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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 24, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Great photo Cameron. Nice sharp and clear photo. Makes me all excited that spring is just around the corner. This was my first upright sedum, and I love it.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 24, 2013 7:55 PM CST
Thanks Lynn! I'm definitely ready for Spring. It was 78 here today and next week we may see some more 70 degree weather. I almost lost my Autumn Joy sedum last Summer. Its so nice to see the little sprouts emerging. I also have Blue Spruce sedum. For some reason all of my sedums nearly die off every Summer.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 24, 2013 10:22 PM CST
The drought season can be very hard on them. If they don't get enough water they go dormant and wait for rain to come. Most will come back.
Blue Spruce also reseeds itself if you let the seed head ripen.
I am so glad you didn't loose them.
How many different sedum to you have?
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 5:48 AM CST
I had another container of Blue Spruce sedum but the whole plant died. I'm glad I still have one container left. My Blue Spruce has never bloomed, even though I've had it for 4 or 5 years. I have 3 types: Blue Spruce, Autumn Joy, and a variegated sedum. I had Dragon's Blood but it died.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 8:49 AM CST
The sedum really need more water during your Texas hot/dry season. Even here in Oregon they require more water than say my sempervivum.
Maybe even shade in the hottest part of the day.
Hope they do better for you this year.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 12:15 PM CST
I have mine in clay containers. Maybe I will take a few pieces and grow them in the ground.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 12:22 PM CST
I think they will do much better for you in the ground, or in glazed pots. The clay ones dry out to quickly.
I really look forward to seeing how they do for you this year.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 12:24 PM CST
I have one flowerbed that gets shade during the afternoon so I may plant some there. I really hope they do well this year.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 12:30 PM CST
They should. The tall upright sedum might need a little more sun. You can mulch them to help retain water.
Once you get it figures out on which need more sun, and which less sun, you will be growing them like a pro.
They will reward you will many years of beauty.

I finally figured out that my S. 'Limelight' was much happier in some afternoon filtered shade. It now grows beautifully for me.
So just play around with placement, soil, mulch, light, and you will be greatly rewarded.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 1:15 PM CST
I enjoy sedums. I'm trying to grow more drought tolerant plants this year. I'll definitely need plenty of mulch because I created a new flowerbed for zinnias.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 1:20 PM CST
I can't wait to see your new bed in glorious bloom. I love zinnias.
Is your soil sandy, or clay? Either way, adding lots of compost before planting and then mulching will help preserve moisture. Your growing conditions are much tougher than mine.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 2:07 PM CST
I started liking zinnias after I planted my candy cane zinnias. I bought some more today. I've been trying to look for the very tall red ones. I did see one with salmon color blooms. I had some many butterflies in my yard last year because of the zinnias. My soil is clay and its so difficult to work with. I've been using Black Kow composted cow manure to amend my flowerbeds. I do have a few pockets of sandy loam but my soil is mostly "gumbo" clay. Here is a picture of my new flowerbed. I still have plenty of work to do on it.

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My Blue Spruce sedum
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Your Blue Spruce is looking great.
That bed is going to be gorgeous filled with colorful zinnias. It makes me smile just thinking about it.

We have clay here also. Very heavy clay. Over the years we've added truck loads of composted forest products. It is finally doing much better.
The alpine type plants I grow in raised beds filled with the compost, sand and pea gravel or chicken grit. They love it. Nice and fast draining for our long rainy season in winter and spring.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 5:58 PM CST
Thanks Lynn! I'm really looking forward to planting zinnias. Today I bought a packet of Red hot poker seeds and some Blue Bedder salvia. The rainy season here is usually May, June and October. Winters can usually be dry here. I've been looking everywhere for chicken grit. I went to 3 different feed stores and none carried it.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 6:57 PM CST
I can't believe the feed stores don't carry chicken grit.
Have you called this one? http://www.wbfarmstore.net/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wells-brothers-pet-lawn-and-garden-s...

I would just call them first.
The chicken grit makes a really nice top dressing for my succulents beds.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 25, 2013 7:06 PM CST
The Wells Brothers store was the first one I went too. The lady there said they only had crushed oyster shells.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Jan 25, 2013 7:51 PM CST
Well how odd is that? And they can't order it for you?

Check with Lowe's or Home Depot for the small pea gravel, although I do prefer the chicken grit because it is smaller.

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