Tuesday, May 26, 2009

5/26 Outdoor Wednesday #20

I never heard of a Garden Swap before. At a local restaurant I found this brochure which asked participates to bring seeds, plants, gardening books or just conversation. I decided to swap morning glory and shasta daisy seeds for some lovely purple geraniums which are suppose to bloom in the shade. A welcoming committee greeted me as I entered the yard. There was a sign up sheet asking for email addresses. Incoming plants were to be placed in the sunny or shady areas, seeds were to be put in a box with the rest offered, gardening books were found at the hostess table, they also provided a holding area for the plants chosen to await their new owner to come and pick them up. There was food. There was background music. There was a self guided tour of two yards. Remember this event was FREE. Here are pictures of some of the plants I saw while at the Garden Swap Friday evening, May 22, 2009.

A welcome sign in one of the yards.
A purple clematis already in full bloom. Notice the pink clematis hiding below. How cute is that?
This is the same clematis but I changed it to a black and white photograph and cropped the image to emphasize textures and shapes.

Unidentified plants. Perhaps one of you know the name of this flower.
Both of these are hosta plants.


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22 comments:

  1. The flowers are just beautiful, but your pictures are exceptional. The swap was a wonderful idea. You sound as though you were impressed. Have a good day.

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  2. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Joyce! Your blooms are beautiful! What a neat idea....garden swaps! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  3. Hi Joyce,
    I have never heard of a garden swap before, and I think it is a wonderful idea. Your photos are beautiful, I loved what you did with changing to black and white.Great post. thank you for sharing.
    Sue

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  4. Beautiful pictures. I never tire of seeing pictures of beautiful flowers. They are perfect. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.
    Maryrose

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  5. I love that idea! Save money and share some beautiful plants. Your pics are great! Cindy

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  6. Plant swaps are great fun -- our garden club does one yearly and some of my best plants came from there. Great pictures.

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  7. Nice shots, Joyce. I think the blue flowers might for-get-me-nots.

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  8. Beautiful photos - especially the black and white! What a wonderful idea for a swap!!!

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  9. I love the decor on the tree trunk on the first photo. Cute.

    The flowers too are beautiful. Especially the blue blooms :-)

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!
    Li

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  10. A garden swap sounds like fun. My clematis is just starting to bloom around my mailbox.

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  11. I have never been to a plant swap either. I would love to go..
    Great pics..such a blooming time of year!

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  12. What a lovely idea - and what great photos. The blue flowers look like forget-me-nots. If they are - they reseed nicely and give some pretty background to gardens - and then you can yank them out when they are done blooming and mine always come back again the same season from the seeds they dropped.

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  13. I would luv to have a garden swap around here! I'm so into gardening right now, but as you know, it could get quite expensive. And swapping plants is such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing.
    -marie

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  14. I love garden swaps. When I was a Master Gardener, I always looked forward to the one we had every year. It is a great way to learn about and get new plants. Thanks for sharing you pics.

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  15. What a great idea, the plant swap!
    Beautiful photos!

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  16. How do they know how much you can take out? Is it a straight swap of seeds for seeds or can you mix it up? What an intriguing concept. I have heard of them amongst members of garden groups but never one open to the public. Lucky you.

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  17. My goodness, what a grand idea-- garden swap. Thanks for sharing the idea and the beautiful photos.

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  18. ~Lori E~
    I noticed that folks were bringing plants in and just taking as many plants as they wanted out. A person could even ask the host/hostess to dig out plants in their yard. I only traded two seed packets for two plants. Perhaps next time I can be more prepared for the Garden Swap. My plan is next year, I could bring more plants and take home more plants. I would have felt quilty about taking too many plants with what little I brought.

    Actually a lot of people brought plants already potted. Even vegetables were offered as a swap like tomatoes, green peppers etc. I was amazed. I have never heard of a Garden Swap before.

    I did swap plants with my mother-in-law and a neighbor. Most of the time, I just gave away plants to neighbors without swapping.
    Joyce

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  19. ~Elisabeth~
    RE: Unidentified plants
    Guess what I did? I forgot what they are called. Thanks for reminding me that those blue flowers are forget-me-nots. rofl
    Joyce

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  20. The Garden Swap sounds like a wonderful idea! I don't know what the tiny blue flowers are, but I wish I did. They are very pretty. I'll check back to see if you get an answer.

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