Anyone Ready to Think About a Fall Swap?

whitegarden(Z5 MA)July 19, 2009

I am up for hosting if you guys want to do one in the fall. I thought it worked out well here in the spring. Let me know and we can settle on a date.


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mcube(zone 5)

Please count me in !!!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 12:29PM
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leira(6 MA)

Well, WG, as for a swap in the Fall, only time will tell.

I could save seeds this year, but other than that, I fear I won't have anything else to offer in the Fall. If the existing white plant(s) multiply enough for root division, that won't be until Spring.

Even if I find volunteers in the Spring, I won't be able to tell if they're the white ones or the fuchsia ones, since I have both in the garden, and they don't bloom until the second year.

Sooo...I'm happy to share my good fortune, if we can only find a reliable way to do it!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 1:50PM
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I might be interested. I've never been to one though. I'll have a few oriental lilys and perhaps a couple of japanese maple saplings (very young ones, like a few inches tall).

    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 7:49PM
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I'm very interested in a fall swap (I had to miss WG's in the spring and would love to make it this time) and also would be happy to host if southern folks are looking for something closer. I'm in Plymouth, about an hour south of Boston along Rt. 3.


    Bookmark   July 19, 2009 at 9:26PM
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ericofwebster(Z5 MA/CT Border)

WG: I would be interested in attending a fall swap, and could bring you your white rose campion plants. I took another look this weekend and see I have scads of them coming up so I could bring plenty for others, too. I haven't been to a swap before and am not entirely sure I understand how it works, or how one knows what plants others are seeking. I do have lots of kousa dogwood trees coming up if anyone is interested - they are only about six inches tall now but they do grow quickly and are stunning when mature. Off the top of my head, I also have lots of white physostegia (as does anyone who grows it, but it might be welcome by someone just starting a garden), and beautiful blue veronica, fiery red bee balm, montauk daisies, variegated kiwi vine starts which seem to be taking....

    Bookmark   July 20, 2009 at 11:59AM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

So what do you guys think about location? If you want to do it here, I have to start thinking about dates.


    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 4:11PM
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ericofwebster(Z5 MA/CT Border)

WG: I went back and read through some older threads about your spring swap, and see you're in Southborough. That works for me!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 4:57PM
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What happens in a swap? I am a brand new gardener so doubt I have anything to swap (only plants I lust that kousa dogwood mentioned) but I would love to prepare for one in the future. What a great idea!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 3:19PM
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I was hoping we'd have a swap somewhere south of Boston this fall, but since I'll be traveling I'm not sure if I can make one anyway (or anywhere). Last year's was in Plymouth, and it was a lot of fun. Which reminds me, I still have one plant I need to ID from that swap ...

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 4:24PM
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suecirish(6 SE MA)

We had a great swap in the spring in Bristol RI, and I think a few people from that one might be interested in a fall swap too. Southborough is not great for us Southcoast folks, but I'd definitely be interested in one in the southeast or RI.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 5:21PM
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Although I may not be able to be there, over the years we have tried to change locations from season to season and year to year. My feeling is it is nice to see other gardens, people will come from another geographical area and sometimes use this as an opportunity to visit new nurseries, public gardens or just explore.

WG, you hosted such a lovely swap this spring, and were very generous with food and plants. I hope you will not take my suggestion amiss. I'm only functioning as historical memory, not a social events planner!

Plan on everyone!

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 9:30PM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

Whatever you guys think is fine with me. Do you want to start talking dates (once we have settled on a location)? Anyone want to host?


    Bookmark   July 26, 2009 at 10:07AM
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Hi everyone -

I'm new to the boards and very new to gardening. I've got a small hanging vegetable garden and I'm starting a new flower and herb garden by the side of the house. I'd love to get involved with a plant swap, but I'm not sure how they're run and what I can do to contribute. How do these swaps usually work? I've seen a few different descriptions on various sites. I'm in Newton but on weekends can travel if it's somewhere around MA or possibly even RI.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 10:01AM
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luckyladyslipper(MA 5b-6a)

I'd like to participate, if possible. I used to live around the corner from WG, but now have a new garden (4 years old in Northborough), so I don't have a whole lot to share, but will try to hold up my end of things.

Susan (who sadly left her ladyslippers in Southborough, where they probably got bulldozed).

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 3:47PM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

Hey Susan, how are you?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 3:48PM
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luckyladyslipper(MA 5b-6a)

Very well, though realizing that all my complaints about the soil on Woodbury Road were relatively silly. The soil here is 100% clay. I cannot make compost fast enough! And I'm too old to be digging all these new gardens!!

I think when I saw your garden in person, you had just installed the tiny cottage by the river, and started plantings around the (main) house. I visited your flower-business website a year or so ago, and simply don't see how you have accomplished both. Do you still spend time saving open space in town, too?

BTW, I would be able to bring various daylilies to a swap (one or two are off-white, but mostly very bold colors). In the white category, I also have shasta daisies - but I assume everybody else does, too.

EricofWebster - I would LOVE some physotegia, as I am indeed starting a new garden.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:09AM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)


Call me and let's plan for you to come by some time. I would love to see you! As for town stuff, that and much more. Most recently, saving the police station from the wrecking ball!


    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 11:28AM
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I'm up for a fall plant swap too. WG's spring swap was wonderful, I hope to have more plants available to divide by the fall although the slugs/Japanese beetles and blight have kept me busy this year!


    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 2:51PM
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I could host a fall swap on the 12th or 13th. After the swap a few of us did a tour of Katsura Garden last year, and I am sure we could do it again if anyone was interested. My swap wasn't fancy. I don't have extensive gardens to tour, though I do have a Pagoda Dogwood I'd love to show off. So if folks would rather travel to somewhere more impressive like Whitegarden, I would understand completely.

I am in Plymouth, about an hour south of Boston and 20 minutes north of the Bourne Bridge along 3A.

For swapping I have...

Black-eyed Susan
Artemesia 'Silver Brocade'
Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
Baptisia Seedlings
Pink Spirea
Pink Garden Mum

Has anyone transplanted Bearberry? Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi I planted one 5 years ago and it has spread beautifully, but I decided I have planted it in a poorly chosen place. If I do move it, I will probably have extra pieces where it has rooted, but I am not sure how it will work. If anyone has any experience, I'd love to hear it.

Let me know. I'm willing to travel too. I just wanted to make a south shore offer!


    Bookmark   August 11, 2009 at 4:24PM
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whitegarden(Z5 MA)

I'm happy to go somewhere else for the fall swap. My fall weekends are filling up fast. Do we want to pick a location and a date?


    Bookmark   August 14, 2009 at 8:50AM
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