Even though it is a rather warm morning it still feels a bit chilly. We are having the kind of rain that sort of makes its way through all the clothes, a kind of foggy drizzle shower if You can understand how I mean 🙂 🙂 It is really the perfect weather for the last day of vacation to be honest 🙂
Yesterday however the weather was just fine. It started out a bit rainy but then the sun broke through the clouds and it stayed that way most of the day. Perfect weather to spend most of the day outside in a garden-friends garden at a Daylily day.
They arrange a daylily day around this weekend every year and lots of people are coming. I´m not that great daylily fan myself to be honest but there are loads of other plants and trees that I like to look at and the biggest reason of them all, I get to meet a lot of garden friends that I normally only meets here in real life (even though we do meet on the internet 🙂
Even though I live rather close this garden has a much milder climate than mine has. It is placed close to lots of water that helps to even out the cold and the hot while I live close to a huge bog that sort of does the opposite 🙂 🙂 So while there grows trees and plants in that garden that mostly grows further south and can be seen as rare here I have to look towards the north to find plants and trees that can manage a totally different climate 🙂
But we also always have a plant swapping day when we meet. Almost all of us brings plants we´ve either sown our selves or just have to many of in our gardens. Those that are new to gardening or doesn´t have many plants to spare still gets plants in this swapping 🙂 It is actually a great way to get new plants for a very low cost. Somehow we all come home with more plants than we brought with us, no one of us can understand how that works 🙂 🙂 🙂
There are different ways in how this swapping works. We always gather in a big group and in some places they sort of have an auction like way. They show one plant at a time and the one shouting fastest and loudest gets the plant. I´m not to happy about this way because some people are just afraid of shouting out loud especially if they are new to this or doesn´t know a lot of people. I would most probably get everything I wanted because I´m loud 🙂 🙂 🙂
We have another way to do this. First all walks around and looks on what other people had brought with them. Now it is easy to believe, that since most of us are what we call “garden freaks” only rare plants would be accepted but that´s not the fact at all. Some plants that behave like weed in some gardens might be difficult in others. But there are of course rarities as well.
When all has taken a look we draw a number and that number decides who will get a chance to pick one plant first. We were 24 people in this swapping yesterday and I got number 13, my lucky number 🙂 This process does take some time to be honest and when most of us has gotten the plants we most desire we call an open market. That means every one hurries to the rest of the plants to get all the other things we might want to have 🙂 🙂 🙂
It is very rare that there is a single plant left after open market 🙂 🙂 🙂 Like hungry piranhas we throw ourselves over what´s left and I think I got absolutely everything I wanted to have 🙂 I´ll show You them later on because now I´ve placed them in quarantine for a while. Even though some has done their best to remove any spanish forest snails and their eggs (it is a feared slug amongst us with garden as a hobby because they multiply enormously and have no predators here in Sweden. They also eat everything and I know of people that removes almost a thousand from their garden every evening and still they just becomes more).
I don´t have that slug and really doesn´t want it either. So now they will have to stay in quarantine for at least a week before they get a chance to get out in to my garden. It is time for some breakfast and a cup of tea! Tomorrow I´ll show You some photographs of the surroundings. Have a great day!