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Apr 24, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
sure is, Becky! How pretty!!!
Worry, why do I let myself worry?
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Apr 24, 2016 8:27 PM CST
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)
You're worth it - don't ever forge
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Photography Bee Lover Hummingbirder
Butterflies Tropicals Herbs Dog Lover Moon Gardener Region: Virginia
Gorgeous Bec!!!! Lovey dubby
“Little girl, why are you doing this? You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

After a few moments thought, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

http://www.stillsthatspeak.com...
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Apr 25, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
Beauteous!!!!
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Apr 25, 2016 5:44 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's lovely, Becky!! Thumbs up
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
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Apr 26, 2016 12:26 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
Full moon is waning, with three 'evening stars', planets, or whatnot visible nearby. If one is 'lucky' enough to be up late to see it.

https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/...
Worry, why do I let myself worry?
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Apr 26, 2016 4:23 AM CST
Moderator
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I seem to miss out a lot on these astronomical events because I can never stay up late enough! Hilarious!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
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Apr 26, 2016 7:16 AM CST
Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
And his children Are his flowers ..
Birds Seed Starter Keeper of Poultry Ponds Region: Pennsylvania Greenhouse
Garden Art Dog Lover Cottage Gardener Butterflies Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Master Level
Time to plant ground veggies. I just turned about 1/3 of the veggie garden and added compost yesterday and want to finish this week. For those who believe:
http://www.plantea.com/plantin...
Ric of MAF @ DG
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Apr 26, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
The arboretum sale is this weekend! Hurray!

Sooooo excited. Big Grin

I need to set a limit for myself so I don't go nuts. Please let me know if you're in the market for an unusual plant. They might have it at the FONA sale for a reasonable price.
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Apr 26, 2016 12:17 PM CST
Name: Chantell
Middle of Virginia (Zone 7a)
You're worth it - don't ever forge
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Garden Photography Bee Lover Hummingbirder
Butterflies Tropicals Herbs Dog Lover Moon Gardener Region: Virginia
@ssgardener what types of 'unusual'...scented perhaps? Whistling Crossing Fingers!
“Little girl, why are you doing this? You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

After a few moments thought, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

http://www.stillsthatspeak.com...
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Apr 26, 2016 2:51 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
Check out the list of plants on sale!
http://www.fona.org/plantlists...

Thumbs up
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Apr 26, 2016 3:12 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
That is a huge selection!
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Apr 26, 2016 3:30 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
And that list only includes sale items from FONA. In addition to the official FONA sale, there are specialty vendors like the local hosta and rose societies, local nurseries, etc. Last year Pine Knot Farms was there with a huge number of gorgeous hellebores.
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Apr 26, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey (Zone 7a)
WOW! What a list!!! Have fun
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Apr 26, 2016 6:41 PM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Ssg, I was there last year, had a chin wag with owners of Pine Knot Farms.
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Apr 26, 2016 6:53 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
Lisa, unfortunately, the wife of the Pine Knot Farms couple passed away earlier this year. Sad
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Apr 26, 2016 7:22 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Virginia Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Deer Ponds
Foliage Fan Ferns Hellebores Irises Peonies Amaryllis
Oh no, I hadn't heard that SSG. I talked to Judith many times at the various plant sales and when I went down to their home for the Winter Hellebores festival. What sad news.
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Apr 26, 2016 7:42 PM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
Sad to hear the news. Last year at FONA, she did complain of aches and pains. Told me when Adrian Higgins visited Pine Knot, he too complained of aches and pains, took him half an hour to get out of the car. Had no idea her aches and pains were so serious. Sad.
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Apr 26, 2016 9:12 PM CST
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener Hummingbirder Region: Mid-Atlantic Sedums
Vegetable Grower
I had no idea Adrian Higgins struggled so badly with aches and pains. I wonder how he manages his gardens these days.

Pine Knot Farms has more information on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PKFhe...
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Apr 26, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Name: Susan
Vienna, VA (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Hummingbirder Foliage Fan Echinacea Dragonflies
Critters Allowed Composter Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Native Plants and Wildflowers
Half an hour to get out of the car?! ouch

I just stumbled on this list of native plant sales and events and see that Maryland residents get a $25 "tree purchase incentive" for planting a tree on private land. Cool! http://choosenatives.org/nativ...
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Apr 28, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
We're all learners, doers, teachers
Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Critters Allowed Butterflies Hummingbirder Cat Lover
Bee Lover Region: Mid-Atlantic Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Tropicals Hibiscus
I keep forgetting about that coupon! Dutch Plant Farms participates, too. Don't forget that only the "recommended" trees are eligible.

I can't believe it's been a week since Aspenhill and I went nursery-hopping! We took my young friend Meghan (19) and made quite a day of it... 14 hours!!

We started with a nice long browse at Ikea, a first visit for either of them. We had lunch there, too (meatballs and cinnamon rolls!). Then we went to North Creek nursery to pick up 5 flats. After that, we headed west... we stopped at a nursery that Terry probably remembers the name of, LOL, and bought a few perrennials and some 6-packs of annuals. Then we decided to bee-line for Black Creek nursery (the one Buttoneer recommended so highly). It was soooo hard to pass by all the other colorful displays at other nurseries that were right on the way, but the selection and prices at Black Creek were truly outstanding. We finished our day by feasting at The Shady Maple smorgasboard restaurant, then drove home in the rain.

Here's my "haul." I'm amazed we got it all in the car, together with a couple of big Ikea bags and some shelving pieces. I have mad skills! I'm especially excited about several Heuchera hybrids with H. villosa heritage (making them more heat/humidity resistant). I kept looking them up on my phone and giving an exultant "YES!" when I saw the "villosa" in their description.

white flowered creeping thyme
dot wells creeping thyme
wedgewood english thyme
orange mint
chewing gum mint
variegated pineapple mint
berggarten sage
rosemary 'Arp'
rosemary 'Mrs. Howard's Creeping'
Tarragon
Pelargonium (scented geranium) 'Attar of Roses'

big hanging streptocarpella in full bloom, for my MIL
big woven, cone-shaped hanging planter filled with black & gold pinwheel petunias, for my dad (Go, Stillers!)
3 additional hanging planters to fill (because they were really cool and just $7 each)

Aster alpinus, blue-violet
Astilbe 'Country & Western'
Astilbe 'Rise & Shine'
2 Astilbe 'Sprite'
Astilbe 'Key West'
Brunnera 'Sea Heart'
Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'
Brunnera 'Silver Charm'
Clematis 'Diamantina'
Clematis 'Jackmanii'
Coreopsis 'Red Elf'
Coreopsis 'Citrine'
Dianthus, pink & magenta, Joyanna says it's a "sugar flower" by its scent
Euphorbium 'Ascot Rainbow'

Heuchera 'Grape Soda'
Heuchera. 'Frosed Violet'
Heuchera. 'Ruby Bells'
Heuchera 'Sweet Tart' Little Cutie
Heuchera 'Peppermint' Little Cutie
Hellebore 'Berry Swirl' (double)
Hellebore 'Cotton Candy' (double)
Hellebore 'Jade Tiger' (double)
Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'
Phlox paniculata 'Blue Boy'
Sedum 'Pure Joy'
Sedum 'Desert Red'
Semp. 'Silverine'
Tiarella 'Pink Skyrocket'

two different dahlias -- one lilac-pink, one bicolor pink & maroon
6-pack mixed coleus including Kalaidescope, to share with my mom
3 6-packs vinca to share with my mom
6-pack blue lobelia, you guessed it, to share with my mom

I think that's the lot of them... whew!
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.

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