (we like it that way). Check the "Special Trades Thread" on GardenWeb/Carolina Gardening/Exhanges subforum for details concerning any special plants anyone is offering for special requests in exchange. Special trades are traded outside of the general swap - which is more or less a free for all. If you donÂt have any plants to trade, bring food (homemade is worth more than store bought by this group). DonÂt think that we only want to discuss or trade exotic or hard to find plants - it ainÂt so! we like the common stuff just as much. No matter what you bring, someone will want it, and if no one wants it you can take it back home or we can just toss it out at the end of the mayhem. The way this works is we pile all the general swap plants together on the picnic tables (no special method, just jumbled together). We do a quick walk around to explain any unusual plants. Everyone lines up on the edge of the shelter after they have designated a "Cache" or stash spot in the lawn outside the shelter. I ding a bell and everyone rushes in and grabs ONE plant, and then hauls it over to their stash site. Everyone lines up and we do it again. After a few rounds like this I up it to TWO plants per ding and eventually we just grab anything that is left over. I know it sounds messy but this systems works the best. By having the plants jumbled together on the table and not segregated into sections we keep the crowd of swappers from knocking each other over. By having the first few rounds for one plant, everyone gets a shot at the choice stuff.
Remember that this is really a way for you to meet people interested in the same style of gardening that you practice - or a way to get great starting out advice.
The Raleigh Spring Swap will be held at Creech Road Elementary School Park which is the same spot we held swaps the past. The park has a large shelter with bathrooms and running water/electricity. The shelter is a short walk from the parking lot so be prepared to haul your plants to and fro. This town park is a combination Elementary school playground/city park recreation area - so if you can find the school you can find the park. The shelter is at the back of the schoolÂs parking lot on your right as you drive in.
Set up begins as soon as the shelter is free (hopefully no one will be there before us). General Swap begins at 2:30pm ish. As soon as the dust settles and weÂve broken up any fistfights we will all sit down to a pot luck picnic lunch and behave like civilized gardeners. At any time special trades can be conducted either at the shelter or in the parking lot.
Need more help finding the place? Plug this data into mapquest (www.mapquest.com):
Creech Road Elementary School, 400 Creech Road, Garner NC 27529
Mapquest will also give you detailed instructions on how to get from your house to the park and back home again. For those of you somewhat familiar with the area, here are the basics: Garner is a suburb of Raleigh. Downtown Garner is 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and due south of it. The swap location is just past old downtown Garner on the east side of town, north of Hwy 70. Though many of the roads I will mention are highways, in this area they look and feel more like city streets. Get off of Interstate 40 on exit #299 and head south (away from downtown Raleigh). The road you are on is called Person Street or Hammond Road depending on which direction you are going, as it comes into Garner it becomes Timber Drive (there is no "welcome to Garner" sign on this road). Pretty soon you will approach a large intersection of Hwy 70 and Timber Drive. You want to turn left and head east. There are two left turn lanes at this intersection, choose the right lane of these two rather than the far left. You will go through a few traffic lights. The street Vandora Springs will cross overhead. The next street crossing overhead is Hwy 50, exit on the right onto Hwy 50 and cross over Hwy 70. At the first traffic light turn Right onto Old Garner Road East and head east. After passing by old downtown Garner youÂll see a traffic light, turn Left onto Creech Road. You will see wooded parks and tennis courts and baseball diamonds on your right. The Elementary School is just after all that, on your right with a large blue sign. There is only one parking lot. The shelter for the swap is at the end of the parking lot on the right hand side.
Judy - send me an email off forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you my cell phone number. I live near the park and can guide you to it from anywhere along I-40.
In years past we have had the road blocked because of parades, but Garner is a small town so even the biggest of parades only last about 15 minutes.
Tammy, I'll have Rehmannia for you. Maybe one of your hardy petunias or carolina jessamine?
dtpforyou, I have lots of lucifer bulbs. I'll bring bags.
Anyone bringing tiger lilies?
I have shasta daisies and purple bearded iris. I also have some plastic buckets with tight lids that I will bring. I will be looking for a fig tree if anyone has one.
OK so I will be bringing
8 or 9 Musa Margarita
Colocasia Tea Cup
Colocasia Maui Magic
2 Hibiscus coccineus 'Swamp Angel' 1'st year plants
1 large Siam Ruby hybrid (looks more like Rojo)
could bring in the following; Curacuma Scarelt Fever
Varigated Heliconia any # of additional Musa and Colocasia
Tamelask - Thanks for posting those directions!!! jdbheartease
Anna, I think your the one I promised a fig tree to at the last swap. Unfortunatly I can't make this swap, but I have your fig and plan to give it to someone to bring for you. As long as she can make there, I'll have her track you down.
If not I'll bring it in the spring.
Hope you all have fun.
The new ones need directions for the swap. John please post. Thanks
I'm SO SO sorry about the post I just made asking for directions. Totally missed the directions given earlier. Going too fast this morning. Hope to see all there.
Good Morning everyone!! See ya there in a few hours!
Had a great time! Thanks!
Ralph, is the portulaca you brought hardy?
I had a wonderful time and brought back some great plants! I can't wait to get them in the ground - tomorrow. Thanks to Everyone for sharing their plants!
Tamelask - I got one of your Diclipiera Suberecta. Is it hardy or do I need to bring it in for the winter? I love the foilage on that plant.
John - Thanks again for hosting. In the future, I'll like to get one of your Nun Orchids. I looked it up once I got home and Nun Orchid has gorgeous flowers. I'll just have to add it to my houseplant collection.
Thanks John and everyone, as always a wonderful time and beautiful plants! It was a real pleasure getting to see everyone again, it's been too long!
Brenda, the Portulaca that I brought will live over the winter as long as you protect it from frost and freezing. Only water it a minimum. All other Portulacas I have tried to over-winter have slowly faded away or rotted off at ground level. I kept one of the Purslanes through last winter, but it finally rotted at the base. The stems were still alive, so I clipped off the dead ends, brought the live tips into the house and rooted them in sand.
Judy - the african violet relatives that I gave you are hardy and their names are Achimenes 'Purple Prince', Achimenes 'Purple King', and Eucodonia 'Adelle'. I'm typing from memory so the names may be spelled differently. They all like dry shade with rich dark soil. They also work fine as a potted plant but they do tend to flop over.
Thank you to everyone for the good time, good food,and the plants. Mike, thank you for sending the fig tree. It looks like a vigorous, healthy plant. We now have a fig and an olive, (in a pot) for my husband's Bibical garden. We need to build an arbor and buy a grape vine.
Jdb- yes, it's perfectly hardy. You should be able to plant it now and it will do well for you. There are 4 rooted cuttings in there, so if you want to hedge your bets, you could pant 2 this fall and 2 next spring. It's an easy easy plant, and the hummers love it when it gets the lovely coral orange blooms!
Oh, and it was so nice seeing everyone and catching up! I kind of liked that it was back to a smaller group of always theres' and a few new faces. Til next time....
Hi Tasklask, Thanks for the info on the plant. I looked it up as soon as I got home and wasn't certain if it was hardy in Winston-Salem or not. I'm glad to hear that it's hardy. Beautiful plant! Judy
PS - My daughter, Hannah, enjoyed meeting your daughter & son. Are you guys coming to the H.P. swap?
What else do you have for your Biblical garden? What a good idea. I have extra seedling apricot trees and hyssop. Wasn't Eden's apple thought to actually be an apricot? Thought I've heard that since apples don't grow well in Middle East. Castor bean as well?
John, Thanks for the names of the plants. I'm getting ready to look them up. In the future, I'd like to get one of your Nun Orchids - but I'm in no hurry - so maybe next year. Thanks again - A great plant swap and such wonderful people! Judy
PS - Is anyone coming from the Raleigh swap to the High Point swap this Saturday?
I have read that the reference to apples in the book of Proverbs should be translated apricots. The fruit in Genesis is never identified except as the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Do apricots do well where you are? I would appreciate a seedling and also some hyssop if you comee to the spring swap. I'll have to see what I have to trade in the spring and if there is anything you would like. I don't know if there is a Bibical reference to castor bean. I'll have to research that. I have never grown it because the seeds are so poisonous.
What I have is flowering Japanese apricot, Prunus mume, seedlings. I can bring you 2-3 easily. They flower in January, but the fruit is too bitter to eat. Placed in a Biblical garden, maybe bitter fruit would be perfect, after all. They are only 2-3 feet tall right now. I have several agastaches, which I believe are hyssop? I'll see you in the spring!
Thanks everyone for making my first swap a good one! I came home with lots of nice plants. It was good to meet everyone, and I look forward to the next one. Adriana