Here's a thread to list what plants you will be bringing to swap, what you would like to have, and what you are passing on to others. Enjoy!
Ooh, I'd say Cat's excited about this year's spring swap! ME TOO!
I'll have vegetable starts, for sure, and we'll be digging up some bulbs (of unknown anything) that are in some of the garden beds, so those will be available. I am pretty sure that some are daffodils, maybe some grape hyacinths, irises (I think they are) and maybe tulips, but again, I really can't tell what's what in the new-to-me yard just yet. I'm still planting seeds this weekend, so if someone wants tomato or pepper starts, give a holler!
Houseplants: cuttings can be taken of the garden-variety (HA!) variegated philodendron that likes to take over my house; I also have a slit-leafed phil that is lovely (slightly fuzzy leaves), and a heart-leafed phil (beautiful smaller glossy leaves) that is gorgeous in a hanging pot.
I would really like some lily of the valley--we had to leave behind all of ours when we moved. Also, all of the ice plants and other small succulents died out in my tiny specimen garden pot when we moved, except for Old Man Bones (that one always cracks me up), so I'd love some not-too-agressive succulents--I think I even had a "cobwebs" hens and chicks in there at one time? Other than that, I always enjoy getting surprised by what people bring (and what hubby picks out!) to the swaps! Oh, and ya'll can bring your ideas for what to do with our cottonwood stump that never died and grew another 20-foot tree-bush!
I am definitely excited for spring and the swap this year. I always get a few nice veggie starts from various folks that is really appreciated. I usually only start the easy ones like cukes and Zucchini and other squash and some flowers,
I'm starting to pot up volunteer herbs and flowers. I'll get a list started soon.
I probably can't make it, I have drill the 1st weekend in May and a 3 year old the rest of the time haha. But, I imagine I will have plenty of left over tomatoes and some extra basil and peppers if anyone is interested.
mayberrygardener: Assuming that my ice plants and sedums have survived the winter, I can bring starts. Ditto for some sempervivums, which I think are making enough babies that I can share a few. I got most of them from Skybird, and she too is very generous with starts.
I'm not sure what I'll be bringing. I guess I'll find out after things start greening up! Most of what I have is originally from other people. If I get a chance, I will start some seeds indoors soon.
Hopefully I can make it this year. I have a few iffy Saturdays, but I won't know how iffy for a while.
ZachS: Bring the 3-yr-old if you have to. We'll let you cut in line if you have to leave early for Nap Time or something. I would definitely be interested in starts of tomatoes, basil, and peppers. From anyone!
I have a few friends who would be interested in our swaps. I'll pass on the forum address to them. They might have some things to share as well as being interested in acquiring new goodies.
Yes, Zach, bring the three year old :) I may need to bring my 18 month old depending on what time the swap is.
I am not entirely sure what I will have, this being the first year I am starting veggies from seed, but I'm guessing I will have some vegetable seedlings - eggplant, bell pepper, tomato. And possibly some ice plant - my afore mentioned toddler has been ripping it from the flower bed (gleefully) and I've been attempting to then re-root it in small pots, so although I'm not sure of the colors (purple, yellow or ice spinner) I will probably bring that.
Oh boy, May is next month already!
It is still a bit early for me to list what I could offer.
But I should be able to take cuttings of some coleus, lemongrass, spider plant and aloe vera.
Zach, if you have any hot peppers, pls bring!
Kven, I only have one extra hot pepper, a generic orange hab, (nothing special I know, my brother wanted me to grow one for him and I wound up with 2) if you want to call dibs. If I can't make it and your interested let me know and we'll work it out.
I'll try to make it. I'll have vegetable starts and pretty much anything else I can dig up if someone wants it. Problem is that I don't really know what I have...
Hi, I am new. I live near Monument. Is there a date for the swap? I have tomato plants, some peppers, some strawberry starts, and others I could trade.
Hi yellowdoglvr, and welcome! There is a separate thread where we're trying to nail down a date; you might head over there with your input on which Saturday works best for you.
I look forward to meeting you and lots of other newbies that I see on here this year!
ZachS, an habanero would be wonderful, that is, if you can part with it. I would hate to take it and leave you and your brother without a backup plant.
I should have some Pulmonaria - it's either Dark Vadar or Gaelic Magic.
Probably some Iris as well - hoping they show some signs of blooming before then so I can tell what color they are. Hope to have a few more things as well.
I will be looking for some semi-shade perennials, medium to tall semps for my window boxes (need something that can withstand a lot of sun and heat), and ornamental grasses.
Looking forward to it!
This will be my first ever swap! My husband will be joining me for sure and we are very excited to attend.
We are pretty new to gardening and are limited to what grow space our balcony will allow. That said, we will try to bring as much as we can.
I am thinking of starting some seeds now for the swap, but am not sure what people would want. I will list some of the seeds I do have and could get going if anyone is interested.
Zucchini Squash(bush type)
Golden Crookneck Squash(bush type)
Kentucky Wonder bush bean
Please note, due to my previously mentioned lack of space, I will have to pick and choose what I grow and bring for this swap. I will just see if anyone shows interest in the plants I mentioned and I will go from there. I'm also trying to figure out what ones will be good to sprout in time for the swap. We shall see!
My husband loves flowers, so anything involving beautiful blooms he would love to get at the swap. I'm more the practical type and would like to find some veggies or fruits I don't have seeds for suitable for container/balcony gardening.
Don't worry about starting seeds to share. It might be late to start many of them. You don't have to bring anything to swap. Just bring yourself and a potluck dish. There will be HUNDREDS of plants there. Some of these people are serious gardeners and very generous about sharing plants. And then there are many people like me, who just can't bear to throw out a volunteer plant. So we pot them up and send them home with anyone who will take them!
We're all happy to have new faces.
See ya at the swap!
Since it's too cold and wet for me to want to be outside much today, I will get going on my plant swapping lists.
Plants I have to give:
small yellow daylillies
orange oriental poppies
chicks and hens (green and red)
blue bachelor buttons
purple and yellow old fashioned iris
Plants I would like to have:
Let me know if I have anything you want and I will put you on my dibs list!
The picture is of the chocolate nigella. Warning* it is a good self seeder!
Thanks Cat. We will just bring some dishes for the potluck then, since that's fine. Maybe next year I will be in a better position to bring some plants along for the swap. Sounds like a very neat event! See you all there.
Excited to come this year...it's been a while. I will bring some chives for sure. Probably some strawberries and apple and pineapple mints.
Cat--I would love some Chocolate nigella. I have a spot that could use something that self seeds and spreads a bit.
Hi all, please remember to head over to the thread for those who are attending and chime in there--I see several on here that haven't contacted me yet.
I love to see the plants folks are bringing! ginnytrcka, please mark one of your apple mints for me!
Here is a link that might be useful: the
Not sure what exactly Ill be bringing but between the 4 of us Im sure we will have lambs ears, assorted mums, ornamental grass, and yes some lilly of the valley.
Ooh, Gloria, please mark me for some of that lily of the valley!
And kvenkat, please mark me for an aloe vera--don't know how I missed that earlier!
Hehehe, I know that this thread is for earmarking, but dang if I don't feel greedy LOL
Don't feel greedy! You saw my big ole want list. Every year I make out like it's Christmas.
ginnytrcka- I will mark you down for chocolate nigella
I could use and Aloe Kvenkat if you have lots.
I'm coming to the swap, too :) If anyone will have some Black Krim tomato starts, would love to have some - just discovered all of mine died :(
I bought one of those small walk-in greenhouses from Big Lots and put my starts out there a couple of weeks ago. It first got way too hot (even though I have it placed, I thought, where the late afternoon sun wouldn't affect it too badly). I've been unzipping the door on it as well in the morning when the days were to get up to the 50's or more, but did forget one day - that picked off several of the starts. Then it got way too cold last night, and just took a look and found all the rest are gone now. I had some liter bottles of water inside to try to capture the heat of the sun to help keep it warm at night, but that just wasn't enough.
I knew it was a chance using that type of simple greenhouse, but lesson learned the hard way - greenhouse will only work well out here if it has automatic heat vent flaps and heater!!
Mstywoods, I am having the same problem with my greenhouse. I feel terrible because my inlaws got it for me as a present and I can't figure out how to use it without alternately frying and freezing everything inside.
Anyway, I just started some black krim tomatoes a week or so ago, so if I can keep them alive I will have some for the swap. I'll check in closer to and let you know for sure if they're doing okay!
Oh, thank you chellersm! I also have some more seeds started (I started some when my first bunch went under, and then I started some other ones a couple of days ago), so we can both see how ours do! But yours have a good head start on mine sounds like.
I'm going to research a bit more about using greenhouses in this area - I may have to just move it up to the house so I can easily stick a heater in it when needed, as well as remember to open the door to let the heat OUT during the day. It won't get much direct sun near the house, so not sure if that placement will work much better. Maybe we can compare notes at the swap!
mayberrygardener, I have you down for some apple mint. No sign of it yet, but it comes back like crazy every year. I bet the shoots are just underground.
I think greenhouses might be good for extending the season a little, but especially useful for giving things like tomatoes and peppers extra heat. To do a year round greenhouse, you probably need heat as well as a swamp cooler and plenty of ventilation. On the other hand, my friend's greenhouse is mostly sunk into the ground and it seems to do well with the temperature fluctuations.
Catnohat, I am sorry that I only have one aloe vera baby to give away. Mayberrygardener asked for it first. Maybe next year?
I too would love a Black Krim tomato start if there are any extras. I got busy last fall and forgot to save seeds from mine.
Lemongrass would be awesome if no one else claims it. And apple and pineapple mint.
I will almost certainly have purple asters. They are originally from skybird.
I'll add more as things start to green up, emerge, sprout, etc.
Have potted up and ready to swap:
Black Krim Tomato
Crimson Carmello Tomato
Grandps's Minnesota Tomato
Principe Borghese Tomato
Carmen sweet pepper
Fooled You sweet pepper
Have in the the yard and will pot if someone wants some? Speak soon so they have time in the pots before the big day.
Yellow rose bush
Saved seeds could bring is someone wants some?
BLue Lake Pole Beans
Perpetual Spinach Chard
Marigold - Sweet Cream
Best ever indeterminate red globe tomato (still have not found that perfect one for my garden and taste).
I would love a crimson carmello tomato and some citrus basil. Maybe dill also. Last year I could not get dill to grow. I put in 3 packets and did not get much. This year I'm putting them in a new spot, but I haven't got them in yet. Sorry I don't have anything on your want list.
No problem Kvenkat, now that I think about I might have a friend I could get a start from.
I'd love some chives or walking onions. I was just going to search how to get some started.
A few iris
A ton of a couple types of succulents
A few grape hyacinth
A few starts. I'll have to make sure I can keep them alive until then.
A pot of paper whites
There may be more I haven't found yet.
I’ve been potting things up for a couple weeks now, and I don’t want to sound mean, but…..
I’m not doing dibs this time for the plants I’m bringing! I’ll be leaving town for a while before the swap and I won’t be able to keep track of stuff while I’m out trippin’, and I won’t be getting back till shortly before the day of the swap. With as many plants as I bring, keeping track of who wants what, even when I’m here to check every day, usually turns out to be quite a project! I’m up to 75 plants now, and I have miscellaneous “tree and bush” seedlings coming up here and there, and if I’m able to identify them when they start to get true leaves I’ll pot them up to bring too.
The good news is!
I’ll be bringing at least two of each of the things I’m bringing, so it there’s something somebody really wants, they’ll be able to get it in the first two rounds of picking! And, as of now, I have at least four of each of the things I’m bringing, more of most of them, so there should be way plenty to go around for anybody who wants some of them.
So here are pics and info about the things I have potted up as of now. I’m posting the info and pics here so everybody will have time to look over the information to decide if there’s something they’d like to pick on the day of the swap! I'll post thumbnails to help keep the thread a little bit shorter--click on them if you want to see the bigger version!
Ajuga reptans ‘Royalty’, Bugleweed - 4-6" X 24"+ - Sun or shade - Lavender - May-Jun - z3
Evergreen to semi-evergreen, will continue to spread if in contact with soil, spreads near surface so controllable. Ruffled bronze/burgundy foliage - "color deepens with more sun.
Anemone sylvestris, Snowdrop anemone - 12 X 24 - Shade to sun - white - May-Jun - z4
Wonderful long lasting cutflowers. Spreads by underground runners, but near the surface, so fairly easy to control.
Delosperma basuticum ‘White Nugget’ Iceplant - 2" X 12"+ - Full sun - White - May-Jun z4
Sparkling white flowers. Evergreen, xeric, patented. More compact than, and spreads more slowly than many other iceplants.
Dendranthema ‘Hillside Pink Sheffield’ - 36" X 36 - Sun - salmon-pink - Sep-Oct - z5
Blooms late, may (probably will) need protection from early freezes, attracts butterflies, spreads easily but near the surface so can be controlled by removing new shoots.
Helianthus maximilianii, Maximilian/Southwest perennial sunflower
72" X 36" - FULL sun - yellow - Sep-Oct - z5
Xeric, Colorado native, needs full sun to look good!
I got mine at a swap in ‘08 and it’s starting to spread more than I expected--first time I’ve actually grown it--but it looks like it will be easy to contain by pulling out unwanted shoots, which spread near the surface (so far), in spring as it starts to grow.
UPDATE! Last year this stuff started spreading a LOT, and this year it’s all over the place! It NEEDS full sun, and don’t put it close to anything else or you’ll regret it!
I don't have a decent pic of this because it doesn't get enough sun and totally flops all over the place, but it's a good 6' tall and this is what the flowers look like!
Leucanthemum X superbum ‘Becky’, Shasta Daisy - 36" X 24"+ - Sun - white - Jun-Aug - z4
The best tall shasta daisy, very strong upright stems with large, perfect looking flowers.
Blooms a long time with deadheading.
Myosotis alpestris, Forget-me-not - 10" X 12" - Shade to part shade - light blue - May-Jul - z3
Reseeds prolifically! Easy to pull out if there’s more than you want, but they’re pretty growing in and among most other perennials. Biennial-- old plants need to be cut back almost to the crown in late fall or very early spring to remove old foliage that dies over winter and looks awful when they bloom the second year! Even tho they are biennial, they do bloom the first year from seed!
Unknown Penstemon! I have some more of the "unknown" Penstemon I brought to last year’s Fall Swap! Last spring I started finding what I’m sure are Penstemon seedlings coming up all over the place--but I don't know what species they are! I assume they’re one of the two growing closest to where they’re coming up! These pics will at least give you an idea of the possible colors! They could be the red-orange ones I collected seed from along the Burr Trail Road at Boulder, Utah--but out there they only get about 12" tall! In my yard, with too little sun--and probably too much water--they get about 3' tall! Not sure of the species, but I suspect it's P. utahensis, or something very similar to that! Small flowers, but hummers love them! Or they could be the pink flowered one that I got seeds from somebody at a swap a buncha years ago, but I'm not sure what it was/is. Know it was seed from a hybrid, so mine isn't exactly what the original was anyway--which I'm sure had larger flowers than mine! This year I’m leaving one of them grow so I can see what they are when it blooms! I’m assuming I’ll have more seedlings coming up in the future!
This is the best pic I have of the pink one!
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Black Eyed Susan - 28" X 18" - Full sun - gold with brown center - Jul-Sep - z4
Reliably hardy. Attracts butterflies.
Stachys byzantina ‘Helene von Stein’, flowerless lamb’s ear - 12" X 18" - Sun - z4
Like regular (flowering) lamb’s ear, but the leaves are larger (also called “big ears”) and the foliage stays looking nice all year since they don’t spike to bloom! Xeric.
Viola, Johnny-jump-ups - Sun or shade - all purple or purple and yellow
Bloom all summer, and sometimes most of the winter! Reseed all over the place! Easy to pull out where unwanted. Old plants may come back the following year, need ratty foliage and flower stems removed to look good when they do.
The purple asters Polygonum is bringing are these if they're the ones from me! (Had the pics handy so thought I'd post them!) I may be bringing a few starts of this too. But, fair warning! It's invasive after a couple years!
Aster novae-angliae, (I think it’s ‘Purple Dome’) - 18” X 24” - " Sun - " purple - Sep-Oct z4
New England Aster -" Spreads a LOT! Good fall color. Attracts bees.
I have at least one other thing that will be a surprise--if it survives!
The things I'd like to have!
If anybody has any they don't want/need anymore, I can always use small square pots and the trays they fit in. I don't have a pic of the pots, but they're the standard "small size" you get when you buy plants at a "real" garden center. They fit in the flat on the left in this pic. I can also use any of the flats shown in this pic, especially the two types on the left and in the center. Can also use flats like the one on the left but they're for 3'5" pots and there are 18 in a flat. Can use that size square pot too--or pretty much any small square pots, or smaller than gallon round pots. Don't need flats that are formed to fit round pots.
Over winter I lost my lavender iceplant! It's Delosperma Lavender Ice 'Psfave'. I got my start for this at a swap several years ago--didn't even know what it was when I got it! I've given away starts at the last couple swaps, and now I'm hoping I can get a start back from somebody! Here's a pic if anybody's not sure which one it is. Will post a bigger pic of this so it's easy to see which one I'm hoping for!
And this is a mum I lost that I've been trying to get back for three or four years now! Not gonna give up! At the Spring Swap in 2008 I gave away 12 of these--and then the one I saved for myself died! This is a regular garden mum, but it's a "quill!" That means the petals on the flowers each look like they're a tiny straw and they're open on the ends. It was my absolutely, positively favorite mum! It looks pinker in the pic than it really was, it was much more lavender in real life! If anybody who got one of these still has it and could remove a little rooted start from the outside of the plant I would appreciate it SO much! I did get a start from somebody a couple years ago (don't know who--that's the year my hard drive crashed and I lost a whole lot of stuff!) who thought they were giving me what I was looking for, but when it bloomed it wound up being the Sheffield's that's pictured above with the things I'm giving away. I have LOTS of that! Don't need more. Big pic so you can easily see which one I'm looking for. Thank you so much if you can help me with this!
Looking forward to the swap,
luckybottom: I feel a wave of greed coming on. If it's not too much trouble, I would like your yellow rose, lemon balm, blood grass, thai basil, and genovese basil, plus I of course am open to anything and everything else. I would very much like a black krim tomato if chellersm doesn't have any extras.
I do have French tarragon which survived the winter. I'll see if I can dig up a small bit of it for you. Mine was planted last year and is still fairly small.
COCurler: I am interested in your succulents especially if they are different from what I have.
Skybird: I have lots of pots and am happy to bring some for you if I get them dug out from the gardening shelves in the garage in time. I do have the lavender ice plant, but I'm not totally sure which one it is. I will bring a few starts from different ice plants. So if it's not Lavender Ice (Psfave), it will be Mesa Verde, also from you I'm pretty sure I know which plants those are, and also the hardy yellow and white nugget ice plants which I got from you. Did you want Fire Spinner or Table Mountain (John Profitt)?
Luckybottom, I would definitely appreciate some:
and any basil variety you have left.
Skybird--you don't need to apologize for not earmarking...you've done so much work teaching and providing babies to what must be hundreds of gardeners. I love those anemones and ajuga I received at my first swap! Gotta enjoy the things that come back year after year in my area where I now usually look for zone 4 plants and am jealous of Denver's hot zone :)
I have oregano to share if anyone needs it...I know it's common, but maybe someone just getting started or for the balcony or kitchen garden.
I am also looking for 'Snow in Summer' Cerastium tomentosum, a super tough plant for my rock garden. Voles got in and ate it all 2 years ago. Now the voles have moved on and I would like to replace.
Here is a link that might be useful: Snow in Summer picture
Cat: got your crimson tomato, citrus basil and dill marked
Curler: you have walking onions with your name on them
PT: yours is the rose bush, lemon balm, blood grass, Thai basil and genovese basil
Ginny, lovage, winter savory, rhubarb, couple basil's and snow in summer are in pots with your name on them. Funny, I had just hoed them out of one area along with the periwinkle. Don't even offer those two after the lamblasting they get on this forum.
Okay, back for more greediness:
ginnytrcka, I'd love some oregano.
luckybottom, if you've extras, I'd like some horseradish and rhubarb, also lemon balm (LOVE that stuff for the skeeters), chocolate mint, basils (any of them) and some of the marigold seeds.
mstywoods and polygonum, I think I will have a couple extra black krims if other people don't (although it sounds like we'll have plenty!), but I'll set some aside and if the day of you get twelve of them, then we can add them back to the free-for-all pile. I will also have some smaller pots (probably 9-ish in each one, if they make it) of the walking onions. I'm sure I'll have plenty of variety of maters, and I'll get some listed as soon as I figure out what my extras will be.
Will anyone have any extra Abe Lincoln starts? I seem to have lost my seeds and of the 20 or so tomato varieties that I have going, I don't think I have a single large red! They're all getting their 2nd set of true leaves... I'm going to have to pot them up soon!
Also, we're looking for "organic" straw for mulching, we're not too picky about truly organic, but we definitely want some that hasn't been sprayed, as our chickens will also be mucking around in it. Anyone have a resource?
I guess I should start my want list....
Luckybottom - I would love a Carmen sweet pepper and a rhubarb.
Ginnytrcka - An oregano start please!
Anyone got any potting mix for orchids? I only need enough to repot one plant.
Spoken for, from me, so far are...
Aloe vera - mayberrygardener
Lemongrass - polygonatum
Sorry for serial posting.
Just looked at my Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) and saw that it has a pup. If someone wants it, I will pot it up.
Aglaonema is a houseplant with leaves striped with silver. Tolerates low light levels and is a good air purifier. Here is a pic...
Serial posting LOL
My neighbors are big-time orchid growers, I'll ask if they have some extra. Will a quart or so be enough?
Oh yes, a quart will be perfect!
Looks like I have some Red Carpet Sedum for offer. It is a creeping groundcover with reddish stems.
Nevermind I can't come, sorry.
This post was edited by goldenguy on Mon, Apr 28, 14 at 10:56
Mayberry: horseradish, rhubarb, lemon balm, chocolate mint, basils and some marigold seeds are set aside just for YOU!
Kvenkat:Carmen sweet pepper is yours but only had two rhubarb and they are spoken for
Looks like I have some Autumn Joy for the asking.
Here is a link that might be useful: Autumn Joy
I've got the usual suspects, will do my best to do fulfill 'dibs' but between my work schedule and family life it's crazy-ba-daisy around here!
All my offerings are flowering, low-water, low-care perennials,
Catmint - Nepeta 'Walker's low'
Salvia - 'May Night'
Winecups - Callirhoe involucrata
Coreopsis - 'Jethro Tull'
Skybird's famous 'never say die' Yellow Columbine
Ornamental strawberry - Fragaria 'Lipstick'
Campanula 'Cherry Bells'
I'll have to see what else is hiding under the pine needles....
I can also bring a few lily-of-the-valley bulbs if someone still needs them.
I'd love a houseplant or two (a lot of mine gave up the ghost this year - Kvenkat, your Aglaonema start would be welcome in my home if no one else jumps on it) and veggie starts. My son said he wants to get rid of our trampoline to make room for a veggie garden so I'm all over that! Marj, that pulmonaria is gorgeous, may I have a bit? How did those grasses I gave you fare?
Only earmark for me if you want to, everyone, I'll be happy with anything.
All of the peonies I got from Liz at the last swap are poking their heads up - I swoon! I have wanted peonies for over a decade. Happy happy happy! :)
I work at a preschool and today my boss brought in 3 very large pots that she picked up in her neighborhood. I suggested that we grow cherry tomatoes for the kids to eat. She is very cheap and will never buy plants. I told her I would see about getting plants if she would buy dirt.
So I'm putting out the call:
I'm looking for 3 cherry tomato plants for the school if anyone ends up with extras.
P.S. I have only promised a couple items off of my have list. Let me know if anyone wants dibs on anything.
Amester: I will take some lily of the valley off your hands--I had to leave ALL that I have gotten in past swaps when we moved :( Also, I got an email from you, but please email me again and give me your email address in the text of your email, because otherwise Gweb hides it ;P I'll also mark some houseplant cuttings for you.
Cat, I will have some Champagne Cherry toms that you can have, or maybe you'll want one of those and some "more traditional" ones since kids tend to not eat things that don't look familiar? I can attest that this one will do well in a container, but if they're thinking cherry toms because they stay small, then this one will surprise them--it was my tallest monster last year, but produced lovely pale yellow candies all summer long!
kvenkat - I haven't yet heard back from the neighbor on the orchid mix, but I'll let you know what they say.
BTW, I think I'm going to be inundated with tomatoes this year (again, presuming nothing untoward happens to them in the next four weeks... FOUR WEEKS!
Wow, that Aglaonema is beautiful. Wish I was better at houseplants. I have managed to do well with a staghorn fern from a swap and pothos. Anything else doesn't live long in my house.
I have mayberrygardener and kvenkat down for oregano.
So glad someone has the snow in summer...just can't justify special ordering that one. I considered stealing a snitch from the park in front of the Pioneer museum the other day, knowing that it wouldn't hurt the plant, but there were too many people watching! I have a large rock garden to fill, but I can see how a backyard garden could get overrun with it.
Thank you mayberrygardener, I would love a Champagne Cherry for the school. The kids are more adventurous in food than you'd think. If you have a lot of extras, I would plant one at my house too! Last year I had a yellow bell tomato that just went crazy. My daughter loved them.
Amester - I've got you down for some Pulmonaria. I'm not sure yet if my ornamental grasses you gave me made it through the winter. I planted them on the border of where the grass meets the mulched pathway, and the regular grass has grown in around them a bit so it's kind of hard to tell which is which. I think I do see some signs of growth, hopefully.
Besides Pulmonaria, I can bring some blue spruce sedum and lambs ear (flowering type) if anyone wants some. May also have some fleabane.
I'm new, so this will be my first year. I could definitely bring veggie starts - I have huge heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, and some peppers taking over my house under grow lights! I also have some berries and such. My question is this - with the swap being towards the end of May will people still want veggie starts? I normally get my garden in around the first or second week of May.
I'll be looking for tomatoes still! Doesn't warm up at night enough to plant until toward the end of May. Think I'll primarily have daylilies to trade this time then more peonies at the fall trade.
I will be looking for veggies still. I'm trying to get a few tomato plants for a preschool. They are patient and free is what they can afford! I could take a couple tomatoes and a pepper off your hands.
I have a baby Jack Frost Brunnera from the ones in the picture. They are reliably cold-hardy and one of my first spring perennials to bloom each year.
I am looking for Penstemon mensarum (High Country Gardens calls it 'Blue Lips). If anyone has some to share I would be thrilled.
Not that much plant swapping going on, so here's a bump!
THis will be my first swap and I lost a LOT of my peppers and maters due to dampening off I believe =( So I will be looking for some heirloom tomatoes including one I def know I want which is: Amish Paste or something like it good for pasta sauce =) and sweet peppers. =) I will try to scrounge out something to bring ie daylillys, sediums Ice plant, silvias =) If i dont kill them trying ;( Like I said Im a newbie for sure :) THanks!!!
I potted up the Alglaonema baby today, for amester.
Found another pup so one more is avavilable if someone wants. This is also called Chinese Evergreen and I posted a picture in a previous post.
Oh my gosh! This is my first year and I'm insanely excited!
Cat: I'm happy to set aside tomatoes if you still need some. I still have tons of cherries, pear tomatoes, Green Zebra, Better Boy, Pineapple, Tomatillos. What kind are you looking for? I also have jalapenos if you still need 'em? Plus some eggplants.
LuckyBottom: If you still have any rhubarb, horseradish, raspberries, or walking onions I'd love some!
Hope you're all warm today!
Vlselz: I have San Marzano tomatoes - a sauce/paste tomato. They're beautiful! Probably 18" or so and very full. Let me know if you want me to save you some. If you end up having some, I'd love some daylillies and salvia!
Cat: Also, I'd love some of your Chocolate Nigella if there is any left. I'd never heard of it, but it is so pretty.
Also, I'm hoping to find daylillies and hostas. And, kinda random but my neighbor at our old house had ornamental grass that was at least 7' tall. It got golden with tassels over winter - any ideas on what it was? She often mentioned that it grew in diameter each year and we talked about dividing a chunk but never did. Anyone have anything like it?
I'm popping in to ask a few folks to contact me and type out your email addresses (gardenweb blocks them ALL, and I cannot contact you because of settings) for the "Deets email" that will be going out later this week.
Please contact me and manually include your email address in the body of the message:
Lisa Lu, I have for you: horseradish, raspberries, walking onions. But no more rhubarb, my plant just doesn't spread much and a couple a year is all i ever take (they are already spoken for).
I just germinated some foxglove. So by the swap they have leaves enough to have some small pots to offer.
Hey everyone - I've had a change of plans come up so I'm going to have to miss the swap. I will definitely 100% make the fall swap (heck, if I get enough done around here I may even host it!) and can do everything then. If anyone from the south area (I'm at C-470 and Broadway) wants to pick up the lily of the valley for delivery to Mayberry that's fine (I think that's the only request I had...?). I'll just have to take a pass on the pulmonaria and house plants for the time being, but thank you all for your generosity and willingness to share with me!
Lisa Lu, I would take 2 cherry tomatoes for the preschool. I would love a pear and a better boy for myself. If it's not too much to ask, I would love to try either the striped Zebra or a pineapple. I haven't grown either of them before, but I googled them and they both sound great. I am hard up for tomatoes this year. There is a little greenhouse here in Brighton that I have been buying tomatoes from for about 10 years. They are gallon pots and almost 2 feet tall. Two years ago the price was $4.00 each. Last year they went up to $6.50. This year they want $8.00 each. Too rich for me! I might have to venture into starting my own next year. It was great while it lasted and I knew the prices would go up eventually, but $8.00 each! Boooo!
Thanks everyone for sharing with me I will bring lots of flowers!
Cat, Isn't it crazy how expensive things get sometimes? I remember the year that I had just gotten everything planted, and then we had a 20 minute sustained hailstorm, and EVERYTHING had to be replaced with nursery plants. I think I spent almost $400, and I got the LITTLE buggers! The only one I got in the gallon pot was a grafted one that died in two weeks from some weird disease :O
I'll have plenty of tomatoes--they won't be in gallon pots, as I just potted them up last night, some into 3" and some into 4" pots, but I can personally attest that they'll grow fast and that they'll catch up and produce when everything else seems to. I'm always amazed at that--no matter what size the plant is when it goes in, the "late bloomers" seem to work extra hard and catch up by harvest time (although, with no greenhouse, my first "pick" is always later than those who are in the running for July tomatoes). I'm going to have quite an unusual selection this year, as I had some older seeds that I had collected for several years, including some that I got from the wintersown ppl and I wanted to see what would spring up--well, LOTS did, so there's quite a wild variety.
I hope to start moving them out this weekend and begin hardening them off--I'd sure like to have that completed by next weekend for everyone!
Mayberrygardener, I guess you got my email address?
I am willing to stop by your place and drop off the Chinese evergreen and take your plants with me to the swap. Let me know.
So, I am plant sitting for Skybird and I have to say, I am a little nervous about it! I have all of her swap plants as well as her personal babies. Things look pretty good considering they had to spend a couple days in my basement last weekend. However, I seem to have killed (well, one is hanging on by a thread) 3 of her 6 zinnias. I do not know what color or kind but I thought I would see if anyone has any extra zinnias that they could set aside for Skybird. She is always so generous with her plants, time and knowledge I would like to have a couple replacements for her. For some reason zinnias don't like me. I always seem to kill them so there is no guarantee that I won't kill the rest of them for her!
Hi guys, here's a list I came up with(prolly longer than it should be!!) from the plants everyone had on offer that I'd like to have:
ginnytrcka - strawberries (or anyone else that has them! The more the merrier, we love berries!)
catnohat - snapdragons, yellow daylillies (the husband, aka the flower guy, would die for these)
chellersm - eggplant, bell pepper
gjmancini - lambs ear, lily of the valley
luckybottom - cinnamon basil, citrus basil, thai basil, chocolate mint, lemon balm
I'm not sure what all is not yet spoken for, so I just listed what I saw that I'd like to have. I understand I chimed in a little late, so I completely understand getting last dibs lol.
If anyone has a Marionberry, I would love to get a hold of one. I haven't been able to find any around. So, if anyone can point me in the right direction, would be super. Thanks!
You're killing my plants, Cat??? O! M! G!
I'm glad you posted that before I go incommunicado tomorrow! Like I said when I left them there, if something dies it's no big deal! Now! If all the SWAP plants die, you'll have the "attendees" to deal with! No big problem from me! :-D
First of all, with the zinnias, nobody needs to try to replace them, even if they do die. I just started a few to stick here and there in the yard--no real Garden Design going on here! But if you're having a problem, with the zinnias, or anything else, my recommendation is to let them dry pretty much all the way (like 98%) before you water them again, and if there's a problem, maybe don't soak them totally when you do water them like I usually recommend, just water them enough that all the soil is "moist," but not totally saturated, if that makes any sense to you! And if they die, they die! I'll live--even if a few of the plants don't! (And I don't know what color they are either--it was a mix!)
And keep this in mind! If you hadn't been willing to take care of them for me they ALL would have died! So it sounds to me like you're doing a pretty good job! Please, please don't freak out or feel bad if some of them die. I kill plants too!
And since I'm posting here, email me if you want me to come get them from your house on the Friday before the swap if you won't have room enough in your vehicle for everything. I won't get it till I get home, but if you don't email before I get home there won't be time to make the arrangements for me to get them before Saturday. I will be checking email on Thursday, but I don't know when--but it definitely won't be till mid evening or later!
Breaking all contact with The People of Earth tomorrow,
Just the Zinnias!...and maybe a basil...
Have a great time Skybird!
Cat, I'm waaay down south so it's probably not worth the drive down since the swap is up north. No one's really needed anything of mine (other than a lily of the valley for mayberry) so I'm OK if mayberry is.
Anyone can also email me if they want to stop by and dig something up at my house.
See you at the fall swap!
Ooh, mayberrygardener, a variety of interesting tomatoes? I'm interested! I know that even the little ones catch up and are quite productive by the end of the season.
lisaluwho: A tomatillo or two, please? Any advice about getting them to set fruit in Colorado? I've had healthy plants but zero tomatillos the last two summers.
luckybottom: Foxgloves? If you have extras, I would be happy to take one or more.
Amester: I'm sorry you won't be able to attend! I'll e-mail about digging up your yard.
Another offering: I have a pineapple sage. I can take a few cuttings if someone wants to get them rooted and started.
They are somewhat tender perennials(zone 8 or so) so will need to be over-wintered indoors. They have pretty red flowers. However, the blooms are triggered by daylength and don't start until late in the summer. Last year, they started to bloom just before frost. Needless to say, frost will kill the blooms. The leaves are usable all summer. It is easy to pot up the plant and bring it indoors, or take cuttings to have indoors for the winter. The plant I have has been inside all winter.
Skybird: I will bring lavender ice plant if I can figure out which it is. Mine are still semi-dormant and not looking too vigorous. If I don't get it now, I'll mark it when it blooms and bring you some for the fall swap.
Okay, I'm about to start a NEW thread with the details of who I have confirmed is coming, so you can head over there (it'll probably be later tonight, Saturday night) and make sure your name is on the list, and then I'll be sending the email. If you find your name NOT on the list and you plan on attending, you'll know that you need to contact me ASAP!
Amester, I totally understand if you end up not attending--you do have a bit of a hike! I'll just have to take first dibs on any that DO make it! Ooh, I do love those, and I sure miss mine!
kvenkat, yes, I got your email address, you'll be getting the group email in a little bit!
polygonum, if I remember right, you ALWAYS make off with about a zillion tomato plants, and this year you'll have quite a variety to choose from--I'm seriously debating not keeping a couple because I have TWENTY NINE VARIETIES planted, including tomatillos. Holy camole, WHAT WAS I THINKING!?!
Okay, off to put together the group email!
We're getting close and I'm starting to tag off plants. I just want to confirm that these are the only "promises" I have:
Cat: 2 cherry toms, pear tom, better boy, zebra, pineapple tom
Polygonum: 2 tomatillos
(the secret to fruiting tomatillos is you need more than one plant - they don't pollinate themselves very well - you might get one or two but not a very good crop without having multiple. Otherwise, they grow like weeds and produce like crazy!)
If I missed something on here, please let me know! Thanks!
Ha, yes, I'm the orphan plant adopter, taking home plants that no one else wants. I often take a few tomatoes at the end of the swap, after the craziest of the free-for-all is over.
That's how I found out that Black Krim tomatoes are AWESOME! I'm always happy to try out new/more tomatoes. I save seeds from the non-hybrid plants most years, though I won't always save seed from something that is common or that I don't like all that much.
I do try to let everyone else have first dibs.
Thanks for the hints on how to get tomatillos. You're right -- I probably only had one, since they've been hard to find locally for some unknown reason. I used to get zillions of tomatillos years ago when I grew them from seed and thus had several in the garden at a time.
catnohat: If you have extra oriental poppies, may I have one? I don't think the one I got from you last time has survived the winter. It hasn't emerged yet. I will fully understand if you don't wish to entrust your precious poppies to a confirmed poppy-murderer like me.
If anyone wants some of skybird's sedums (and if Skybird isn't bringing cuttings), I can bring some cuttings of those: pachyclaidos, tri-color, dragon's blood, angelina, blue spruce, coral carpet. I also have plenty of amester's white yarrow, plus yarrow volunteers of unknown colors (probably pale pink) that have been sprouting up in my yard.
Also, I have a butterfly bush I don't like very much. It is either peach cobbler or blueberry cobbler. I can dig it up and bring it to the swap if someone wants it.
I'd like a betterboy, a zebra and a pineapple tom, please?
You'd also mentioned you had eggplant? Could I get one of the eggplants as well?
I have some emerald and burgundy okra plants. they are still quite tiny. I hope to bring about 3 of each to the swap.
Seems like a few people are bringing basil - if there are any left not spoken for, I'd love to have a couple.
Things I will most likely bring are:
chocolate mint, fleabane, Pulmonaria,flowering lambs ear. May have a few other things, but will have to wait and see what I have time to pot up.
Did you want me to stop by ?
Pls see my post above made on 16 May.
Yes I will definitely try a San Marzano sounds what I'm looking for =). Also, do you still have any Pineapple Tomatoes left? if so I'd love to try that variety as well! As for the Salvias and the Daylilies (i believe they maybe a dwarf variety tho) This sounds strange but like I said b4 I'm a total newbie "is it to late in the season to divide the plants up to bring to the swap"?? I've never tried to bring divided starts somewhere, (most times I divide to move somewhere right away in the yard) :). As for the grass you are talking about, we have two ornamental grasses they are "Karl Foerster" Feather Reed Grass, they look like wheat in the fall (big gold wheat tassels) about waist high last year, every year they are getting bigger in diameter and height limit I think is 20" round and 5 feet tall (I had to move a bunch of Coneflowers this year before they got suffocated b/c the grass is doing SO well. =) If I can get advice on how to bring some, they are yours... if your still wanting them =) Here are two pics, one is a link on the type of grass and how they look late summer (in wheat form). The picture posted below is how they look out front a week ago (my pic) =). Let me know what you think..Thanks!!
Here is a link that might be useful: Feather Reed Grass or Wheat Grass
Garner; I have marked for you, cinnamon basil, citrus basil, thai basil, chocolate mint & lemon balm.
PT: not looking good for the foxglove, they are maybe 1/4" tall and not growing much. Maybe next year there will be some self seeded ones.
Wow, we're still "dibbing" and we're running out of time! I keep remiding myself, there will be lots of stuff there, so if you don't get something pre-dibbed, then we'll have a couple rounds of first picks, which is where you are almost guaranteed to get at least several of what you're REALLY wanting. I'm just not even sure what I'm going to want this year, besides what I've already dibbed! Hubby and I were just discussing that we're going to have to find homes for the rhubarb and horseradish... I think I know where I ultimately will want them, but it's in an area where one of the three "weed jungles" is that we haven't tackled yet, and I sure don't want to put them out there until we get some of that under control! Oh, for-10-years-we-let-it-go garden beds... and the lovely folks selling it ran a rototiller last summer so we have quadruple the weeds!
As a reminder: you can also bring seeds to trade (outside of the plants being swapped) if you have some that you don't want anymore. And I think basils are quick enough that even if you plant them from seed now, you'll have plenty for caprese when that first tomato is harvested!
polygonum, I'm not familiar with butterfly bush, but if it will attract monarchs, I'd definitely like to try it! It may have to go into a pot until we get some of the beds under control, I have some gallon pots and also some 2 (or 3?) gallon ones as well. If it'll fit? If not, I can rig something up. Thanks!
I will have some tomatillos for the swap, and I have at least two in each pot. They're pretty hardy like tomatoes--you can take a serrated knife right down between the two plants, bury them deep, and they'll recover just fine. I concur with lisaluwho, you have to have (at least) two (DANG, that was a cute rhyme *wink*) to have production, but when you do, LOOK OUT! Those things are like weeds!
This post was edited by mayberrygardener on Mon, May 19, 14 at 10:37
Ohhh I have seeds =) Kept at the correct storage conditions I can bring some of those =) BTW do we still need plastic spoons, forks, knives? If so I can bring some just let me know.
Here is a list of things I am interested in or looking for still: Looking for maybe some heirloom/specialty type tomatoes Wanted to try Black Krim, the Pineapple, Cherokee Purple or the other variety like it but better & Amish Paste. I am interested in Sweet/Bell Peppers (i cant take the heat, but love sweet ones), herbs, Perennial/annual flowers I just LOVE. I dont have much to swap but do have some Salvias, Dwarf Yellow Daylilies (i believe dwarf variety ;), Shallots, (all my platns are in bloom in the ground, so not sure how to get the starts, but if you can tell me how your welcome to them or maybe next year I will be more prepared. I will bring a variety of seeds with e to the swap. =) Thanks, cant wait to see everyone!!
I love tomatillos, so will look forward to finding the secret to get mine to set fruit.
I concur on seeds. I got too busy this spring and never started any, but it's still not too late to start tomatoes, basil, and some of the other long-season, frost-sensitive veggies.
In fact, I will have very few rooted things at this swap. As usual, I am happy to bring cuttings of easily-rooted things of anything that someone requests. I will pot up and bring some things for the general swap part of the event, though in the past, sometimes they come right back home with me.
Mayberrygardener: I will happily dig up the butterfly bush for you. It's just starting to sprout for the year, so I'll cut back last year's branches and put it in a pot. It can live in a pot for a while. The plant is in an area where I'm fighting difficult weeds, so I don't promise that it will be entirely weed free.
It definitely attracts all kinds of butterflies, and also hummingbirds. The scent is really nice. For me, it starts blooming in mid summer and continues through late summer to early fall if I deadhead.
I cut back the previous year's growth in spring. It blooms on new growth and will definitely resprout from the roots even if cut back hard. Some people cut it back in the fall. I prefer to wait until spring. If you deadhead while it's blooming, it will often continue to set new flowers for the rest of the season. The first flush is the best, of course.
I love butterfly bushes. But for some reason, I'm not crazy about the flowers on this one.
A warning about horseradish: It spreads and it is invasive.
Luckybottom: Thanks for giving me the heads-up on the foxglove. No worries.
I'm wondering if any folks will be bringing spare pots? I am always short on those it seems since all my gardening has to be done in pots for now. Here's to hoping! :D
Ok I'm confused "Polygonum" Im still a little new to gardening, ive only done it about 2 years now. Out of those 2 yrs I've always bought nursery starts. Well someone told me that it's to late to start tomatoes/peppers from seed. You see I have some nice varieties I wanted to try (nothing rare, just some I've never had that most people have :] ) Anyways the person said it was to late to start them from seed. Is that correct (its to late to start by seed) or cat I plant the ones i wanted?? thank you, yet agian for everyone lo
It's rather late for peppers, but I don't think it's too late for tomatoes. Start them soon and keep them warm so they sprout and grow quickly. Yes, you'll transplant them when they're small. They won't be quite as early as transplants that were started earlier, but they should still produce nicely.
It's worth a try. What do you have to lose it if doesn't work? Have you ever had volunteer tomato plants? Those often don't sprout until late May or June, and those usually produce. You could even try direct sowing tomato seeds if the soil is warm enough. (A cloche, perhaps, until the plant is established?)
If you have your heart set on growing peppers from seed, especially hot peppers, you can start them now, grow them outside all summer, and bring them back indoors in the fall. Some of the best hot peppers I've ever eaten came from plants brought indoors. The plants were stressed and unhappy, and that made the peppers very flavorful and hot. But it is rather late to get any sweet peppers going if you want a harvest before fall.
Veronica, I can mark both a black krim and a Cherokee purple for you, just be advised that they won't be as big as some that other folks might be bringing. I always get lots from them even when they start out this size, tho. I second what polygonum says said about starting tomatoes, if you're going to, do it soon. I generally get some seeds for the following year when I get anything at the swap, tho, so you might just pick up some seedlings at the swap for this year, and if anyone has interesting seeds then you can plan on them for next year. Or, as poly said, you can always plant them this season, you've only got a few seeds to lose! I have been teaching a rookie gardener friend at work who planted an entire tray of seeds, and not a single one popped up. She thought it was a failure, I said nope, you learned what didn't work, welcome to gardening!
Thank you both for the advice, I love this forum everyone is so helpful. Your right on the volunteer tomato plants, they dont come up til about now so tht makes sense :) Mayberry thank you for the saves of the BK & CP I appreciate it, I'd love to try those! :)
Okay, I’m late making my own dibs, but I finally made my way through this entire post! Here is what I would love to put dibs on, if it is still available… NO worries if not!
mstywoods -- Pulmonaria
Mayberry Gardener -- " Grape hyacinths
catnohat -- snap dragons and bachelor buttons
luckybottom -- I would love the Autumn Joy if you have it, Lemon Balm and cinnamon (or any) basil
lisaluwho -- Berries
katgardener -- Jack Frost Brunnera
I am bringing the following. I’ve made this list just from perusing the thread, so no worries if you don’t want an earmarked one, it’s all potted up to bring anyway! Feel free to reject anything…. (disclaimer) this is my first year starting veggies from seed and my tomatoes got a little leggy when I ran out of room under the lights, and then a little sunburned since they’ve now been hardening off in the garden for a couple of weeks (sigh) … next year I need more grow lights!
--iceplant (hot pink/purple-ish) for Mayberry Gardener
--super sweet 100 tomato and a bell pepper for Catnohat
--black krim tomato and a bell pepper for Polygonum_tinctorium
--black krim tomato for Mstywoods
--tomato for LizinElizabeth
--bell pepper and eggplant for GarnerGarden
--tomato for Vlselz (I have a Juliet tomato, which is not heirloom but is basically a roma type, I believe, it’s my first time growing them)
That is all my bell peppers, but I have more Juliet, Rutgers, and SS100 tomatoes that I can/will bring, and some eggplant (Louisiana long green, long purple, and Black Beauty).
I feel greedy enough with my earmarking, but I’m generally looking for anything that does well in part shade, any herbs, and any blue, purple or pink perennials. And, randomly, if anyone happens to have chocolate flower or winecups I’d be thrilled.
See you all on Saturday!
Could I get a long green and long purple eggplant from you, please?
Here's a summary of what I will tag up today:
Apple mint, oregano -- mayberrygardener
strawberries -- GarnerGarden
pineapple mint, apple mint -- polygonum_tinctorium
The mints are up and running, so don't be shy if you still want some! The apple mint is especially easy to contain. It grows about 3 feet tall. It does send out runners like all mints, but they are easy to pull. The pineapple mint gets about a foot tall for me and is more aggressive than the apple mint, but not quite as crazy as the low growing glossy leaved mints. These are both 'fuzzy' leaved mints.
Plenty of oregano left, too.
The sweet woodruff is coming up gangbusters, so will pot if anyone wants, but if no requests will wait until fall.
Plenty of chives and lupines everywhere I can dig up. My kids and I read Miss Rumphius and must have gone wild with spreading the lupine seeds last year.
I have not tried growing tomatoes since our first year here when I had huge vines of green tomatoes ripening in the basement due to frost coming, but would love to put dibs on some of the interesting varieties you all are talking about if there are any left. Pineapple, purple, krim, pear...whatever.
I would also like a pulmonaria and a couple of tomatillos, if left.
Don't mean to be greedy, but coming from the Springs.
I'll bring pulmonaria for you ginnytrcka and chellersm. Amester - I can bring you one to the fall swap. Just remind me!! Sorry you can't make it the the spring swap.
Chellersm - I won't be needing the Black Krim from you afterall. My DH broke down and bought several, and I also had success with my second batch of seeds. So I'm looking fine for tomatoes :) I may even bring a few of my BK seedlings to share - sounds like a few folks are interested in them.
Does anyone have any marigolds? I'd like to try planting some around the border of my flower garden to see if the smell deters the rabbits. I have seeds that I can start as well, but if anyone has a few already started, that would be super!
ginnytrcka: A lupine or two, please?
chellersm: Although I would be delighted to have a pepper, I am OK with someone else getting it if they are asking for one. On the other hand, do you have an extra sweet 100 tomato? No worries if you don't; I'm sure there will be other yummy tomatoes up for grabs.
I have a few perennials that are in the pink/purple family. They are things I got from others, so I might not be the only one bringing them. I'll show them to you, and if you don't want them, I can put them in the general pile.
mayberrygardener: Do you find the cherokee purple to be reasonable for our climate? They are quite yummy but I had worried they might be too long-season for us. If you have plenty, I would love to try one. No worries at all if other people get first dibs on them.
Here is a list of what I am bringing for the "dibs" portion of our program:
Chocolate Nigella for ginnytrcka and lisaluwho.
Snapdragons for GarnerGarden and chellersm.
Poppies for polygonum tinct.
Daylillies for lisaluwho and GarnerGarden.
Bachlor buttons for chellersm.
Please let me know if I missed anyone. I should be able to bring extras unless there is a dying spree!
I also wanted to chime in and say that I am all for 4 or 5 rounds of organized picking of plants. I think we will have a big crowd so it will be more civilized! ;)
Thanks and can't wait!
I keep trying to email you directly, but apparently I'm incapable! :)
I'll set aside some pineapple and San marzanos aside for you! I'd love some salvia and daylillies! And Karl Forster grass too! I love that stuff - so pretty waving golden in the wind! It isn't necessarily too late to transplant - you could just wrap them in wet paper in a plastic bag and I'll put them in the ground Saturday night (my favorite Saturday night party!!). Or, you can put them in a pot and I'll give them a couple of weeks to develop a good root system before I put them in the ground. I'm good either way! Thanks so much!
Now, I'm serial posting :)
Mayberry: Very cute rhyme, good job :)
Amaranth: Yup, tomatoes for you!
Ginnytrcka: I have a pineapple and a pear for you. Is it too late to ask for some lupines? And maybe mint and strawberries?
Polygonum: Do you still have any purple asters or ice plant left? If not, it sounds like a couple people are bringing some.
Does anyone want a sprouted Dark Green Zucchini? Mine sprouted way too many and i will be thinning those today. We just don't have enough friends for more than a couple of zucchini plants.
I will happily take a zucchini plant!
lisaluwho: I have a very healthy clump of aster plants, so I will dug up at least one or two small plants for you. For the ice plants, I can bring fresh cuttings of a few different kinds. I know for sure which ones are the hardy yellow, fire spinner, and table mountain.
luckybottom: I would like try my luck with a few of your extra zucchini(s) if no one else speaks up. How hard are they to transplant?
Does anyone have coriander/cilantro seeds to share?
polygonum, I have cilantro seeds - I will try to remember to put some in a plastic baggie for you. I'm pretty sure I can do a SS100! (after all this rain during the week I've been hardening off my veggies, some are looking really sickly, I think they are just waterlogged, but I'm hoping if my backyard escapes rain today they will perk back up - fingers crossed!)
Lisaluwho, got your message will bring those to the swap for you, Did you ever have a chance to see if you had an extra Pineapple tomato avail for me? If not I understand Im sure everyone will get plenty at the swap!
Also Chellersm: after a final look over at what we have that survived I am going to politely pass on your juliet grape tomatoes as we already have several grape varieties my Mom said we were good on. So thank you for the original offer =) Cant wait to meet you all Sat, I may be closer to arriving at 12 though, I have a disabled son and his respite provider fell thru and my hubby is taking off work to help me. =)
Hi! I'm new to the Garden Forum/Rocky Mtn Gardeners, but recently learned of it from a friend. I would love to attend the swap tomorrow, but unfortunately am having trouble perusing the forum to find the time and location. Can someone help me out?
No worries vlslez!
Kellster, check out the "spring swap . . . Are you confirmed" thread and from there email MayberryGardener with your email address and she can send you the detailed info. It starts at 11ish in Arvada.
I'm outside today digging plants for the swap. Some will be in pots. Others will be cuttings in baggies, for people to take a few or all that are in the bag. The cuttings should be easy to root. hopefully the potted stuff will survive.
Mayberrygardener -- a butterfly bush (Buddleia), either blueberry cobbler or peach cobbler. Do you need more sedum or sempervivums, because I can bring some if you do.
Luckybottom -- French tarragon
Lisaluwho -- skybird's Purple Dome aster, ice plant cuttings (hardy yellow, Fire Spinner, and Table Mountain)
Skybird -- what I am pretty sure is Psfave Lavender Ice ice plant, based on photos I took of my garden bed last year. There are cuttings from two plants. It is possible that one of them is Mesa Verde, but in the photo it sure looked like Lavender Ice. I'll also have pots, flats, etc., for you.
I also have the following, which can be claimed or which will go in the general offerings:
1 golden oregano, similar to regular oregano, but lighter in color, in a pot. (I can probably get a few more small pots of this if there is demand)
1 baggie with two cuttings of Persicaria affinis aka Himalayan fleeceflower. This is a groundcover. It has small flower spikes in mid to late summer, and the leaves turn red in the fall. the cuttings already have small rootlets, similar to Ajuga, so it should be easy to establish and keep under control. I can get more cuttings of this if there is interest.
1 pot of amester's white yarrow. This is vigorous and easy to establish. I can bring more if anyone wants any.
at least 1 pot of skybird's purple dome aster. I can bring more if there is interest. I am not the only one who will have this tomorrow.
a few baggies of Angelina sedum cuttings. this was originally from skybird. I can easily get more if people want more.
at least 1 baggie of Coral Carpet sedum cuttings, again from skybird. this is easy to establish. It's not too obnoxious, though. Again, I can easily bring more cuttings.
at least 1 baggie of hardy yellow ice plant cuttings. If there is interest, I can bring at least 1 baggie of table mountain and/or fire spinner ice plant cuttings
2 sempervivums that are not originally from skybird. Skybird gets first dibs on these since she seems to be the Keeper of the Sempervivum Collection. One of them is called Emerald Empress. The other is deep red right now; it was part of a pot of mixed sempervivums I bought at the Colorado Springs Zoo plant sale a while back.
Plus whatever other plants or cuttings follow me to the swap tomorrow.
If there is interest, I can take cuttings of Blue Spruce sedum, tri-color sedum, pachyclaidos sedum, and dragon's blood sedum. All are originally from skybird, and she might well be bringing bags of these as cuttings to the swap tomorrow.
If there is interest, I can bring cuttings/starts from houseplants -- aloe aristata, an unknown aloe hybrid that looks similar to but probably isn't aloe black gem, haworthia (either attenuata or fasciata), euphorbia trigona (African milk tree), pineapple sage (which can be outside all summer), and maybe Kolanchoe pumila.
Serpent Moon and I are looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! I don't know if I'll have anyone else with me.
Polygonum, I would LOVE to have a couple new kinds of semps that I don't have to pay for to add to my "collection!" Thank you for offering them to me!
I'm not bringing sedum or semps this time. Just don't/didn't have time! Drove home in the rain all the way from Fairplay yesterday, and then drove into RUSH HOUR in Denver! Was about to pull my hair out! What is it with me and RAIN! Last year I drove all the way home in the first serious day of The Denver Floods! That was even worse than this year!!!
Having said that, I am bringing a few different semp starts for Mayberry, which she requested in her very first post on this thread! There are perks for volunteering to be the hostess! Also have three kinds of sedum cuttings for her, but you might want to bring some 'Dragon's Blood', 'Angelina', and S. pachyclados for her. I almost killed my 'Angelina' late last fall, and something similar with my 'Dragon's Blood' and pachyclados! They're both VERY small right now and they just need time to get going again!
Thanks for bringing the Lavender Ice for me! If there are two different things, I'll figure it out when they bloom. The person I originally got the Lavender Ice from didn't have a clue what it was, but most of them are pretty easy to figure out when they bloom!
Have to go! Still need to come up with some food to bring, and need to run up to Cat's later to pick up my plants again so she'll have room in her car for her stuff!
Will see you all tomorrow! I may be asleep, but I'll be there!
Ok, skybird, the semps are yours!
Did you want some cuttings of Angelina, Dragon's blood, or pachyclados to get yours going again?
I'll bring a few cuttings of each for our Fearless Hostess.