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Re: Great day... I guess

I've never tried a plant swap.  What you described is what I'd expect.
Interestingly, when I contribute plants to our MG sales and then I work the
sale, I am unlikely to take anything home. It's not plant snobbery, I just
rarely see something I want.  What I do look for, at the end of the sale, is
to see if all my plants have been selected, and I believe they always have
been.  this gives me a good feeling that my plants won't get relegated to
the holding bed in hope they'll sell at the next sale - and that's if
someone remembers to water those plants.  Still it sounds like you had a
great day.

I'll have to look up the particulars of when to divide, but I could send you
a VA Bluebell.  Lovely creatures aren't they?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 10:45 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Great day... I guess

> Wendy and I went to the Centerville Perennial Swap and Wetlands seminar
> Saturday.  I took 38 plants to trade.  (I only had a couple hours Friday
> night and 3 hours Saturday a.m. to get everything dug, potted, watered and
> tags made or there would have been a good deal more to take.  The rue has
> spread and the 'White Swan" coneflower has "multiplied with abandon."
> We sat in the center of the audience to get a good view and be able to
> the speaker well.  Wouldn't you know that some folks positioned themselves
> by the door to get out first to pick their plants?  They passed out
> to the number of plants an individual brought, but they didn't bother to
> have folks turn in their tickets when "swapped" another plant for one they
> brought.  Wendy and I left with far few plants than we brought.  Of such
> life.  (I could have gotten a few more, but I already had some of every
> thing that was left when I got out there.  The "good stuff" had already
> picked over.   I did pick up some low growing buttercups (no botanical
> given) that a co-worker had been hunting for.  She'll be so surprised
> tomorrow a.m. :>D  I had so hoped to pick up a "Virginia bluebell" that
> someone brought in.  One can't have it all though.
> BTW, the organizer said with my organization of materials, they had found
> someone to do the next plant swap.  (Wendy was helping me put the tags on
> the pots while we unloaded everything at the last minute.  I'm not sure
> qualifies for being organized.)  Then they learned I don't live in the
> but in the township.  There was talk about annexing our property....
> No thanks!  I don't want to pay city taxes!
> It was still fun.  I especially enjoyed getting together with Wendy again!
> Today was spent trying to get some of the plants into the ground and
> clearing ground to put more of them in hopefully tomorrow morning or late
> evening.  (My new hours stink.)  There were a lot of dandelions to be
> and some poison ivy to be removed as well as starts of honeysuckle
> EVERYWHERE.  I have to use pliers to get a grip good enough to yank them
> of the ground.  UGH!  Marge, the plants you sent me a couple years ago
> really taken off this spring!  They are beautiful in their spring color!
> And they've even been kind enough to spread right were I wanted them to
> :>)  Oh!  And the old rose (Mom used to call it 7 sisters) we carted here
> from mother's house has finally leafed out a little.  I was so afraid I'd
> lost it!
> I'm glad others also had successful days!
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Daryl
> Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 4:28 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Great day... I guess
> Sorry, I should have expressed myself better.
> I'm just sick that 2 year old, multi-crowned gallons of 'Husker's Red'
> for $2., as did Buddleia 'Dartmoor', and Hellebores. ( Same age).
> I've been fighting with the group to at least charge wholesale prices for
> years. This is absolutely the last time I bring plants for the sale. Last
> year I threatened to take back the 3 gallon fastigiate willows and
> Hydrangeas that they wanted to price at $3. This year, I had to work, so
> dropped off the plants a day ahead. I though the issue was resolved, or I
> never would have brought them to the sale.  I'm so mad I could spit.
> Daryl
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 9:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Great day... I guess
> > > How are y'all  pricing
> > > your quarts and gallon perennials?
> > Daryl,
> > Do you mean how do you attach the price or what prices are we charging?
> > Since most of our plants are divisions donated by members, 2 gallon pots
> of
> > the same plant might not look as good and are not priced the same.  And
> > excellent lloking pots of different plants might go for different prices
> if
> > one were more in demand, or we had less of one than the other.  It's an
> > sort of thing.
> > We have a colored price chart and use colored tags to designate the most
> > common prices.  Like an orange tag might be $3, a red $4, a blue $5.
> > higher priced items for which we have no color, we use white and write
> > price on it.  The cashiers collect the color and white tags from the
> > add them up and keeep them.  The name of the plant is on a cut piece of
> > blind.
> > These colored tags are 6 inches long and come on a roll of 1000
> > for about $18.  Since they're used over and over, the investment doesn't
> > amount to much.
> >
> > Kitty
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