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new: october mnf scared my plants off halloween seed swap

poisondartfrog
9 years ago

Welcome ghoulies! Old and new ghouls are invited to participate. This swap is open to everyone, requiring only that you are a GW member age 18 or over.
Halloween goblins scare my pants off and the threat of cooler weather and shorter days is scaring the seeds right off my plants! Yours too?
Those seeds won't have to be afraid if we collect them and share them around with other gardeners so that they can live another season.

This is my favorite time of year and this month's swap will reflect the special features of the season. Here are the rules.

1. Sign up on this thread by October 8.

2. You will receive the same number of packs you send in unless there are extras available, and then you may receive more. If you send mostly ornamentals you will receive mostly ornamentals in return, if you send mostly vegetables, you will receive mostly vegetables. Please send no more than 3 packs of any one variety or cultivar.

3. The minimum number of packs to send is lucky number 13. The most to send is 4 times thirteen- 52 packets. Any over 52 packets will be considered extras. You can send any seeds you want, but try to include a few that reflect autumn, harvest time or Halloween. Seeds with scary names or that bloom or produce fruits in colors like orange, purple, black, blood red...you get the idea, would be great choices. For example, you could send orange Calendulas or Carrots, Bloody Butcher Tomato, Black Scabiosa, Pumpkins, Gourds, herbs used for spells, Eryngium Miss Wilmott's Ghost, etc.

4. Seeds should be no older than 2012 and although there is no need to send stuffed packets they should contain enough seeds to insure a reasonable chance of successfully germinating a few specimens. I hate to assign numbers but would stipulate no fewer than 8 seeds for super large seeds like Castor Beans, for instance, and no fewer than 15-20 seeds for smaller seeds. Practically speaking I don't need any more small seeds than I do large ones, but it is nice to be able to see them in the pack.

5. You will put your seeds in the mail to me no later than October 18. I will provide my address once signups are closed. If not mailed timely I will return your package unopened. I want to get them back out in time to arrive for Halloween. In addition to the seeds you will include a return mailing label and stamps according to this schedule:
If you send 13 packs-2 first class stamps
If you send 26 packs-3 first class stamps
If you send 39 packs-3 first class stamps
If you send 52 packs -4 first class stamps

This is not a wish list swap and will not be open to side trades, but if you have a GW "want" list I will be reviewing them in case there is a match.

For entertainment we will play Disappearing Bingo once sign ups's are closed. You may play or not, as you like. A prize will be awarded to the winner. More information about that forthcoming.

That's it. I hope you will jump on the hayride with me and savor the season. I'm saving you a spot on the bale right next to mine....
Alana

Comments (77)

  • flowergirl34
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Creepy crawlies everywhere
    are sure to bring a frightful scare...
    Ghosts and witches take to flight
    on this dreadful Halloween NIGHT!

    Count me IN :D...like I could NOT join this, hahahaha!
    vina

  • dem_pa
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Please add me to the list.

    Thanks.

    dem_pa/Don

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  • cryptid
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Okay, Alana, this sounds like too much fun to pass up...please count me in as well! :)

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm so glad to see some new friends among old trading partners. Welcome Keyla, Vina, Dee, Don and Darrin!
    I think I have everyone listed, but please let me know if I drop one.

    Margo/smitties
    Jayeanne/pinkiris
    DraigAthar/Mary
    michelle/micyrey
    ishareflowers/Lisa
    sjc48/Shirley
    midwestfarmwife/Mary
    katyerra/Kathi
    mnvicke/Melissa
    canyonwind/Annie
    ruthz/Ruth
    recipesaver2/Jean
    ForeverRecycleReuse/Jessica
    lavenderpyly/Keyla
    flowergirl34/Vina
    domehome/Dee
    Dem_pa/Don
    cryptid/Darrin
    Alana/poisondartfrog

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    And Beth, please join in if you change your mind. There is always room for one more ghoul.

  • nikkineel
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I can't resist... Although I may have to do more ordering than harvesting, I love Halloween! Can't wait to see what you all come up with:)

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Great to have you Nikki!

    Q. What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
    A. Squash

  • crazyabouttomatoes
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My name is Tricia and I would love to join! This is my first year saving seed and trading. Thanks for the offer.

  • mchill320
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    sounds like fun. I'm in.

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Welcome to the haunted hayride crazyabouttomatoes and mchill320!

    Margo/smitties
    Jayeanne/pinkiris
    DraigAthar/Mary
    michelle/micyrey
    ishareflowers/Lisa
    sjc48/Shirley
    midwestfarmwife/Mary
    katyerra/Kathi
    mnvicke/Melissa
    canyonwind/Annie
    ruthz/Ruth
    recipesaver2/Jean
    ForeverRecycleReuse/Jessica
    lavenderpyly/Keyla
    flowergirl34/Vina
    domehome/Dee
    Dem_pa/Don
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  • ForeverRecycleReuse
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Seeds have been mailed -- Thanks Alana for hosting!

  • mjzzyzoff
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    What on earth is disappearing bingo????

    But count me in, sounds like fun and I've got some squashies I can trade! - Molly

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'll add your name, mjzzyzoff, Molly. Thank you for joining us.
    Disappearing bingo? A little ghost will help me with that. I will elaborate this weekend when I have more time.

    The Little Ghost, Edna St Vincent Millay
    I knew her for a little ghost
    That in my garden walked;
    The wall is high--higher than most--
    And the green gate is locked.
    And yet I did not think of that
    Till after she was gone--
    I knew her by the broad white hat,
    All ruffled, she had on.
    By the dear ruffles round her feet,
    By her small hands that hung
    In their lace mitts, austere and sweet,
    Her gown's white folds among.
    I watched to see if she would stay,
    What she would do--and oh!
    She looked as if she liked the way
    I let my garden grow!
    She bent above my favorite mint
    With conscious garden grace,
    She smiled and smiled--there was no hint
    Of sadness in her face.
    She held her gown on either side
    To let her slippers show,
    And up the walk she went with pride,
    The way great ladies go.
    And where the wall is built in new
    And is of ivy bare
    She paused--then opened and passed through
    A gate that once was there.

  • midwestfarmwife
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    What a darling poem! My Grandmother, who was a 3rd grade school teacher, used to recite James Whitcomb Riley's poem Little Orphan Annie to us. My favorite part was -

    An' the Gobble-uns'll git you
    Ef you
    Don't
    Watch
    Out!

  • pinkiris
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Alana!

    My seeds have been mailed please watch for my package =)
    thanks for hosting!

    Jayeanne

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I will pink. I will post as seed packages arrive.

    I went ahead and emailed my address to everyone who has signed up this morning. FOTESS members, I assumed you have it, but if not post or mail me and I will send it to you.

    Anyone who did not receive my address, please let me know and I will try again.

  • hibiscusfan -Northwest Ohio
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Sounds like a goulish time, I'm in.

  • primrose1x3
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm in - who hasn't wished for a ghost or few wafting about their white flower garden in the moonlight? Although ghouls in a black flower garden seem intriguing...

  • primrose1x3
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm in - who hasn't wished for a ghost or few wafting about their white flower garden in the moonlight? Although ghouls in a black flower garden seem intriguing...

  • missyga64
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hello Dearies,

    I would love to join your swap. PLease Please.

    Thanks,

    Missy

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hibiscusfan, primrose 1x3 and MissyGA64, welcome to the swap!
    Missy, is that Solanum quitoense, Naranjilla? I love it!!!

    Just two more days to sign up if you want to join this haunted swap.

    For those that want to play disappearing Bingo, the object of this version is to have no selected word left on your Iist at the end of the game. On Tuesday I will post a list of words, phrases or names that evoke the "spooky season". You will choose 12 words and email your list to me by Thursday night. Starting Friday I will draw two words each day. Each time a word is drawn from your list, that is a point against you. On Friday and Saturday, the little ghost will also draw two words each day. Those words will disappear from the list as if it never existed, and if it is on your Bingo list, it will disappear there too. The first person to have 0 words on their list wins. If everyone still has words on their list on October 27 the person with the fewest words left wins. If more than 2 people have the same number of words I will post a tie breaker.

    If one door closes and another one opens.....your house is probably haunted.

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Welcome to the haunted hayride.
    Margo/smitties
    Jayeanne/pinkiris
    DraigAthar/Mary
    michelle/micyrey
    ishareflowers/Lisa
    sjc48/Shirley
    midwestfarmwife/Mary
    katyerra/Kathi
    mnvicke/Melissa
    canyonwind/Annie
    ruthz/Ruth
    recipesaver2/Jean
    ForeverRecycleReuse/Jessica
    lavenderpyly/Keyla
    flowergirl34/Vina
    domehome/Dee
    Dem_pa/Don
    cryptid/Darrin
    nikkineel/nikki
    crazyabouttomatoes/Tricia
    mchill320/Michelle
    mjzzyzoff
    hibiscusfan
    primrose 1x3
    MissyGA64
    Alana/poisondartfrog

  • beth_b_kodiak
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I located some seeds so please count me in too.
    thanks
    BB

  • missyga64
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Alana,

    Yes she is a Naranjilla- she was about 5 months old in that pic.
    Of all the plant (veggie and flower) she is my fav. My kids have nicknamed her " the witch" because she looks so wicked.

    Missy

  • smitties
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My envelope is going out tomorrow. Margo

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm glad you were able to join us Beth.
    Margo, I will be watching for your envelope.

    Monday. Blech!!

  • canyonwind
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Alana,

    I am getting my seeds together. Most likely will send off this week. I will post after I send!

    Thanks again for hosting. Great group here!!! Love the fun!

    Annie

  • cryptid
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    "Dittos", Margo,...mine too. :)

  • jhgarden9
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I would love to join. This sounds fun. Judy

  • graanieb
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hi Alana, I'd be glad to join in the fun...can always add another variety of seeds too, thanks for hosting.
    Bea

  • jaynine
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I hope there's room for one more.
    Happy Belated Birthday, Alana!

  • cryptid
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Alana, my seed package is now officially on its way to you! Elly took off to town and mailed it this morning. :)

  • sjc48
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My seeds are on their way too!

    Happy belated birthday, Alana, may your season be blessed!
    Shirley!

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Judy, Bea and Janine, you are just in time and very welcome to join! Thank you Janine and Shirley for the birthday wishes.

    I've started receiving seeds already. So far I have envelopes form micyrey, pinkiris, domehome, DraigAthar, and ForeverRecycleReuse. I have not had time to peek yet, but they are nice fat envelopes.
    I hope none of them contains seeds for one of these plants.

  • kchd
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Ok, ok... I refuse to resist temptation any longer. I'm in! I'll be packing up some seeds this week. yay! Alana, I have your address ;)

  • sjc48
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Too late, Alana, I already sent some of THOSE seeds, Ghoulatic Dragonics, I believe. Fiery red blooms, a wingspan, I mean a width of about 40'.

    Seriously, that would be a pretty scary pic if it weren't for the color. Photoshop?
    Shirley!

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'll add you to the list Katie. Be careful. The last one in line is the first one to disappear....

    Not Photoshop, Photobucket, lol. People allow you to borrow some fantastic shots.

    Welcome to the haunted hayride.
    Margo/smitties
    Jayeanne/pinkiris
    DraigAthar/Mary
    michelle/micyrey
    ishareflowers/Lisa
    sjc48/Shirley
    midwestfarmwife/Mary
    katyerra/Kathi
    mnvicke/Melissa
    canyonwind/Annie
    ruthz/Ruth
    recipesaver2/Jean
    ForeverRecycleReuse/Jessica
    lavenderpyly/Keyla
    flowergirl34/Vina
    domehome/Dee
    Dem_pa/Don
    cryptid/Darrin
    nikkineel/nikki
    crazyabouttomatoes/Tricia
    mchill320/Michelle
    mjzzyzoff
    hibiscusfan/Suzanne
    primrose 1x3/Karen
    MissyGA64/Missy
    beth_b_kodiak/Beth
    jhgarden9/Judy
    graanieb/Bea
    jaynine/Janine
    kchd/Katie
    Alana/poisondartfrog

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Tomorrow I will start a new thread.
    In the meantime, for those who want to play Disappearing Bingo, here are the rules again, followed by the words and phrases you can choose from. If you have any questions please ask.
    The object of this version is to have no selected word left on your Iist at the end of the game. On Tuesday I will post a list of words, phrases or names that evoke the "spooky season". You will choose 12 words and email your list to me by midnight on Thursday. Starting Friday I will draw two words each day. Each time a word is drawn from your list, that is a point against you. On Fridays and Saturdays, the little ghost will also draw two words each day. Those words will disappear from the list as if they never existed, and if they are on your Bingo list, they will disappear there too. The first person to have 0 words on their list wins. If everyone still has words on their list on October 27 the person with the fewest words left wins. If more than 2 people have the same lowest number of words I will post a tie breaker.


    Select 12 of these
    Haunted House
    Bonfire
    Norman Bates
    tombstone
    Boris Karloff
    witch
    Count Dracula
    The Great Pumpkin
    Black Cat
    poltergeist
    Michael Meyers
    Trick or Treat
    Banquo's Ghost
    harvest
    zombie
    Jack'O'Lantern
    Casper
    Headless Horseman
    Pennywise
    midnight
    costume
    Edgar Allan Poe
    The Mummy
    full moon
    Mr. Hyde
    Transylvania
    werewolf
    seance
    Cujo
    Hill House
    Candy Corn
    vampire
    fodder shock
    Nosferatu
    masquerade
    autumn leaves
    corn maze
    Mary Shelly
    hayride
    Hitchcock
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    goblin
    The Exorcist

  • flowergirl34
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Hey All!!

    Just sent my words. Please let me know if you don't rec.

    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY ALANA!! :D

    Talk to you later.
    vina

    ps. Doesn't everyone feel like this once in a while...mine was yesterday.

  • jaynine
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My seeds were mailed this morning.

  • smitties
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My words have been sent. Margo

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    So far I've received Bingo words from:
    Shirley
    Margo
    Vina
    Jayeanne
    Jean
    Missy
    Katie
    Ann
    Janine

    There is still plenty of time to get your lists in. Just have them "postmarked" by midnight Thursday.

    I have a ghoulishly busy day tomorrow so if I don't post any updates don't think I've disappeared....

  • domehomedee
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I'm not going to be able to play . . . boo hoo.

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Too bad, Dee, but I doubt you will miss it much. Enjoy your travels.

    Today I received seeds from cryptid and katyerra. I may peek in those later this evening. The packages I've opened so far have some very intriguing vegetables in them! I wish it was April already.

    I also got Bingo word lists from:
    Jessica
    Suzanne
    Nikki
    Mary
    and Don.
    There is still time to send a list if you want to play.

    Today I also received this charming, fun and timely poem from recipesaver2. Thank you Jean!

    THE GHOST OF A FLOWER

    "You're what?" asked the common or garden spook
    Of a stranger at midnight's hour.
    And the shade replied with a graceful glide,
    "Why, I'm the ghost of a flower."

    "The ghost of a flower?" said the old-time spook;
    "That's a brand-new one on me;
    I never supposed a flower had a ghost,
    Though I've seen the shade of a tree."s
    Anonymous

    Tomorrow I will start a new thread and draw the first two Bingo Words.
    Have a good evening.

  • midwestfarmwife
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    My seeds are on their way!

  • smitties
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    I am here tonight for a favor. I am in need of quick prayers for my 24 year old daughter. She went to the emergency room yesterday because she first started having stabbing pains in her chest then her left side began tingling and she was dizzy and had difficulty concentrating. She was tested for stroke and bloodclot and when they could not find anything, sent her home. Her pain went away but not the tingling. I took her to the chiropractor and she didn't do any work on her because just simply looking at her and her reactions to certain tests made the chiro ask me to take her back to the er. I took her to a different hospital and they have admitted her. I know someone asked if MS was in the family and I do have a cousin. They are doing an MRI tomorrow and after reading the symptoms tonight, realize that Elizabeth has several of them and they even mentioned some patients had pains described as stabbing which is how this started. I am scared for my daughter and pray that MS is not the problem. Please keep her in your prayers and I will keep you posted. Thanks Margo

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Margo,
    I am so sorry you and your family are going through this. Positive thoughts and healing energy to your daughter. I hope everything turns out okay. Please keep us informed.

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    The new thread is posted. Please continue there.

  • Belinda Sisemore
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    can I still get in?

  • poisondartfrog
    Original Author
    8 years ago
    last modified: 7 years ago

    Sorry Suzy, you are too late for this one. Sign ups closed on the 8th.