UPDATE: Theme Garden Swap, Corrected Update

drippy(7bAL)January 6, 2010

Okay folks, here is the new thread, with only the appropriate information! Players list:

1. Drippy - themes:

Native American

Girls, girls, girls

Flying

Praise Garden

Kings, Queens, and the Royal Court

Moon

Hail Brittania

Ocean

Music

Everlasting

Gemstones

Astrology/astronomy

Herb

2. Pattygrow5 - themes:

Rare and unusual

Hey, Shorty!

Reach for the Sky

Variegated Plants

Sun Doesn't Mean Yellow

3. Poisondartfrog - themes:

Poultry Garden

Vlad the Impaler

A Garden of Gourds

Bee Garden

Frozen But Not Frigid

4. Suecirish - themes:

Celtic Heritage Garden

Wicked Weird Garden

Butterfly, Bee, Bird

Herbal/Medicinal

Bog Garden

5. Stage_rat - themes:

Gold-digger

It Was a Dark and Sandy Site

Bone-Dry Botany

Beyond Boggy: The Pittttt of Despair

No Snooping

Memorial/Family Garden

6. Micyrey - themes:

Red & white perennial garden

Red annual garden for hummingbirds

Orange flowers

Purple and yellow butterfly garden

Caterpillar garden

Missouri Wildflower Garden

7. Sandysgardens - themes:

Stand-up & Salute America!

Let's Get Wet!

The Forgotten Patch!

On the Dark Side!

Who's That?

Grand(ma) Garden

8. Clay_lady - themes:

Heirloom Tomatoes

Chocolate Garden

Memory Garden

Edible Flowers

Rare and Unusual

Butterfly and Hummingbird

Sun and Moon

9. Julie_mn - themes:

Variables

Orientation

Metallurgy

So Crows the Raven

Sugar N' Spice

N' Everything Nice

  1. Jaynine - themes:

Tea Garden

Healing Garden

Basil Garden

  1. Sandlapper_rose - themes:

Miniatures

Variegated

Tea or Coffee

Law or Law Enforcement

Travel

  1. Lisam627_ohio_z6 - themes:

Gardenweb Member's Favorites

Rainbow Flower Garden

  1. Booberry85 - themes:

The Trinity of Spices: Basil, Oregano & Parsley

Crazy Daisy, Lazy Daisy

Three Sisters

So What's Weird, Anyway?

Pansies, Petunias and Poppies

  1. Strmywthr3 - themes:

Herb Garden

Blue & Purple Garden

Beyond Boggy

The Odd Tomato Garden

Colorful Veggies

Butterflies & Hummingbirds

  1. Chitownladyd - themes:

See and Say

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

Thanks for the Memories

Sizzle and Spice

Double the Fun

  1. Browneyedsusan - themes:

High Noon

Rebecca's Garden

Shady Ladies

  1. Velsgarden - themes:

Red Perennial Bed

Herb Garden

Fairy Garden

Children's Garden

Spook Garden

Lily of the Valley

Fruit Garden

Green Green Grass of Home

Anatomy Garden

Chocolate Garden

  1. Shellfreak - themes:

Reseeders

Red, Red & Red

Butterfly and Hummingbird

Lucky

  1. Grandmachris - themes: No Contact info; presumed to be not participating at this point

Big Leaves

Silver Leaves

  1. Roper2008 - themes:

Scent's In The Air

Pepper Rally

Bee Heaven

The Couch Tomato

  1. Shinyalloy - themes:

Great Muppet Caper

Rainbow Sherbert

Shrinking Violet

Addams Family

Night Owl

  1. Hotwheel_Tim - themes:

Butterfly Bee Garden

Chicken Food Garden

  1. Threeshyacres - themes:

Bone Dry Botany

The Forgotton Patch

Double the Fun

Pansies, Petunias, and Poppies

Plants That Stay Past Curfew

Cottage Garden

Winter Interest

  1. Grovespirit - themes:

Elseweyr - Where Snowbird Fairies Fly South For the Winter

P4 (Poisonless Perennial Perfumed Paradise)

Paint the Town Red With Salad

Diversity Tropical Food Garden

  1. Fcoffill - themes:

Annual Container Garden

One Foot Tall and Bulletproof!

Tropical-esque

  1. Rbrady - themes:

Pot Me Up

No Sun/No Problem

Touch of Gray

Red Memorial Bed

Short Stuff

  1. Organic_selah - themes:

Medicine Wheel Garden

Three Sisters

Children's Garden

Colorful Veggies

Asian Edibles

French Garden

  1. Patti1957 - themes:

Scents to Soothe the Soul

Aromatic Herb Garden

Salsa Garden

Tropical Garden

Memory Garden

  1. Cybermeowz - themes:

Moon Garden

True Blue and Sublime Lime

Really Red

Shimmering Silver

Scentsational

Water Garden Wonderland

Peppers on Parade

Totally Tomatoes

Melons and Winter Squashes

Colorful Veggies

Herb Garden

  1. Gee_oh_nyc - themes:

Herbin' Urban

Topsy Turvy Tomato

Pretty Shady

Rare and Unusual

The Whole Bloomin' Year

  1. Sred98 - themes:

Kitchen Garden

Reach For the Sky

Heirloom Tomatoes

Salsa Garden

Fruit Garden

Fragrant Night Garden

Cottage Garden

Bee/Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden

Tropical-esque Garden

Edible Landscape

Herb Garden

Sun and Moon Garden

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drippy(7bAL)

Theme Garden Themes By Description

Addams Family creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky, altogether ooky  Shinyalloy_5
Anatomy Garden  peter peppers, clitoria ternatea, painted tongue, any body parts  Velsgarden
Annual Container Garden  in vibrant shades, annuals for containers  Fcoffill
Asian Edibles - Chinese Leek, Bunching Onion, Baby Corn, Pak Choy , Chinese Cabbage etc - Organic_selah
Astrology/Astronomy  plants with names of zodiac signs or planets  Drippy
Basil Garden  Jaynine
Bee Garden  plants to attract/provide nectar for bees  Poisondartfrog
Bee Heaven  Roper2008
Beyond Boggy: The Pittttt of Despair  plants that can live in standing water  Stage_rat, Strmywthr3
Big Leaves  Grandmachris
Blue & Purple Garden  especially deep blue & purple  Strmywthr3
Bog Garden  plants that like wet feet - Suecirish
Bone-Dry Botany  plants that like dry soil, more sun than shade  Stage_rat, Threeshyacres
Butterfly/Bee/Bird  attractive to, host plants  Suecirish, Hotwheel_tim, Sred98
Butterfly & Hummingbird  Shellfreak, Strmywthr3, Clay_lady
Caterpillar Garden  host plants for caterpillars  Micyrey
Celtic Heritage Garden  anything native to, or Celtic named, Ireland/Scotland/England/Wales, etc. - Suecirish
Children's Garden (Sunflowers, Peanuts, Carrots, Gourds) Â Velsgarden, Organic_selah
Chicken Food  plants that are foods for chicken  Hotwheel_tim
Chocolate Garden  anything with chocolate in the name  Velsgarden, Clay_lady
Colorful Veggies  veggies not the usual colors, like purple beans, etc  Strmywthr3, Organic_selah, Cybermeowz
Cottage Garden  rosy, feminine, unplanned, pretty; whites & pastels  Threeshyacres, Sred98
The Couch Tomato  Roper2008
Crazy Daisy, Lazy Daisy  any daisy or daisy-like flowers  Booberry
Diversity Tropical Food  heirloom fruits, veggies, edible flowers that do not need winter chill to produce; the weirder the better  Grovespirit
Double the Fun  flowers that have a double bloom  Chitownladyd, Threeshyacres
Edible Flowers, Edible Landscape  Clay_lady, Sred98
Elseweyr; Where Snowbird Fairies Fly South For the Winter  dwarf varieties of flowering plants, no more than 14" pref, cannot require stratification (pre-chilling); may have dwarf, elf, fairy names or attractive properties  Grovespirit
Everlastings  plants for dried arrangements  Drippy
Fairy Garden  Velsgarden
Flying  anything named or related to flight  Drippy
Fragrant Night Garden  Sred98
French Garden  eggplant, tomato, pepper, endive, artichoke, radish, etc  Organic_selah
Frozen, But Not Frigid  plants with cold names like snow, cold, arctic, frost, ice  Poisondartfrog
Fruit Garden  Velsgarden, Sred98
The Forgotten Patch  plants that thrive on neglect  Sandysgardens, Threeshyacres
A Garden of Gourds  ornamental gourds, pumpkins & squash for fall decorating  Poisondartfrog
Gardenweb Member's Favorites  Lisam627_ohio_z6
Gemstones  plants with precious or semi-precious gem names  Drippy
Girls, girls, girls  plants with girls' names  Drippy
Gold-digger  gold foliage, variegated and gold, gold-edged, or chartreuse foliage  Stage_rat
Grand(ma)  plants with "grand" as part of common, species, cultivar, variety name  Sandysgardens
Great Muppet Caper  anything related to Muppets, including Sesame Street  Shinyalloy_5
Green, Green Grass of Home  ornamental grasses  Velsgarden
Hail Brittania  similar to Celtic, including plants reminiscent of English gardens - Drippy
Healing Garden  medicinal plants, including hot peppers  Jaynine
Heirloom Tomatoes  Clay_lady, Sred98
Herbs/Medicinal Herbs, Aromatic Herbs  Suecirish, Drippy, Velsgarden, Strmywthr3, Patti1957, Cybermeowz, Sred98
Herbin' Urban  herbs that do well in containers  Gee_oh_nyc
Hey, Shorty  short plants, but not ground covers - Pattygrow5
High Noon  plants for hot, dry, sunny sites like salvias, agastaches, scutellarias, penstemons  Browneyedsusan
Hooray for the Red, White & Blue  red, white, blue(ish) flowers that work together  Chitownladyd
Hummingbird Garden  red annuals  Micyrey
It Was a Dark and Sandy Site  plants for dry shade, with neat blooms/foliage  Stage_rat
Kings, Queens, and the Royal Court  names, castles, etc  Drippy
Kitchen Garden  smaller growing herbs or veggies found in cottage or potager gardens - Sred98
Law or Law Enforcement  plants named or related to these ideas  Sandlapper_Rose
Let's Get Wet  plants that live in very wet condition, more sun than shade  Sandysgardens
Lily of the Valley - daylily, oriental, asiatic  Velsgarden
Lucky  anything with Lucky in the name  Shellfreak
Medicine Wheel Garden - medicinal herbs flowers and small vegetable plants of the following colors:East:Yellow, South:Red, West:black, blue, purple, and North:White/silver  Organic_selah
Melons and Winter Squashes  especially heirlooms  Cybermeowz
Memorial/Family Garden  names Brian, Jill, Charlie, Rene, Mynah, Mina, Carmina, Lily (especially anything other than actual lily), and things to do the the Navy, "Matey", Greystone, or Titanic  Stage_rat
Memory Garden  violets, petunias, pansies, etc  anything you can remember your grandparents growing  Patti1957, Clay_lady
Metallurgy  metallic colored blooms, foliage, seeds  gold, silver, copper, pewter, etc. - Julie_mn
Miniatures  the smaller the better  Sandlapper_Rose
Missouri Wildflower Garden  Micyrey
Moon Garden  all whites  Drippy, Cybermeowz
Music  plants with musical names  Drippy
Native American  plants with tribal names, or historically used by, Native Americans  Drippy
N' Everything Nice  your favorites  Julie_mn
Night Owl  plants that bloom at night  Shinyalloy_5
No Snooping  fast growing (probably annuals) tall (not wide) deerproof plants  Stage_rat
No Sun/No Problem  shade plants hardy to zone 5  Rbrady
Ocean  in the name, or that grow on/near beach  Drippy
Odd Tomato Garden  odd shapes, sizes, colors, etc. - Strmywthr3
On The Dark Side! - plants with maroon, burgundy foliage or maroon/black flowers  Sandysgardens
One Foot Tall and Bulletproof! - shorties that thrive in adverse conditions, e.g., too hot, too shady  except dianthus, thrift, liriope  Fcoffill
Orange flowers  Micyrey
Orientation  named or from the Orient, Asia, Himalayas, OR something related to a change in position  Julie_mn
P4 (Poisonless Perennial Perfumed Paradise)  scented non-toxic perennials; e.g., no daturas or brugs, and no annual scented herbs  Grovespirit
Paint the Town Red with Salad  heirloom red salad veggies; no beets  Grovespirit
Pansies, Petunias, and Poppies  Booberry, Threeshyacres
Pepper Rally  Roper2008
Peppers on Parade  sweet & hot  Cybermeowz
Plants That Stay Past Curfew  long bloomers into late summer/autumn  Threeshyacres
Pot Me Up  annuals, perennials, tropicals that do well in containers  Rbrady
Poultry Garden  plants that reference chickens, ducks, turkey, eggs, etc  Poisondartfrog
Praise Garden  plants with praise/joy words in the name  Drippy
Pretty Shady  plants that bloom in shade  Gee_oh_nyc
Purple and Yellow Butterfly Garden  Micyrey
Rainbow Flower Garden  any color that grows  Lisam627_ohio_z6
Rainbow Sherbert  bright colors for shade; pinks, orange, green  Shinyalloy_5
Rare and Unusual  rarer plants, or things that look different or weird - Pattygrow5, Clay_lady, Gee_oh_nyc
Reach for the Sky  flowering vines except for morning glories  Pattygrow5, Sred98
Really Red  red flowers  Cybermeowz
Rebecca's Garden  flowers with Rebecca, Becca, Becky in the name, except shasta "Becky"  Browneyedsusan
Red Memorial Bed  dark red/burgundy/maroon flowers or foliage  Rbrady
Red Perennial Bed  Velsgarden
Red and White Garden  red and white perennials  Micyrey
Red, Red, Red  Shellfreak
Reseeders  flowers that reseed  Shellfreak
Salsa Garden  any plants used in making salsa  Patti1957, Sred98
Scent's In The Air  nicely fragrant plants - Roper2008
Scents to Soothe the Soul  nicely fragrant plants - Patti1957
Scentsational  fragrant flowers/plants  Cybermeowz
See and Say  plant name is difficult to pronounce but lovely to you  Chitownladyd
Shady Ladies  plants for shade  Browneyedsusan
Short Stuff  short or trailing plants that stay under 12 inches  Rbrady
Shrinking Violet  wild violets, cyclamens, shorter pansies, or anything that would not overpower dainty beauties  Shinyalloy_5
Shimmering Silver  silver foliage  Cybermeowz
Silver Leaf  whole leaf is silver, or spots/variegations  Grandmachris
Sizzle & Spice  plants that will take a lot of sun & heat  Chitownladyd
So Crows the Raven: Evermore! - names or related to the genus corvus in family corvidae (crows, ravens, etc) Â Julie_mn
So What's Weird, Anyway? - weird, odd, unusual edibles  Booberry
Spook Garden (Transylvania, Ghost, Boo) Â Velsgarden
Stand Up and Salute America! - tall, stately red, white & blue plants  Sandysgardens
Sugar N' Spice  cute edible flowers, and spices of all kinds  Julie_mn
Sun and Moon  flowers that bloom early in the morning or late at night  Clay_lady, Sred98
Sun Doesn't Mean Yellow  any sunflowers that aren't plain yellow  Pattygrow5
Tea Garden  any plant used to make tea  Jaynine
Tea or Coffee  plants named or used to make tea or coffee  Sandlapper_Rose
Thanks for the Memories  plants with special meaning to you that might be in a memorial garden  Chitownladyd
Three Sisters: Beans, Squash, Corn  Booberry, Organic_selah
Topsy Turvy Tomato  tomatoes best for upside down gardening: patio and hanging basket varieties  Gee_oh_nyc
Totally Tomatoes  especially heirlooms - Cybermeowz
Touch of Gray  plants with gray or blue-gray foliage, full sun  Rbrady
Trinity of Spices: Basil, Oregano, Parsley  varieties of same  Booberry
Travel  plants named with travel destinations or related to travel  Sandlapper_Rose
Tropical Garden  anything tropical that can be grown from seed - Patti1957
Tropical-esque for Shade  over the top flowers & foliage such as brugs, cannas, elephant ears, hosta, etc  Fcoffill
True Blue and Sublime Lime  true blue flowers, lime green flowers/foliage - Cybermeowz
Variables  so ugly it's cute, too pretty to eat, one man's trash is another's treasure, so new or different it's rare, etc. - Julie_mn
Variegated Plants  Sandlapper_Rose, Pattygrow5
Vlad the Impaler  plants with spiky forms like digitalis, salvias, liatris, etc  Poisondartfrog
Water Garden Wonderland  plants that like wet/boggy conditions  Cybermeowz
Who's That? - plants that reference people's names, or have title like King, St., Mrs., etc  Sandysgardens
The Whole Bloomin' Year  annuals that have a long bloom time  Gee_oh_nyc
Wicked Weird  named or relating to magic, witchy, supernatural  Suecirish
Winter Interest  plants that look interesting into winter (structure or foliage), after blooms have gone - Threeshyacres

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:37AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Received seeds from the following players so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:43AM
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poisondartfrog

Kim,
I think you have mine too...looking forward to this one.
Alana

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 11:27PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Oops! Right-o, I do have yours, Alana.

Received seeds from the following players so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 12:33AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Three more came in today, from Pattygrow5, Patti1957, and Strmywthr3. It's snowing in Alabama today!

Received seeds from the following players so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 3:23PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

My seeds are finally on the way!!!!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 10:01AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Hi, folks - I am hoping for a few mailers in this afternoon's mail, and will post when I get them. I've heard from a few people, and will be contacting those I haven't heard anything from over the weekend. If today's mailing deadline just isn't reachable for you, but you can get them out by Monday, please contact me - I'd rather wait a couple of extra days than have players drop out. I don't want to make anyone wait TOO long though - talk to me so we can work it out!

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 1:37PM
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suecirish(6 SE MA)

I mailed mine out this morning, too. They are on the way.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 1:42PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Clay_lady's came in today - I know several more are on the way.

Received seeds from the following players so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 3:27PM
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cybermeowz(4 - ND)

Kim,

I mailed mine today as well.

Penny

    Bookmark   January 8, 2010 at 11:16PM
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threeshyacres

Hello, Everyone,

Mine are going out in today's mail. Sorry for the delay.

Have a great weekend,
Jodi B.
: )

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 11:50AM
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gee_oh_nyc(6b/7a)

Hi Kim and everyone,
My seeds went in the mail on Thursday. Hope they get to you soon. Thanks again for hosting!

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 8:52PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Rbrady's seeds came in yesterday. I have started going through the packets, and there's some fine stuff here - I think it's going to be a very good swap. Some creative thinking going on, too! :)

Received seeds from the following players so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 5:19PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Jackpot day! Seeds came in from Jaynine, Cybermeowz, Suecirish, Gee_oh-nyc, Shellfreak, and Velsgarden. Here's the complete list so far:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady
Jaynine
Cybermeowz
Suecirish
Gee_oh_nyc
Shellfreak
Velsgarden

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 6:48PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Three more today - Stage_rat, Browneyedsusan, and Organic_selah.

List of seeds in:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady
Jaynine
Cybermeowz
Suecirish
Gee_oh_nyc
Shellfreak
Velsgarden
Stage_rat
Browneyedsusan
Organic_selah

I know of a couple of others on the way, but there are a few people who's status I need to check. I've been through everything that's come in, and am ready to start some preliminary sorting - it looks like it's going to be a great swap!

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 6:13PM
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chitownladyd(Z5 Chicago)

Okay. okay, so I gave the envy to the mailman on Saturday, I would think it should have arrived by now, or maybe tomorrow. I hope it will--- I don't want everybody looking at me (turning a bright shade of red).

Sorry everybody!

La Donna

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 1:23AM
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grovespirit(Zone 9)

Hi, my seeds are on the way.
I hope you all had a great holiday season. :)

LaDonna, hugs to you. No worries... everyone can stare at ME instead of at you, I don't mind who stares at me.

Your seeds probably won't be the last ones to arrive. Mine have to come all the way from Hawaii. And my seeds were sent on Monday.

I have a short-term memory like swiss cheese... I *actually forgot to post* to this RR thread on Monday that my seeds had been sent out. My seeds are on the way. But they will have a slower, longer trip than most people's. More below...

My seeds went out out into my complex's mailbox on Monday.
Workers here function on "Aloha Time" similar to Texas or S Calif's "Ma~nana time"...

Local mail carriers are *supposed* to pick up the mail from peoples mailboxes and take it to the PO every weekday, but in reality they very often get lazy and blow off parts of their route on Fridays & Mondays (to have a longer weekend!!)

I am aware that in theory, one could work around this "Aloha Time" problem by mailing from the PO or by sending out earlier.

But, I was unable to send out earlier due to situations beyond my control.
Also, I cannot get myself to the PO either, because I am mobility-challenged.

I am doing the best I can, given the situations going on with me... I explained all the details in email to our hostess drippy.

With luck, drippy will be able to use this time while my seeds are still en route to sort all seeds but mine, so that there will be little to no delay resulting.

I apologize if any inconvenience or group delay does result from my lateness in sending.

Regards,
Grovespirit

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 3:08PM
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drippy(7bAL)

No worries, folks! Grovespirit, I am planning on doing exactly that - sorting the seeds that are here as I wait for others. Southern mail time is sloooooow, too, so don't be surprised - Chitownlady, yours didn't come today. But heck, it's not even a week after the mailing deadline yet. And I think this is going to be a fairly easy one as far as distribution goes, so am not worried - I just only needed to know if folks were still in or out!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2010 at 6:40PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Threeshyacres' package came in today.

List of seeds in:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady
Jaynine
Cybermeowz
Suecirish
Gee_oh_nyc
Shellfreak
Velsgarden
Stage_rat
Browneyedsusan
Organic_selah
Threeshyacres

La Donna, that dog cracks me up every time I see it! :)

    Bookmark   January 14, 2010 at 2:55PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Chitownladyd's and Lisam627's seeds arrived today. When I am not out house hunting, I will be busily sorting this weekend.

List of seeds in:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady
Jaynine
Cybermeowz
Suecirish
Gee_oh_nyc
Shellfreak
Velsgarden
Stage_rat
Browneyedsusan
Organic_selah
Threeshyacres
Chitownladyd
Lisam627

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 3:18PM
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sandysgardens

Good luck house hunting and enjoy playing in the seed pile.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 5:56PM
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chitownladyd(Z5 Chicago)

Hey, they finally got there huh?!

Okay I'll just cool my heels, kick back have a soothing sip of something delicious and think of you playing with seeds. LOL!

All jokes aside-you're a peach for doing this swap!

La Donna

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 8:07PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Hi, folks - sent you all an important email, so please check your inboxes. No need to do anything as long as you're in agreement.

La Donna, I love your postings! :)

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 8:00PM
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If you do wish to respond to my posting, please respond to me privately - don't post here. Thank you!

Kim

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 8:02PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

Kim, I didn't get your email could you send it again?

Patti

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 9:48PM
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gee_oh_nyc(6b/7a)

Hi Kim,
I also did not get the email. Did it go through to others?
Hope you are well.
George

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 10:39PM
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sandysgardens

Kim - I received the email.

Sandy

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 6:56AM
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drippy(7bAL)

George, I resent it to you. Patti found hers in her "spam" folder, so if you have one, please check there for my emails. Thanks,

Kim

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 9:21AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Sred's seeds arrived today. Grovespirit, don't worry - I will be plenty busy until yours come!

List of seeds in:

Micyrey
Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Sandlapper_Rose
Booberry
Roper2008
Shinyalloy
Fcoffill
Poisondartfrog
Pattygrow5
Patti1957
Strmywthr3
Clay_lady
Rbrady
Jaynine
Cybermeowz
Suecirish
Gee_oh_nyc
Shellfreak
Velsgarden
Stage_rat
Browneyedsusan
Organic_selah
Threeshyacres
Chitownladyd
Lisam627
Sred98

I am now in the most fun but most time consuming part - seeds packaged by players' names have been distributed. I am now adding those that came in by theme - and there are many that cross over themes - to packets, trying as best I can to balance. Then the final tweaking of comparing seeds sent in by each player to the list of what's in their packet (yes, I list that as I go, because that makes this step easier) and pulling and redistributing duplicates begins. Hopefully that will be later this week - I'll keep you posted!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 3:29PM
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sred98(z7 OK)

Great! Glad mine came! I tried to list all themes each seed packet could go in, or send in a few to both themes, if there were enough people in that theme.

I don't know how you manage to keep all this straight! I had 2 separate lists going for my seeds to make sure I got them all in the right groups!

Thanks so much for doing this!

Shelly

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 3:48PM
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drippy(7bAL)

(Coming up for air)

First pass is nearly done...and I have to give you a heads-up; I'm pretty amazed at how well you've all taken care of each other. There is some nice stuff here, and I think (hope) you will all be pleased with the result.

Well, back to work! :)

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 8:53PM
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organic_selah(Zone 4)

I am SO excited to see what comes this is my first round robin!!

    Bookmark   January 21, 2010 at 11:12PM
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sred98(z7 OK)

I cannot wait to see what everyone gets!

Shelly

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 12:28PM
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sandysgardens

Kim - How goes the battle!!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 2:03PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Well, Sandy, I am in first round tweaking - this is the longest part. I keep thinking "one more day", but it's taking longer than I anticipated. I've had to do a LOT of research for this; I guess it's a good thing I'm not working full time at the moment. I've found I just can't do this without alpha lists of what's sent in, so I have to generate them in some cases - it makes it so much easier to cross-check. I know I'm probably over-thinking this, but I really want everyone to be happy with their return.

Everyone that sent in over 100 seeds is covered with (at least) 100 different things back now. I am really trying to stick to themes, and have a couple of players in the lower than 100 range that don't have pack for pack match yet - but I still have lots of seeds left, and Grovespirit's still haven't gotten here yet (which is probably driving her crazier than me - I still can get by without them for at least another day or two), so no worries at this point.

This is my system, for those that are interested :)

I assign a 9x12 manila envelope for each player's seeds - uniform size helps me. I stand them up in two banker's boxes, and attach a list of seeds each player sent in. As I go through the bubble mailers, seeds that are organized by player's names go right in their packet. Then the bubbles that are organized by theme get sorted, and I add them to packets - oh, and as I am putting seeds in the envelopes, I also list them as seeds sent in. When it's starting to look good, and I can't find more homes for coriander :), and I'm not sure which tomatoes & peppers I've given to whom, I put the seeds that are left in 3 boxes, A-J, K-Q, R-Z. Then, starting with players who sent in more than 100 (to assure they get at least that many back), I start cross-checking with the lists, pulling any that got sent in that they sent in themselves, and duplicates. Then I keep adding from what's left in the boxes. This is the point I'm at now, and have 9 more players to go - they are smaller packets though, so I'm hoping to have this part done by tomorrow.

Then final tweaking - I will add whatever I can from "leftovers" to whatever packs I can, make a list of what's left after that (yes, coriander will be on it :)) and email you all to see if you want me to add any to your packs. Then pack 'em up; on their way - hopefully before this weekend.

And now I better get back to work!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 6:04PM
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sandysgardens

Kim - You are one thorough gal! Thanks for beign so considerate of everyone and working so hard to ensure great return envies.

Sandy

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 10:06PM
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organic_selah(Zone 4)

-wow- Thank you so much for doing this!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 10:41AM
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sred98(z7 OK)

Wow! That gave me a headache just thinking about all the hard work you're doing!! I am sure everyone is going to be thrilled with what they get!

Shelly

    Bookmark   January 28, 2010 at 6:02PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Hi, folks, here's a status report - I had hoped to start mailing out this weekend, but I'm not quite there yet. I am in the packing/second pass round right now - that will trim down the "leftover" seeds, I hope. Everyone who sent in more than 100 seeds has now at least 100 different things to go back, and everyone who sent in less than 100 has at least the same amount they sent in.

Grovespirit's seeds still haven't made it here. This is not the first time I've had difficulty with the mail here; my SIL sent a Christmas package out in mid-December and it arrived Jan 10. No problems with address or postage; it appears the mail here is Pony Express. Because I have no doubt that Grovespirit carefully selected seeds for you, I am planning to wait at least a few days for hers to come. Once they do, that will be a fast distribution, though.

By later tomorrow, I should be done with the second pass and too bleary-eyed to think about what to do with seeds I can't either seem to fit into anyone's theme or that would go into someone's bag who already has a lot and I want to offer to others. I will make a list of those, and email them to you (I'll post again here when I send the email out), and you can email me which ones you'd like me to add to your bag.

Hopefully that answers questions - if not, feel free to email me, or post them here if you think they're general enough to address the whole group.

I'm shooting for early next week mail out - keep your fingers crossed.

Kim

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 9:14AM
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suecirish(6 SE MA)

Kim, sounds like you are doing such a fantastic job with the sorting. I'm really looking forward to getting my seeds back! I'm holding out a few WS containers in anticipation.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2010 at 3:30PM
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stage_rat(5--Indiana Riviera)

I am always so impressed by the level of thought that goes into making the selections, and I'm not surprised you get mentally exhausted from it!

I'm sorry to hear your mail is slow. Have you sent out a seed envy yet, does your PO overcharge?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2010 at 2:35PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Okay, players - the list of remaining seeds has been emailed to you - if you have a sensitive spam filter, be sure to check your folder for it. If you did not get it, please email me directly.

Stage_rat, I don't know that I've had any overcharges at the P.O. - P.O. seems okay for the most part, but anything I send to my family up nawth seems to take a week to get there. I am going to look up the +4 codes for your addresses before I mail these out, in hopes that that will speed things up.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 2:05AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Okay, I have heard from:

Micyrey & Hotwheel_Tim
Sandysgardens
Suecirish
Claylady
Fcoffill
Booberry
Patti1957
Jaynine

Keep 'em coming, folks.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2010 at 8:46AM
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Got several more responses on the remaining seeds, and I am working on divvying those up, and giving one last hairy eyeball to matching seeds to themes. I am going to assume that anyone that didn't respond doesn't have any further requests. I know I'm personally one of those who has so many seeds I don't want another (pick your seed that you have 10 of, but that seems to come back to you in every swap) sent back to me.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2010 at 5:29PM
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sred98(z7 OK)

Kim-

Did you get my extras list? I sent it out on the 1st, so I just wanted to make sure! Did Grovespirit's seeds ever make it? This is like a soap opera! LOL!

Shelly

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 1:58PM
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Hi, folks - I am back after a couple of hours at the P.O. today. Your seeds are on their way back to you. I have been in regular touch with Grovespirit, and she did not want me to wait any longer to return your packages to you. I agreed, and if her seeds do find their way to my mailbox, I will find a way to get them to you.

All the packs were sent with D.C. - my choice, even though I know some of you said you didn't need it. If you need the numbers, email me - I'm not going to post them all here. I do ask that you please post or email me when you get your seeds so I am not worried about whether or not you received them.

I'll have some observations later, but right now I must attend to some real life - ciao!

Kim

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 2:37PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Oh boy, seeds on the way! I can hardly wait.
I'll let you know when they get here and thanks for all your hard work.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 4:27PM
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micyrey

YAY!!!!
and THANK YOU (((HUG)))
I can't wait, so sorry about grovespirits getting delayed, I hope they show up. one time I had an envie show up 2 months after it was mailed, so don't give up hope.
I'm gonna be watching the malbox every day till they get here.
michelle

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 5:45PM
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sandysgardens

Kim

A BIG HUG and MANY THANK YOU's to you!! Now sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or two!

Later
Sandy

    Bookmark   February 4, 2010 at 9:54PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Hi, all - well, I started typing this up before, but hit some button on the keyboard and somehow deleted it - let's see if I can get it right this time!

Your seeds are on the way. Most of them have zip+4, all of them have DC. I hope you will see them soon.

There were, including my seeds, 2629 packs in all. They come to you from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Connecticut, South Carolina, New York, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, Oregon, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. Hooray for the USA!

There were more veggies this year, and, although there were 27 players, overall a smaller number of packs than I've had in the past (not necessarily a bad thing!). This is, I think, a sign of the times we live in - 2009 had some rough weather over much of the growing season in a lot of the country, so there's less to share - and with the economic state of the union, many of us are 'growing our own' - bigger veggie gardens.

I included lists this year, and divided your seeds by themes. Later additions went into unmarked baggies, so if you see a seed on your list, and don't find it in the respective theme baggy, look in the unmarked ones. (I recycled the baggies you sent in, so some of them may have someone else's name on them - ignore that). If you find something on the list that is not in your packet, that is my mistake, and I apologize, although I probably can't do much about it (you can email me with concerns, though, and we can try to work it out). If you find something in your packet that's not on your list, enjoy it - it's almost certainly meant for you, but I just overlooked it while typing.

I did not have time to scope out have/want lists. Hopefully I will get lucky and you will receive some things you didn't otherwise have. I had to do quite a bit of research for this - I hope I can retain for more than 5 minutes which plants grow in wet conditions, which in dry shade, etc. I did try to be attentive to zones. If you received a perennial not hardy in your zone, either it can be grown in a pot or I made a mistake.

YGIAGAM theme: if this is on your list, it is "Your Guess Is As Good As Mine" - it means that seed was sent in for you, but no theme was indicated, and I couldn't figure out where it was supposed to go, but you got it anyway. :)

Consider botanical names, folks - Eryngium yuccifolium and manfreda virginica both go by the common name Rattlesnake Master. The classic one for that is Moonflower - is it ipomoea alba (moonflower vine) or datura? Fortunately, with moonflower, I know the difference in the seeds - but botanical names makes it a lot easier for your host.

The seed counts in several packets - not just rare or unusual seeds - were quite small; some of the seeds sent in were quite old, some folks sent several copies of a particular seed. Mea culpa; I should have been more specific in the guidelines, but those of you playing in the swaps regularly should consider trying to shoot for 12-24 seeds as a minimum, seeds no older than 2 years old, and no more than 5 copies of a particular seed. I tried very hard to return to you varieties that you had not sent in, and a fair amount. Be careful, too, of packing - little seeds leak sometimes, even from plastic baggies and coin envelopes. I reinforce the corners of my coin envelopes (except when I forget, LOL).

So, okay - I stretched the themes a bit - :) - I indicated them on the lists, so you'll see. :) For those of you receiving seeds you have absolutely no familiarity with - may I recommend Tom Clothier's website for germination info, and other garden websites for general info - email me if you have questions.

I retired a few tired mailers - at some point, it probably costs more to reinforce them with packing tape than to buy a new mailer. One amazingly arrived with seeds intact, even though it was split down the side :0.

I was going to do some "superlatives", but a lot of that got away from me. Many of you did beautiful packaging and organization this year, too many to pick just one as "best packaged" or "best organized". I thank you for that; it made my job a lot easier. The one "superlative" that stands out for me is humor, and that was geared in my direction - for my Kings, Queens, and the Royal Court theme, Stage_rat sent me "Toady Lily" - I'm still laughing! :D

Biggest surprise? With her open-ended themes of GW Favorites and Rainbow Garden, I was dreading doing Lisam627's. I figured that with such open-ended themes, everything sent in earmarked for her would probably match what she sent in for others. Not so! I don't think there was a single duplicate.

I think that's about all my observations. It was a lot of effort, with much fun attached - and if it works out well for you, it will be worth it.

Peace,

Kim (who is listening to about 3 inches of rain coming down in Alabama)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 12:06AM
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drippy(7bAL)

One last note: some of the seeds you received were sent as pelleted seeds - for those who might not know, this is a coating process for otherwise tiny seeds. Pelleted seeds often don't survive much transportation in that state - if you receive a pack that is marked pelleted and looks a bit crushed, plant the entire contents.

Still raining like crazy here...

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 10:50AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Guess it was too much to hope for that any of the mailers might have made it back this fast - I was watching the post all day, LOL.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 7:52PM
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suecirish(6 SE MA)

Wow, Kim! I am so impressed and so in awe of you... I'm... I'm... speechless!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 9:43PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Oh, Kim, I wish my mailer had arrived today... sorry you waited and checked the list in vain. Hopefully tomorrow! I know I will be beyond excited when it arrives.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 10:53PM
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jaynine

Guess what I got?! I'm just so thrilled; thanks everybody!! I went through them once quickly & will spend a little more time with them when I'm done with my chores~can't wait.
It's so obvious that alot of care & consideration went into the sorting & packing, so I must send a special thank you to our host: Thanks so very much, Kim. You did an amazing, wonderful job!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 12:56PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Yay! They are starting to arrive!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 1:08PM
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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Mine arrived today, too! Thank you so much, everyone. I will enjoy looking many of these up and reading about them so I can plant them at the right time and in the right place. Wow, there were so many more packets than I expected. Very clever ways that they fit in with the themes, too. Just passing along two in particular: Obedient Plant and Hollyhock Watchman for the Law Enforcement theme. That is so cool! I hit the jackpot on travel - wish I could go to every place listed - sites range from Africa to Zagreb. I had never even heard of Zegreb - it's in Coatia, the capitol and largest city there!
Anyway, I can see that there is lots of fun ahead and my husband was a dear and bought a bag of potting soil when he went into town earlier so winter sowing, here I come!
Thanks again, Kim. I know this took up so much of your time and you are great at it.
I am even thrilled with those that were offered as "extras" - not your typical extras from my point of view. Whoever sent in Tovara Painter's Palette and Silvery Fir Tomato that landed on the extras list, I am thrilled to have them!
Jeanne

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 1:59PM
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suecirish(6 SE MA)

YaY! Mine JUST arrived. I was watching out the window as the mail lady was putting things in the mailbox, and there was the big manila envelope. I've scanned the list (very nice and very helpful, Kim) and it all looks wonderful. There are some that I will have to research, but they sound quite interesting. There were lots of oh! and wow! as I went down the list. I will sit and study it more later. But just wanted to let you know it was here, Kim, and to say thanks to you and to all the generous and thoughtful swappers out there.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 2:33PM
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micyrey

We have seeds!! We have seeds!!

Timmy and I had so much fun going through our envies, all the great caterpilar plants, and timmy is looking forward to all the pumpkins and squashes, and goodies for him to feed the chickens.
I love all the great flowers, and the red bud tree seeds, I rilly like these for the butterfly farm, there are no trees around the garden and these will grow very fast.

thank you everyone and most of all drippy ((hugg))

happy gardening everyone
michelle

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 3:26PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Great - you folks who received them are also some of the more "well-endowed" (in terms of seeds, of course!) - except perhaps our budding young gardener, Timmy - and I worry about you most, in terms of finding enough interesting things to make it worth your while to have participated. My personal stash, which contains a lot of older seeds due to my not being able to plant as much for the last two years, has so many different varieties that I'm hard put to find new things to order from seed companies, much less have someone guess what I might not have.

We are getting closer to solving the housing issue, though - have seen a few good ones, lately, and my DH just has to figure out how far he's willing to drive to work. I think we'll have something settled before the end of this month, if they don't all get snatched up in the meantime. In part with house buying, time is of the essence, but on the other hand, we don't want to be too hasty, as it would be impossible to change our minds. But hopefully I will have a place to garden this summer!

Meantime, I am getting ready for the cruise my sister & I are taking my mother on for her 80th birthday. I'll be spending a week on the ocean & in lovely St. Thomas (been there once 26 years ago) and St. Maarten (never been there). On the flip side, I will be spending a couple of days with my dear college roommate, who lives in Florida. All in all, a very nice de-stresser for me - the last couple of years, which have been not even been a blip on the radar compared to what the people of Haiti have been through, have nonetheless been a complete upheaval for me. Being able to focus on seed swapping & future gardening is part of what has kept me above water. Thank heavens for GW and all of you!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 7:13PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

Yay!!!I have seeds.I am so excited about these.Wow,the selections I got were wonderful.I just cant wait to grow them.Thanks to all of you.Drippy a very huge thank you to you and a big hug.You did such a wonderful job.I dont know how you kept up with all of it.I hope you have a great time on your cruise.You really deserve it!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 7:31PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Vel, along with Browneyed Susan, you are my other "neighbor" - the Alabama Gardening Forum holds plant swaps twice a year - I am hoping to attend the spring one. You may live close enough (depending on where they are held) to consider coming.

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sred98(z7 OK)

YAY! I got mine today, too! That was an unexpected surprise! I am glad I waited on my seed order, because I got some that I had on the order form!

Thanks so much for doing this! I haven't gone through and checked them all against the list, but just perusing the list is enough to get me ready to start planting!!!

Shelly

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 10:49PM
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sandysgardens

Kim -

My stuffed package came today too. Two day delivery all the way to Minnesota is not bad. I'm sending a BIG Hug your way and a BIG THANK-YOU too!!!! You are the best swap host anyone could ever ask for - you go way ABOVE and BEYOND!!!! I really like the seeds choices that were sent to me by everyone and those you selected for me too!!

Okay - Lets talk cruises for a moment. You, your sis and mom are going to love the cruise. I do though want to ask what you plan on doing on St. Maarten? If you plan to go to the beach, which side of the island are you going to visit, French or Dutch? If you go to a French beach be prepared for what you will most likely encounter! I never laughed so hard when several of the younger men came back onboard the ship and told of what they experienced at one of the French beaches, too funny! Anywhooo, have a GREAT time on the cruise, it's like a sailing town!!!

Thanks again for a great swap and thanks to all who participated!!

Sandy

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 11:33PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Sandy, as in nudes? We haven't figured out what we're doing on St. Maarten yet; we do know that on St. Thomas we are heading to the botanical gardens. :) (I have a lot of infuence, LOL) We are sailing on Freedom of the Seas, I think - and the first stop is Coco Cay, so we will be beaching it all day there. My sis was going to opt for Magen's Bay on St. Thomas, but after she figured we were going to be spending the whole day on Coco Cay at the beach, she decided she'd do the botanical gardens with Mom & I. I hope to get some nice pictures!

Glad these envelopes are getting to you folks nice & fast - and I'm glad seed choices are working out, too - you all sent some nice things in this year; very interesting varieties.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 12:19AM
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gee_oh_nyc(6b/7a)

Dear Kim,
I got it! What a welcome sight this envelope was at the end of a long day... I am AMAZED by what was inside. The selection of seeds really shows your care, Kim, and the thoughtfulness and care of everyone involved in the swap.

Thanks to EVERYONE and blessings on all your gardens this year.
George

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 1:21AM
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Frances Coffill(7b)

I recieved my package yesterday! Have just started going through the package! Lots of new things for me to try this year from seeds! thank you all so very much!

Kim you are a marvel of organization! Fabulous job! I do not know if I could survive 2 years in 'transit' Although I travelled a great deal for extended periods when I was young I am not sure I could cope these days, 2 or 3 weeks on the road now and I am ready to go HOME!!!

This will be the first year in a long time I am planning to do a lot of annuals, and now I have a great selection, thanks to everyone for a great swap!

Frances

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 7:02AM
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shinyalloy_5(5b IN)

Found them in my mailbox this morning when I got off of work. I never expected to receive them on Sunday but I am delighted as I have the next 2 days off to look them up. I see alot of creativity went into the Muppet theme in particular and I am overwhelmed by the response to my Addam's family theme, I thought that was going to get no response. I'll get a chance to look the rest over after grocery shopping. Thanks, Drippy you did an terrific job. And thank you everyone, this is going to be the best summer ever.

MARY

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 8:44AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Okay, it looks like about half of you have received seeds - Browneyed Susan emailed me that she has received hers. My post office may get a reprieve - although Grovespirit's seeds are still in limbo somewhere.

Still waiting to receive their packets are Patti1957, Chitownladyd, Organic_selah, Rbrady, Cybermeowz, Poisondartfrog, Threeshyacres, Shellfreak, Booberry, Roper2008, Strmywthr3, Clay_lady, Stage_rat, Lisam_627, and Pattygrow5.

Mary, I really had to stretch for that Muppet theme - I thought I might luck out with "cookie" and "monster", but I haven't found any seeds with actual names of Muppets in them. At least the fact that Big Bird is a canary gave me some options. Glad you appreciated the lighter side.

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shellfreak

Got mine yesterday. Holy cow!!! Drippy you are one organized chickadee. Thank you to every one. I started planting this a.m. It's 60 degrees & it's nice not to sweat. Gonna take a break & start cooking for tonite. Happy planting!!!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 11:27AM
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poisondartfrog

I got mine yesterday. I feel like I need to send you some money for office supplies, drippy! I have never received such an organized, detailed, documented envelope of seeds!
Thanks to everything for the thoughtful selections!
Alana

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 12:32PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Shellfreak, I'm looking forward to 60 degrees - another couple of months here. Alana, I recycled baggies, purchased one small package of labels (big deal). I did replace a couple of bubble mailers, but they were with ones I had on hand that were less used. As I recall, the package you sent to me was extremely well organized, too. I don't think of the organization on my end as anything special; I am simply unable to function unless I have it all categorized and listed - I'm not really sure if that's a good thing, LOL!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 2:28PM
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stage_rat(5--Indiana Riviera)

Yippee! Mine arrived at my mom's yesterday, and i just opened the envelope!

Drippy, you definitely organized these seeds! It's so nice to not guess at what category the seeds belong to.

Thank you to everyone! There are a lot of great seeds in here that I would not have thought of for my different themes and tricky spots.

I'm one of the folk whose envelope Drippy had to replace. I thought mine was a nice, tough bubblie! That baby had been on many group swaps for me, I guess I missed some weakened seams--I'm glad it made it there!

Drippy, I'm glad I got you to laugh with "toady lily." I'll never get accolades for great organization or sending in early, but I can be funny sometimes!

Thanks again, Drippy and everyone!

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 7:42PM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

I shall be stalking the mailman tomorrow:-)

Rhonda

    Bookmark   February 7, 2010 at 11:15PM
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velsgarden(TN 7)

Hey Kim,my neighbor,when you know when the Alabama swap is and if you are going please shoot me an email.If it is close enough,I would love to attend..

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 6:41PM
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booberry85(5)

WhooHoo! I received my seeds today. I'm stunned and thrilled with the variety of seeds I received!

Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

Becky

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 7:22PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Stage_rat, Beyond Boggy was a tough theme! There are a few plants in that bunch that will survive standing water, but no one sent in lotus (lily pads) LOL. Hopefully some of the ones that thrive in "wet conditions" will work.

Vel, I will send an email up your way when I get word of the swap. You're about an hour or so north of me, though, and I think the swaps tend to be closer to Birmingham, which is another hour south of me. But I guess we'll have to see when it actually gets closer to the time.

Becky, you hit the jackpot today, LOL - I saw you over on the Acres Edible Swap post. I got my seeds from that, too, and thought Tracy did an A-one job.

DC checks tell me that all of you who have not received seeds have them on the way - hopefully you will be seeing them soon. Don't be shy about emailing me for DC #s if you want to track them yourselves.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 9:19PM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

WooHoo! Guess what I had waiting for me tonight when I got home from work? A lovely envy full of wonderful seeds! You did such a super job organizing and fitting themes! I can't wait to look some of them up!

Thanks Drippy and thanks to everyone for the seeds you sent in for me!

Rhonda

    Bookmark   February 8, 2010 at 10:43PM
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lisam627_ohio_z6(Z5 OH)

Kim...if you were here...I would give you a big hug! AMAZING...that's what you are! My package was waiting for me when I got home from work last night and you really did an awesome job on this! I do want you to know that I'm sorry...I never meant for my "Themes" to be difficult for you...or to cause you any unnecessary worry. Please rest assured that I am SO PLEASED with your selections for me and very much appreciative of all the effort and hard work you put into this swap! I'm grinning from ear to ear right now - thinking about going through the envie again tonight after work! Also, I really appreciate the Salvia packs you put in for me (I love Salvia) and also including some seeds from your own stash as well. That was so sweet of you!!!!!

Strmywthr sent me some Paw Paw seeds...Wow - what a surprise! These seeds are unbelievable - I can't wait to get these started - thank you...and thanks to all others who sent in seeds for me!

Drippy you are the best hostess...thanks a million - I love everything. You are impeccable about your organization and so considerate of everyone's "wants". I will be so happy to sign up once again next year...if you will be interested in coordinating the Theme Garden Swap once again! You can be certain I'll be watching for it! : ) - Lisa

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 12:49PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Rbrady, I'm glad the postman made it out alive :)

Lisa, your themes weren't hard at all, au contraire, they were very easy and open-ended. The "GW Favorites" category was one I didn't want to mess with at all - you got whatever was sent in for you on that - and I was just worried people might send you some of the very things you sent in. Not so, though, or even with the "Rainbow" category (which was so easy - almost anything fits into that! :)) - that was what I found so surprising. Bad language choice on my part; I should have never chosen the word "dreading" in my observations - should have said I was expecting that things would be duplicated. In any case, if you like snapdragons, you will love my favorite snap, the Connexion Red.

Nine more of you waiting...glad the rest of you are enjoying your seeds so far.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 1:32PM
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strmywthr3(Central OH z5)

my package was waiting for me when I got home from work at 3am this morning. no chance to look thru it yet as I'm heading back into work. can't wait to open it up and look at all of my treasures!!

thanks guys!
Barbi

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 1:50PM
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patti1957(8 OR)

I received my seeds, thank you so much. I appreciate the time that had to go into this swap. I am excited about my seeds and can't wait to get to planting them. How on earth did you get them all in the envelope? I had to put them in a bigger one because they wouldn't fit back in the original one! It's like they multiplied once I pulled them out! Thanks to everyone who participated.

Patti

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 4:51PM
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cybermeowz(4 - ND)

Kim,

There was a big package of seeds waiting for me when I got back into town today!!! I was out of town for a few days so I'm not sure what day it came, but WOW! I can hardly believe all of the wonderful seeds that I received. I've been looking through them and there are lot of things that I wanted and some that I didn't know that I wanted (but I want them now that I see them.) For example, I received Mexican Sage 'Limelight' for my blue and green garden. It has blue flowers with lime green calyxes. How cool is that!! So thank you everyone for sending in so many great seeds. I'm thrilled with what I got back!

And a special thank you to our hostess. When I was putting together seeds to send in for this swap, I kept thinking how much work this swap would be to host. Honestly, Kim, I don't know how you did it. My brain would have turned to mush trying to keep all of those themes straight. You did an amazing job!

Penny

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 7:49PM
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chitownladyd(Z5 Chicago)

Kim, you rock lady!!!

All I can say is wow! Need I say that my envy was waiting for me when I got home from work? Our swap leader really went above and beyond the call of duty!

Again, words can't describe the generosity of the members of this forum. I can't wait to research these seeds! I am so thrilled, winter sowing will take on a new meaning!

Thanks everybody,
La Donna

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 8:23PM
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roper2008 (7b)

I received my seeds today! Wow, what a wonderful selection. Thank you
Kim and everyone who sent in these great seeds. Gonna have fun going
thru all these seeds tonight.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:22PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Heh heh, another cute animation, Chitownladyd! Glad to see these are finding their way home - Threeshyacres, Pattygrow5, Organic_selah, and Clay_lady, I hope yours come soon!

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 9:28PM
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organic_selah(Zone 4)

Kim thank you for hosting this AMAZING swap! I went through the children's garden seeds with my oldest daughter(she will be 5 in april) and showed her what all the seeds looked like on line and by the end she was so excited I thought she would cry for joy. In her words;

"Oh mom! How wonderful we have to thank them all for sharing! That was so very kind of them!"

So thank so everyone!!! This was my first round robin and it was a great experience!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 11:17AM
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drippy(7bAL)

Selah, I'm glad you got them. I was going to add in my observations that although the single most popular theme chosen by all of you was the Bees/Birds/Butterflies theme - a noble one! - the one it seemed everyone had a lot of fun contributing to was the Children's Garden. And as a teacher by trade, I can't help but love seeing all of you who are raising small children now getting them to love and nurture Mother Earth. You all rock!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2010 at 7:49PM
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threeshyacres

Hello Drippy and Fellow Gardeners,

I received my seeds just before we were snowed in for several days. I really enjoyed looking through them, and I'm exicited for Spring. Snow, Snow....melt away! Everything was highly organzied, and I can only imagine how much time that must have taken.

Good job and a big thanks to all,
Jodi B.
'ThreeShyAcres'
: )

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 3:46PM
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drippy(7bAL)

Hey, Jodi, you folks in Pennsylvania have gotten really pounded in the last month. Glad to see you got your seeds in spite of the snow.

I checked DC's, and they tell me Pattygrow5's and Clay_lady's have been delivered.

Happy gardening, all!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 7:36PM
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