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new: mnf september migratory perennial swap

Posted by dan_the_mailman Michigan (My Page) on
Wed, Aug 18, 10 at 15:42

The August swap is well on it's way, so we'll go ahead and begin the September swap now. I'm calling it the Migratory Perennial Swap because September is when birds start to gather themselves together, waiting for that special moment when they all take flight and begin their trek to their Winter homes. When we swap plants amongst ourselves, we're treating our plants like those birds, sending them to new homes where they will hopefully prosper and multiply. The rules for this swap are going to be extremely simple, and are as follows...
1) All players should be at least 18, and live within the United States.
2) I'm asking that all players send at least (5) different types of plants to their partners. You can send (3) varieties of daylilies, but for this swap, that'll count as just (1) type of plant.
3) If you wish to send seeds, bags, trinkets, etc., that is fine, but NOT a requirement. I want to keep this simple and inexpensive. We all have a lot of things going on at this time of year, what with sending the kids off to school, re-stocking the liquor cabinet, beginning to prepare for when the in-laws arrive for the holidays, etc.
The purpose for these swaps is to have some fun while sharing our common addiction... gardening. So, to make sure we all have fun, we're keeping it simple.

seagulls 2 Pictures, Images and Photos

DATES TO REMEMBER:
September 3rd: Last Day for Sign-ups
September 4th & 5th: Be able to check in to play a game to choose your partner! We're gonna play a game to do this.
September 6th: If all partners have been picked, I'll announce who you are sending to.
September 7th-13th: Send out your boxes unless other arrangements have been okayed by me.

HAVE FUN!!!

-Dan & the Wee Beasties


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Sign me up please.

Denise


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Hi Dan!
Sign me up!
vina


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*thinking...thinking*
I'm just not sure I can do this one. We haven't had rain in about a month, and we've seen 100+ degree temps for a few weeks now. It's just starting to break a bit and give us 90's. So many of my plants are crispy critters.
Hmmm.
But let me think about it, and see how the weather treats us for the next few days.


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Put me down as a definite lurker! I want to see how crazy my fall schoolwork schedule is before I commit to anything big.
~L


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Hi Dan! Sign me up! Kathie


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Players so far...
dan_the_mailman (host)
antiqueorchid
flowergirl34
sinbadsmom

Lurkers...
hazelnutbunny
lilangel181

While we're waiting for others to sign up, here's a topic of discussion. Tell which is your favorite bird, and why. I'll start. My absolute favorite, by far, is the seagull. I know a lot of people consider them to be flying rats, but I love how graceful they look when they're flying, and being someone who loves the beach, their cries can put me mentally on a beach, hearing the crash of the surf, feeling the sand between my toes, anytime. Seagulls transport me into an extremely contented state of mind, and I love'em for it.

-Dan


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Neat topic, Dan!
Birds are one of my favorite animals. I'd have to say that my favorite bird is the Sparrow. They are definite proof that looks can be deceiving. On the outside, they are little & plain. Don't look like much. But they sing beautifully & have the sweetest personalities! And every time I see one, I think of that song "His eye is on the sparrow"...and I'm reminded that there's someone watching over me & taking care of me, even when I feel all alone.
Which has been alot lately!


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Can I play too, and I'm having the same problem as Hazlenutbunny. No rain and 100 + degree weather, but I have seeds and bulbs and some plants I might be able to split. Is that ok??

:) Jennifer


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Jennifer & Hazelnutbunny, thanks for reminding me that the weather has been a bit "difficult" for a lot of us this summer. So, in the interests of making things even simpler, here's what we'll do. If anyone wants to join, and simply doesn't have the 5 types of living plants to offer up, use seeds/bulbs. Just make sure you send enough plants/seeds/bulbs so your recipient can get them established in their garden, okay?
So, to re-state it, here are the new rules...
UPDATED RULES...
1) All players should be at least 18, and live within the United States.
2) I'm asking that all players send at least (5) different types of plants to their partners. You can send (3) varieties of daylilies, but for this swap, that'll count as just (1) type of plant.
3) If you wish to send seeds, bags, trinkets, etc., that is fine, but NOT a requirement. I want to keep this simple and inexpensive. We all have a lot of things going on at this time of year, what with sending the kids off to school, re-stocking the liquor cabinet, beginning to prepare for when the in-laws arrive for the holidays, etc.

Just remember one thing though, please. Sending just 5 packets of dimestore seeds in an envelope isn't what we're aiming for in this swap. Please send what you'd like to receive back, and I think all will be well. (and thus ends my morning PSA)

So, Jennifer and Bunny, are you in? ***waving special brownies to entice you***

Peace.
-Dan


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Hello Dan;
I would love to join but I am not 18. Can I still?
diene


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Can I join?

Kamil


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LOL, I'm in, BUT only because you were waving the brownies. One of the downfalls of being 7 months pregnant, food speaks ABOVE everything else,lol. I can do 3 maybe 4 plants and some bulbs. If my 4th plant acts up I'm going to have to replace it with a pack of "special to me" seeds. That's my plan and now I'm excited I can do it,lol!

Jennifer


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I think I'll have to pass this month. :(
We have 100 today, plus it'll be near that tomorrow & Sunday. No rain, unless we get some Monday (there's a 20% chance, so that's better than nothing!!)
But I'll snatch a few brownies while I"m here! :D


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Diene, the rules state that you need to be at least 18, and as far as I know, you're qualified...lol! So yes, you're in!
Let's update those lists now, shall we?
Players so far...
dan_the_mailman (host)
antiqueorchid
flowergirl34
sinbadsmom
diene
booboobolhuis

Lurkers...
hazelnutbunny
lilangel181

Kamil, I'm sending you an e-mail.

G'nite All!

-Dan

OH! I almost forgot! We may not hear from Linda on this one. Last night she told me on facebook that Sara was beginning to dilate, and that the baby was head down. Now, if memory serves, doesn't that mean Linda's about to become a Grandma ladies?


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Hello there, I'm back from my little driving trip and I want in on the September Swap!
And about birds . . . I like owls. We have lots in the woods where I live and there is nothing like sitting outside and hearing them hoo hoo. Of course I have to put up with the occasional tree rat scream as it becomes dinner. . . but even that is wonderfully wild sounding.


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I have quiet a few Plants that I would love to share with someone..Count me in!!!!!!!!

I like Dove's...My brother and I had several dove" while growning up until he left the bedroom window open and off he went..

Cindy


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I'm loving hearing about the birds in everyone life...lol!

And now let's update the players list one more time this weekend...
dan_the_mailman (host)
antiqueorchid
flowergirl34
sinbadsmom
diene
booboobolhuis
domehome
cjcjmass

Lurkers...
hazelnutbunny
lilangel181


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I forgot to give my input about the birds....I for one am personally (DONT LAUGH) afraid of some birds. My dad has this really mean Macaw that seems to live forever and it used to stalk me going down the hallway snapping its huge beak. Then when I was 10 I was chased down at our pond by a very cranky swan and not to mention the goose that tries to attack my car when I was 17. Crows freak me out because of several movies and Edgar Allen Poe didn't help, Pigeons are just annoying and when I went to the OBX several summers ago to "fish" the seagulls tried to eat me when I was holding the chum bucket. I much prefer butterflies, they migrate as well so I'm going to stick with them.

ani flutter Pictures, Images and Photos

Jennifer :)


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Please put me down for a lurker. I am not sure how much hassle the next two weeks at work will be.

I have two favorites, a summer and a winter bird. I enjoy the song and flight of the goldfinch in the summer. I plant cosmos and coneflowers next to my house and out in the back garden. The goldfinches love the seeds this time of year and they fly back and forth from one garden to the other. It makes all my hard work worth it to see these beautiful birds enjoying the fruits of my labor. I always know that winter has truly arrived when I see the little Juncos on the ground beneath the birdfeeders. They are so small and cute and fun to watch scratching at the snow for their meal.

I will pop in from time to time to see what birds others find to be their favorites and will decide closer to the deadline if I will be able to join in.

Margo


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I love birds! One of my favorites is the Chickadee. In the winter they actually sit right next to the bay windows and chirp and chirp, flap there wings and even puff up if the bird feeders are empty. They and the Tufted Titmouse's are the only ones that do that. But the chickadees will follow me over to the feeder and wait for it to be full. They'll even start feeding on it while I'm still standing there. For something so little they are very brave.

Jennifer and Bunny, I wish I could send some rain your way. It has been raining about every other day here for over a week. Some of my plants are getting flooded. The weather this year had been "different" to say the least.

Happy Sunday!
vina


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Vina-PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE send me some rain! We NEED it and my water bill this month is going to be outrageous!

:) Jennifer


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Jennifer,
Well I'm sorry but I have to laugh when I think of all the birds you are afraid of!
Not that I don't understand . . . I have had a few run in's with geese, and even ducks can get cranky if they have eggs they are protecting.
But I have a lot of really non-threatening birds that stop by my yard.
I have been feeding the quail this year, there are just so many passing through and the babies are sooo cute.
We also get hummingbirds, they love the salvia and penstemmon.
Dee


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I like red tail hawks because they are a gorgeous bird for one and I love to here them screech. We have alot of them around here but I do sometimes worry about my 6 lb chihuahua. I also love owls. I often hear them hooting in the woods near our house...and I love to listening to them. I too like Seagull's because they just go with the beach and I love the beach. I really like all birds in general. Even the over eager goose and ducks that waits for me to bring them some bread. They descend on my car like a bunch of wolves sometimes. Just a bit intimidating.

Denise


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Hi everybody! It's been awhile... :P

Dan, if you'll put me down as a lurker for now.. We just started home school again and I just picked up a few transcribing jobs.. just have to see how the next 2 weeks play out first! :)

My favorite bird lately has been the hummingbird. I have one that flies up right outside my window every day and I am always so excited to watch it. They're lil wings are mesmerizing! And their color hues are just GORGEOUS! I'm already planning lots of new flowers that will entice it even more for next year's garden!

Hugs everyone!
~Wendy / sassyb.


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WOW!!! I think it's just too cool how we all (almost) have favorite birds for one reason or another. As I read your posts, I find myself nodding my head and saying to myself "yep, that's right"...lol! Jennifer, I think it's okay that you don't like birds... unusual, but okay. ((grin)) I also think it's cool that you found something that flies which you like.
So here's the next question. It's a 2-parter, and just may take some thinking. If you could be any plant, what would you be? And secondly, what plant do you think you are most like? (I told you this one might be a doozy! LOL!)
Here are my answers... The plant I would most like to be would be grass. It's adaptable, hardy, and some variety of it grows almost anywhere. It can be showy, feed multitudes of animals and people, and when it's beaten down, it springs up somewhere new! LOL!
The plant I think I'm most like would be chicory. I believe I'm pretty capable of taking whatever Life throws at me, and even though I may look a little the worse for the wear, given half a chance, I can clean up real nice and make people smile.

And, with that thought in mind, here's the new list of players...
dan_the_mailman (host)
antiqueorchid
flowergirl34
sinbadsmom
diene
booboobolhuis
domehome
cjcjmass

Lurkers...
hazelnutbunny
lilangel181
sassybutterfly

HUGAS!!!
-Dan

migrating geese Pictures, Images and Photos


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Dan-First in my defense,lol, I would like to say that it is not a matter of me not liking birds, it's them not liking me. I have never done anything to them yet they torment me when ever they can, I'm an easy target I guess or they do it for laughs. I did however think of 2 birds that I think are very pretty and I do like to look at because they do not try to hurt me,lol; the Heron, and the Bluebird. There is also this little brown and white striped looking bird that always has his beak open that drinks out of the dogs water bowl every morning. He's very cute and doesn't seem to mind me too much. My oldest daughter says its a Chickadee (spelling?) but I don't know if it truely is I just take her word for it.

As far as what plant I would like to be that is easy, Poison Ivy, everyone avoids it, it grows anywhere, and is a pain in the butt to get rid of. Which plant am I most like....Poison Ivy, because I'm a pain in the butt to get rid off,lol. Just kidding, not sure but I will think on it and let you know. Good question!

Vina-YAY! I get a big sister!!!!!! Thanks for answering my question on the other post. :)

Dee-Your forgiven for laughing,lol, it is kind of ridiculous but I'm also afraid of clowns so compared to that it's not to horrible!

Jennifer :)


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"lurking....lurking.....lurking"


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LOL, Jennifer! I'm horribly allergic to poison ivy, so I'll stay away from you....! (just kidding...I'll wear gloves..!) :D

I've always thought of myself as plain, but with a little unpredictability. So I'd have to say that I'd be a briar/wild rose. Most of the time, it's wild & unkempt..easy to care for...and there's nothing that stands out about it. Even the thorns are little & not very noticeable (until they get you, that is!). BUT, when it blooms, it's gorgeous. Maybe not the biggest, most showy flowers...but tiny, delicate, softly scented, pretty ones. It's worth waiting for.
..I've always WANTED to be something show stopping...maybe an exotic orchid.
But they're too hard to take care of. LOL!


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To answer the first part. (If you could be any plant, what would you be?)

A Redwood tree Sequoia sempervirens because:
*They tower over all other trees in the world and actually are breathtaking. The tallest being 378.1 ft. Beats my 5'6 just by a wee bit.

*They can live to be well over 2000 years. Who wouldn't want to live a few years longer than the average and to look as good or even better each year.

and secondly, (what plant do you think you are most like?) I think maybe a crepe myrtle tree. They have character and can shine here and there but most of the time they are just average.

Denise


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Good morning everyone!!

Hhmmm...this is going to take some thinking...

For part 1 if I could be any plant what would I be...I think a sunflower. They are strong, beautiful, and a single one can make a statement in any garden... and can feed many a bird. And they have a tendency to re-seed themselves all over the place...so they like to travel :)

For part 2 What plant am I most like...I think I'm like a willow tree. Very flexible and can move and sway with pretty much any breeze. But even with the harshest wind where other trees will snap they still don't break. They provide ample shade and in there own special way are very pretty. I think I like that. :)

Dan, those were tough...
Have a great day all!
vina


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Who said anything about these questions being simple??? LOL! They're SUPPOSED to make you think! And, reveal a bit about yourself to yourself and the group! I'm glad to see you all responding though, it's cool!

***waving special brownies at Linda, trying to entice her to join the party***


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How interesting that the subject is birds as I am sitting at my desk with the window open and there is an owl whooting outside. I have seen them at dusk but have not heard them before tonight. What a neat sound. They are amazing birds.
Hope everyone is well.
diene


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I'd like to be a California live oak, they have character and are long lived.
What I am . . . a bay laurel! They have their uses but suffer from a bit too much character.
Denise, I know what you mean about hawks and small dogs . . . I have five pound yorkie and he doesn't go outside unsupervised.
I can see it now . . . me taking on some big bird in hand to hand or would that be hand to claw combat!
Dee


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"wiping crumbs off mouth"..never can resist Dan's brownies...okay, I"m in but I may go ditzy on you if the baby comes during this swap...LOL!!

so, what kind of plant would I be?...hmmm...I think a pansey. They have cheerful faces and are always smiling. They pop up in the most unlikely places and are always welcome.

what am I most like? I would say a rose. Protected by thorns on the outside so you have to be careful getting close. But once you do, the flower has soft petals and the more it unfolds, the closer you want to get to it.


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Dee, Even she is aware of the hawks in the sky. I see her trying to look up at them. Good thing for me she is such a girly little dog. She never wants to stay outside for long for fear of a bug getting on her. Heavens forbid a fly gets in the house, you won't see her until it is killed.

Denise


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...those brownies work on Linda, every time! lol!!!...

Denise, I've seen some dogs in the neighborhood that would just make a snack for Bump or Stella. The funniest thing I've seen this summer is one of my neighbors walking his dog. He's got to be over 6', big and burly, and the dog is a chihauha. I think the leash weighs more the it does, but every night, there they go... I'd hate to think what Bump and Stella would do with it if they ever got hold of it. They'd think it was just another chew toy...

Okay, time for another subject/question. Since we're on the topic of dogs and cats, if you could have any breed of dog or cat, or both, what would you like, and why? I'm going to wait a little bit before answering this one since I've gone first for the last few questions. It's someone else's turn...lol!

Be Back Soon!
-Dan


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hmmm..interesting question about dogs/cats. All my animals are either shelter or abandoned so I haven't really had a choice..just a sorta "look what I brought/found/rescued, honey and brought home".."L"..hence why we have 9 cats and three dogs.

I think I would like one of those extremely fluffy angora cats that look all prissy.."L". For some reason they look like they should be wearing a crown or something and have staff.

Dogs...I like teacup yorkies. All my dogs are good size. (my dogs are 39 pounds up to 60. Jeff's new dog thinks she's a lap dog and she's shepard and lab mix!) Yorkies have such a sense of self importance and they just crack me up.


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Darn it !!!

I am very sad, I had reservation to go out to Appledore Island and tour Celia Thaxter's Gardens which are supposed to be spectacular. I was hoping to bring back some seeds or seedlings for this swap. They just cancelled the boat due to high seas which means, no boat, no garden tour. While I understand and wondered to myself earlier today about the advisability of getting on a ferry with the ocean as angry as it is now, I was sooo looking forward to this. Keep your fingers crossed they will reschedule as the rest of the tours for the year are sold out.
Darn IT!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Celia Thaxter's Gardens


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Let's see dogs uh . . . I'd probably be something like a cocker spaniel (spelling?) And a cat. . . definately a short-haired red kitty!
I'm going to try to post a photo of my dog - Buster Brown -he's a 5lb. yorkie, not officially a teacup, more like a runt.
Dee

Here is a link that might be useful: Buster Brown


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Diene, did they reschedule your tour????


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HI ALL,
Dan I would like to get in on this one too!!Sounds Like fun.
Ok now about the questions...I like hummingbirds, I think they are amazing creatures, so small,colorful,I love the way they sound when they are hovering near by and they way they fly right up to my face and talk to me.Don't know if they are thanking me for the food or saying get away from it!!
Now for the Dog, I think I like the Lab,they are loyal,loveing,great with children,and also a protector.
LMK if I am in..thanks


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No, that was the last one for this year. The only bright spot was that we were planning on meeting for breakfast first so we did that a bit later than we would have if the tour was happening and... When we left the restaurant a took a short walk, we literally ran into Taylor Swift. I have to plead ignorance as to who she was or what she was famous for but I have since been enlightened and we watched her new video last night (Mine) and the Wayfarer was quite prominent. You also could see my friend Janie's house in a few of the scenes. It was pretty cool and she did seem down to earth.
So, maybe next year on the garden.


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Welcome Aboard Sherri! You bet your in!
In fact, let's update our lists, shall we? Here we go...
dan_the_mailman (host)
antiqueorchid
flowergirl34
sinbadsmom
diene
booboobolhuis
domehome
cjcjmass
lindaruzicka
sherrih

Lurkers...
hazelnutbunny
lilangel181
sassybutterfly

Diene, talk about good news/bad news, what a day you had, eh?
Dee, I checked out Buster, he's cool! I'd be afraid of breaking a dog under 20 pounds, but that's just me. I'm the one who has 2 cats who top 15 pounds each, and still wonders why I'm all scratched up after we wrestle. ((chuckle))

Now that some of you have revealed your canine/feline fantasies, I'll share mine. The question was what kind of cat/dog would you most like to have, and why. Well, as far as cats go, you can all probably answer that one for me. It's got to be obvious that I am completely addicted to maine coons. They're personable, fluffy, friendly, large enough to play with (just don't toss them into the air --- OUCH!!!), and they permit me to spoil them to no end! LOL! As for dogs, I would love to have a yellow lab when I get a bigger place. They seem like they make great companions, going wherever you go, and are comfortable having a lazy day with their owner, or an adventureous one. Someday, I'll find out for myself.

So, are you all ready for a couple tough questions? A lot of us have been around the swaps for a long time, and some of us are new to the addiction, which will give us a broad spectrum of possible answers. So, not wanting to cause any mayhem, here's what I'd like some honest answers to. What do each of you like the most about swaps in general, and what do you like the least? Please do NOT mention anyone's name if you have something negative to say, I'm not doing this to hurt any feelings. I would, however, like to use this one as a way for us all to learn, and hopefully improve, our swaps. This being said, I'll go first.
The one thing I like the MOST about participating in swaps is sharing my obsession for gardening with others like me. Sometimes I just don't think the people I know get it, they just don't understand the "gotta" about reading and re-reading seed catalogs, making 30 different plans and layouts for the next summer, knowing that they'll never be used, or knowing the joy of seeing butterflies flitting from flower to flower, all of which wouldn't be there if I hadn't taken the time to grow them.
The thing I like the LEAST about participating in swaps would have to be the people who join in a swap, receive a box, and never send one out. I know that sometimes Life happens and that boxes may be late in being sent out, and I'm okay with that. But to join a swap, knowing that you're going to intentionally make someone go without receive a box??? Well, that's just wrong, and those are the kind of people I wish would wind up on a deserted island, with only salt to eat, and vinegar to drink.

And now my dear children, I am going to adjourn to my bedroom, where I hope to sleep for about 40 or 50 hours. It won't happen (Stella will see to THAT!!!), but one can hope, eh?

Have a great weekend Everyone! And don't forget to check back here next weekend so you can pick your partner! It'll be here before you know it! ***rubbing hands together and laughing maniacally***

PEACE.
-Dan


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I'm a newbie but what I like best about these swaps is the wonderful people I have met since I've been here. People who are always there to answer your questions ( no matter how silly they seem). Its also nice to be involved with people who share the same passion you do. OH and the "SWAP" they are awsome, or even recieving a seed pk in the mail. Its like getting lil presents all the time. Fun to send and fun to recieve.I love surprises..I also like to to recieved email letting me know about yourself so I might put alittle something besides the seeds, plants in the box I am sending..

I can't comment on dislikes because I have not had any as of yet. I think I'd have to agree with Dan on that one. I know I would be very hurt, angry and dissapointed if I did not recieve one back. Like he said life can throw you some curve balls, and I would understand if that were the case, but to join and know you are not gonna send thats just wrong!
Everyone Have a good rest of the weekend,
Sherri GW/sherrih


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What I like about swapping. Well it's a toss up between the plants and communicating with other garden nuts like myself. I also like to try new plants and learn about them. I have found so many new plants through gardenweb members.
What I dislike. Well of course no one likes to be burned, and I've had some disappointments. I try not to linger on them and only remember the super nice and generous people I have met.
Dee


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It's always best to concentrate on the good things in life, like all the great people I've met here on the Garden Web who have become friends and family. Yep, I said family.

I think we'd all pretty much agree on what we like and dislike about the swaps, so I'll ask another question. Do you all have any suggestions we could use to make the swaps better, or a little different? Is there anything you'd like to see done in these swaps which we could try out to see if it would work? (hopefully these questions will help future hosts with their swaps, new ideas are always welcome)


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I did not have a chance to weigh in on my likes and dislikes so I will now. I like plants and seeds and an occasional treat (chocolate comes to mind). I am not a big fan of sending little trinkets as they cost money and add to shipping. I also am not a fan of candles, soaps, creams etc as that is what I sell and I only use my products so it really is a waste to send it to me. Not so much shipping with the one rate boxes but I would rather have another plant than a little statue, bottle of skin lotion etc. I always like to know a little more about my partner and used to make sure I sent a note with my box. Lately, I have been negligent with that aspect of a swap. I have been around GW so long and seen so many people not follow through on their end of a swap it is disheartening. I have seen every excuse in the books but mostly the excuse is not forthcoming it is after the fact and so I am very skeptical. I see no excuse for not fulfilling a commitment you make and those that do I believe never planned on fulfilling it.
The most important part of any swap is communication. Keeping your partner and the host aware of any personal issues and making sure you post an acknowledgement of the receipt of your swap. No one sends something out without hoping that it will be well received so it should always be acknowledged. I also do not like seeing someone complain about a box they receive on the thread. If you have issues, keep it private between the host and your partner until it is resolved. It ruins the swap for everyone when there is negativity.
So I hope this will be read as a cautionary tale and not as a negative statement.
Most important in a swap is to have fun.


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Dan, I think you have made it pretty clear what this swap is about. I joined this one because it is a PLANT swap. Just what I was looking for. I am not big on trinkets or yard junk but chocolate, tea, or coffee is always nice. It is not very pleasant when you join a swap expecting plants and not receive any. I think it is best to make sure we read and follow the requirments of each swap so others will not be disappointed. And YES the most important part of a swap is to have FUN. I like to receive a note from my partner to learn a little about who I am trading with, I actually think it is a common courtesy. It makes it a little more personal. Not just like, Hey what did I get?

Denise


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Denise,
I appreciated your post. I never send much in the way of a personal note. Sometimes if someone gets real friendly I'll swap pictures via email. But you know I think I'll start sending a note with a garden picture or a domehome picture. I'd love to get a garden picture from someone I'm swapping with. That's really what this is all about . . . gardens!
Dee


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That is a great idea:) I am going to get a couple of pictures to send and I would love to see a picture or two of my swap partners gardens/home.

Denise


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Pictures, cards, and photos are a great idea! I'm not going to make them a requirement for this swap, but it make a cool part of your box! One time I sent a copy of the local paper, and my swap partner was able to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy the paper...lol!


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I love sending little things from where I live too. Once I sent rocks from Lake Ontario to a lady who collects rocks and lives in the south. And one time I sent a flier from the Historical Society about all the historic places around where I live. It was neat and even had a map and nice pictures (better than I could ever take). I've sent NY Cheesecake, NY wine, NY Maple Syrup...all are grown, made and sold within about 15 minutes from my house.

And I once received some lovely post cards and pictures from a trader in Texas. She even sent me a bag of pecans because they are the state nut. That was a while ago, but I still remember the box she sent.

We should have a local themed swap. Everyone lives in different areas and has different things and sites to see. That might make a neat swap. Just thinking out loud...

vina


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I also try to send Maine stuff, I have sent lots of seashells as I live near the beach. I have also sent pine cones, pictures, historical info and stuff. I received a wonderful box I think it was for the first MNF swap. My partner made me a binder of info about her and her world with room to keep track of my plants. I still use it today. I believe her name was shirley and I think we have lost touch with her but she was from Washington State. I also remember that one. I will be better about the notes, I have been slacking.
diene


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...sending out a mass e-mail to all the players, please let me know if you don't get it...


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so far I've heard back from...
antiqueorchid/Denise
flowergirl34/Vina
booboobolhuis/Jennifer
diene/diene
cjcjmass/Cindy

...and I'm still hoping to hear from the rest...


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Any certain check in time tomorrow?


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You may all "check in" after 7:30am tomorrow morning, which is when I have to be at work, so I'll have the game posted by then.
For our partner-choosing game, I am sending you all to the World's Largest Pet Store! Within it you will find all sorts of animals, but there will only be one of each. You will look through the list of available animals, choose one, and take it home with you to love and care for. Once all the animals have been taken home, I will e-mail each of you with the name of the person I have associated with each animal, and you will mail your box to that person. DO NOT REVEAL ONLINE WHO YOU ARE SENDING YOUR BOX TO.
PLEASE PUT A DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER ON YOUR BOX, AND E-MAIL IT TO ME.
When you receive your box, come back and post it's contents so we can all share in the fun of opening them all, and the name of the person who sent it to you. This way, we'll all be wondering who is sending us our box until we receive it, lol!
When you have your delivery confirmation number, send it to me, but do not post it here on our thread. This way, no one will know when their box is going to arrive until it does, creating a lot of anticipation and excitement, but if something happens and a box goes astray, I'll be able to use my resources at work to hopefully find it and get it back to where it belongs.

So, having said all that, SEE YOU TOMORROW!!!

-Dan


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Took a long walk on the beach today, it was low tide and lots of stuff washed up because of hurricane Danielle which is now history but the ocean remembers longer. Earl is on his way but they have downgraded him significantly so hopefully we will at least get some rain, it is so dry here.
I am anxiously awaiting this swap, what animal will I pick? No idea til I see the choices.
Hope everyone has a nice night.
diene


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Diene, a walk on the beach sounds positively perfect right now. Enjoy!


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It's time for you all to go to the pet store and pick a new family member! Pick one, and only one. There will be no stealing or giving away because who'd do that to a family member? (well, I can think of a few times I wanted to, but it's not happening this time...lol!) On a first come, first served basis, with me going last, you may each choose from the following list...
whooping crane
penguin
tiger
antelope
bengal tiger
lion
bear
wolf
giraffe
elephant

LET THE MAYHEM BEGIN!!! LOL!!!


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whooping crane...sounds interesting!


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bengal tiger


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antelope, what a graceful creature which I aspire to, my choice Dan


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Sherri is having trouble posting a message here, so she sent me an e-mail asking to have the wolf. Here's a list of who has chosen which animal so far...

Linda wants the whooping crane
Sherri wants the wolf
Booboo likes the bengal tiger
Diene chose the antelope

This leaves the
lion
tiger
bear
penguin
elephant
giraffe
to choose from.

Have a great Saturday!
-Dan


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Lions, and tigers and bears, oh my!!!


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I choose the bear.

Denise


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My daughters favorite show is "The Penguins of Madagascar". How can I pass up Skipper, Rico, Kowalski or Private :0)

I choose Penguins!

vina


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Morning, I'll go with the giraffe, Kathie


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4:00 UPDATE

Linda wants the whooping crane
Sherri wants the wolf
Booboo likes the bengal tiger
Diene chose the antelope
Denise now has a bear
Vina adopted the penguin
Kathie is going to learn how to ride a giraffe

This leaves the
lion
tiger
elephant
to choose from.

After Cindy and Dee choose their animal, I'll start sending out e-mails to give you your mailing information.
Have a Happy Day!
-Dan


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Oh the elephant!
I always wanted an elephant.
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Dee gets her elephant, so that leaves Cindy to choose between the lion and the tiger. This is going fast! ***applauding loudly*** You're all wonderful!!!


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lion..........


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giving me the tiger...cool!

here's the final list...
Linda wants the whooping crane
Sherri wants the wolf
Booboo likes the bengal tiger
Diene chose the antelope
Denise now has a bear
Vina adopted the penguin
Kathie is going to learn how to ride a giraffe
Dee gets her elephant
Cindy has her lion
And I've got a tiger by the tail

I will e-mail everyone tomorrow. My eyelids are getting pretty heavy, and I don't want to make any mistakes, so I'll let you all know who you are sending to, and give you their mailing address, tomorrow.

Peace, & Good-night.
-Dan


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Good Morning!
I've had my breakfast (some quiche I made last night) and am ready to start working on those e-mails. If you don't receive one today, please let me know! I'll have them all mailed out by 8am.
Have a Happy Sunday!
-Dan


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I've tried to give us a new thread to use, but no luck. Can someone else give it a try? here's what I wanted to post...

IT'S TIME TO MIGRATE!!!
migrating geese Pictures, Images and Photos
Sign-ups are over, everyone has chosen their new pet from the Pet Store, and I've sent e-mails to everyone, letting them know who to send their box to. Whew! That's a LOT done! LOL!!!
Please don't forget to send me an e-mail, with a delivery confirmation number, once you've sent out your box.
DO NOT POST THE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER HERE!!!
DO NOT POST THE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER HERE!!!
DO NOT POST THE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION NUMBER HERE!!!
I want to try to keep everyone guessing as long as we can. Don't worry, the suspense won't kill you, but it will make the waiting all that much more fun! Muhahahahaha!!!

Once you've received your box, post the contents of it here, and PLEASE go to the Rate & Review forum to leave some feedback about the person who sent it. I think we all tend to forget this, myself included, so let's try to remind ourselves about it, okay?

HAPPY MAILBOXING!!!

-Dan


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Hello everyone...Had a busy day today both tubes were removed today without any Lortab..OOCH.I was so excited to see my box at the front door.It felt like xmas in September...Thank you so much

It included a get well card from flowergirl34 thank you so much.

Red Texas Star Hibiscus
White Butterfly Bush
Yarrow summer pastels
white swan coneflower
Wiegela bush CArnival
white columbine
Daffodil bulbs mix
snow crocus bulbs mix

And a box full of seeds
fountain grass
yarrow white
sweet william
autmn beauty sunflower
salvia
for ge me knots
Gian Imperial Larkspur
black knight butterfly bush
queen ann laceFormosa lily
grape tomatoes
light blue phlox
pink Mallow
ringed bellflower

Thank you Miss Penguin


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