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Fall Seed Swap Reminder

faltered
15 years ago

Hi all!

I've been getting a few packages of seeds in here and there. And I wanted to post a little reminder to anyone who is still going to send seeds in.

Don't forget to include a brief want list (no more than THREE items), an extra stamp or two for our foreign friends, AND a typed list of everything you're sending in. That would just make my life so much easier.

Here's the original post if you're looking for it.

Happy seed saving. Can't wait to collect some seeds if the rain ever stops here.

Tracy

Comments (67)

  • threeorangeboys
    15 years ago

    ghoghunter, I received some of your balsam imatiens in the swap last year. I had never grown them before, and they were a HIGHLIGHT of my garden. I loved them!! They were in part shade- how much shade can they tolerate? Are they like other impatiens in that they can be in full shade?
    I'd LOVE some of your dahlia seeds. Could I put in a request for a packet of those? :)
    To add to my list above, I have:
    red hollyhocks
    purple honesty
    balloon flower
    deep orange marigolds
    tithonia
    gallardia
    orange profusion zinnias
    tall red spikey zinnias(gorgeous!)
    tall purple aster
    I agree; this seed swap is like Christmas!

  • karri_sue
    15 years ago

    Stage rat, I would love some of your peony poppy seeds if you could mark one for me.
    I am sending;
    Grandpa Ott MG
    Butterfly Blue Scabiosa
    Yellow Coreopsis
    Forget me not
    Nicotiana-sensation mix
    And a few Cleveland Sage
    I'm hoping to add more if I can find my stash!
    Let me know if you want me to mark any for you.

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    15 years ago

    I am just sending lupines this year, as many as you need,I honestly don't have room for anything new(Ha)but would like to start a "cottage garden"garden so it doesn't matter so much what I receive as much as the fact that what comes will be from one of my CG buds, M

  • stage_rat
    15 years ago

    karri_sue, I will mark the pink peony poppy seeds for you, and if your forget-me-nots are blue, IÂd like a packet of those. Do you know if theyÂre perennial, or the latin name?

    Lime and Ghog, I'll mark those packets for you. Lime, IÂd love some of those dahlias and both colors of lantana. Oh, and yellow zinnias. Yes, we do have a trade going, I'm waiting for my red zinnias to turn ugly and make seed!

    Ghoghunter, is your Tithonia yellow or orange? If your envelope isnÂt already taped up, would you mark a packet for me? If it is taped, I'll probably just put that one as a request.

    Dawiff, I just noticed the Nicandra Splash of Cream. May I request a packet of that too? :)

  • dawiff
    15 years ago

    Stagerat, No problem. It's done.

    :-)

  • ghoghunter
    15 years ago

    Stage Rat -- my Tithonia were orange. The envelope is already packed up so just put it in your want list!

    Threeoragneboys - I'm so glad the Balsam did well for you. I'm not really sure how much shade they can tolerate so I guess you'll have to experiment. Hummers like them too which is nice. Mine reseed so I haven't had to replant them yet!

    Joann

  • karri_sue
    15 years ago

    stage rat, the forget me nots are blue and they are annual,firmament, cynoglossum. I'll put your name on one.
    I am hoping to have some butterfly bush (pink) seeds if they ripen on time.
    Karen

  • dawiff
    15 years ago

    Stage Rat, If you figure out how to save seeds from your Painter's Palette, can you set some aside for me in this swap? Pretty please? I tried winter sowing it last winter, but didn't get any sprouts.

  • downeastwaves
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy,

    I'll be sending:
    poppies
    maltese cross
    nora barlow
    brown eyed susans

    Anyone want any of these please let me know and I will put your name on the envelope.

    If anyone has any heirloom veggies, herbs or eatable flowers I'd appreciate you putting my name on them. I'm hoping to put in a lot of heirloom varieties at the new old house and it would be nice if they came from cottage friends! Don't worry about the amount of seeds just a couple of heirlooms would be oh so nice!

    Leasa

  • dawiff
    15 years ago

    Leasa, I wasn't sure if we were going to include veggie seeds. I have some heirloom tomatoes -- Cherokee Purple and White Wonder -- that I can put your name on if you want. I have a lot of basil too, but I've never saved seed from basil before.

    Oh, nasturtiums are edible, do you want some of my Alaskas? They're heirlooms and they have lovely variegated foliage, that you can actually use in a salad (according to what I've read on the web, I've never done it).

    Can you put my name on your Nora Barlow columbines? Thanks!

    Alison

  • stage_rat
    15 years ago

    karri sue, yes, thanks, I'd like the forget-me-nots.

    dawiff, if those seeds seem ripe in time to send them in, I'll mark the packet for you. If not, we'll figure something out!

    leasa, I have tons of heirloom tomatoes, you will be well taken care of between the two of us!

  • etravia
    15 years ago

    Well, I've been packing & sorting seed all evening...
    This is what I have so far:

    Celosia, Crested, Red Velvet (3)
    Echinacea, Orange (4)
    Impatiens, Pink & White (6)
    Love Lies Bleeding (2)
    Petunias, White (6)
    Portulaca, Moss Rose, Mixed (5)
    Salvia, Red, Tall (7)
    Smoke bush, Pink (2)
    Stokesia, White (5)
    Stokesia, Yellow 4)

    The weather has been so nice that some things are not ripening on schedule...So I will have a few more things before the deadline. StageRat, I have the variegated Poke Weed wrapped in baggies to protect them. I don't think it is ready (although I've never harvested pokeweed, so who knows!)
    Thanks Tracy.
    Maggie/Etravia

  • stage_rat
    15 years ago

    Hi, Maggie!

    Did your pokeweed berries turn purple? The regular ones here have turned. They're squishy--and the birds are leaving special purple presents around here because of them. Yay. I don't know if Variegated does that, too.

    Maybe they'll be ready in time for you to send them in to this swap! That would be cool! I'd also love to get a packet of each of your Stokesia, if you don't mind marking them.

    This "shopping" is so much fun! I need to start bagging up the other seeds, though!

  • etravia
    15 years ago

    Stage Rat, Yep, purple berries that the birds deposit everywhere! But the plant is beautiful. I'm glad I cut off all the other berries! Yeah, their squishy now. I need to disect one. Maybe they would dry faster with the berry part off the seed ???
    I put your name on the stokesia.
    Can you put mine on a pack of your KMOTGG?
    This is so much fun!
    Maggie

  • downeastwaves
    15 years ago

    Alison, I put your name on a couple Barlows. Thanks so much just a few of each would be so nice no need to give up 30!!! I'd love the Alaskas too!

    Stage_Rat Thanks! a 1/2 dozen of them would be ever so nice!

    I really want to have a bunch of different heirlooms and coming from all of you will be ever so special!

    I'm going to try and get some seeds from the early 1800s, French varieties that may have been at the home when it was built! Won't that be fun?

    Leasa

  • FlowerLady6
    15 years ago

    Stagerat ~ I'll put your name on a pkg of blue pea vine seeds.

    FlowerLady

  • etravia
    15 years ago

    Hi. I just collected a bunch of Persicaria Lance Corporal. If anyone would like any please let me know & I will include a package for you.
    Thanks,
    Maggie

  • stage_rat
    15 years ago

    Maggie, I've been trying to figure out how to tell when those are ripe! Mine were white under the red, today theyÂre yellow. I don't know what color they should be. Dawiff wanted seeds from my Painter's Palette, which is like your Lance Corporal but with some white on it, so if she doesn't see this, I bet she'd like some of yours. Oh, and maybe with the pokeweed seed you could just smear it onto a paper towel or coffee filter and let it dry? Then wrap it in paper, (not plastic, in case itÂs still moist, so it wonÂt mold). I'll sow them as soon as I get them.

    Flowerlady: thanks for marking a packet for me!

    HereÂs some more that I'll be sending in:

    Coneflower, purple -- 2
    4 oÂclock mix
    4 oÂclocks, yellow
    spike speedwell, med purple
    rudbeckia herbstonne
    gerbera daisy, yellow -- 2
    balloon flower, pink  2
    balloon flower, blue  2
    tritoma
    rudbeckia irish eyes
    sea holly  2
    English daisy, white -- 2
    English wallflower mix  2
    Monarda  lavender -- 2
    CupidÂs dart
    Butterfly weed, orange
    Achillea (yarrow) summer pastels  2
    Lobelia crystal palace  2
    Feverfew, double  2
    Zinnia: giant cactus mix
    Verbena hastata, blue vervain -- 2

  • limequilla
    15 years ago

    I'd like one of those fancy Persicarias -- Painter's Palette is 1st choice, but Lance Corporal is a close second.

    I have a LOT of seed yet to collect, but it isn't ripening as fast as it should. Maybe it's because we haven't had cool enough weather, but it is getting very annoying. It will be crunch time again this year getting all the seeds cleaned and packed, even with the extra 10 days Tracy has given us!

    Lime

  • etravia
    15 years ago

    Stage-rat,
    I would love some of your Irish Eyes Rudebekia & double Fever few. I will try that with the pokeweed. The Lance corporal seeds are red, & they kind of "jump" off when ripe. I think I saw them called Virginia jumpweed some where, & that's probably why!
    Limequilla, I send you some anyway. I have plenty!
    Thanks,
    Maggie

  • faltered
    Original Author
    15 years ago

    I'm not sure I completely follow what a lot of you are doing, as I haven't read the posts here vigilantly over the past few weeks.

    I don't want to sound harsh or mean, but the seed swap is not a personal swap. It's just meant to be one big grab bag of stuff. I'm allowing you all to include a brief (three item) want list in case there's something you're dying to have.

    But when everyone starts writing names on seed packets wanting me to give them to certain others, that's when the swap turns into a nightmare for me. It's quite difficult to dig through your envelopes, find what packets you've designated for others, and match them up. Especially when there are 50+ people in the swap.

    PLEASE keep that in mind when you send your envelopes in. If you really want so-and-so's orange sunflower seeds (or whatnot), write it on your want list please. That would make my life so much easier. I don't know if I'll be able to grant individual swap requests simply because of the huge number of people participating this year.

    I hope you all understand,
    Tracy

  • karri_sue
    15 years ago

    No problem, Tracy. I think that those of us that have not hosted a swap don't realize everything that goes into it. We really appreciate what you are doing for us and don't want to make it any harder on you.
    Thanks,
    Karen

  • dawiff
    15 years ago

    Sorry, Tracy,

    I didn't think it would make the swap harder for you, in fact, I think some of us actually thought we were helping by pre-sorting some of the seeds for you.

    If anyone involved in this swap really wants the seeds I promised to set aside for them, feel free to email me with your addy and I'll send them to you on my own dime.

    Alison

  • etravia
    15 years ago

    Sorry Tracy. I will limit my request to 3.
    StageRat & Lime, I will send you requests in the other RR trade we are in together.
    Thanks for hosting Tracy.

  • faltered
    Original Author
    15 years ago

    BUMP!!

    Just a reminder that you all have till November 9th to get the seeds to me.

    Thanks!
    Tracy

  • FlowerLady6
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy ~ I think you do a fantastic job every year, even though this is the first year I'm participating. I've only promised one pkt. of blue pea vine seeds to stagerat and that is in my note to you in with my seeds.

    I just finished up folding and taping my little packets, and stuffing seeds in them this afternoon. 'Noel' willing, I am stopping at the post office on my way to work tomorrow morning. We've had wind and rain for a couple of days and tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same.

    Hope this all goes smoothly for you. You are a sweetheart to host this swap. I appreciate it and know others do too.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  • FlowerLady6
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy ~ Procrastinator that I am, and collecting seeds up until a day or so ago, I got my seed pkg. off to you today.

    Looking forward to seeing what comes back to me. It's exciting.

    I can just picture your sofa last year filled with stuffed envelopes. I can't imagine having to deal with at least 50 participants for this swap. Bless your heart.

    Thanks again ~ FlowerLady

  • karri_sue
    15 years ago

    I mailed mine off today, can't wait!!!

  • Pamela Church
    15 years ago

    Tracy, I hope you'll get some pics again this year of all of the stacks of seeds. Those from last year were amazing! You must be an organizational whiz!

  • PattiOH
    15 years ago

    50 people! Good grief! Where the heck are they all coming from????
    All I can say is, Tracy, you are a saint to be going above and beyond the call on this.

    Patti

  • squirrel_girl
    15 years ago

    Tracy,
    My seed were picked up this morning by our mail person. Thank you for doing this. I can't even imagine the work involved!

    Patti, I'm one of the "Where are they all coming from?" folks. I'm fairly new to gardening and tried one individual seed trade earlier this fall and got hooked! It was so fun. I'm an infrequent poster on a lot of forums, mostly asking newbie questions about my plants. You all and your georgeous gardens are what I aspire to make my little patches into someday. Seeds are the economical way of doing it. Thank you all for the inspiration.

  • proudgm_03
    15 years ago

    Tracy,
    I put my seeds in the mail this morning. Thank you so much for doing this. I can't even imagine what it must be like.

  • FlowerLady6
    15 years ago

    Squirrel Girl ~ thank you for jumping in with your post. I also was wondering where all the people came from that joined the swap, as I hadn't noticed any posts from some in our forum here.

    This is a wonderful forum, with lots of friendly people. We learn a lot from each other, inspire each other, and have good times. I also aspire to have my gardens look like some of the wonderful ones that are shown here. I take selective pictures so you don't see all my garden problems. :-)

    Seeds are definitely an economical way of having lovely gardens. DH and I live on a shoestring and I'm always looking for ways to improve my gardens inexpensively.

    I am thankful to Tracy for hosting this seed swap, and thankful to all those who share seeds from their gardens. We all can't grow the same things and it is always a treat to see pictures of everyone's gardens.

    Do come back and join in here. Don't be shy.

    May your gardens be filled with beauty, peace and good times.

    FlowerLady

  • moonberry
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy,

    I just sent off my seeds. I'm also an infrequent poster...I've been so busy taking care of my mom. I'm so grateful Tracy, for all of your time in putting together this swap. Last year's package was such a wonderful early Christmas present. I was an extreme newbie. I had so much fun learning about all of the different seeds. I can't wait for this year's gift!
    Thank you all!
    ~Mary

  • lisam627_ohio_z6
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy,

    I mailed my seeds on October 27 so I hope you have received them by now. Thanks so much for hosting this swap - all of your hard work is very much appreciated! - Lisa

  • cottageflowers
    15 years ago

    Hello Tracy, I am mailing my seeds in the morning. I am in MD so I think they will get there before the 9th. Thanks, jenny.

  • fammsimm
    15 years ago

    Tracy,

    I thought I had your new address in my address book, but unfortunately, I don't.

    Could you, or someone who has already mailed their seeds, please email me. I am all set to go as soon as I have your new address.

    Thanks so much!
    Marilyn

  • keesha2006
    15 years ago

    Tracy, my seeds were ready to go out today, (sorry so late, but we had a very wet and warm fall and the seeds did not begin drying out until the last several weeks) anyway, when I went to get your address out, I forgot my hard drive crashed and i no longer h ave it. Anyway you can resend it to me asap? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • dawiff
    15 years ago

    Tracy,

    I sent my seeds off in today's mail, sorry I'm cutting it close. I had them drying all over the house, but really had to psych myself up to sit down and parcel them out into envelopes. Then of course I ended up with writer's cramp in my hand from writing info on them! Hope no one has trouble reading my handwriting, I fear towards the end there it was not very legible! LOL

    Anyway, they are in the mail and I used del. conf. # 0306 2400 0003 0613 7067.

    Alison

  • fammsimm
    15 years ago

    Hi Tracy,

    Mine went out this morning.

    Thanks again for undertaking this huge job!

    Marilyn

  • thinman
    15 years ago

    Mine, too. (embarrassed smile)

    Hoping Priority Mail gets them there on time,
    ThinMan

  • cziga
    15 years ago

    Tracy, just thought I'd check to make sure mine got there. I sent them off weeks ago, but they're coming from Canada and I thought I should make sure to see if they cleared customs alright.

  • downeastwaves
    15 years ago

    My seeds went via priority mail today. Along with an extra stamp for overseas and one for Canada.

    Thanks again Tracy for doing this!

    Leasa

  • bonnys
    15 years ago

    Well Tracy, looks like you're going to be swamped with seeds soon. I sent mine priority yesterday too. I hope you have them by tomorrow. Saturday at the latest. Sorry for dragging my feet....thank you for doing this.

    Bonny

  • cooperbailey
    15 years ago

    Oh! I just tracked my package it was delivered yesterday!! oooh I can hardly wait! This is my first swap ever!! I am so excited I can hardly stand it. Sue

  • faltered
    Original Author
    15 years ago

    I've gotten lots and LOTS of packages in. A few stragglers in today, too (shame shame!! ;o) hehe). Too many to count at this point. I will hopefully start the swapping this week or over the weekend of 17th. I'd like to get them back in the mail before turkey day, but I'll keep you all posted.

    And of course, I'll be sure to share some photos of the mountain of seeds.

    Tracy

  • cottageflowers
    15 years ago

    Tracy, I am sending my package today. My top 10 wants are agastache pink pop, purple pygmy, black adder, etc with red and pinks.
    Penstemon pink chablis, red rocks, etc
    asclepia soulmate
    linaria maroccana
    guara, guara and more guara any and all types!!!
    creeping veronica Georgia blue
    campanula any
    violas
    different types of foxgloves
    and anything pink!!!! (I usually end up with purple)
    Thanks again for hosting. Jenny.

  • squirrel_girl
    15 years ago

    Jenny!
    I think you are sending to the wrong seed exchange. You are signed up also for the Winter Sowing exchange in the Round Robin forum. Seeds are due later for that exchange. This one is already closed.

    Squirrel Girl

  • cottageflowers
    15 years ago

    OOOPs! Yep, I did put them in the mail today but it was for the winter sowing in the round robin forum, I just posted that I mailed it to this forum. I just was looking in the winter sowing one for my post and didn't find it so that is why I flipped over here. I believe I already sent these for the cottage garden one. Thanks again squirrel girl. Jenny.

  • cottageflowers
    15 years ago

    Tracy, My seeds arrived safely today. Thanks again for hosting such a great swap. I am sure that everyone will be happy with the great combination of seeds!!! Thanks and happy holidays. jenny