New post for San Antonio plant swap

natvtxn(z8BTX)February 6, 2007

Date: March 31, 2007

Place: McArthur Park in San Antonio, TX

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What to being: anything garden related.

I have copied part of Mike's post below.

"Hi folks, It has been a few years since I have been real active on here or gone to a swap. I am looking forward to coming to SA unless something gets in the way.

I hosted one in Bastrop once during which we had a gully washer of a rain storm and we still had about 7 or 8 people, some from Temple, I believe.

What to bring: anything garden related. Does that cover it? indoor and outdoor plants, trees, seeds, pots, herbal soaps, books, tools, garden ornaments, etc. When I first started going to swaps I had no plants or anything so I brought rock. Texas Honeycomb rock, that is, otherwise known as Holey rock. They were some HUGE pieces that folks used as planters or just landscaping.

You might want to bring your own table and chairs instead of filling up the picnic tables.

Folks can also bring something to donate for a door prize if they would like. At the end, numbers are passed out or names in a hat and either the number/name called can choose their prize from the table or a prize is chosen then a number/name is called. The donations should be garden related.

One of the posters was concerned about showing up and folks not having what he wanted. Well, it is not against the rules to post what you have and what you want and even to set up swaps in advance. That way you know you are going to get at least some of what you want.

One of the conditions is that everything is free. There is no buying or selling here. Do it somewhere else, please. And most folks don't want to take home what they brought. They brought it because they have plenty. The want to take home new stuff.

A swap is fair if the two traders think it is fair.

Linda, it has been a long time since I have seen you but you should have some ideas about what to bring from your experiences in San Marcos.

Would people object if I brought information on creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat? I am a volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation and that is my "job" as a Habitat Ambassador, to inform folks how to "wildscape".

Hope this is helpful. I am looking forward to getting in the swing.

Mike "

We decided on this starting time in order to give the out of town folks time to get here. Since this is our first plant swap, we have decided not to have a potluck dinner.

You can bring snacks and or drinks for your personal use. Remember no alcohol allowed.

It is sort of the blind leading the blind here, as none of we 3 organizers have done this before.

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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Here is a link for a map to MacArthur Park. Zoom to "9" and the park is the green area to the upper left of the red X.

Here is a link that might be useful: McArthur park

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 9:45AM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

This may give folks some ideas and allow for prearranged trades to make sure you get what you want. But don't forget to look for that something you didn't think of before.
Have: Maybe some rough leaf dogwood seedlings, Hog plum seedlings, Yaupon Holly seedlings, dewberry, maybe some Coral Honeysuckle vine, Gum Bumelia seedlings, maybe some Salvia, maybe an African Violet, maybe some Texas Honeycomb rock
WANT: Vitex tree-any color, Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum, Lantana, Plumbago, Possumhaw Holly, native wildflower seeds, Pecan seedlings, any native plant that does double/triple duty-beauty, wild animal food, cover, etc.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 12:32PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

This may be stating the obvious but there are some things you all need to bring.
Name tags, a sign in sheet so you can contact folks direct in the fall or next spring, paper for the numbers/names for the door prize drawing, maybe have some signs to put up for the directionally challenged, a broom if you have to clean up(gardening stuff seems to like to leak dirt and water).
Can you think of anything else?
Mike

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 12:39PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Have: maybe some agave
Want: Flame Leaf Sumac, Carolina Buckthorn
Hope I am not too greedy
Mike

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 12:48PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I have a lot of vines to trade, I posted them on the exchange. Mike, am I doing this right? I like anything that blooms zone 8-9, no cactus please. Barbra,

    Bookmark   February 6, 2007 at 7:00PM
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castrogardener

Hello Natvtxn -- I'm glad I found you. Glad to see Mike posted, too ! Have been wondering what happened to him. He used to come to the swaps we had in San Marcos, then he disappeared. Hope he makes it to SA swap.

I hope to be there, too. Along with a few others, I used to host the one in San Marcos, so if you need any other information please don't hesitate to write to me. We had a lot of fun doing it, but gave the reins to someone else after a few years of spring and fall swaps.

I don't know if you have to pay for the pavilion at the park, but if you do, here's an idea we used. Although the park in San Marcos wasn't that much, it's too much for one person to shoulder the burden. We have always put out a donation jar to cover the cost of the park and any other costs, like drinks and paper plates, etc (which the host always brought). Those who attended the swap were always generous and a dollar or two from everyone helped to cover all expenses.

Mike pretty much gave you everything that we did, I think. For the most part, we are usually lucky with weather, but we've had plenty where it rained. Gardeners still showed up with rain jackets, so don't worry about cancelling just because of a little liquid sunshine. Unless it's a dangerous storm, we die-hards will be there. :-)

Another thing that I would recommend everyone bringing are pens and pads to write down what you learn about new plants. I for one can never remember everything by the time I get home and start unpacking. Also, something to label your new plants with. It is desirable if you will label your own plants before the swap, but not everyone does this, so bring some popsicle sticks or window blinds to make labels for the new plants you take home.

I have been going to the Central Texas swaps since the first wonderful one in Austin many years ago. We have had people come from as far away as Arlington and Corpus Christi. Now that the park in San Marcos has been bull-dozed the swap was moved to Buda and it's become a little far for some of our regulars who have stopped coming. I hope that having one in San Antonio will bring them back.

If anyone wants to ask me about swaps, please feel free to email me to chat.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Patty

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 11:17AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Patty! I have been wondering where you were. Are you still "retired"?. I still have your phone # from when we meet a the Antique Rose Emporium.
The three of us doing this have not a clue what we are doooooing!!!LOL
We did have to pay a fee for the pavillion, but I don't remember how much it was. Texaskitty has the permit and paid for it.
Since I had back surgery my memory is terrible. Maybe the gave me "senior" blood. LOL

    Bookmark   February 7, 2007 at 11:53AM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Patty, nice to hear from you. Yes, I fell off the map for awhile as far as gardening went. I lurked occassionally but apparently not enough to know the San Marcos swaps had been moved to Buda. Started to come to one swap sometime in the past but life got in the way.
I am glad you threw your two cents in. You added some stuff that I had forgotten.
I am looking forward to meeting you again as well as all those other gardening friends new and old(not age) that attend.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 8, 2007 at 12:32PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

FYI:
The permit is for 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
You can set up any time before 1:00 p.m. if you so desire.
Texaskitty has a family member in the hospital, so she hasn't had time to post. She asked me to tell everyone hello and that she hopes to see everyone at the swap.
I plan on having a sign in sheet and I will buy the name tags.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 4:06PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

In case you did not get my e-mail. If you come to the plant swap, will you be kind enough to give us your talk on wildlife habitat?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2007 at 7:31PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Apparently I did not get your email. But of course I will talk either, lecture, if you desire, or just have handouts at my table. Just set a time if you want me to lecture. Not an expert but like everyone else I will pass on what I know.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 12:25AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Mike, you can do what ever you prefer. You don't have to be an expert to be better than I.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 9:26AM
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Carla

Good to see that Mike has reappeared. I'll put March 31 on my calendar. I guess I'm one of the few that also went to the first one at Zilker in Austin years ago. The SM parks department got rid of the pavillion by the river that we used for some time and widened the access to the river there. OK, so no picnic lunch, but are you going to do door prize drawings? Just want to prepare one way or another. As far as plants, I'll see what I have that may need a new home--start taking inventory. I'm sure I can come up with several candidates.

Carla in Leander

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 10:09AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Carla, great that you may come. As stated, I can use all the help I can get. I am not an organizing type. My pesonality is called a shy extrovert. LOL!

Texaskitty is good at organizing, but she may not be there.

Could you give me ideas for door prizes? I / we plan to do that.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 10:21AM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Yea, Carla. I haven't been going to swaps as long as you and Patty but I think I was at the third one maybe at Linda and Kenny Wall's in the monsoon in Spicewood. Weren't there two at Zilker? I had two in Bastrop and I think I went to two in San Marcos and one in LLano. I even have some plants alive from those long ago days. Then I fell off the bandwagon. But now I am ready to rev up and get er done again. Just have to do it on the cheap.
I am looking forward to seeing you again.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 10, 2007 at 7:32PM
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Carla

Yes Mike that one at Spicewood at Linda and Kenny's was a really good one, in spite of the flood. Glad you are getting back on the bandwagon. Why not, right? As far as door prizes, people attending donate the door prizes. You give away/draw until all are given away. People generally bring tools, bags of soil or fertilizer, books, "dressed up" plants, pots or anything garden-related. Whether you do or not is ok, but people need to know ahead of time in order to bring something with them to donate.

Carla in Leander

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 9:37AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Thanks!

Ok you guys, any one that wants to can bring "things" for door prizes.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 9:50AM
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carolann_z8(8)

Kathy, we make up gift baskets and give out at our plant swap. At the last plant swap we gave out bags of birdseed too. Some people also donate items to give out.

We take up donations in a box at the entrance and buy items for the next swap with the money.

I love plant swaps and sure wanna go. (sigh)

    Bookmark   February 11, 2007 at 1:03PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

The pavillion will be #3. I am going to drive over there to see about better directions. Then I will repost.

Nat

    Bookmark   February 13, 2007 at 12:20PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Ok. I put out my want/have list, where is yours?
According to all the responses there are about 6 people going to be there. How about a roll call?
Mike

    Bookmark   February 17, 2007 at 6:16PM
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linda_tx8(8)

Mike, still a bit on the early side, but I'll try.
Have:
Bulbine
Oxeye Daisy
Mountain Mint
Golden Groundsel
Cedar Sage
Fox-Glove (Texas native)
Hop Tree
Lindheimer's Morning Glory (seedlings)
Pitcher Sage (seedlings)
Mexican Weeping Pine (seedlings)
Possibly some roses, one Elderberry if anyone wants it
Want:
plantains
native shade tree

    Bookmark   February 18, 2007 at 11:25PM
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castrogardener

Yay, Linda ! You're SO organized ! I have a greenhouse full of things to bring, but need to go out and make a physical list to put here. Also have lots of babies coming up, so I need to start potting those to bring.

Mike, I know you wanted pecan trees, so I'll be on the lookout for those. Squirrels are always planting those things in my beds !

Natvtxn, I also have two new items to bring as door prizes. Have emailed your partner about some things, too, since I heard from her today. You guys will do just fine !

oh, and Mike -- we always have more people than those who shout out here on GW. I have a group that I let know about swaps, but they aren't Gardenwebbers. I know some of them are planning to come.

patty

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 2:23PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Linda, I would love some of the oxeye daisy and the cedar and pitcher sage and,
Patty, I would be highly appreciative of any pecans.
Yes, I know, now, it was a little early but I am getting antsy and I was trying to keep the thread towards the top.
Any one else with ideas of things they want/have.
Yes, I will take any native shade trees, too.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 6:29PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Tonight my son told me he has seedlings of cedar elm. Will you live long enough to see them make shade?
He does have some about 1 foot tall also.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2007 at 8:19PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

You know what they say about planting trees? "The best time to plant a tree is 50 year ago. The next best time to plant a tree is today."
Even if we can't enjoy the shade in our lifetime, some one will eventually.
Mike

    Bookmark   February 20, 2007 at 3:38PM
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maden_theshade(8 - Austin)

The cedar elms actually grow pretty fast. But never as fast as we want them too. :-) Good luck to all at the swap!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 12:13AM
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linda_tx8(8)

If you can bring one of the foot-tall ones, I'd be happy to have it! Getting older, but who knows how long I'll live! Need more diversity in what trees I have. The ice storm was real BAD here...power, phone and water outages and sitting here listening to tree limbs with heavy ice accumulations breaking for 3 days. That's the strangest sound and I know I'll remember it as long as I live! Oh, BTW, I think I'll bring some Pimiento Pepper seedlings...maybe Habanero also if I have enough.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 11:37AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Linda, Sounds good.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 12:50PM
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sylviatexas1

bump

    Bookmark   February 23, 2007 at 10:36AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Another poster was nice enough to give me a list of "rules"

"I've read your threads on the Texas Forum, & it sounds like it's coming along great!
Some facilitating "tricks" I've learned are:

post often enough to keep the threads on page 1 so more people see the info

mention & encourage others to mention the plants that they'll be bringing

encourage pre-trades:
people will be more committed to attending if they know someone else is counting on them, & they'll be more excited about coming if they know that they'll come home with something they really want.

We've had swaps in Ft Worth for several years now, & the main things I try to do (other than arrange the facilities & give driving directions & tips for transporting plants & answer questions) are to lay out a *minimum number* of simple, loose, clear "rules" & to foster the spirit of sharing.

Rules like:

don't take anything unless the person who brought it says you can (seriously)

no selling (or some selling, or whatever, as long as the rule is the same every time for every attendee)

no alcohol, no glass bottles

clean up your own mess

We always encourage newcomers to attend, even if they don't have plants or seeds;

growing gardeners is an excellent way to grow gardens.

(& besides, sometimes they bring stuff like homemade bread!)

& sometimes you get a really nice surprise, like when you find yourself being "grown" as a gardener:

I have a water or bog garden strictly due to the generosity & encouragement of a trader at one of the swaps!

I've tried to keep things as simple & loose as possible, to make the swaps undemanding & easy for anyone to enjoy.

& we never have gone in for games & prizes, since our swaps are "come & go" affairs:
People often bring their children, & you can't wait around a plant swap for a game or prize."

We will have drawings for door prizes.

I have potted:
Queen Ann's Lace
Friktarii asters
columbine
larkspur
fanick phlox
poppies
apple blossom verbena

and have cuttings started:
vitex
TX wisteria...not one of the oriental ones.

This is a stem with multiple blooms, so it looks huge.

gardenia, August beauty

    Bookmark   February 27, 2007 at 1:30PM
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texangal(z8a)

I've never been to a swap like this before. And I'll be there! I'm also bringing my mom and aunt. Just to give my preview, here is what I'll be bringing...

Have:
Butterfly Iris
Maiden Grass
Tomatoes: Brandywine, Valley Girl, Porter

Want:
Gregg's Mist Flower
Mexican Mint Marigold

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 12:14PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Texangal, I am thrilled that you are coming! I have never been to one either. We'll stumble through this together.

You've got mail

    Bookmark   March 5, 2007 at 12:55PM
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sylviatexas1

This swap sounds soo goood, bet you have lots of fun.

Be sure to post pictures!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2007 at 9:18AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I am so excited, I went out today and I have baby plants coming up everywhere. I was so afraid that I would not have very much to trade. Everytime I started cuttings, a freeze would kill them. Just think its just 3 weeks away. I hope to see everyone there. I still do not know if my cutting survived in Rockport. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 8, 2007 at 8:39PM
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sylviatexas1

Everybody be sure to keep tabs on this thread *and* on the one over on the Exchanges page:

there're swap offers & lists of plants on both posts.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 9:28PM
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michellesg(z8bTX)

I'm a newbie to San Antonio so could someone help me out here with the location of Macarthur park? The link above doesn't work anymore. Is it the park off of the 410 just east of Nacodoches? Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 11:05PM
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michellesg(z8bTX)

Thank you!

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 12:22PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Thanks Linda

Here is a link that might be useful: McArthur Park

    Bookmark   March 12, 2007 at 2:23PM
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teri_mico(8)

Here's what it looks like I will be bringing
Gregg's mistflower
Daylilies (orange)
lemongrass
Bog sage
miniature kaie ruellia's
salvias - blues, pinks and reds (promise I will have proper names for swap)
Century plants - solid green and some veriegated.
Oregano
Maybe some other stuff !!!

does anybody have any white salvia greggi or yellow cannas?

Looking forward to seeing everybody!

Teri_Mico

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 6:27AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Teri
Please put my name on a Gregg's mist flower.
Kathy/natvtxn
You can see my list on the exchange post, regarding the swap.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 9:54AM
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tshcd

I'm reading about this swap fairly late as far as bringing items goes. I might be able to get some coral honeysuckle cuttings started, but is it okay if I show up empty-handed? I don't want to mooch, I just want to experience. =)

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 11:32PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Show up! empty handed is fine. I have been told people always have plenty of plants to share and that most don't want to haul things back home.
This is a learn as we go experience for most of us.
See you there!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 9:42AM
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tshcd

Thanks! Looking forward to it. =)

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 11:49AM
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castrogardener

17 days and counting !!

Hope we have a good turn out at the swap. I see some names I recogize from other swaps, so it will be like a reunion, too.

any other newbies out there ? Please come ! You are welcome !!

patty

    Bookmark   March 14, 2007 at 2:10PM
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phoenix7801

Would anyone be interested in some worm castings, rabbit manure? Cuz I have those plus I might be able to bring some plants or cuttings?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 3:10AM
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teri_mico(8)

A friend of mine is coming too. She doesn't have much in the way to trade but she does have horses. I told her to bag up some natural fertilizer and bring that.

The more the merrier!!!

Kathy, one of the Gregg's Mist flowers have your name on it. I have a couple of gallon pots that have over wintered in the green house so they will already have a great root system. Since it is coming up all over the place in the gardends right now, I'll also dig up a couple more for you.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 6:20AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Pheonix: OOOOH! worm castings! put my name on some and rabbit manure. Good idea!

Both of you: Check my list on exchanges and see if you want me to tag anything for you.

Teri: I won't say thanks for fear of jinxing the plants. LOL

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 9:03AM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Teri and Phoenix, I would like in on some of that Gregg's Mistflower and worm castings and a little of the horse manure too.
Folks, you can bring a ton of stuff or a little or nothing at all. Remember it does not have to be plants. I have seen people that brought herbal soaps, rocks with garden/wildlife paintings on them for yard art, bird houses, packages of seeds they have collected or bought at the store, pots from the store, decorated and plain, unwanted gardening tools, old gardening books and magazines, etc. Garden related is the key.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 15, 2007 at 3:15PM
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sylviatexas1

Yep, Mike's right:

you can trade anything for anything.

As long as both traders are happy, it's a good deal.

One spring I traded something-or-other for a big bag of leaf lettuce that someone had thinned out of their garden!
Since young lettuce is very tender & yummy, I was very happy, & so was the other trader.

Some things mentioned on the Ft Worth swap thread are:

greenhouse frame
whiskey barrel
gardening books
pump & so forth for a fountain
pots..
& there'll probably be a bunch more stuff.

(One beginning gardener doesn't have anything at all garden-related, so she's bringing lunch!)

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 6:30PM
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linda_tx8(8)

Oh, if anyone has extra 6-inch or 2-gallon pots, I wouldn't mind taking some home.
Also, I have a Hill Country Aster (Aster oblongifolius) to add. I have a couple of Lyreleaf Sage. And I need to dig up a Red Yucca because it ended up totally in the shade...if anyone wants it, I could bring it. I have quite a few of those and don't really want to try to find another sunny spot for it. Teri, you're lucky about the Gregg's coming up all over. Mine is still suffering from a very severe winter...I think what's left of it is afraid to really start growing much.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2007 at 12:49AM
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teri_mico(8)

Is anyone interested in some elephant ears? They are are the ones that that have large bulbs, grow straight up, lage leaves, straight green only, and do need some shaded area in my yard anyway.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 6:08PM
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mike_stubbs(8, Bastrop, TX)

Linda, Not to be greedy but I would love to have the Red Yucca and one of the lyreleaf sages.
I have a number of plastic pots of all sites.
Mike

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 8:18PM
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michellesg(z8bTX)

teri mico I'd love some elephants ear, does it grow well here? I am new to town and all I have to offer is rock, which seems to be here in abundance.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 8:38PM
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castrogardener

I'm putting the post everywhere I can for the SA swap...

I also have plastic pots 1 gallon and larger. Does anyone want the larger ones ? If not, I won't take up the space in the truck.

I also have a freeform pond with pump and water-spitting turtle if anyone wants to try their hand at pond gardening. Maybe we can arrange a special swap ?

Please write me directly at email address, not here, since I don't check this forum every day. thank you.

patty

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 9:34PM
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jolanaweb

Patty, I'm interested in your pond but I still don't know if I can make it to the swap.
What sort of plants are you interested in?
jolana

    Bookmark   March 18, 2007 at 9:43PM
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teri_mico(8)

Michellesg - I will be sure to bring a couple of them for you. I have some planted in the ground and in large pots. The ones in the pots surely grow better (but I'm not one to spend every other day watering).

I have plenty of rocks on my place so thanks by no thanks for rocks.

Teri

    Bookmark   March 19, 2007 at 9:49AM
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linda_tx8(8)

Mike...okay, it's no problem! Phoenix...would love castings and manure if you have enough. Teri...I didn't notice that about the white gregg's before. I could bring cuttings from mine if you'd like. I'm not sure if there's time to root any before the swap and be sure whether they are rooted or not. See ya there!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 11:34PM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Kathy, this is shaping up to be such a good swap - you should be commended for starting it. I am green with envy that I am so far away and cannot attend. You guys are going to have so much fun, and exchange so many neat plants.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2007 at 8:40AM
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teri_mico(8)

Hey Linda,

I know we only have a week so the "white greggs" wouldn't be rooted. I am however cutting to rooted challenged and I know that you are an expert. I would really just appreciate you giving them the tlc to get them started properly. I will just know that they need to stay in pots for a while before I put them in the ground.

thanks

Teri

    Bookmark   March 22, 2007 at 5:26AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Only 8 more days until the plant swap, how time flys. I think we should have a roll call, to see who will be able to attend. I will be there. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 7:28AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Good idea.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 11:12AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I sure hope that someone will bring some double purple datura to the plant swap. I went to Turners Nursery in Corpus, Last week and they were sold out. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 8:52PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Kathy, I have a few Mexican Bird of Paradise plants to take to the plant swap. I see where you wanted seeds, I have baby plants that I dug up last week in Rockport, they are in little pots, do you want one? Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 11:12PM
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phoenix7801

Barbra...I have double purple Datura seeds. Most likely folks I can bring elephant ears, Dragonfruit seeds, spineless prickly pear,lace cacti, nipple cactus,hoya cuttings(krimson queen and princess,kentiana,curtisii), rabbit manure, worm castings...if i get enough time I can probably bring some redworms.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 3:39AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Yes Barbara, I would like some mex. BOP's.

If I understand it right, we are to keep our pre-trades separate from the other plants to avoid confusion.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 8:18AM
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linda_tx8(8)

Mark your pre-trade plants and put them under the table (if you have plants on a table) until you can give them to that person. And everything you get to take home goes under the table also. I guess that's a universal rule of plant swaps. Teri..."expert"? Not me...but I took a propagation class at Schumacher's last fall, so will try, no guarantee. BTW, they're having those classes on Saturdays up there. Well worth the small fee...can take LOTS of cuttings from their nursery stock, then they'll keep them there and baby them a while 'til they're ready to take home.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 9:56AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Kathy I have 2 plants, should I save both for you?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 6:46PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

One is fine.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2007 at 7:58PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Well, another beautiful day, to go outside and dig up plants for the plant swap. Just 6 more days! Hope to see everyone there. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 25, 2007 at 9:38AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Ok, I have blue scabiosa(pin cushion)plants, a beautiful large orange blooming plant, that I do not know the name of, blooms look a lot like the lions tail, Australian sword fern, English Daisies( in hot pink), regular daisies, Lobelia, Dark Green Ivy that never freezes. I am too tired to do any more today, I sure hope I can get all this stuff down there in one trip, just 6 more days. I would love some red worms! dry chicken poop, or Lady bugs. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 25, 2007 at 6:37PM
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nbkimberley

What about chicken poop? And if so what should I package it in? I have some of those landscaping blocks that make a circle but not enough to make a circle and some other landscaping stones. I think I can get enough stuff to swap with I just don't think any of the plants I have are worth swapping: rose bushes that were dug up in Nov. but I don't know if they are going to live. Just moved to Texas (clay soil) from North Carolina (sandy soil) and I am lost as far as planting goes here. I am looking for some kind of tree that I can plant for shade that I can also plant to line my driveway. I was also looking for crimsom red creap myrtles sp? I am interested in lots of other types of plants but am afraid of killing these new seedlings. Can't wait to meet all of you and bring home some babies.
Also, I know this is all garden related items but is anyone interested in farm fresh eggs or raw goats milk. I can trade these items also, since I don't have much in the plant category.
I am so glad I came surfing today and found you all.
Kimberley

    Bookmark   March 26, 2007 at 4:23PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Kim, You have some great ideas. I guess put you chick poop in grocery bags. When I first read that I though you wrote "chicken Coop". I wondered why in the world it would have to be packaged.
Come on down girl! I have about 90 plants and will dig up bulbs the day of the swap. And I am NOT draggin' them home.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2007 at 5:19PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

A friend is bringing some of these.

Here is a link that might be useful: chinese ground orchiids

    Bookmark   March 26, 2007 at 8:12PM
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phoenix7801

You have a friend bringing Bletillas?!!!awesome Im looking forward to this swap now

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 3:56AM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Ok, Kathy 2 under the table with my name. I think one of my neighbors might come, I met her yesterday, when I went to invite her father to come to the swap. She told me he died on March 4th. He loved plants, she does too. So I invited her to the swap. She gave me a Jcaranda tree and potted double purple datura. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 7:14AM
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copanolady

Kathy - Would you save one or two Bletillas for me? I love those, had some years ago at another house and never see them for sale at local nurseries. I have also invited several people who do not post here and am bringing my daughter with me who has a new house & is just interested in learning about plants. Thank you for doing all this and we really look forward to it.
Ruth

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 10:00AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

I have no idea how many she is bringing. Look for Kim with bright red hair and personality plus.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 10:28AM
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snappybob(SaTexas Zone 8)

We have a ton of Aloe Vera cactus. We potted some of it up to bring. I don't know if anyone will be interested in any of it or not. If not, no problem I'll just un-pot them and into the compost they will go. I'll also be bringing anything that wouldn't fit in the veggie garden, mostly tomato seedlings.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 1:50PM
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michellesg(z8bTX)

90 plants Kathy? My goodness you've been busy! Do you still have any wisteria cuttings left? I need to get some lady bugs at the nursery sometime soon (the dang mulch I got came with aphids) so I'm going to pick up extras and bring them to the swap so if you need any let me know! I'll bring some for Barbra too.
~Michelle

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 8:42PM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Michelle,
I have TX wisteria cuttings that are sprouting, but I don't know if they are rooted. I did dig up a plant from a root of my mother plant. Do you want me to put your name on that larger plant?
TX wisteria is not near as invasive as the Chinese or Japanese

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:36PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Michell, I have over 175 plants to take to the plant swap, you need to let me know what you want so I can save it for you. I have some plant to give away, but most I plan to trade, or give to my daughter who bought a new home in November. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 9:41PM
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michellesg(z8bTX)

Whoa that's a lotta plants Barbra. I have no idea what I want so don't worry about putting anything aside for me. My real goal for the swap is to take notes on everything that works locally.
Kathy I'd love the dug up wisteria, thanks so much!! My mother in law has the super invasive kind that makes a huge mess every season and I've always wanted to grow some myself.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2007 at 11:06PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I know I potted too many plants to take to the swap, there is no way I can pack them all, plus a table and chair. I will get rid of some of these plants on the plant exchange.
I hope it doesn't rain on Saturday, if it does, I'm still coming. Just 4 more days to the plant swap. Barbra,

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 7:33AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

Pheonix, do you live in San Antonio?
e-mail me, as your page doesn't have a way to e-mail you.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 8:30AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

3 more days!!!!!!!

See you there/here.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 10:39AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Snappybob you said, "We have a ton of Aloe Vera cactus. We potted some of it up to bring."

Is that the kind that has apricot colored blooms?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 11:01AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

If any one wants autumn clematis, let me know. I don't want to dig some up if no one wants it.
You need to know it is aggressive.

Here is a link that might be useful: Autumn Clematis

    Bookmark   March 28, 2007 at 12:50PM
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phoenix7801

Yep I live in good ole SA. Email sent :-)

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 2:55AM
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natvtxn(z8BTX)

would you try again? I did not get it.
Also do you have a name so I will know you at the swap?

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 7:37AM
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snappybob(SaTexas Zone 8)

Roselee, this Aloevera has the white blooms. These are pretty small now but will get quite large and multiply.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2007 at 10:25AM
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phoenix7801

My name is Joey and I sent the email through the regular email instead of through GW. Now I gotta clean out my car to make room for the plants

    Bookmark   March 30, 2007 at 2:55AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Okay SnappyBob, IF I get to come I will bring some aloevera that have the apricot blooms.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2007 at 10:25AM
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linda_tx8(8)

Okay, finishing loading the pickup, guys! Plenty of my goodies in there. Weather Service says we're going to see the sun and it's going to warm up!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2007 at 9:11AM
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