I've been browsing plant swapping sites online. I had not ever tried to propagate the plants in my yard, either by division, cuttings or seeds until this past summer when I carefully sprinkled the seeds of coneflowers and black eyed susans around the bed in places I'd like to see them this summer. I don't yet know what will come of that project. Last summer I also tried to do a plant swap with a church acquaintance, but I'm not sure that what I traded for is really what I wanted.
There are at least a few dozen fluffy "bearded" iris that came with our house, in pastel colors I dislike. They are too shaded to bloom much and even if they did bloom, I'd rather have the bold dark blue iris I keep down by my mailbox. I've decided that I should get rid of them. There are better plants out there.
Not aware that others could see my lists of 'haves' and 'wants', I started to add plants to the lists on one of the garden websites. (Thanks to Fairegarden who inspires me with her choices of plants!) I put Shasta daisies, ajuga, salvia and a few others on my list of 'wants'. I listed the iris as 'haves'. And, suddenly, I have a request for some of the iris. And I have no idea what I want (from her list of 238 offers) in the trade! The woman lives in Minnesota, so spring is not right around the corner for her. (General Beau Lee, Ph.D., Georgia’s Official Weather Prognosticator... made his prediction this morning at 7:35am in rainy, 40 degree weather. Beau reported that he did not see his shadow, foretelling an early spring.) She suggested waiting until April to swap our plants. This is good, since it will give me time to find out how one prepares plants for shipment. On the other hand, the iris may well be blooming by April and that may make their shipment more complicated.
I will continue to look up plants to see if anything on her list seems appealing. So far, I'm contemplating sweet woodruff and Persian cornflowers. Mostly, I want something that will stay alive!