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7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Posted by littleonefb z5MA (My Page) on
Thu, May 24, 12 at 10:58

Hello All,
This is the new post to firm up all the details for the Swap.
Everyone is welcome, with or without any plants, seedlings, divisions to bring.
Don't be shy because you are new to gardening. I promise there will be plenty of seedlings and divisions just for the taking.

I will have plenty of wintersown seedlings and some divisions that will be just for the taking and I'm sure that others will as well.

All of these plants, divisions and seedlings need a home, so please come and enjoy the experience and take home new "babies" for your gardens.

This is a very informal swap. Those that want to post what they may or are bringing are more than welcome to.

And, don't be afraid to list your wants as well or say that you would like particular plants, seedlings that are being brought.

Those that want to ask if there is interest in any plants before they dig them up and divide them are more that welcome to do so. Better to ask if anyone is interested in them or wants them before spending the time digging them up. potting them and bringing them to the swap and then having to bring them home again.

Also, Michelle aka GW ontheteam, aka crazy plant lady, will be attending the swap but won' be able to arrive much before noon.
She is the GW member that holds the Plant sale in Avon to benefit Children's Hospital in Boston.
She puts an enormous time into this plant sale every year.

She will be more than happy to take home any and all of the left over perennials or any perennials that anyone would like to donate to her for next year's sale.

She will winter over the perennials, pot them up and sell them at the Plant sale next year.

Also if you have any pots, plastic one that any purchased plants come in, that you no longer need, or any decorative type pots that you no longer need or use, she will be more than happy to take those as well.

I can't think of a more worthy cause that to support Michelle in her plant sale that supports Children's Hospital.

As parents or even friends of parents, one never knows if/when they will ever be in need of the services and care offered at Children's Hospital. None of us expect it, or think we will ever need it or know anyone that will.
Take if from this mother of 2, now grown adult children in their late 20's and early 30's; It was always a comfort to know that Children's was there and I worked there myself for many years, but I never thought I would need it for my children. But sure enough, hubby and I where there, first with our oldest, then our youngest and I can't imagine what our lives, what our kid's lives would have been or be like today, without the help from Children's hospital.

So Michelle will be here and more than happy to take any donations to such a worthy cause.

Oh, yes, if you have any gardening books, magazines, pots you don't want, left over seeds, garden supplies of any kind that you want to bring to give away, don't be afraid to bring them. I'm sure someone will want them.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING SMETHING TO TAKE YOUR PLANTS AND SEEDLINGS HOME IN; BOXES, BOX COVERS TRAYS. I DON'T HAVE ANY THAT I CAN GIVE AWAY AT THE SWAP. I NEED ALL OF MINE.

DATE: Saturday June 2, 2012

TIME: 10AM until everyone wants to leave

LOCATION: Billerica MA. I will e-mail address and directions the week of the swap to all who are planning to attend. Please e-mail me for directions and be sure to tell me where you are coming from and include your GW name in the message

The only thing I can't promise is good weather. I hope we will not have to worry about rain, but, as I said above, I do have a carport we can be under if we have to deal with a bit of mist or a chance of showers.
So let's keep our fingers crossed that we don't have to deal will heavy rain.
On the other hand, last year we did manage quite well with steady rain, a couple of heavy downpours as well. The plants where quite happy being watered, we just put up our hoods, our umbrellas and where under that carport enjoying ourselves, the goodies and the wonderful company.

Besides seedlings and some divisions and small plants I have the following to use.

1. Huge table to put various non plant items on

2. several coolers to keep ice and cold drinks in

3. Plastic knives, forks, spoons

4. at least 6-8 chairs, but anyone that wants to bring some folding chairs is welcome to do so.

5. name tags, I should have enough, but will holler out if I find we need more

6. a huge table cover for the table I have

7. a carport to sit under and keep the sun off of us

8. a huge yard and plenty of space to move and put out the plants and seedlings.

9. plenty of parking for everyone.

10. I will provide coffee and the fixins and cups for the coffee

Which now brings me to the volunteer part of the swap. Especially for those that feel "strange" coming because they don't have anything to bring.

So that we can really have a good time and enjoy the swap, anyone that can bring the following items, it will be much appreciated by all of us.

1. ice, to keep drinks cold

2. napkins

3. plates

4. any kind of "goodies" that you would like to bring. cookies, pastry, fruit, etc. Denise is bringing a coffee cake

5. cold drinks

6. plant tags in case someone forgot to label their plants

7. hot/cold cups

8. sharpie pen to label plants that may need to be labeled.

If I missed something on the list or you have a question just holler.

EVERYONE, PLEASE REMEMBER TO EMAIL ME FOR DIRECTIONS,where you are coming from AND PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR GW NAME IN THE MESSAGE SO I WILL KNOW WHO YOU ARE. YOU CAN EMAIL ME THROUGH MY MEMBER PAGE ON GW.

I will post a list of the plants, seedlings and plant related items I have later today or tonight.

Fran


Follow-Up Postings:

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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

If wanted, I can bring bee balm 'Jacob Cline' and firecracker loosestrife easily.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I Have a ton of pumpkin and squash seeds


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I can bring Agastache-Anise Hyssop blue, have a ton of cilantro, bachelors button, morning glory and of course something sweet to eat......
Whispfox I always love bee balm, thanks.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I can bring Agastache-Anise Hyssop blue, have a ton of cilantro, bachelors button, morning glory and of course something sweet to eat......
Whispfox I always love bee balm, thanks.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hi Fran!

I'm still coming! I can bring plant tags/marker and also some kind of loaf - either lemon or white chocolate.

I too would love bee balm since my beautiful one I purchased last year decided not to come back this year!

Sharon


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I too would love some bee balm! This year we didn't have any perennial phlox at the Plant Sale for the Childrens' Hospital so if anyone has some to donate, I'll be very happpy to keep it over the winter for the 2013 sale. I'll have some galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) and some ornamental grass I'll be bringing so far. Thanks for pulling this all together, Fran!


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hotzenplotz: I would love some Agastache and bachelors button!

Bee balm for hotzenplotz, s_angel0, and zahzeen. I think I'll bring extra, in case. :)

Oh! I should also be able to bring some creeping phlox and some snow in summer, if wanted.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hi All,

Hotzenplotz, I would love some Hyssop and and cilantro. I have sunflowers that I can bring if anyone is interested. I will also bring something to eat - a pasta salad of some sort and plates. I am also bringing a friend who will bring stuff too. Thank you Fran, this should be a lot of fun!
Mary


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Yay! It's almost here! I will bring drinks--lemonade and bottled water, since it sounds like there will be enough snacks. I'll also bring some cups.

As for plants, I will be bringing a couple of crimson impatiens, white rose campion, perennial lobelia/cardinal flower, lantana camara, zinnia cupidon, ageratum/floss flower, and balsam impatiens. The cardinal flower is big enough to divide if there is more than one person's interest.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

started with bean,

If no one's asked so far, I'd like white rose campion. I should have a better idea by tomorrow night what I'll be bringing.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Now I was really trying this year, no plants for me, got more than I can deal with, having trouble getting my own things planted, my beds still aren't ready for my own seedlings.

THEN

Along come started with bean and she does it again to me this year, That's 7 years in a row now, started with bean, that you've done this to me.

So here we go.

I would love some white rose campion and some lantana camara.

Jean has a grin on her face from ear to ear, you got some impatiens for her again this year. She'd like some of the crimson impatiens, lantana and white rose campion.

ZAHZEEN, what kind of ornamental grass do you have?

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final detail !!!!!!

So far I have the following for the swap

lily of the valley, white
iris sibirica purple yellow center and should be blooming still next weekend to see.

plenty of forsythia cuttings in all lengths, very, very easy to root in plain water in a gallon jug, just keep it in mostly shade and they will root for you very quickly.
you can see mine that started out 32 years ago as 6 small rooted cuttings from my neighbor Jean.

and a few forsythia seedlings

seedlings started from seed so are still fairly small. will have a few of these

chinese forget me nots
scabiosa dark red
malva zebrina
balsam impatiens dark pink
4 o'clock broken colors flower blues with white/yellow/pink in various amounts in each bloom
4 o'clock broken colors flower blooms in yellow/dark pink in various amounts in one each bloom
basil mammoth

The foxglove seedlings are really tiny at this time of year and can be grown in a container until late summer or early fall and plant them then or just plant them now.

Will add more as I find more things to offer.

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I will bring ice and something sweet.

For plants, I have the following:

Lady's mantle
Tall phlox "David"
Lamb's ear
Golden oregano
Chives
Annabelle hydrangea sprouts
Veggie seedlings

Would love the following:
If there is any white rose campion left I would like some.
Fescue Elijah's blue
hakonechloa All Gold
helleborus
Loriope silver dragon - white variegated

See you guys next week!


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Forgot, I'd love some basil too.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Started_with_bean: wow. I have not played with most of your list, and like the ones I have quite a lot. If you have enough, I'd be interested in the rose Campion, lantana camara, crimson impatiens, and ageratum/floss flower.

Whitegarden: I would dearly love some lady's mantle, as the one I got last year didn't survive. I would also like golden oregano.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Fran: I'd like scabiosa dark red, malva zebrina, basil mammoth, and foxglove seedlings. :)


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Oh! Before I order them online, does anyone have Blue Eyed Grass, Blue False Indigo, Sundrops, Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis), Allegheny Monkey Flower (blue), New England Aster, Showy Aster, Swamp Rose Mallow (failed to grow this from seed, sadly), or Great Blue Lobelia?


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Started with bean, if you have enough, we would LOVE some lantana and cardinal flower. Also some scabiosa dark red from Fran. I might bring something not sweet since we seem to have plenty of that...


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Whitegarden, I would like all you can spare of the Tall phlox 'David' for next year's plant sale for the Childrens' Hospital (and at least one for myself)and Annabelle hydrangea sprouts for myself as well. Unfortunately, I don't have anything on your 'want' list definitively, but I do have an ornamental grass that looks a lot like the 'silver dragon' (as illustrated on Monrovia Horticultural website) and it could be what you're looking for but I don't know it's name for sure.

Thanks,
Marlene/Zahzeen


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Sorry to be dragging my feet. I have two of the ornamental grasses that look like Liriope spicata 'Silver Dragon' and four or five Miscanthus 'Strictus' (porcupine grass) that I think is pretty cool (pink flowers in the fall; green leaves with yellow horizontal stripes). Sorry for being so slow, I should be better organized tomorrow.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Guess the white rose campion is popular this year! I can divide up the ones I have as much as possible, but I think it's safe to say that they are all spoken for at this point.

I'm looking for a couple of cherry or grape tomato seedlings, if anyone can spare?

Oh! By request, I will also be bringing some cheese stuffed phyllo triangles again.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

We're on a roll now and we have the following being brought for the "goodie table"

Fran --- table for the "goodies", table cover, coolers, coffee with all the fixins
for the coffee, knives, forks, spoons, name tags, pen for the name
tags. about 8 chairs and if anyone wants to bring some more,
please do so.

Whitegarden ----- ice and something sweet

Sharon/s_angel0 ---- sharpie/plant tags and either a lemon or white
chocolate loaf

Started with bean --- hot/cold cups, lemonade and water and those
wonderful phyllo stuffed triangles. he's grinning from
ear to ear.

dekprizm --- plates and pasta salad of some sort

hotzenplotz --- something sweet or not sweet. either one sounds good

We also have someone bringing a "fruit pizza" which sounds wonderful.

Only thing missing is NAPKINS. Anyone up for bringing some NAPKINS?

Fran


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RE: !!! 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Started with Bean.

Jean only wants the crimson impatiens. she doesn't want the lantana or the white rose campion.

Zahzeen, jean would like one of the silver dragon ornamental grasses. she's "feeling brave" and will take a chance and see what she gets with it.

Whitegarden, Jean would like hydrangea annabelle sprouts.
What kind of veggie seedlings to you have?

For those that are new, Jean is a dear friend and elderly neighbor who lives across the street from me, is an avid gardner but is not computer literate, doesn't own a computer and has no idea how to use one. So I post for her and she will be bringing "something sweet to eat" for all of us.

I have put aside the following now per requests

Wispfox

scabiosa dark red
malva zebrina
basil mammoth
foxglove white
foxglove lavender
foxglove fushia

Whitegarden
basil mammoth

Hortzenplotz
scabiosa dark red

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I could bring napkins. :)


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I could bring napkins. :)


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Just a quick pop in,,, the sake is done so I get some sort of alife back as of today I will read the post and get back to you all..I do know for sure I have a dozen or more asiatic lillies in pink to bring to the swap. I'll know more wed when I get the rest of the plants moved back to the house from Costco.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Finally I'm somewhat organized - I'm also bringing some seeds, mostly vegetable and organic, as well as a couple Japenese maple trees in red plastic beer cups, a comfrey 'symphytum officinale', 2 Christmas cactii, lilies of the valley and two cryptanthus of which one is called black mystic. The cryptanthus are house plants from Mahoney's that need a really (and I mean bring them back to life) good home. Look forward to seeing everyone next weekend.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I can bring some pumpkin bread and plates . I have some new england aster seed but no plants. I'm going to bring my stash and let people take whatever. My crazy work schedual made it difficult to start to many plants. Sadly this year most have been planted using the scatter and pray method. 17 hour days are killing the garden and my time to relax. I'm looking foward to next weekend. I still have to work after but no 7am start.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I feel really bad having to post this but: All you nice people who wnated to give me plants..I need to put a hold on that
See.... I got around to opening a weeks worth of mail today..and the GREAT AWESOME news is...the VA is going to build my husband raised beds and a GREENHOUSE..tada ! But the BAD news is.... its going to have to go where i currently house my perennials for the sale. I have no idea what I am going to do with the perennials I already have I do not think it would be wise to take on more until I figure that out...and I doubt I can do that in a week...So we may need to back burner your offer for this year..... I am so so sos sorry I just do not see what else I can do at the moment....
So please forgive me I just do not have the space..or won't shortly.... to house any more plants this summer.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hi folks - I'm very happy to be joining you on Saturday. I'm working hard on my yard and right now things are looking pretty good. I don't have much to contribute, but do have a couple of good-sized spirea that I'm planning on replacing; if anyone is interested I can bring them (they're too big for a pot, I think, but will figure something out). Also, is anyone interested in pachysandra?

I'll also divide some lilys. I don't know what kind they are; I'll take a picture later today and see if anyone knows. I brought them here from my childhood home and they've done very well. They are yellow with a maroon-ish frill (I don't know enough about irises to know what the bottom part is called!).

Oh, and I'm the one that is planning to bring a fruit pizza.

Suzieque


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Fran: I just sent mail to get directions. Let me know if you didn't get it! :)


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

WISPOX, I got your email and sent you directions.

Michelle, thanks for posting about the "problem" with more perennials this year.
It's really a strange "problem" to be in. Help is arriving to add for the swap that puts a wrinkle in other things for it.

Think of it this way, you are having the plant sales for Children's hospital, IE for the kids and yup, if kids can put a wrinkle in the plans, well it goes with that old saying "the best laid plans of mice and men".
It should be that wrinkles come up and get in the way, this is all for the kids at the hospital.

Next year, we will just have twice as much for you to take home with you.
So, be prepared for next year.

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

here's more that I will have for the swap

SEEDLINGS

Burpee champion bush cucumber

2 cleome queen mix

4 zinnia zowie yellow flame

for whatever reason, this years winter sown tomato seedlings are really, really tiny right now. they need steady warmth now and we just haven't gotten it yet. these seedlings are just getting their true leaves, but they should take off with some good weather and I'm not worried about them for myself.

2 sweet 100

2 cherokee purple

2 black cherry

1 warren's yellow cherry

DIVISIONS from HEIDI so far

perennial forget me nots

hens and chickens

knautia macedonia, either the light pink or the dark burgundy, they are mixed,

Now looking for the following

Artemisia
Gaillardia Arizona Sun

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I have:

- Hardy chrysanthemum - daisy-like flower - very late blooming (1st week oct.)
- Filipendula rubra - queen of the prarie
- Polygonatum humile (korean/dwarf solomon's seal)
- Goatsbeard - Aruncus
- Primula Japonica

And maybe some more - I'll see what I can dig up.

Would love some of the cardinal flower and fox gloves.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Fran,

what kind of artemesia is Heidi looking for, I have oriental limelight.

Lisa


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hi All,

So I won't be shy and would like to add to my list of wants: Phlox, Hydrangea, Foxglove, Lobelia.

Thank you!
Mary


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

After a quick run through the lists, I have the following to give away.

whitegarden-hellebore babies

heidi-artemesia limelight if you want it!

reball- cardinal flower and foxglove

delkprizm-foxglove and cardinal flower

I also have divisions of a couple heucheras,var.kmotgg,campanula cherry bells.

I am interested in the following:

Knautia
hens and chicks
filipendula
lantana
creeping phlox-snow in summer

Fran, I have the dianthus artic fire for you, the impateins didn't come up...


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Fran, I would love some hen's and chicks and maybe a cherokee purple tomato.

I have tall phlox, Annabelle hydrangea and white and purple creeping phlox.

I also have both silver and limelight artemesia.

Claim the above if you want some. I am trying not to pot up things people might not be interested in.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Sorry to be posting late, but I will bring pasta salad and can bring:
Ornamental grasses: Miscanthus Graziella/Gracimillus, Varigatus, and Strictus
Hosta: several named varieties
Dianthus Siberian Blue
Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)
Creeping thyme

Ishareflowers, I will reserve you some Snow in Summer
Tara


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

So far I will have:

Jean--impatiens

Fran--white rose campion, lantana

whitegarden--white rose campion

zahzeen-- white rose campion

hotzenplotz--lantana, cardinal flower

wispfox--impatiens, ageraturm, lantana, white rose campion

Ishareflowers, I'm sorry but I'm all out of the lantanas.

singleton165, can I get a dianthus siberian blue?

I did some dividing and have 2 more white rose campions available if anyone is still interested.

See you all in a few days!


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I honestly hate to do this and I really feel horrible but I don't have any choice. Sometimes thing do happen and get in the way of the best of plans.

I have to postpone the swap by one week. Between the rain that is going to be all day again on Saturday and an emergency health issue with my husband that cropped up out of no where Wednesday morning, I just don't have any choice.

I could deal with the rain, if everyone was willing to do so, but this infection he has in his knee worsens, I will have to take him back to the doctor and/or hospital on Saturday or earlier, so I figured the best thing to do is just postpone everything a week.

So here is the plan.

Billerica swap.

Saturday: June 9, 2012

Time: 10AM until everyone leaves

Location: Same Billerica

RAIN DATE just incase we have to deal with this again

Sunday: June 10, 2012

Time: 10AM until everyone leaves

Location: Same Billerica.

I'm going to post a new thread just so it is visible to everyone and will email everyone individually as well.

If anyone can't make the swap on the 9th, and there are items being held for someone, I can try and see if we can work out something to get them to the right people.

Again, sorry I have to do this, but hey, maybe we will be lucky and no rain next week. my seedlings will be a little bigger too.

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Just take care of your husband, Fran! We'll all see you the on the 9th!
(plus, now I have Saturday to dig up more plants!) :)


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Unfortunately, I won't be able to come. I am babysitting for family from the 7th to the 10th. Sorry to everyone I promised plants. I will be at Annie's on Sunday, so anyone who wants to meet up there, just let me know.

Have a great time all!


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No problem, hope he will feel better soon.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

So, I can't make the reschedule as I'll be at a wedding that weekend.

I'd still like to ask for things, though, just in case there's some way to get them?

Fran: Burpee champion bush cucumber would be lovely! Mine don't seem to be coming up.

Similarly, my own seedlings for sweet 100 and cherokee purple did not survive being planted, so I'd love one each of those. I'd be interested in a black cherry tomato since I'd not heard of black cherry tomatoes before!

I'd love a hens and chicks; mine didn't survive the winter, confusingly.

Tara: I'd like a Dianthus Siberian Blue and a creeping thyme.

I had at least three people who wanted bee balm, and it looks like those who have asked for creeping phlox and snow in summer are already covered. I'd be happy to figure out some way to get those bee balm to people somehow, even though I can't make next weekend?

Sad to be missing the swap,

Suzanne


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Hi Fran,

Sorry to hear about your husband. I was going to Salem NH after the swap and will still be going tomorrow. OK if I drop off some plants? I think Jean wanted to try some grasses. Please email me directions - I know I've been there several times and can see your house in my head but can't remember exactly how to get there. Thanks. My best to you and your husband.


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Hi Fran,
Give us an update please on your hubby. Hope you are both ok. I have had a plan change so I will be able to make it next wee
kend after all if its still on.Thank you!
Mary


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Wispfox, whitegarden, if neither of you mind the traveling, I am happy to leave your plants on my front porch for you to pick up either tomorrow or anytime during the week before next Saturday. I'm in Belmont, and if you email me, I can give you my address for the pick up.

Fran,

Hope the hubby is feeling better on this lousy weather day!


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I also have cherokee purple tomato. I also am making some crafty plant tags .


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I also have cherokee purple tomato. I also am making some crafty plant tags .


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

I"m so sorry I didn't post sooner with an update on hubby, It's been a very, very long last couple of days and both of us got hit with a stomach bug to top all of this off, which I"m guessing is a result of the doc visit about his knee.

Hubby's knee is doing much better, still totally immobilized till he sees the doc non Thursday and hopefully drained and that is the end of it.

What a disaster of weather Saturday was. Don't know what it was like where some of you are, but it poured and poured and poured here from as early as 6AM Saturday morning and it was still going late Saturday night.

Now, does anyone think that I should start a knew thread for Saturday or should we just stick with this one?

Fran


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Started with bean: actually, Belmont is only a town over from me. I'll sharp you. I can leave a tomato plant or two, if you like?

Yay, thank you!

Fran: glad to great things are going alright, stomach bug notwithstanding.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hey, all!

Fran said that she would be willing to hang onto the plants I requested for me from those who will be there Saturday, and I'll be giving the three bee balms to started_with_bean who was kind enough to be willing to bring those with her when she goes to the swap.

So even though I'll not be there, swaps involving me should still be possible. :)

Extra thanks to both started_with_bean and Fran!

Suzanne


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Ok great whispfox, I will leave hyssop and bachelors for you at Fran's. Thanks for the bee balm. Other than that I have cilantro and hyssop for dekprism, and I'll bring the rest for anyone interested.
Looking forward to it and the nice weather.


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

With just a couple of days left, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't dreaming when I just heard a weather forecast that said some sun for the next 3 days and a beautiful Saturday and Sunday.

I have heard from the following who will not be able to attend the swap this weekend.

wispfox
susieque
whitegarden

I will be holding plants for wispfox to pic up next week as posted above and susieque offered to bring her plants to my house before Saturday if anyone is interested in what she has.

revising the prior list of needed items coming is as follows

Plates ----- dekprizm and lissatink

cold drinks ----- started with bean

plant tags ---- s_angel0 , lissatink

hot/cold cups ----- started with bean

sharpie markers ---- s_angel0

We still need napkins and ice to help keep cold drinks cold and/or to put in drinks to keep them cold.

Anyone up for Napkins and Ice?

GOODIES COMING

dekprizm ---- pasta salad

started with bean --- her famous phyllo cheese triangles, lemonade and
water

hotzenplotz ---- either something sweet or not sweet to eat.

lissatink ----- pumpkin bread

singleton165 ---- pasta salad


I hope to be outside most of Wednesday potting up the rest of the seedlings. I'm thrilled I'll be able to do it outside. I was planning to start bringing in the seedlings and potting them up for the swap in my kitchen sink. Outside is so much better.

Please don't forget that any plant related item, magazines, seeds, plant books, garden tools, etc are more than welcome to come.

Also, don't be afraid to bring indoor plants as well. or list any that you would like to bring to see if anyone is interested.

Fran


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My mistake, it is reball517 that offered to bring the plants before saturday if anyone wanted them.

Fran


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is anyone interested in sedum angelina or cherry bells campanula ????

Lisa


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RE: 7th annul billerica spring plant swap, final details

Hi Everyone,

Fran, I can bring ice and napkins too. I am also going to *TRY* to bake a lemon loaf tonight. Some exciting, last minute plans came up for Fri night (concert in Gloucester) so hoping I can get it baked tonight.

Suzanne, thank you so much for sending the bee balm along!

See you Sat!
Sharon


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Hi Lisa,

I'd be very interested in the campanula. I really don't have any full sun spots in my garden and love these flowers that can tolerate half shade. Thanks.


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Hello Lisa,
I'd like a sedum angelina if you don't mind...I've got a spot on a stone wall that would do great.
Tara


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Thanks Sharon,

Sharon is bringing ice and napkins for us as well.

Good luck making the lemon loaf tonight.

Fran


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Weather is sounding great for Saturday, at least so far.

Anyone still needing directions, please email me through my GW member page for for directions and be sure to let me know where you are coming from.
I will have my phone outside early Saturday morning, so if anyone get's lost, please just call me and I'll help you out. I sent my phone number along with directions to everyone that emailed me for them.

I have about 8 chairs we can use, so if anyone has a couple of extra folding type chairs and/or lawn chairs, don't feel shy about bringing them with you to use.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING SOMETHING WITH YOU TO TAKE YOUR NEW FOUND PLANTS, SEEDLINGS ETC HOME IN, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE STILL A BIT WET FROM ANY RAIN WE GET ON FRIDAY OR FRIDAY NIGHT. I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO GIVE YOU TO PUT THEM IN.

Don't forget that if you have garden, plant related items you would like to pass on to someone, bring them along with you. I will have a table set up to put garden related items on for anyone who brings any and anyone that would like to take the items home.

Things for that table would be seeds, decorative pots, garden tools, watering cans, gardening books, plant books just to name a few things. Also bring along any type of drink containers, (we need to keep ourselves hydrated when working in the gardens, so coffee/tea cups, etc are garden related. If it can be used while in the gardens, working in the gardens, sitting outside looking at the gardens, bring it along if you don't want it anymore, don't use it, etc. Hoses, sprinklers etc. New gardeners are starting out with very little and will love these kinds of things.

I will be putting out for the taking, a large kids wooden wagon, about 4 feet maybe more long and at least 2 1/2 feet wide. It is in need of some repair but it just isn't going to happen at my home, so want to offer it for someone at the swap. It is fairly sturdy, fit 3 toddlers at once and would be wonderful for potted plants.

I'll also have a few garden tools as well, along with seeds that I collected last summer and fall and sowed over this past winter and spring.

Besides what I've already listed for seedlings, I will have a few of the following as well.

monkey flower yellow
foxglove fushis, white, pink
2 easter egg plants

Looking forward to meeting and seeing everyone on Saturday.

Will be checking the thread during Friday and Friday night and will check it again early Saturday morning.
After about 8:45AM on Saturday, I will be outside setting tables up so if needed, please just call me.

Fran


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Zazeen, I will pot some up for you today. I will warn you, this one spreads by runners.

Singleton,

I have tons of sedum Angela....How much can you use???

Lisa


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Fran: my monkey flowers haven't come up from my winter sowing, so if no one else wants them, I'd like them.


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can anyone use feverfew and/or blue spruce sedum???

Lisa


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Wispfox, it put monkey flower aside for you to pick up.

Lisa, have your knautia, scabiosa and zinnia I started for you aside.

Fran


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I can not make the rescheduled date..the twins graduate HS this weekend and i got a house full of guests.
So sorry have fun!


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Congrats to you and hubby and the twins Michelle. Big day for all of you.

We will miss you, but enjoy this wonderful milestone. It's wonderful to watch them grow and mature like this, Been there and done that twice. been there and done that through college twice and grad school twice as well.

Now they are off on their own.

Fran


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Congrats to you and hubby and the twins Michelle. Big day for all of you.

We will miss you, but enjoy this wonderful milestone. It's wonderful to watch them grow and mature like this, Been there and done that twice. been there and done that through college twice and grad school twice as well.

Now they are off on their own.

Fran


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Hey

Am finally posting (see I told you I would Fran)...

If its not too late...I'd love the following....

Hotzenplotz if you have a bit of Agastache?

Zaheen a little bit of the silver dragon liriope?

Reball517 a bit of the primula japonica?

iShareflowers if any of your heucheres are good in full sun?

singleton165 a bit of snow in summer would be fantastic.

That being said...

I have what looks like Silver King Artemisia about 18 inches tall? (looks like this https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQeFDHfJbmidAmJIiC9w5AIFKXneP2xAK3Gwqe5n_GYvdTtx2L-iw )

Small blackberry (chester thornless) bushes but much smaller than last year, about palm-sized? (looks like this https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQa2pclug2XkR7kP4NHKEgHiitn9TJUJsjyw7Zr9lGYsRv_EeRw)

I have thyme all OVER the place. some that smells like pizza (according to my kids) and some that smells lemony.

I have some coreopsis (looks like this https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSdfYR7jyM6_VD379qbe1sq-u0Q5exXuLTHKP8p-jeOU8aLHaw1 )

some purple fringed loosestrife (http://www.hoffienursery.com/_ccLib/image/plants/DETA-413.jpg)

and 3 red twig dogwood (looks like http://stockdaletrees.com/images/Container NoCrabs/c_RedTwigDogwood_7.jpg) I will bring 1 with me.

Not sure what I'll make to bring, there's an awesome brownie mix sitting about to be made or a cranberry bread. Going to go see what else I might dig up outside. Since I live in the same town as Fran I can always run home to grab something if you want it.

Kathy


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ok Fran, Heidi and Jean I have your coreopsis and artemisia in pots and ready to roll. And per your request Fran, cranberry bread will arrive warm and ready to eat.


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Ah kathy, such a sweetheart, what can I say?

And she's got an awesome daughter too. she came over and mowed my lawns for me, cause I can't do it and hubby couldn't do it still with that knee.

Hopefully, Kathy, "chuckster" will not be hungry and will leave my coreopsis alone this year.

SEE EVERYONE IN THE MORNING.

Fran


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Lisa,
If you have tons of that sedum, then I'm sure I'll only need a couple plants to get me started...I have a small section of stone wall for it.


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It was such fun today. Thanks for all the lovely plants. Got a few in the ground already and the others are just chillin' and waiting for tomorrow after church.

Yum on the philo appetizer Agnes, I'd love a recipe??

Glad to have met all of you.

Kathy


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Thanks for hosting the swap Fran!
It was really nice to meet everyone and put faces to the names. Now I just need to expand a few gardens to add the new plants! LOL Any excuse to get rid of more grass!
Tara


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What a great day we had for the swap! It was great to meet people who are so into gardening and growing things.

Kathy, here's the recipe for those phyllo appetizers:

Recipes from the Billerica Swap


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Thank you, thank you, thank you to especially Fran and everyone else at the swap. I left with around 25 annuals/perennials (17 donated by Fran for the Childrens Hospital Sale in 2013 - she also gave me a whole bunch of seeds and some cucumber plants). A few of the other plants from NE Garden Webbers will also be going to the sale (the rest are mine!). I just know "Kiss me over the garden gate" will sell just because of its name - it's also beautiful! Thanks to started with bean for coaching me on how to get the smaller perennials big enough to be salable for next May. It was a great morning for the swap. Sorry I couldn't take the red wagon Fran, but I heard the word "wrench" and since I don't own one, let alone know how to use it, it didn't seem like a good idea to take the handle off to get it in my car. Seems like it found a good home anyway!


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I want to say thank you to everyone. Thank you fran for hosting such a lovley day! Every thing got planted and I made it to both jobs today phew. The kids were excited for everything and hey after the wagon is crazy colors and covered in glitter I can always bring it to you lol. Thanks again to everyone! I'm so excited about all the seeds and some new plants for me to try. It was nice meeting everyone and everyone was so nice.
Melissa


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I want to say thank you to everyone. Thank you fran for hosting such a lovley day! Every thing got planted and I made it to both jobs today phew. The kids were excited for everything and hey after the wagon is crazy colors and covered in glitter I can always bring it to you lol. Thanks again to everyone! I'm so excited about all the seeds and some new plants for me to try. It was nice meeting everyone and everyone was so nice.
Melissa


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Thank you everyone for coming to the swap. What a difference a weeks makes. Couldn't have been more perfect weather, especially after last weekend.

It was and is my pleasure to host the swap every spring, and plan on doing so for a lot more years.

Agnes you beat me to the link with the recipe.

Tara, now what good is a large yard with grass growing in it. costs money to keep it growing, way to much water to keep it green and we end up with water bans, restrictions all over the place, so how do you water the lawns?, patch the lawns and keep the grass seed wet so it will germinate, seedlings grow etc.

Yup, tis why my front lawn looks like it does. We've had permanent water restrictions in town for years and years now and there is a fine for watering on the wrong day. Trust me, the town is eager for money and they travel around just looking for someone watering on the wrong day.

If I'm going to water on alternate days, then it's going to be water used to grown my plants and garden beds, not lawns.

Zazheen, not a problem with the wagon. Melissa took it with her, got in her car and now the kids have it.

Melissa, thanks but no thanks, the wagon is yours, but as Mark said, he would love to see pictures of the "newly renovated wagon" when it's done.

Now if you want to turn those kids into wonderful gardeners, got the perfect plan for you, just call or shoot me an email and I'll be glad to tell you all about it.

Again, thanks everyone for coming, enjoy all the new "babies" and how about posting some pics to show all of us how they look when they bloom.

Fran


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Water the lawn, Fran? Please...I water the front lawn occasionally (the smallest) but the rest of it fends for itself, that's why I want to remove it!
That brings me to another post...how do y'all (yes, I'm from the South) create gardens over lawn?


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A little late on this but thank you Fran for a nice morning. Everyone was so friendly. I hope to contribute next year and will definitely send pics of all my adopted babies!

Sharon


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Hotzenplotz and Fran, thank you for the plants!

Tara, I think I had plants from you, but couldn't find a label. :) were you able to leave me creeping thyme and Dianthus Siberian Blue, and if so, which was which? There were two larger puts of things, both of which seemed to be scented. :)

Sad I missed the company and snacks and seeds, and glad Fran could hang on to plants for me!

Sz


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