Your National Gardening Association weekly news for January 9, 2017

2016 Seed Swaps are Finished

There were two different seed swaps at the end of 2016, and they were both a huge success. Almost 5,000 packets of seeds were swapped between more than 50 members.

The "DnD's ALL SEEDS SWAP (Int'l) seed swap", hosted by @DogsNDaylilies, had 13 members who traded 857 packets total. 

The 2nd Annual "Not from the Seed Rack Seed Swap", hosted by @poisondartfrog, had 40 traders who traded 4,113 packets total.

These seed swaps generated a tremendous amount of fun and excitement for the participants, and many gardens will blossom with new varieties, thanks to the generous sharing of fellow gardeners.  If you didn't participate, you really missed out on a great opportunity, but there's always next year! We eagerly anticipate the 2017 swaps that are sure to happen this fall.

Thank you to those who hosted the swaps, and the gardeners who participated.

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The most popular images last week from our plant database:

Photo of Lily (Lilium 'Red Velvet')
By William:

Photo of Orchid (Rhyncholaeliocattleya Green-heart 'Amy')
By Ursula:

Photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Outrageous')
By Orsola:

Photo of Lily (Lilium 'Green Queen')

Photo of Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hard To Resist')
By HighdesertNiki:

Photo of Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa)
By dirtdorphins:

Photo of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus 'Maleny Blue')
By Totally_Amazing:

Photo of Orchid (Myrmecocattleya Memoria Louise Fuchs 'Weesie')
By hawkarica:

Photo of Orchid (Monnierara Millennium Magic 'Witchcraft')
By Ursula:

Photo of Orchid (Rhyncattleanthe Pacific Rainbow 'Coral Gold')
By sugarcane:

The most popular Landscape Photos from last week:

Click an image to view the names of the plants in each photo.

Photo by molanic:
Photo by kniphofia:
Photo by piksihk:
Photo by jmorth:
Photo by molanic:
Photo by HemNorth:
Photo by piksihk:

Noteworthy acorn tips given this week:

8 people gave for post #1346008 in "My Season" by ARUBA1334

4 people gave for a photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'At Sunset') by daylilydreams

3 people gave for post #1347970 in "Banner for January 9, 2017 by rocklady" by rocklady

3 people gave for a photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Topguns Molten Lava') by Joy

2 people gave for a photo of Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Fab Life') by KentPfeiffer

2 people gave for post #1345819 in "Banner for January 6, 2017 by mcash70" by mcash70

2 people gave for a photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Nordic Night') by daylilydreams

2 people gave for a photo of Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Upper Echelon') by daylilydreams

2 people gave for post #1344685 in "Banner for January 4, 2017 by sunnyvalley" by sunnyvalley

2 people gave for a photo of Apache plume (Fallugia paradoxa) by dirtdorphins

The most active threads this week:

Subject OP Area Replies
newbie growerScjohnhPlumeria forum77
My SeasonARUBA1334Irises forum75
posting plantdrdawgPlant Database forum29
Hard To Do... But Out They Wentblue23roseDaylilies forum27
Cactus and tender succulents chat 2017Dutchlady1Cactus and Tender Succulents forum22
2017 Intersectional/Itoh PeoniesMieko2Peonies forum21
Backyard birds, Mid Atlantic 2017sallygMid Atlantic Gardening forum21

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