I know there is still snow on the ground but it's almost mid-March so maybe we should start talking. I don't even remember what month we had the spring swap last year.
We had the swap in May before Mother's Day. I'm already seeing things that I can bring. It keeps me from thinking about the cold.
Yeah, I think we often have it around the first week in May. It's probably hard to remember because the last year or so it's been chilly to cold! Or was that in fall...? So much for my memory!
I was wondering if someone would bring up this topic. On one hand it has crossed my mind. On the other, I'm not ready to talk swap yet! I'm still trying to get going on my wintersowing!
Hi Hedy and Dee! We have 2 sundays in May, the 5th and the 19th. I'm sure on the 26th most everyone will be at a Memorial Day picnic.
Perfect! We HAVE to hold it on Cinquo de Mayo. . .
which is also Orthodox Easter. . .
Oh yes, PLEASE... let's think spring! Here I went and BOUGHT a hellebore, finally, last year, and until yesterday, the poor thing was buried in snow. Next year, I will have to move it to someplace where the snowblower doesn't throw a mountain of snow on top of it!
I am guessing May 5th may be a tad early for the plants (although perfect for Cinco de Mayo -- I can bring a coconut tres leches cake!), though it's fine with me... as is the 19th. But who knows... maybe we'll get a wonderfully warm April and everything will be a foot high the first week of May (ha!)
I'm in, whenever it is... !
"May 5th may be a tad early for the plants. . ."
Where were you for last Spring's swap? It was held on
April 29th ! :>)
Carl -- was it REALLY?? Geez, no wonder all the plants I brought home were frozen...! :)
I'm game for either day -- May 5 would be great. Should be nice and toasty by then thanks to global warming ... right? Either that or we'll be under another 2 feet of snow, also courtesy of global warming... ;)
Sounds great --- it will be our first swap! I'll have to see what survived all the salt water from the storm.
Also--- besides the quality of the plants ---how high are the culinary standards in these swaps?
Please: feel free to raise our culinary standards to the
highest possible standard, Molie ! In truth, we've
served up a little bit of everything from A-Z over the years,
but I have mouth-watering memories of some swappers
favorite delicacy - which always seem to involve some sort
of chocolate! Myself: I tend to bring fresh brie and poppy-
seed crackers - all those other stodgy Yankees still won't
let me break out the good champagne. . .
I'm sure others will chime in with suggestions. . .meanwhile, "Welcome Aboard!"
Carl, it's not us, it's the stodgy park people that won't allow the liquor. Although I believe one year George had some Ukrainian beer or wine or something, didn't he? Or was that at some other gathering...? Memory just isn't what it used to be....
Now that I think of it, breaking out the liquor at 11AM on a Sunday might be a tad much (is my stodginess showing, lol?). But then again, there are always mimosas!
Dee's right -- it's the park that won't permit it. We'll have to switch to a private house in order to be able to pair Carl's wonderful brie with a suitably appropriate wine. Champagne would be a very nice choice. Everyone can come to my house! :)
I think George used to bring wonderful stuff (I remember some Georgian wine one year when we were still at Young's ... maybe that's why they stopped having us? :)
As for our culinary standards...believe me, you'll be fine if you just show up with a bag of chocolate chips. (The gourmet kind, of course :) We will welcome you and your chips (and even your plants!) with open arms!
Me, I'm bringing a coconut rum tres leches cake. I will make sure the park guys who check on us don't get a whiff...! ;)
Ah, Marty, you just proved that my memory isn't as bad as I thought! I first typed "Georgian wine" and then deleted that, thinking I was confusing George's name and Georgia, and said no Dee, it must have been Ukrainian wine. Phew. Feel a bit better now.
Dee -- I remember it because it was the first swap I ever attended, before I knew where George was from (I had gathered he was somewhat legendary, but had no idea who he was or WHY he was legendary...) I just remember that at some point he announced he had brought "wine from Georgia" to sample, and I remember thinking how I didn't even known they MADE wine down in Georgia -- and then I discovered which Georgia he meant and I remember thinking wow, I didn't know THEY made wine there, either! (Now, of course, I know that everyone makes wine. They even make wine in Missouri. I heard it on NPR. Go figure.)
But it was very good wine -- I remember that!
I wonder if I started a page on facebook we would bring more people to the swap?
Great idea, Richie -- go for it! I've probably got pictures from some past swaps I can post. Will hunt them up...
I have created a facebook page for the swaps so we can post lots of picture. Please join. Richie
Excellent! I'll be tracking down that Facebook page.
I was just thinking about the spring swap and decided to look.
I'm glad I did. May 5th sounds great.
Not sure what I will have but I'm sure I'll have something by then.
May 5th sounds good to me.
Oh, man. . .just saw my Open Days listings for this season
and on May 5th there's a HUGE collection of gardens
open in Philadelphia, including some on the Main Line! Well, now the CT Swap has real competition. . .what shall I do, what shall I do???
Carl (in a quandary)
Boy, it is hard to think spring when it's so raw and cold out and there's still SNOW mounded on some of the beds. TIME for spring!!!
Carl, I think (sadly for us) it is a no-brainer for you if it comes down to Open Days vs. CT Swap. No contest (in my view, anyway!) There will be a spring swap every year (it says here!) so gather ye Open Days while ye may...
Maybe we need to change our date?!
Ctlady, you got me thinking about changing our date until later in May.That might be a good idea and --- sorry, not just because of you, Carl --- but because of the cold spring we're all experiencing.
I know last year's swap was in late April, but last March much warmer, right? I'd love to hear everyone's opinion as to how soon you all expect to pot up your plants.
Well, I just went out in the garden and there is sure not much even peeping out yet. The bleeding hearts (early birds in my garden) are WEE little red shoots, just barely up. We are farther north than many of you, up in Litchfield County, but still... I do wonder if the 19th might be a more productive swap It's really hard to nail the timing because a week of unusually warm weather will really move things along. But if it stays raw and cold like today, I think May 5 might be early. What do others think? I'm good with either date but I must say, I do prefer digging in the garden when the wind isn't whipping and the garden doesn't still have mounds of snow here and there!
I could probably do the 19th
Hot Damn! May 19th would solve MY dilemma. . .and
there's even an Open Days garden in Branford that day!
Of course, we'd be deep into iris and peonies by then,
and the temps would be in the 80's. . .does the park
get more active the later we hold our swap, or is Sunday
morning the key to a smaller population?
I still have snow on my hillside, so the 19th is looking good for me! I'm sure the weekend activity picks up in the park later in May, but there's no real problem with space (hopefully -- unless someone else makes a reservation for the Grove) until after Memorial Day, when one has to pay. So as long as we're before that, we should be okay!
The 19th is fine for me, too.
I vote for the 19th as well. Do we have a final date?
I guess the 19th works for me as well. After all, what's a swap without Carl?
Works for me!
Carl, don't go getting a big head and thinking you're indispensable or something (though there seems to be some evidence to support that theory...!)
... and since you're coming after all... don't forget the Brie. :)
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"Oh, but I can't come on May 19th!", he said, laughing
hysterically, as he ran out the door to stock up on brie
and champagne for the jaunt to Connecticut. . . : >)
Ok, so we have about 5 or 6 of us so far....lol. We need to get more recruits. I changed the date on our Facebook page. Carl, are you going join?
Carl is not only coming, he is bringing a (BIG) round of nicely aged French brie, some very healthy whole grain crackers or perhaps a nice crisp baguette, and a cooler full of Perrier bottles into which he has deftly decanted a very fine champagne prior to departing Joisey...
Aren't you, Carl?
(He will endeavor not to encounter any NJ, NY or CT state troopers on his way and if stopped, will NOT say "but officer, they said they'd kill me if I didn't come to their dumb swap!")
Here is a link that might be useful: group facebook page
Okay for the 19th!
I'm coming on the 19th. Just cleaning up the garden.
I'll be there! Lots of little shoots finally showing up in the garden! Already eyeing what to pot up. The 19th sounds great -- hope we get a great crowd!
I have created a facebook page for the swaps so we can post lots of pictures. Please join. Richie
Here is a link that might be useful: CT Plant Swap facebook
Does anyone want some miscanthus 'morning light'
I just took a walk around the yard looking for things that usually would be up by now or perennials that should be greening at their tips. Very discouraging!
I hope the next few weeks warm up because there so little is showing that it's hard for me to predict what I'll have to pot up. Many perennials down at the end of our long garden have been damaged or even destroyed by the salt water that flooded the lower yard. I might have lost a few of my favorite roses, though Queen Elisabeth and Dick Clark are budding out--- yea! One of the Heaths looks like a goner along with my new Grace Ward Lithodora. I'm really, really worried about the "baby" prostrate Larch, the beautiful Eryngium 'Big Blue' we put in last year and Heuchera. So this was a sad morning stroll.
We were hoping to dig up and divide a few huge grasses, but it's still too cold and windy out there. So I guess it's a waiting game until the ground warms up and the winds slow down.
Thanks for creating the Facebook page, Richie.
You are welcomed Tina!
Yes, thanks from the other Tina, also! Just because it's a funny coincidence. ;)
Just want to say that I got leaves off my beds (some, anyway) yesterday before the rains and there are LOTS of things beginning to pop. I love how Mother Nature strings us along, making us think spring will NEVER come with cold winds and sub-freezing nights one week, then suddenly, it's summer! And equally suddenly, the garden is full of bright green shoots and gorgeous red peony eyes ... all kinds of neat stuff. I'm already making mental lists... I will definitely be "swap ready" by May 19th!!
Now please, please, PLEASE let there be LOTS of rain the next few days! It is SO dry out there...
"If you want to be happy for an hour, buy a bottle of wine. If you want to be happy for a week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, plant a garden." -- Chinese proverb.
Bump, please read post above with Facebook link about upcoming swap in May
I am looking to start a regional plant exchange for people that are thinning out their garden or have extra seeds to swap trade or help out a fellow neighbor can do so. I know i would much rather trade with someone here then give my money to home depot or lowes.
For example maybe someone can come help you for the day thinning out you raspberries in exchange for a few of the clippings
Or maybe you have allot of chives and want to swap some for rhubarb or extra seeds.
It could all be barter based
Just a few ideas let me know what you guys think?
Where are you, shamsun? Are you in CT?
Yeah im about 20 mins from hartford
bump up, seems kinda slow.
Has a location for the swap been chosen yet? I haven't been to one of these in several years.
Yes, we have been meeting at Wolfe Park at the Oak Grove in Monroe just off Purdy Hill Rd near Benedicts home and garden center.
Okay guys, the snow is gone, the ground is warming fast, green shoots are everywhere and the next two weeks should be drop dead gorgeous weather for humans and flora alike!
Can we talk SWAP?
I agree with ctlady and hopefully, pertinent talk and swap lists will be here on GW because some of us don't do Facebook.
I'm working on my list of things to bring and please, please do not send me home with anything. May have to resort to black bags - really short of pots. Should not have cleaned the garage :(.
Bringing dill deviled eggs again. Baking (chocolate) is better left to the pros like Marty. Everything I bake becomes a WMD.
Bump again. May 19th at 11 am at Wolfe Park in Monroe.
What are people looking for? Any requests?
Jane, I've got pots if you need them. My turn to clean the garage, lol. Let me know...
I wish some of you would sign up on facebook. I keep trying to get a friend to sign up and she is afraid. I told her you don't have to post any information that you don't want other people seeing. She is very much into her dogs and I keep telling her to do a page with her dogs and post all of her photos. It's so easy to put a picture on facebook, you don't have to use another site to host your pictures like you do on here. And you don't even have to use your real name, you can use a variation of it.By the way , most of my plants are coming up and will be dividing some up soon. I would also like some plants for my neighbor who is a first time gardener, she started digging out a bed and we offered to help her since she is busy with her 2-3 year old son all of the time. I did lose my sea hollies and some yarrows over the winter and can't figure out why and also an orane butterfly plant not bush, some kind of perennial that I put in late last summer.
I will list some of the plants later but I also have some trees and shrubs that have seeded themselves and are about 1 tall. Some hemlocks, dogwood, what looks like privet, spirea and 'heavenly bamboo' nandina. I'd love to know if anyone's interested.
As some may know, I started my garden last year. Last fall was the first time I attended the plant swap. Met some good people!
I do not have much of anything to divide. I do have the common periwinkle and yellow day lily.
Also, some green and white euonymus. I don't know what kind. In fact, a local nursery identified the euonymus from a picture that I took of it.
Tina, that's wonderful - someone new that I can give my extra plants to.
This weekend I'll pot up more stuff and create a final list of what I have in trade. I'll post it here and on Facebook. Also do some recipe huntingÃ¢ÂÂ¦.hmmmm, what to make? (Seems this is a chocolate-loving/cheese & wine-loving crowd, but no alcohol at the park, of course.)
Java - I attempted to join the FB page, and I see it's a closed group. Are you checking your 'other' mailbox on FB to see who's who trying to join, or just allowing anyone who applies to join?
I'm not sure if I can make the trip from Cape Cod, but I do occasionally head out that way, so I thought I'd at least follow along ... just in case. Thnx - Nan Galbraith
Nan, you should be able to join, no one else has had ant problems. I have not seen anything in that mailbox on ant new member requests.
Facebook never alerted me to your request. I had to go in and find it myself. Thanks!
Was outside today (finally! A day off!) and was looking around for stuff to bring. Looks like I will have my usual suspects - echinacea and perennial foxgloves (although I've finally accepted that I don't need to save every single reseeder in the garden!) I've got some dwarf purple iris - I know it's not the time of year but they are already potted up from last year. I'll have a lot more in the fall!
Also have lots of native goldenrod. I will be digging up a geranium Claridge Druce, and just potted up a leptodermis oblonga that had to move to make way for a rosebush.
I also think I may give up on a viburnum Blue Muffin. It doesn't want to seem to berry up for me. It's quite tall, so I won't dig this up unless someone wants it.
Just joined the Facebook page, but in the meantime... Casey, if the 'Morning Light' is still available, I would love it!
Hi everyone! I really want to come this time but it is one day before I go on vacation and I'm going to try my best to be there. I just moved into a new house last year so I'm kind of starting from scratch again.... I had some lovely plans from previous swaps that I left behind so I am trying to rebuild what I had before. One of the plants that someone had given me that I loved was Corydallis lutea (Hetty maybe??)and I really miss it... if someone has some to spare I would grately appreciate it! I will attempt to bring a few things myself but unfortunately the pickings might be slim. Looking forward to seeing everyone though! Liliane
Liliane it would be great to see you again! Hope you can make it!
Dee, I'll take a little bit of whatever you have since we are going to help my young neighbor with her garden. No golden rod though, not good for my allergies. Thanks, Richie
Richie, are you sure you're not confusing goldenrod with ragweed? It's a very common mistake. Not trying to force the goldenrod on you, just inquiring. :) So many people miss out on the beauty of this plant because they think it's ragweed.
Did you want that viburnum Blue Muffin for your neighbor? Let me know and I'll dig it out and attempt to transport it!
who realized late last night that the swap is actually TWO weeks away, not one, and whose lazy butt is now wondering if all the plants she dug but didn't bother potting up can really survive in buckets of water for that long....
Thanks, Hedy. I'll take them! :-)
Dee, the iris plants I got from you last fall are doing well! In fact, there are buds on them now. I took a couple from you because I was afraid that I would kill them.
If you have the echinacea and fox gloves to spare, I would love some. Maybe a couple more of the iris too.
See you soon,
Dee, I was told when I was young that I was allergic to golden rod and ragweed so I stay away. I'll pass on the viburnum too, I think flowers are ok for her for now. Thanks.
Dee: I'd love some foxglove. Mine were awash in salt water after the hurricane and are goners.
If you have any of the dwarf purple iris, I'd like that too!
Here's what I've potted up so far:
1 (small) Panicum virgatum/Shenandoah Switch Grass
2 (small) Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'/Dwarf Fountain Grass
4 (baby) Cornus alba 'Bailhalo'/Ivory Halo red twig dogwoods
2 Gallium odoratum/Sweet Woodruff
2 (small) Dianthus 'Heart Attack'
1 larger Dianthus 'Heart Attack'
6 (small) Hellebores Pine Knot
I can also put up .. if anyone wants them:
1 Euonymus (fortunei ??)Ã¢ÂÂ¦ the yellow and green one
Japanese Anemone (dark pink)
I also need to get going and pot up some of what I mentioned earlier, but I won't pot up my mom's raggy hosta plants. They look awful once the leaves fill out and are bug magnets. I think I'll just pull some up and mulch them.
I would love Dianthus 'Heart Attack', Hellebores Pine Knot, and Oneothera if possible.
I haven't started digging yet because I'm sure I will kill everything considering how dry it has been.I think I killed some iris by dividing it last week and forgetting to water it. I'm also low on pots so I need to get some paper cups and raid the recycling bin.
Dee, I got a Blueberry Muffin at a swap years ago, thinking it would be fine with me because I have several viburnum and my neighbors have some. It had an occasional good year but mostly just looked blah and chewed up. It also got huge. It required heavy pruning to keep it at 5-6'. So last year I had my husband cut it down. He left a tall stump so that I could use it to sort of rock the root ball out once it died. It's growing back from the stump. Crazy shrub.
What else do people need? I have so much that i don't know where to start.
Tina (siennact) you are dead on - "mostly looked blah and chewed up", lol! Of course, I shouldn't be agreeing with you if I want someone to take it, lol, but sometimes things work in other gardens when they don't work in yours. I was told this variety doesn't need a pollinator, but maybe that was wrong. Mine isn't *huge* - it's large(about 6 or 7 feet tall) and has grown quite quickly, but is fairly narrow and has an open form, and if it would only berry up for me I'd be happy with it. Oh well.
I will see how many irises I have already potted up. I will have MANY more in the fall, unless someone can tell me whether it is okay to dig them now. I've always heard late summer/early fall to dig irises, but who knows? I don't think it would kill them to dig them, but they will be in bloom so maybe it's better to wait.
I can also probably bring some shasta daisies (Becky?) which I originally got at one of our swaps.
Just to say that it took several (about six?) years for my Viburnum 'Blue Muffin' to produce a few (and I mean a few) berries ... and they are not exactly luxuriant now, but it does produce. I was told that it did need a pollinator, but that if I lived anywhere near a woods, it would be fine because it could be pollinated by ANY viburnum (which could be "a mile away") and New England woods are awash in them. I don't know if that's right or not. It gets tall and leggy where it is, but it finally did produce berries. I cut it back a lot each year, otherwise it would be to the rooftop!
Mollie, I'd love one of your hellebores and Bebe I'll bring the miscanthus morning light.
So far, I have
veronica spicata 'blue charm'
iris tectorum (Japanese roof iris)
lysimachia ciliata 'firecracker'
and the small shrubs I listed before
Not sure what I'll have yet but I know I will have Geranium Rozanne, a hydrangea of unknown origin (I think it may be a Blue BIllow? I potted it without marking it -- dumb -- and it's small but leafing out beautifully), Stella D'Oro daylilies, assorted mixed daylilies (no color guarantees), my usual campanula 'Cherry Bells' (proceed with caution!), coreopsis 'Zagreb' and more. May not have a time for full inventory until next weekend...
Does anyone have a spare false indigo? I had a lovely one from Carl a few years back but it has vanished this spring. Poof. Gone! I think it would be up by now? Not a sign of it and it was huge last year... Do voles eat those? Ditto one of my butterfly bushes ('Dark Knight') -- dead as a doornail (what's a doornail?) Any baby b-fly bushes out there?
/ Marty who is bringing coconut-rum tres leches cake.
Marty I'd love the hydrangea if no one else wants it. I'm on a hydrangea kick now! But considering it will most likely live in a pot for a year or two (at least!) if someone else wants it let them take it.
BTW, I had also heard (in addition to not needing a pollinator) that the Blue Muffins could be pollinated by any viburnum in the area. It must be getting some pollination somehow, but not nearly enough. If no one wants it, I may just move it further back into the woods and let it fend for itself.
My false indigo (baptisia) is just waking up. I thought it was dead and I was so glad to see it! So maybe there is still hope, Marty!
All yours, Dee. If it's Blue Billow (and I think it must be), I could dig a second, smaller one if someone wants it. The Blue Billows seem to be multiplying on me... as long as you promise NOT to sue me if it ISN'T a Blue Billow. Only a couple of others it could be, and I know it's not Little Lamb or Limelight...leaves sure look like the BBs
Hedy, I've marked a Hellebores Pine Knot for you. I'd love to try an iris tectorum (Japanese roof iris) in my one shady area!
Tina, since you're the first to ask for Dianthus 'Heart Attack', you get the largest one. :)
Marty, I'm feeling brave --- I'll take a Campanula 'Cherry Bells'.
Dee, I'll take some Shasta daisies for my neighbor. Thanks
Thanks Marty, and don't worry - I'l be happy with whatever it turns out to be!
Tina, I'll also save a Hellebore and Oneothera for you!
Does anyone want
lily of the valley
creeping juniper shrubs
Really hope Dena and I can come this year, and we've dug things - but it may be too busy with her schedule. Gonna be a wait and see.
The twins are now 18 months and we'd love for you to meet the lil' gardeners.
For those who need pots all is required is a visit to a cemetary late in day on Mothers Day (or very early the Monday following).
Does anyone have that reddish purple fern that I got from someone a few years ago?
Does anyone want lily of the valley, gold honeysuckle or nandina 'firepower' seedlings?
I've been potting up plants but if there isn't much interest, I won't dig as much.
Hedy, I would like the gold honeysuckle please. Will it do well in a pot?
Richie, I got a Japanese fern from George's house last fall. When I got it last year, it had one leaf. It has about three right now but I'm thinking it's still too little to divide. I think it will be fine to divide during the fall.
Do you mean Japanese painted fern? If so, I could
divide a few of mine and bring you one (or two). . .
Here is a link that might be useful: Japanese painted fern
I've also got some cimicufuga racemosa babies if anyone would like them.
Thanks Carl, that's it.
Hedy, I will try a nandina 'firepower' if it's not too much trouble.
I have something that looks like a giant buttercup and makes a hairy seedpod, blooming now. I can't remember the name but I have extras. I want to say it's a native wildflower. I'll upload a pic if I have time. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
Also, my viburnum 'Cardinal Candy' has seedlings but I don't know if they will grow into the same exact type of viburnum. Tiny mystery viburnum up for grabs along with mystery giant buttercups.
Siennact: Your "mystery" buttercups are probably
Stylophorum diphyllum (Celandine Poppy). . .you're
right, it is a native American plant, and I have dozens
of them sprinkled throughout my wooded area. If they
are particularly happy in their site, they will continue to
produce sporadic flowers over the summer; if not so
happy, they'll be dormant by midsummer, having produced many seedlings before they go. Absolutely reliable and carefree, and one of my great favorites -
which is why I'll be bringing a bunch to share again this
Here is a link that might be useful: Stylophorum diphyllum
Hedy, is the nandina going to be hardy up here in Litchfield County? I'd love to try one but wasn't sure about the zone... 'Firepower' looks stunning so I'd love to try one of your seedlings if you think it'll make it. Also would love to try the salvia pratensis and restock on chocolate eupatorium (I had a lovely, big patch but it has dwindled each year and is down to just a wee patch -- what happened??)
I've got several hydrangeas (one with Dee's name on it already). I THINK one is a Limelight, and another is probably QuickFire? (I MEANT to mark them when I potted them....:)
hostas (plain green)
Hay-scented fern (take at your own risk!)
Stella D'Oro lilies (PLEASE take some!)
John Creech sedum (groundcover)
Daylilies (not sure which ones)
Siberian iris (unknown color - someone gave them to me)
Campanula 'Cherry Bells'
Obedient plant (pink)
Tovara (Painter's Palette)
Small bleeding heart babies
the ever-multiplying Egyptian walking onions
I have a white bleeding heart set aside for Emma and lots of smaller ones (probably pink) I can bring if anyone wants them.
Would love one of the hellebores if there are enough to go around.
Potted up my usual stuff yesterday. Don't want to say what I have yet until I know that they will live. I might know better when I get home from work this afternoon. I'll be making peanut butter chip and chocolate chip cookies. I can say I have one zebra grass, some holly seedlings that made it through the winter. The kousa dogwood seedlings are growing so if you want some please help yourself. I do have one left from last year that is doing well, about 6" now.
O.K. I'll bite. . .bring on the Stella d'Oro !! Whatever I
don't use, I have friends here who can.
Definitely could use some more of the Coreopsis 'Zagreb',
whatever you can spare.; could also use the Pulmonaria,
but now I'm getting "piggy" and other people should get a crack at your bounty!
Marty, I've marked a Hellebore for you. And for anyone else that wants one don't be shy! Just ask. I've potted up 6 but can always do more. Mine have grown huge, about the size of a chrysanthemum, and they're very prolific. Though I trim off old flowers as often as possible, many fall on the ground and reseed.
I've potted up several Oneothera 'Siskyou' and can always do more --- this plant spreads like the plague but is beautiful in bloom. Here's a photo to entice some of you who may be hesitant. If placed in a sunny spot, the blossoms just sparkle. I shaded the flower before taking the picture, so its bloom is less luminous.
Marty, I'll take some of your Stella D'Oro lilies for my neighbors garden. Thanks
Oh Molie... that is beautiful! I only know the yellow form of oneothera. Okay ... sold! Just put it somewhere I don't mind having it "naturalize" right? ;)
Will bring the Zagreb, Stella D'Oros and Pulmonaria for Carl (plenty of all three). (I don't know the pulmonaria cultivar ... someone gave it to me and they didn't know, but it's going gangbusters. It looks like a fairly common variety, early blooming.
Campanula 'Cherry Bells' for Molie
Hydrangea(s?) for Dee
Who am I missing??
Has anyone called the park to let them know we'd like to meet there? No permit required pre-Memorial Day (at least not in the past) but I think they want to know....
Well, Marty, I guess "naturalized" is a polite way of saying "going nuts" --- right? I'll set one aside for you. It does spread along the ground and then sends up flower stalks about 6-8 inches high. I've planted it in many places --- sun, partial sun, even down at the town beach.
Did I ask for a Pulmonaria? If not and if you have any, I'd love one for the north side of the house.
Okay, now I have to get really serious about the plant swap and start looking at some recipes :) I'm guessing any kind of hand food is good.
"Will naturalize" = "vigorous spreader" = "garden thug" = "invasive" Ã¢ÂÂ¦ all of which can be said of some wonderful plants, it's just good to know it so you know to keep an eye on them to make sure they behave. The petasite someone in the swap gave me several years ago (so I could have some "big" leaves for concrete castings) went and "naturalized" itself into the lawn this year for the first time. I guess it got fed up being banned from the vegetable garden each spring, so it opted to branch out in another direction. What a sight -- a veritable forest of petasite leaves in the lawn! I just finished pulling them (think "tug of war" with me on one end and the petasite on the other) yesterday. They have NEVER done that before!! BUT ... I need them. They make the most wonderful bird bath stone castings!
Richie, will put you down for Stella D'Oros. And Molie for a pulmonaria.
I agree Marty. Often 'vigorous spreaders' are put in the wrong place. I have a carpet of lily of the valley under shrubs. They are a great groundcover in a heavily shaded and very rooty area where almost nothing else grows; but I wouldn't put them in a tidy garden.
That being said, does anyone want petasites? I also have elecampane (inula orientalis). Tall, yellow daisies- doesn't spread.
Yes, that's it, Carl. If you're bringing some already, I'll leave those at the bottom of my to-dig list. Although I should bring some to my coworker now that I think of it.
Forget the petasites Hedy, I want a birdbath! LOL Seriously though, have you posted pics of them?
I have gooseneck loosetrife which was the absolute worst thing I have ever planted. Every year I work on digging it out and it never goes away.
Anyone need vinca/periwinkle or wintercreeper vines?
So.... I am guessing Hedy is the one from whom I got the petasite, yes??
So here it is... cast in stone. Those are leaves from the petasite that we cast last summer (a mature one and a younger one). Rhubarb leaves work really well, too, but the petasites get larger (that's a yardstick next to it).
Siennact, I pulled out some vinca this past sunday and will bring it.
Casey, if you still have the veronica spicata 'blue charm'
, I'll take some. thanks
I'm sorry, Marty, you're the birdbath artist! I love them! You weren't kidding, that is a huge leaf!
Richie, I have enough vinca for all of us, But I'm sure someone else will want it. I'll try to focus on the other vines since you've already dug the vinca.
Here's what I have:
- 6 strawberry plants
- vinca (If no takers, I will not pot them since Richie is bringing some)
- green and white euonymous (If no takers, I will not pot them since Tina/siennact also has them.)
- regular green hosta
Marty, do you still want a butterfly bush? I can dig up the purple one that came with the house. It was huge (~10ft) and full until it was enthusiastically 'pruned' to the ground. It's still alive but has to start all over. I'm thinking you will give it a better loving home. :-) Let me know. Otherwise, I'll leave it where it is.
Dee, I noticed from an earlier post that you have a Leptodermis oblonga. Is it still available?
Also, does anyone have shade lovers that they would like to share? I already have a bunch of hosta. I was thinking white bleeding heart since I just got a couple of pink ones from a relative. Pulmonaria? Jack frost brunnera?
Lastly, I have Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon'.
I read that this is invasive in warmer climates and ideal conditions.
It has not gone crazy on me. In fact, I mail ordered it three years ago and it increased from one leaf to maybe a dozen. But, I will rip it out anyway.
If anyone wants it, I will pot it.
Hedy -- is the elecampane (inula orientalis) the same thing as inula helenium? I think I got a pot of that from you last year, which I promptly planted at the butterfly garden at Flanders. I just heard an herb person speaking about inula today, and am thinking I want one for ME this time, so would love it if you have some.
Tina - I would love the butterfly bush. I was so sad to lose my Dark Knight this year. No idea what happened. Just suddenly dead! I think one cannot have too many butterfly bushes! ;)
I have alpine strawberries (the really little, intensely flavored ones) if anyone wants those. Unlimited quantities. :) Also a ton of monarda Jacob Cline (I think ... ), garlic chives, obedient plant, tovara.. in the fall, I will have astilbes (they are new this spring and I don't know the colors until they bloom as they were a gift (all 27 of them!) from a friend.
Everything is looking SOOOO good right now! Amazing what a little rain will do!
Tina, would you like Alchemilla molls (Lady's Mantle)? Mine set out a new baby that I've potted up. It's tiny but worth the wait. This is a great plant in the shade.
Marty, someone gave you 27 astilbes??!
Tina, I do indeed still have an unclaimed leptodermis - and luckily, it finally started to leaf out. I was beginning to think I had potted up a dead shrub! I'll put your name on it.
Does anyone have any Jerusalem artichoke? Not sure if this has to be dug at a certain time of year, although this is to be planted not eaten. I have a friend who was asking if I knew where to get any, so thought I'd ask here.
Dee -- did you get any takers for your Claridge Druce geranium? (If not, you have one now!) If it's taken, that's okay... if not, I would like to give it a try... thanks!
The Alchemilla molls have pretty yellow flowers.
I'll try it.
Marty, the Claridge Druce is yours!
Okay, Tina, I'll mark it for you. This one is very, very tiny-- one leaf only-- and will have to be "nurtured" underneath another plant for a bit before planting. The mother plant is very healthy, about two feet around, so hopefully the baby will take after its mother.
I've dug all the plants that were requested. Yes, Marty it's the same inula and I'll bring a couple. Any more takers for the nandina or the salvia pratensis (blooming now).
I'm also bringing golden groundsel (senecio aurea)
wood spurge (euphorbia robbiae)
We need a part 2 of this thread so it's easier to read.