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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2012 12:16 PM CST

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In an effort to use my overabundance of semps, I worked on semp craft projects all weekend.

Found this little metal nest with a bird attached. I lined it with sphagnum moss and planted semps.
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Planted a plastic window box "trough". Drilled tons of holes in the bottom. On the left is Cotoneaster dammeri iStrieb's Findling', which grows 1" a year, toward the right is a 'Teeny Mugo Pine' which grows 1-2" per year.
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Sawed a hole in an old chair, made a chicken wire basket that I stapled to the bottom. Lined with landscape fabric and put some sphagnum moss on the top to disguise the edges of the hole.
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Planted a couple of pieces of wood with holes in them.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2012 12:18 PM CST

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My big projects were planting an old fountain that doesn't work anymore.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 3, 2012 12:23 PM CST
Great ideas there, Chris. I think your chair qualifies as an example of "gardening on a table or flat surface". I'm planning the same with an old beat up plastic lawn chair that already has slots in the seat. It is so ugly, beat up and weather/sun worn that up I am considering getting out a can of spray paint before planting it.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2012 12:59 PM CST

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Thanks! The chair had a crack right down the middle so it was headed for the garbage anyway.

Here is my last project that I've actually been working on for a couple of weeks. It's a bit of an oval, about 22" tall and 20" wide. It's planted all the way around with semps.

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Name: tabby
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tabby
Jun 3, 2012 3:13 PM CST
That's a lot nicer than what I do with my surplus - I toss them along the front fence where some root, and some don't.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2012 3:28 PM CST

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I used to just throw mine in the field behind our house! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 1:42 PM CST

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I throw mine in visitor's cars. Some times when they are not looking. Big Grin

You have really been busy Chris. I love adding the slow growing shrubs/trees with the semps and sedum. In fact, you are the one that got me started doing it. Smiling
I love all of your new creative plantings. My favorite is the re-purposed fountain. Thumbs up
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 4, 2012 2:14 PM CST

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valleylynn said:I throw mine in visitor's cars. Some times when they are not looking. Big Grin



Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I'll have to try that!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 2:44 PM CST

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Works for me. Green Grin!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jun 4, 2012 7:01 PM CST
You are too funny, Lynn! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Chris, I love them all, but especially the chair and fountain. Can't wait to see their progress! Hurray! Hurray!

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 7:02 PM CST

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Are you dropping by Janice? Whistling
Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jun 4, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Love to!!! nodding
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 4, 2012 7:04 PM CST

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Hurray!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 5, 2012 1:47 AM CST

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Thanks. The fountain had a great big ball in the center where the water came out, but it took up too much room so I left it out....
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Jun 7, 2012 11:10 AM CST
Looking at these posting of wonderful creative ideas give me great patterns to follow. Hurray!

I am not very artistic so will have to try to imitate to best I can. Rolling my eyes.

On the fountain .. I planted one too... Am worried because there is no hole that things will rot in there, especially after our heavy rain and hail. Blinking

Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 7, 2012 12:35 PM CST

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That could be a problem. I did drill holes in the bottom of mine for drainage.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
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CDsSister
Jun 7, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Cast Iron, I don't think I can drill holes. I have a cloth stuffed in there over the side trying to absorb some of the water.

I may have to move them.

How many days before I should be concerned about rot? I'm all ears!

It's clouding up to rain some more and I have covered it for now so should be OK until rain clears tomorrow at least.

Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 7, 2012 2:28 PM CST

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Yup, kinda hard to drill cast iron! Whistling Depends on how wet it is already...if the mix is pretty saturated, I would try to get them out of there in a day or two.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 8, 2012 9:02 AM CST

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I agree Best remove them before they are showing signs of stress.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Jun 8, 2012 9:25 AM CST
Loved all the containers.
I made two boxes to plant and was wondering about the soil. I have some sand we got from our little creek and I am going to mix it in with potting soil. Want to move The named ones from their shoes to the box...

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