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EricaBraun(9b)August 3, 2014

There's been a lot of talk of weddings lately, which got me thinking... Wouldn't it be fun if we were all August brides? Well, this month we are!

As a bride, your first order of business is to set up a gift registry. Sorry, no toasters or towels! Instead, list up to 5 plants or garden related objects that you would really love to get your hands on. Please sign-up and have your items listed by Aug 9th.

On Aug 10th, I will put together a list of everyone's registry items. Look over the list and see if you have any of the items being sought after. You only need to be able to supply ONE item from a person's list. Post the names of anyone you'd be able to send to (this gives a little more wiggle room when I assign partners), by Aug 14th. As with a real gift registry, sometimes you get what you want, other times you get what you get, but I will do my best to make as many matches as possible.

On Aug 15th I will assign you a partner. If you are able to match one of the items on that person's "registry" please send that, if not include a garden-related treasure of your own choosing.

Along with that, there are a few other items a bride needs:
Something Old: A plant that has been around for 50 years or more. This is often the length to consider something an heirloom. You can send seed or an actual plant.
Something New: A plant that has been around for less than 50 years. You can send seed or an actual plant.
Something Borrowed: This can be anything you'd like to send.
Something Blue: That one is pretty self-explanatory - something blue.

In total you will be sending your giftee 5 items:
An item from their registry (or an item of your own choosing if you can't match a registry item).
Something old.
Something new.
Something borrowed.
Something blue.

I will also host some garden-inspired "bridal shower" games throughout the month, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

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brittneysgran

Erica-Love it, thank you for stepping up and taking the month of August for Melinda. What creativity everyone has and this is why the swaps are so much fun each month.
Please sign me up.

Praying for Melinda and hoping she will soon be home.

Hi Carol...big hugs for you today.

Shirley

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pinkiris

Please sign me up as well, sounds like fun! Will be back soon with my registry items =)

Jayeanne

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cottonwood468

I am saying yes to the dress! What a fun idea! Thanks, Erica, for stepping forward. I'm already having fun with it, just thinking about fifty year old plants.... or older. Gingko tree anyone? Hmmm...what will I need in my new life as a bride? A groom, maybe?

Mary E.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Here are our sign-ups thus far:

EricaBraun
brittneysgran
pinkiris
cottonwood468

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EricaBraun(9b)

Mary,

No need for a groom. We're all married to our gardens, anyway. :P

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

I'm In! Thank you so much for hosting this month, Erica. :)

Sheri

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pmb2005

Hello Ladies,

This is a great idea for a swap, sign me up please!

Promise

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 5:21AM
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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

This is just too cute to pass up! I'm in!!
Thanks for hosting this month Erica.

vina

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cinnie0 (z 9b / So Cal)

Count me in. this sounds fun!
Nikki

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 1:21PM
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webuser_5438468

Hello! I am home now. What an ordeal! First, I want to thank Erica so very much for taking over for me this month! I so appreciate it and what a great theme! Next, thanks to all who sent prayers and special thoughts!
I had walked into Walmart and was sending a money gram and next thing I know I am in an ambulance and thought on my way to ER which was only about 5 min. away! But we got there and I was put on a helicopter and sent to
Springfield, MO to another hospital. Now, my car is at Walmart and my family is about 2 hours away and no one knows where I am. I finally got ahold of them. They thought I was having a heart attack, but I thought I was having a stroke. They think I possibly threw a micoclot and it finally went through. Or that my blood pressure bottomed out. But was a scary ordeal! Go see dr. in the morning and then to Fayetteville, AR to see another on Wednesday. Maybe will know more then, but don't want to do that again!
I am going to pass the swap this month as very tired and not sure what all will be coming up for me to do. I would love this one, but afraid won't be able to be on time for things. But such a good idea, and thank you so much again for stepping in Erica!
Have a great evening all and thanks for the wonderful thoughts sent my way! Again,I apologize for not keeping my end of the bargain! Melinda

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EricaBraun(9b)

Melinda,

Glad to hear your back from the hospital. That sounds like a pretty terrifying experience. I hope all goes well with your upcoming tests. I will keep you in my prayers.

As for the swap, I'm just happy that I was able to help out.

Take care and get well.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Here are our sign-ups thus far:

EricaBraun - Erica
brittneysgran - Shirley
pinkiris - Jayeanne
cottonwood468 - Mary E.
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri
pmb2005 - Promise
flowergirl34 - Vina
cinnie0 - Nikki

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EricaBraun(9b)

Game Time!

While everyone gets their registry items together, we'll play a game. This is a classic bridal shower game called "Two Truths and a Lie."

Here are the rules: I will tell you 3 things about me and my garden. Two will be true and one will be a lie. Let me know which one you think is the lie. I will do one posting per day and reveal the answer the following day. Everyone that guessed right, scores a point. The first person to 5 points wins. In the event of a tie, there will be a tie-breaker question.

And what will you be playing for? Tomatoes! The winner will receive 10 packs of tomato seed. These are all freshly harvested (all within the last 2 months), organic, OP seeds. Most are heirloom. Here's what you'll get: Black Krim, Black Plum, Black Icicle, Homestead, Principe Borghese, Moonglow, Granny Cantrell, Gypsy, Tommy Toe, and Stump of the World.

Here are my two truths and a lie, for today:
I grew up on a farm.
My back yard is almost all shade.
My favorite veggies are tomatoes.

This post was edited by EricaBraun on Mon, Aug 4, 14 at 22:32

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toomanyanimals(5b/MI)

Erica, Such a Wonderful idea for a swap! But this is a very busy month for me so I'm going to pass.

Melinda, so glad you are doing a little better, I must have missed the post about you being sick. I don't blame you for taking this month off from the swaps!

sharon

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Melinda, so glad you're with us! :) I miss you! More prayers for you tonight.

Erica, I'm going to guess that the lie is that you grew-up on a farm.

My Registry! :)

1. Giant Imperial Blue Larkspur seeds.
2. Chocolate (or Chocolate White Edge) Morning Glory
seeds
3. Chioggia Beet seeds.
4. Seeds of your favorite flower, herb or vegetable variety.
Please tell me why it's your favorite... thank you!
5. Any seeds on my GardenWeb want list.

I'm more interested in seeds, rather than plants (for now) because it's so incredibly hot this month.Thank you!
Erica, just to re-cap, we pick one thing from the registry, correct? Thanks!

Sheri

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EricaBraun(9b)

Sheri,

Yes, you only need to send one thing to your giftee from their registry. I wanted everyone to list 5, so that there was a better chance of someone having one of those things.

Erica

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EricaBraun(9b)

I'll go ahead and do my gift registry now, as well:

1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 7:59PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Only a little over 3 hours to get your guess in for the day!

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cinnie0 (z 9b / So Cal)

Im also thinking
I grew up on a farm.
is the lie.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 8:51PM
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cottonwood468

? Surely your backyard isn't almost all shade, if you are growing all those tomatoes? That must be the lie.

Mary E.

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brittneysgran

I think the lie is (I grew up on a farm). I know you have mentioned your back yard being all shade and it looks like by all the tomato seeds you must really like tomatoes.

Melinda-How scary....so happy to see your post and know you are home. We will be thinking of you and please jump in and post when you can.

Promise-So nice to see you joining in this month....welcome back.

Shirley

    Bookmark   August 4, 2014 at 10:16PM
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pinkiris

Here are my two truths and a lie, for today:

I grew up on a farm. - LIE
My back yard is almost all shade. - TRUE
My favorite veggies are tomatoes. - TRUE

Jayeanne

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EricaBraun(9b)

Mondays winners are:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri 1pt
cinnie0 - Nikki 1pt
brittneysgran - Shirley 1pt
pinkiris - Jayeanne 1pt

My backyard is indeed almost all shade and tomatoes are my favorite veggie; however, I've always lived about 40 mins outside of San Francisco, so unfortunately no farm for me.

Here are Tuesday's Two Truths and a Lie:
1) I ditched my kitchen table to make room for hydroponics.
2) I'm allergic to mangoes.
3) I have 16 rose bushes.

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

"I'm allergic to mangos" is the lie today.

Sheri

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sandlapper_rose(Zone 8)

Great theme, Erica! However, I am going to have to pass this month - just too much going on.
Melinda, so good to hear from you. I hope they discover what caused the problem and it will not cause more issues for you.
Our temperatures for July and early August were outstanding this year. I wonder what August will bring... I suspect that heat and humidity will show up for us this month.
Enjoy the swap!
Jeanne

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cottonwood468

"You say it's your birthday... it's my birthday too, yeah!"
the Beatles

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARY!!! What special things are you going to do today?

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EricaBraun(9b)

Happy Birthday, Mary!

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cottonwood468

I am planting purple pole beans, again. I make stakes to hold them from the maple tree saplings, When I prune them, I make a slant cut on the bottom and then leave them to dry out, easy to stick in the ground.

At coffee this morning, a neighbor couple gave me a box of Frango mints, three colors of them. Now that's a birthday.

Might rescue two kittens later. Seems likely.

Did I mention the squirrels planted pumpkin vines? I had thought it was burdock I would have to dig out. Now there are pumpkin flowers.

I'm enjoying a day off from watering. Thank you for all your good wishes. I celebrate all year. Just finished last birthday celebration yesterday.

Mary E.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Mary,

All year? Hell, I've been doing it wrong all this time! Lol.

Awesome that your squirrels planted pumpkins for you. I wish mine would do that. I think all mine plant are weeds and mulberry trees.

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cottonwood468

The rescue squirrel watched a friend and I plant all the tomatoes and peppers, in a honeycomb pattern. Couple of days later, a sunflower emerges ... planted in the corner continuing the pattern. Then he got impatient and dug it up.

I don't believe that Erica is allergic to mangoes. But losing a kitchen table for hydroponics makes sense to me.

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pinkiris

Mary! Happy Birthday! Wishing you lots and lots of blooms!

Here are Tuesday's Two Truths and a Lie:

1) I ditched my kitchen table to make room for hydroponics. TRUE
2) I'm allergic to mangoes. LIE
3) I have 16 rose bushes. TRUE

Jayeanne

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EricaBraun(9b)

A little over an hour to get your votes in for today!

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EricaBraun(9b)

I did indeed ditch my kitchen table after setting up a hydroponics unit in my kitchen. Felt too crowded. I love mangoes. They are one of my favorite fruits. Thank god I'm not allergic. And I do have 16 rose bushes, planted by my mom, who loved roses.

I can't believe that all 3 of you who guessed got it right. I thought for sure people would guess that ditching the kitchen table was a lie.
Tuesday's winners are:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap
cottonwood468
pinkiris

Total points thus far:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri 2pt
cinnie0 - Nikki 1pt
brittneysgran - Shirley 1pt
pinkiris - Jayeanne 2pt
cottonwood468 - Mary 1pt

Here are Wednesday's Two Truths and a Lie:
1) I crush sow bugs with my fingers, but will only step on harlequin bugs.
2) I make beer traps for snails/slugs.
3) I blend tomato leaves, onion, and garlic in my vitamix to spray on aphids.

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

1) I crush sow bugs with my fingers, but will only step on harlequin bugs...

I'm going to guess this is the lie, because sow bugs eat only dead plant matter.

Sheri

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cottonwood468

I cannot picture anyone in California squashing bugs with their fingers. So squashing sow bugs and stepping on harlequin bugs is the lie.

Mary E.

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pinkiris

My registry:

1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.

2. anything that is VARIEGATED...

3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK

5. anything mini - love the mini collections

5. Scented herbs....

Jayeanne

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smitties

Erica, great idea for a swap. I find that with several things going on in my daily life, I need to take a month off. Would love to join in but it is best I don't. (I hate making that decision and it didn't come easy). I hope everyone has fun.

Margo

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EricaBraun(9b)

Here's a list of our sign-ups and the gift registries available thus far:

EricaBraun - Erica

  1. Any purple or pink named daylily
  2. Tree Collards
  3. Oca
  4. Any named, blue hibiscus.
  5. Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley

pinkiris - Jayeanne

  1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
  2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
  3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
  4. anything mini - love the mini collections
  5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.

Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri

  1. Giant Imperial Blue Larkspur seeds.
  2. Chocolate (or Chocolate White Edge) Morning Glory
    seeds
  3. Chioggia Beet seeds.
  4. Seeds of your favorite flower, herb or vegetable variety.
    Please tell me why it's your favorite... thank you!
  5. Any seeds on my GardenWeb want list.

pmb2005 - Promise

flowergirl34 - Vina

cinnie0 - Nikki

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Hello everyone

Melinda, Im so glad youre home safe and sound!! Hugs and best wishes you feel better soon!

Carol, If you pop by please let us know how you're feeling. I'm sending hugs and wishes to you too still.

Erica, what a wonderful theme and thank you for stepping in. I would love to join but planning the wedding here in Michigan will unfortunately keep me busy this month instead. Dress shopping is in two weeks, so meantime Mike and I are looking at venues. Also, in keeping with the tradition, I've been working out my own somethings... old (???), new (dress), borrowed (???) and blue (shoes). Any suggestions for the rest, ladies?

Margo, how is your daughter's wedding coming along?

I think the lie is crushing sow bugs with your fingers- BLECH :-)
~ Laura

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EricaBraun(9b)

Laura,

I love that you're going to wear blue shoes for your wedding!

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pinkiris

Wednesday's Two Truths and a Lie:

1) I crush sow bugs with my fingers, but will only step on harlequin bugs. LIE
2) I make beer traps for snails/slugs. TRUE
3) I blend tomato leaves, onion, and garlic in my vitamix to spray on aphids. TRUE

Jayeanne

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brittneysgran

Happy Belated Birthday Mary....hope it was the best one yet.

Melinda and Carol thinking of you ladies today.

I crush sow bugs with my fingers, but will only step on harlequin bugs is the LIE.

Shirley

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EricaBraun(9b)

Looks like everyone got it wrong today. I figured with such closely related possibilities, that the array of answers would vary.

Mary cracked me up with: "I cannot picture anyone in California squashing bugs with their fingers." That is probably mostly true, Mary. It took me a long time to get to where I would pick them up and put them on the edge of of a piece of wood, then as quickly as possible squish them just enough to kill them, thereby lessening the amount of exposure my finger had to bug guts.

Sheri had a completely valid reason for picking that one too: "because sow bugs eat only dead plant matter." Although that is generally true, they will eat the leaves off of newly emerging beans and lettuce, thereby killing them. And they will also munch on strawberries and radishes. Normally I don't pay them much notice, but my garden seems to have an infestation of them this year.

As for the snail trap, that is something that actually grosses me out more than squishing pill bugs. The fact that you have to empty it every day... Yuck! I have seen very few snails/slugs in my yard this year, so I really haven't had to do anything drastic to regulate them. Keeping my fingers crossed! (This was the lie).

Aphids... Yeah... Those little buggers kept infesting a ragged jack kale that I have. A foot or two away, there is dinosaur kale, which they never touched. Once I figured out that the infestation was aphids, I did some research online and discovered that they don't like tomato leaves, onions, garlic, and a few others. Since those three were easy to come by, I tossed some in the vitamix, blended it to a bloody pulp (ie, turned it all to liquid), and sprayed it on the plant. One application was all it took. Haven't had a problem since.

Btw, vitamix blenders are one of god's gifts to women. It is one of the few kitchen appliances that I would insist on replacing if it broke, even though I am poor and they are pricey. If you don't have one and you ever have a chance to get one, I would highly recommend it.

So, with no Wednesday winners, points remain the same:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri 2pt
cinnie0 - Nikki 1pt
brittneysgran - Shirley 1pt
pinkiris - Jayeanne 2pt
cottonwood468 - Mary 1pt

And now for Thursday's Two Truths and a Lie:
1) I'm a fan of vertical gardening.
2) I'm a fan of square foot gardening.
3) I'm a fan of conventional gardening.

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cottonwood468

Shirley, et al thank you for all the birthday greetings. The celebration continues!

Yeah, spraying the aphids was the truest thing.

I have it in for Japanese beetles, I drop them in baby oil
, in a cup.

Thursday's lie: like Scarlett said "I'll think about that tomorrow, tomorrow is another day."

Mary E.

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Poor bean plants... even the sow bugs eat them!!! It seems like every bug enjoys an emerging bean plant.

Erica, what do you use to strain the pulp for the aphid spray? I always manage to clog my sprayers with homemade bug sprays like that.

Hmmm... is today's lie an easy one to guess or are you trying to trick us? I will think about it and guess later. BTW... which of the tomatoes in you prize pack did you enjoy the most this year?

I have registry gifts for Erica and Jayeanne, so far.

Sheri

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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Good morning!!

I've been trying to thinking of what I'd like for my gift registry...I think I have it.

1. Any named daylily.

2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!

3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.

4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.

5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

Pretty broad strokes, lol. But, I couldn't really hammer it down :)

Have a great day!
vina

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pinkiris

Thursday's Two Truths and a Lie:

1) I'm a fan of vertical gardening. TRUE

2) I'm a fan of square foot gardening. TRUE

3) I'm a fan of conventional gardening. LIE

Jayeanne

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Blue and silver flats! Ignore the jeans :)

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canyonwind(9)

Love the idea of the "gift registry" this month!!!

I am going to pass this month on swaps. I am all over the place doing this and that.

Laura, blue shoes...why not?

Carol, thinking of you..............PRAYERS

Melinda, thinking of you...........PRAYERS

Mary E..............Happy, Happy Birthday!

Erica, your tomato mixture for aphids.....I will try that. I don't have any right now. But now that I said that, I am sure they show up.

Have fun!!!!

Annie

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EricaBraun(9b)

Sheri,

I don't need to strain the aphid spray. The vitamix is so high powered that it's more like a commercial quality blender. It makes amazing smoothies, purees, soups, aphid sprays, etc. I just add my tomato leaves, onion, garlic, and a little water, turn it on high for a few seconds, and voila! bug spray!

As far as my favorite out of the tomatoes I'm sending... Hmm. A couple of the ones I grew hydroponically, last year, made it into my garden this year. Most of the rest are first time tries. Out of the 10 I'm sending, 5 of those will definitely be planted again next year. The other half aren't winning my "favorite" vote do to texture, productivity issues, cracking, etc. Here are the 5 I would nominate as my "favorite":
Black Plum - Second year growing this one. Super productive and flavorful with firm flesh.
Moonglow - Second year on this one, as well. Excellent taste and texture. Amazing color.
Granny Cantrell - Excellent taste and texture.
Tommy Toe - Productive. Excellent taste and texture.
Stump of the World - Excellent taste and texture.

Here is a recap of my observations on the others, if you're interested:
Black Krim - Cracking problems.
Black Icicle - Not very productive.
Homestead - Extremely productive, but not the best texture.
Principe Borghese - Extremely productive, but small and fiddly.
Gypsy - Not very productive.

Laura,

I still love the idea of the blue shoes! You asked for ideas in the "something old" and "something borrowed" category. For "something old" maybe you can wear a piece of jewelry that has been passed down in the family, if you have something like that.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Don't forget that there are only 2 more days to get your "gift registry" items in. Here is a recap, thus far:

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to Jayeanne, Sheri, or Vina)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley

pinkiris - Jayeanne
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.

Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri
(Can send to Erica, Jayeanne, or Vina)
1. Giant Imperial Blue Larkspur seeds.
2. Chocolate (or Chocolate White Edge) Morning Glory
seeds
3. Chioggia Beet seeds.
4. Seeds of your favorite flower, herb or vegetable variety.
Please tell me why it's your favorite... thank you!
5. Any seeds on my GardenWeb want list.

pmb2005 - Promise

flowergirl34 - Vina
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

cinnie0 - Nikki

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Thank you for the tomato info, Erica! Here's my guess for today: 2) I'm a fan of square foot gardening.... LIE. :)

I can supply something on Vina's Registry, too.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Looks like only two of you guessed today. I'm super tight on space. My backyard is useless for growing, since it's almost all shade. I'm limited to the raised beds my hubby made this year in the front yard (they are all sectioned off into 1' squares) as well as some vertical pallet gardens. So I am a fan of vertical and square foot gardening, but not conventional - no room for that.

Jayeanne gets a point for today.

Here's the total so far:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri 2pts
cinnie0 - Nikki 1pt
brittneysgran - Shirley 1pt
pinkiris - Jayeanne 3pts
cottonwood468 - Mary 1pt

Here are Friday's Two Truths and a Lie:
1) I'm currently growing eggplant.
2) I'm currently growing carrots.
3) I'm currently growing peppers.

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cottonwood468

? Oh we have until eleven pm to answer?

Annie, thank you, the celebration continues.

(son just got home from band practice with the laptop)

Mary E.

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cottonwood468

Good morning.

I don't believe that Erica is growing carrots.

Mary E.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Mary,

I'm not sure where you're located. I just go off of GW time, which happens to be EST. It simplifies things.

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brittneysgran

Good Morning Ladies....sorry I missed the last Truth and Lie contest. I was so sick yesterday I didn't know whether to go to the Doctor or tough it out. I contacted a stomach virus and stayed on the couch, bed & recliner most of the day. So funny I got on the scales this morning and had lost 7 pounds. Now to keep it off. Our Grandson was staying with DH Monday and Tuesday with the same thing so I must have caught it by something he touched. No one at work was sick with it. I should have cleaned and wiped every thing down with Clorox when I came home. Don't know how DH did not get it, the man never gets sick.

1) I'm currently growing eggplant
2) I'm currently growing carrots. (lie)
3) I'm currently growing peppers

Debating whether to try and work today or not...so far so good.

Shirley

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EricaBraun(9b)

Shirley,

That sounds terrible. You know it's bad if you lost 7 lbs. If it's food poisoning, the doctors can't do much for you. I had food poisoning bad once. I couldn't eat anything and I couldn't stay out of the bathroom. On the third day, I went to the doctors. They gave me some IV fluids and told me to get some Gatorade and sip (with an emphasis on "sip") it throughout the day. That was the extent of the help I received.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

There's some very good info about "stomach flu" in the link below. It's definitely worth a look if the info is unfamiliar.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Truth About Stomach Flu

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Shirley, I'm so sorry you had that horrible stomach flu. Thank you for the link, Erica!

1) I'm currently growing eggplant... LIE

Happy Friday Everyone!

Sheri

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pinkiris

Friday's Two Truths and a Lie:

1) I'm currently growing eggplant. LIE

2) I'm currently growing carrots. TRUE

3) I'm currently growing peppers. TRUE

Jayeanne

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Shirley please take care of yourself and dont push too hard. Take the day off work and relax. If you think you can hold down food stick to a BRAT diet- Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast.

Erica, I think the Eggplant is a lie!
~ Laura

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EricaBraun(9b)

Looks like we have a few winners today! Sheri, Jayeanne, and Laura got it right!

My carrots and peppers are doing great, but despite my best efforts, all of my eggplant seedlings died earlier in the season, so they are a no go.

Laura, I don't think I have you down for the swap, so I haven't been recording your totals. Will you be joining us? Please let me know.

Here are the current point totals:
Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri 3pts
cinnie0 - Nikki 1pt
brittneysgran - Shirley 1pt
pinkiris - Jayeanne 4pts
cottonwood468 - Mary 1pt

Jayeanne only needs one more point, followed close behind by Sheri who only needs two!

And here are Friday's Two Truths and a Lie:
1) I have a worm bin.
2) I compost in a tumbler.
3) I do dynamic/hot composting.

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Today is the last day to sign up and the last day to list/update your "gift registry." Still need registries from Shirley, Mary E., Promise, and Nikki.

Here's what we've got so far:

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to Jayeanne, Sheri, or Vina)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley

pinkiris - Jayeanne
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.

Panhandle_Seed_Swap - Sheri
(Can send to Erica, Jayeanne, or Vina)
1. Giant Imperial Blue Larkspur seeds.
2. Chocolate (or Chocolate White Edge) Morning Glory
seeds
3. Chioggia Beet seeds.
4. Seeds of your favorite flower, herb or vegetable variety.
Please tell me why it's your favorite... thank you!
5. Any seeds on my GardenWeb want list.

pmb2005 - Promise

flowergirl34 - Vina
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

cinnie0 - Nikki

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

I compost in a tumbler... I'm guessing this is the lie.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Sheri

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cottonwood468

" I compost in a tumbler."

No, you don't.

Mary E.

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brittneysgran

Well-Always go with your first choice...I had eggplant and changed it to carrots.

1) I have a worm bin - Lie
2) I compost in a tumbler.
3) I do dynamic/hot composting

Will get my registry done today.

Good grief I was feeling better yesterday and woke up sick again and we are having our Company picnic today.

Shirley

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EricaBraun(9b)

Shirley,

So sorry to hear that you're still feeling crappy. I hope you feel better in time for the picnic.

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lilangel181(zone 5)

Shirley if you can't make the company picnic then when you feel better we'll all picnic with you instead! :-)

Erica, I'm sadly not swapping this month but will be popping in and out for games. The worm bin is a lie!

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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Erica, I'm going to take a break from swapping for just a while. I'm so sorry, but please take me off the bridal registry.

Thank you, again, for hosting this month for Melinda. I really hope her and Carol are doing well. I'll check-back to see how they're doing and to see what the brides get!

Sheri

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cottonwood468

My registry:

1 any named white marigold or zinnia or your other favorite white flower
2 anything for butterflies
3 great tasting tomato seeds--Paul Robeson, Indian Stripe, Cherokee Chocolate, Brandy Boy
4 rooting hormone or fish emul fert--things a bride needs
5 stress busters for the big day--chocolate, Wrigley "5" Rain gum, I even like sanseveria pups or whatever cutting you are rooting on your kitchen windowsill or see my trade list.

Mary E.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Sheri,

I'm very sorry to see you go. If you change your mind, please let me know.

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Updated gift registry:

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to Jayeanne, Sheri, or Vina)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley

pinkiris - Jayeanne
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.
1 any named white marigold or zinnia or your other favorite white flower
2 anything for butterflies
3 great tasting tomato seeds--Paul Robeson, Indian Stripe, Cherokee Chocolate, Brandy Boy
4 rooting hormone or fish emul fert--things a bride needs
5 stress busters for the big day--chocolate, Wrigley "5" Rain gum, I even like sanseveria pups or whatever cutting you are rooting on your kitchen windowsill or see my trade list.

pmb2005 - Promise

flowergirl34 - Vina
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

cinnie0 - Nikki

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pinkiris

Friday's Two Truths and a Lie:

1) I have a worm bin. TRUE

2) I compost in a tumbler. TRUE

3) I do dynamic/hot composting. LIE

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EricaBraun(9b)

Congratulations, Jayeanne!

She only needed one point and she got the correct answer for today, so the Two Truths and a Lie Game is officially over.

I have two Tumbers/Worm Bins rolled into one (or would that be "two"?) I got them several months ago for quite a steal from one of my hubby's co-workers who was moving. She even threw in a bucket full of worms and dirt to get me started.

The idea of hot composting has never really appealed to me. It sounds like a LOT of work.

Still need "bridal registry" updates from Nikki, Promise, and Shirley (whom I hope is feeling better this evening).

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pinkiris

Yay!! I cant believe it, LOL thank you so much Erica... you just sound so much like me and things I do and compete with - yes.... hot composting is a LOT of work and so I gave up and went with the tumbler - also have a worm bin, lol. too funny. I am super excited to try your tomato varieties... tomatoes are one of my favorite veggies from the garden =)

thanks much!
Jayeanne

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EricaBraun(9b)

Jayeanne,

I just sent you an email to verify your address. Let me know if you don't get it. I plant to get your tomato seeds sent off on Mon.

Erica

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pinkiris

Erica - yes ma'm - got the email and it is correct. thank you again for all the fun!

Jayeanne

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EricaBraun(9b)

Shirley, Nikki, and Promise, I sent you guys emails with reminders that your registry lists are due, which is true. However after only a couple hours sleep today (I stayed till 5am so that I could vote on the FOTESS items I wanted) my brain isn't functioning at 100%. I said I was going to assign partners Sun, but I'm simply posting everyone's registry items Sun. This will give people a couple days to look over the lists and let me know who they can send to. Partners will be assigned on the 14th. Sorry for any confusion my sleep-deprived email might have caused!

Hope all you ladies are having a lovely weekend!

Erica

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brittneysgran

1. Corkscrew vine
2. Peonies
3. Milkweed or plants for Butterflies
4. Goat's Beard
5. Dwarf Sunflower Seeds

Feeling some better and I did get to attend the Company picnic and won a cedar birdfeeder. I plan to buy a cedar post to mount it on.

Shirley

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flowergirl34(5 Upstate NY)

Good morning!

Just wanted to let you know that I can send anyone. I have something from all lists :)

Sheri, please stop back and visit us :)

Shirley, congratulations on the birdhouse! It's so much more FUN to win things :D

Have a great Sunday!
vina

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cinnie0 (z 9b / So Cal)

Im going to go ahead and back out of the swap this month have a lot of things going on. Have fun and will check in later.
My daughter is about ready to have her baby and if she doesnt go into labor by the 13th they are going to induce her.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Shirley, so glad you are feeling better. And congratulations on the feeder!

Nikki, yeah, that definitely sounds like you have your hands full. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck on the delivery.

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Updated gift registry:

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to anyone)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley
1. Corkscrew vine
2. Peonies
3. Milkweed or plants for Butterflies
4. Goat's Beard
5. Dwarf Sunflower Seeds

pinkiris - Jayeanne
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.
1 any named white marigold or zinnia or your other favorite white flower
2 anything for butterflies
3 great tasting tomato seeds--Paul Robeson, Indian Stripe, Cherokee Chocolate, Brandy Boy
4 rooting hormone or fish emul fert--things a bride needs
5 stress busters for the big day--chocolate, Wrigley "5" Rain gum, I even like sanseveria pups or whatever cutting you are rooting on your kitchen windowsill or see my trade list.

pmb2005 - Promise

flowergirl34 - Vina (can send to anyone)
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

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pmb2005

Here is my list for the registry.

Astilbe
Yellow Corydalis
Monkshood
lungwort
anything of your choice, not picky.

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EricaBraun(9b)

Looks like we are now up to date on the gift registry. Take the next few days to look over the lists, and see if you have any of the items being sought after. You only need to supply ONE item from a person's list. Post the names of anyone you'd be able to send to (this gives a little more wiggle room when I assign partners), by Aug 14th. On the 15th I will assign partners!

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to anyone)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley
1. Corkscrew vine
2. Peonies
3. Milkweed or plants for Butterflies
4. Goat's Beard
5. Dwarf Sunflower Seeds

pinkiris - Jayeanne
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.
(Can send to Vina, Promise, Jayeanne or Shirley)
1 any named white marigold or zinnia or your other favorite white flower
2 anything for butterflies
3 great tasting tomato seeds--Paul Robeson, Indian Stripe, Cherokee Chocolate, Brandy Boy
4 rooting hormone or fish emul fert--things a bride needs
5 stress busters for the big day--chocolate, Wrigley "5" Rain gum, I even like sanseveria pups or whatever cutting you are rooting on your kitchen windowsill or see my trade list.

pmb2005 - Promise
1) Astilbe
2) Yellow Corydalis
3) Monkshood
4) lungwort
5) anything of your choice, not picky.

flowergirl34 - Vina
(can send to anyone)
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

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cottonwood468

What does an agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac do?

Stay up all night and wonder if there really is a dog!

I can send to Vina, Promise, Jayeanne or Shirley.

Mary E.

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Lol. Thanks, Mary. I got up updated on the post above.

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Jayeanne,

I just got back from the post office. Your tomato prize should get to you within the next few days.

Erica

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Hello Ladies! Erica you are doing a great job on your swap! Wish I had joined, but could have done one if could do that. I just have so much going on this month, that came up unexpectantly!! See cardiologist next week and the orthopedic dr. Having MRI Thursday. Going to R/O osteonecrosis in my hip and pelvic bone. It has been bothering me for several years but getting worse.
Want to send Thanks to Sheri for the wonderful brighten my day package I rec'd from her! You did brighten my day for sure!
Hope everyone has a great evening and week! Hugs, Melinda

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EricaBraun(9b)

Melinda,

That is most definitely a crazy amount of stuff. Hope everything works out and that you have a speedy recovery.

Take care,
Erica

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bluee19(Zone 9)

Do u all do this once a month? are there any swaps for beginners like me?

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EricaBraun(9b)

Blue,

OBF (Our Blooming Friends -- Contact Brittneysgran or veeja3 if interested) and FOTESS (Friends of the Earth Simple Swap -- Contact sandlapper_rose or sjc48 if interested) both hold member's only swaps once a month. As far as being a beginner, you can probably sign up for the ones you are able to participate in and pass on the others until you build your stockpile of seeds/plants.

Erica

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cottonwood468

Blue, I am new to OBF, this only my second round robin swap. I found the members very caring and fun. Hope you can join us.

Mary E.

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Yesterday I made my weekly trip to my favorite farm/produce stand. They had 20lb boxes of roma tomatoes for $10. For this area, that is an absolute steal!

Last night I proceeded to can salsa. I started at 6:30pm and took zero breaks. How many hours did it take to finish?

First person to guess the correct answer can pick any 3 packs of seeds off my trade list. One guess per day. Open to any OBF members.

Picture is of a partial box. I had already canned a batch or two before deciding to take a pic.

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lilangel181(zone 5)

OMG I think you made and canned salsa almost 5 hours! YUM!

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smitties

Hello everyone, just stopped by to catch up on all your fun and it looks like Erica is doing an awesome job.

Laura, I noticed you had asked about my daughters wedding. She wants to get married at one of the Toledo Metro parks and we can only book a year in advance so I am waiting on pins and needles til I can get it booked on September 2nd, (1st is Labor day). Once we get the date, we start the ball rolling with caterer, photographer yada yada. She has picked out her dress so we just need to order it. I didn't want to store a white dress for over a year, (she found it three months ago). It was brand new in stock that day so we know it will be there when we are ready to order.

I'll stop by again to see how the registry is going. Margo

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EricaBraun(9b)

Good guess, Laura, but that's not it.

It's a new day. Another chance for a round of guesses!

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cottonwood468

As per Shirley, go with your first guess.

I guess six hours.

The tomatoes and peppers are racing, I see ten jalapenos out there.

Mary E.

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pinkiris

Ill guess 9 hours....yum!

Jayeanne

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pmb2005

I will guess 8 hours to can salsa.

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pmb2005

Ok I think I have caught up. Life has been nuts! Today I volunteered at the Humane Society because they recently took in 50 cats from a hoarding situation. So sad, but I enjoyed loving on those fur balls. I am crazy for animals. This morning I seen the coolest thing, my hummingbirds had the sun shining behind them and I could see the rainbow in their wings. Super cool! Have y'all ever grown a Lions Tail before? The hummers love it! Also while I am plugging plants, have you ever tried the Delicata squash? I never had it before we grew it this summer and they are the best tasting squash I have had the pleasure of tasting!

Finally the kids are back to school and the girls are happy about it and the teenager is, well a teenager. All he cares about is Star Wars.

The ladies I can send to are Shirley, Jayenne and Mary E.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

\\// Promise

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Promise,

You are the winner! I started at 6:30pm and finished at 2:30am. It took me 8 hours of constant work (no breaks) to finish. By the time I was done, I was nearly out of jars and completely out of peppers (the three bags I had bought, plus everything that was ripe in the yard). I had managed to can around 30 pints of salsa.
When you have a chance, take a look at my trade list and pick 3 packs of seeds. Let me know what you pick and I will get them in the mail to you.

Swap members,

If you haven't already, look over everyone's gift registry and let me know who you are able to send to. Remember, you only have to be able to supply one item from the list. Let me know by tomorrow, as I will be assigning partners on Fri.

Erica

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pmb2005

Erica

Yay I won something! I know canning is exhausting working. DH and I have done a lot of it recently too. Very rewarding work! You have a wonderful list, it was hard to choose but here is my selection.

Strawberry, White Soul Alpine
Lavender, French (Lavandula stoechas)
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum Carinatum)

Thank you!

Promise

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Promise,

I grabbed the seeds you wanted, but I don't have your address. I sent you an email, but if you don't receive it, just hollar at me with your address.

Erica

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Today is the 14th. If you haven't already, look over everyone's gift registry and let me know who you are able to send to. Remember that you only need to supply one item from the list. Let me know sometime today, as I will be assigning partners tomorrow.

Erica

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pinkiris

Hi Erica! Letting you know that I rec'd your wonderful selection of tomato seeds today! wow! love how you did your labels too-very nice! thank you so much =)

I am able to send to anyone on the gift registry.

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:37PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Jayeanne,

So happy it arrived safely. I'll get you updated now.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:53PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

EricaBraun - Erica
(Can send to anyone)
1) Any purple or pink named daylily
2) Tree Collards
3) Oca
4) Any named, blue hibiscus.
5) Any seed from my GW want list.

brittneysgran - Shirley
1. Corkscrew vine
2. Peonies
3. Milkweed or plants for Butterflies
4. Goat's Beard
5. Dwarf Sunflower Seeds

pinkiris - Jayeanne
(Can send to anyone)
1. Working on a hummingbird and butterfly garden....so anything for BUTTERFLIES would be perfect.
2. anything that is VARIEGATED...
3. any daylily or iris that is PINK or BLACK
4. anything mini - love the mini collections
5. Scented herbs....

cottonwood468 - Mary E.
(Can send to Vina, Promise, Jayeanne or Shirley)
1 any named white marigold or zinnia or your other favorite white flower
2 anything for butterflies
3 great tasting tomato seeds--Paul Robeson, Indian Stripe, Cherokee Chocolate, Brandy Boy
4 rooting hormone or fish emul fert--things a bride needs
5 stress busters for the big day--chocolate, Wrigley "5" Rain gum, I even like sanseveria pups or whatever cutting you are rooting on your kitchen windowsill or see my trade list.

pmb2005 - Promise
1) Astilbe
2) Yellow Corydalis
3) Monkshood
4) lungwort
5) anything of your choice, not picky.

flowergirl34 - Vina
(Can send to anyone)
1. Any named daylily.
2. Any named sedum...I've been on a sedum kick all summer. Never had many before. Just love them!
3. Any easy to grow annual flower seeds. Marigolds, sunflowers, or anything that's kid-friendly and easy to grow. The kiddo's have really taken off with their annual beds the last couple of years and its fun to see what will come up.
4. Your favorite flower. Perennials or annuals, seeds or plants... doesn't matter which. I just love to try different things.
5. Agastache: Honeybee blue (mine didn't make it through the winter. :()

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:56PM
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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Erica, I just had to post that your seed packets are AWESOME! What great packaging... I love it. Thanks for posting the pic, Jayeanne.

Do we have any news on Carol or Melinda? I hope all is well.

Sheri

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:27AM
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EricaBraun(9b)

It's partner day! Not everyone updated who they could send to, so I did the best with the info I had. Here are the partners:

Erica sends to Jayeanne
Shirley sends to Erica
Jayeanne sends to Vina
Mary sends to Promise
Promise sends to Mary
Vina sends to Shirley

Just to recap, here is what you will be sending your giftee:
1) An item from their registry (or an item of your own choosing if you can't match a registry item).
2) Something Old: A plant that has been around for 50 years or more. This is often the length to consider something an heirloom. You can send seed or an actual plant.
3) Something New: A plant that has been around for less than 50 years. You can send seed or an actual plant.
4)Something Borrowed: This can be anything you'd like to send.
5) Something Blue: That one is pretty self-explanatory - something blue.

These are minimum guidelines. Have fun and be creative!

Make sure you post here when you send you pack off and also when you receive.

Our new bridal shower game will be starting this evening after I wake up, (got busy with the seeds and forgot to go to sleep!).

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:51AM
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EricaBraun(9b)

It's time for a good old-fashioned Scavenger Hunt!

Each day I will list one easily-recognizable plant. Take a picture and post! Since there is such a wide variety of pictures on the internet, you must have something denoting your name somewhere in the picture. Sorry ladies, no cheating allowed!

This game will end when someone reaches 5 points or on Aug 25th (most points wins), whichever comes first. In the event of a tie, there will be a tie-breaker question.

This game is open to all OBF members.

And last, but not least, the prize! The winner will get 2 floral notepads with 2 matching pens, a pack of blank thank you cards, a pack of organza bags, as well as a few surprises!

Have fun and good luck everyone!

Today's plant is the nasturtium.

This post was edited by EricaBraun on Fri, Aug 15, 14 at 15:45

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:39PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

To get you started, here is a sample pic of today's plant, with my name included.

Jayeanne,
I have your pack almost ready. I will be mailing it out on Mon.

For the rest of our August brides,
Please try and get your packs mailed off by Aug 25th. This will ensure that they reach your giftee before the end of the month.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 3:43PM
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pinkiris

Erica, Im not quite sure I understand how your new game is to be played ..... are you posting pics and we are to guess the name of it? Or we are all suppose to be posting pics with our names? and others guess?? Sorry....yes..... a blonde here, LOL.

thanks for the clarity Erica, I too plan to mail my package either tomorrow or Monday...depending on our crazy weather.

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:45PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Jayeanne,

Sorry for any confusion in the instructions. I could have probably broken it down into an easier to follow format.

1) Each day I will give you the name of a plant.
2) Take a picture of that plant, if you can locate one. Be sure your name is included in the pic.
3) Post your picture.
First person to 5 points wins. Or if no one hits 5 points, the one with the most points on Aug 25th is the winner.

The picture I posted was just an example to show the plant + name. Any other questions, please let me know.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:52PM
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pinkiris

Sheri - Yes I agree...the seed packages were so neat that Erica had created ...I thought maybe ya'll would enjoy a photo =) I thought you were in this months swap but when partners were posted I didnt see your name....I must have missed something somewhere. Hope you are doing well too Sheri =)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 4:52PM
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pinkiris

Ah! Ok! LOL Well so glad now that I planted nasturiums, LOL these are in my garden ....Ive been trying to locate the ones that have variegated leaves but so far no luck. Erica - hope Im doing this correctly.

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 5:15PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Jayeanne,

Nice, healthy plants. And yeah, that will work fine for today. If you want to just put your name on a piece of paper and photo it with the pic next time, that would be even better! (it insures that people don't snag pictures online and photoshop their name in)

I'll update points daily, starting tomorrow!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:32PM
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cottonwood468

These are growing on the border of my tomatoes and peppers. However, I will not be able to get a photo until tomorrow. Photographer/equipment at band practice now.

Sheri, you can be my maid of honor.

Mary E.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:04PM
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That's fine, Mary. Thanks for the heads-up!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:09PM
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pinkiris

Vina - Your package is going out tomorrow morning...

Erica - Ok...so I did it wrong, LOL...You want a photo taken with our name on a piece of paper included in the photo?? I will be ready ....LOL

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:48PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Lol. I blame myself, Jayeanne. Apparently clear communication isn't one of my strong points. It sounded good in my head though!

But yeah, you've got it: your name on a piece of paper, included in the photo. :)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:06PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Scavenger Hunt results:

Jayeanne - 1pt
Mary - 1pt

Day 2 of the Hunt! Your plant for today is citrus. Any type of citrus tree will work.

Good luck ladies. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend, so far.

This post was edited by EricaBraun on Sat, Aug 16, 14 at 14:00

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 3:34AM
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cottonwood468

I have five Sioux tomato plants in a row. There are cages on three, short on cages here. As per Murphy's law, one of the not caged ones is the heaviest with green fruit. I just came in from cobbling it back off the ground.

The photographer sleeps in... later with the photos. Going to the Figment Festival today. Art installations, interactive, participatory ... what are you bringing?

Annie, the Arlington Million is today. Did you watch the Beverly D. yesterday?

The Air Show is today ... they do fly by here. The Blue Angets, et al.

Mary E.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 11:18AM
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pinkiris

Here we go, LOL Day 2 -

I planted about 15 or so lemon seeds early spring and I had 2 seeds sprout....here are my 2 baby lemon seedlings....Not sure yet what I will do with them come winter....

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 12:54PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Mary,

Have a wonderful time at the festival!

Jayeanne,

Great baby plants. They look like they are doing well. How many years is it going to be until they produce fruit?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:28PM
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(more info shortly)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:53PM
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    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:55PM
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Mary,

Great pictures! What is that citrus you have there? It looks like a lime growing on a fig tree! (I did update the post above to give you credit for the nasturtium).

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 2:01PM
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Panhandle_Seed_Swap(8 Florida Panhandle)

Lime on a fig tree... that's funny! Made me giggle, Mary. :)

What a great idea for a game, Erica! I may borrow it sometime. ;) I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sheri

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 2:27PM
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Thanks, Sherri. There are a lot of bridal shower games, but most don't adapt well to online endeavors. This, however, was one that worked. Although now I'm a little suspicious that Mary might be trying to pull a fast one on me!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 5:57PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

The only citrus around here is the lime wedge in tonight's pad thai... And I forgot to put my name on it, too! Hehehe.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 9:03PM
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brittneysgran

Love the game Erica..

Too dark to get pictures now though.

Shirley

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 9:12PM
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Lol, Laura. If only pad thai grew on citrus trees! I would be such a happy camper!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 9:48PM
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cottonwood468

Offspring Unit posted the photos for me. It looks like I have nasturtiums in the lawn, but that is the edge of the garden, direct sowed in July. The leaf at the top is on a pepper plant, a Jalapeno from seed saved from a pepper my son ate.

The lime is on a Morus rubra (mulberry) LOL short of citrus trees in Chicago. I do save lemon seeds, haven't sprouted any though. Nice work, Jayeanne.

Mary E.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 9:50PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Mary,

You know, I did actually think that you might have had some sort of exotic citrus that had some really non-citrus-like leaves. I'm afraid Sheri might have tipped me off with that giggle though.

As for mulberry trees, I certainly wish they grew something as useful as limes. I have one in my front yard and this year I've been on a mission to pull off all of its branches before they get more than a couple feet (I had it pruned back to nothing last fall). I think I'll let that picture slide and still give you a point for creativity.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 10:07PM
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Thanks for the great pictures, ladies. Here's a point update:

Jayeanne - 2pts
Mary - 2pts

And the hunt continues! Saturday's plant is Watermelon.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:47AM
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pmb2005

This year I had so many watermelons I didn't know what to do with them all. In past years I hadn't been able to grow them at all! We counted 22 of them on our first harvest.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:22AM
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brittneysgran

Promise-Gosh I wish I lived beside you I love watermelon. I actually had to take one I bought back to Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago. When I cut it it was all white like the inside rind color. It had never ripened I guess.

Good job ladies good luck to the winner.

Shirley

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:40PM
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Promise,

Glad to see you joining in the game. Great picture! I have to say that I am jealous! I tried to grow several different types of watermelon this year and none of them flourished.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 3:26PM
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cottonwood468

Maybe we can get our squirrel in one of these photos. Promise, you rocked this one!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 4:03PM
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pinkiris

Day 3.....

Mary - I have no idea on the baby lemon seedlings, Ive always wanted a patio lemon tree so I thought I would try a few seeds...it took awhile for them to sprout. I may need to find them warmer homes here soon.....

love all the creative photos! =)

Jayeanne

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 8:55PM
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Hello

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:52PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Seeing lots of watermelon pics today!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 9:59PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

These beauties are growing on the fence right outside our back door. My first year trying to grow watermelons!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 10:40PM
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EricaBraun(9b)

Laura,

That is absolutely awesome! I love it!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:04PM
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Hey Laura,

I clicked on your picture (yes, I was hoping for a closer look) and came across your photobucket page. I assume that's your cat. I have a silver tabby that has that same ridge of silky black hair down his back. Mine gets a mohock when he's scared. Does your cat do that too? I think it's the weirdest thing!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:10PM
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lilangel181(zone 5)

Erica, thats Zoe and shes a snugglepuss. She's an indoor cat whose developed an obsession with the outside world. She snuck out through a hole in the screen door in back to help me garden that day. (The stinker!) When scared its not so much a moehawk as a puffball :) We call it "the kerfluffle"!

This post was edited by lilangel181 on Mon, Aug 18, 14 at 0:59

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:57AM
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Laura,

Yeah, cats are definitely stinkers! Both of my cats are indoor cats, but Houdini, my tabby, is constantly breaking out of the catio my hubby and I made. My other cat, Meow, will come out front with me to garden. He's the good boy. He actually stays in the yard with me.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 1:07AM
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Time for a point update:

Jayeanne - 3pts
Mary - 3pts
Promise - 1pt
Laura - 1pt

I have to admit that I was tempted to give Promise and Laura an extra point for having the plant, but then I decided that Mary and Jayeanne actually went to the effort of going to the store and taking a picture, which is a hell of a lot more hassle. So, everyone got a point!

Monday's plant: Rose Bush.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 1:28AM
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