The Ever-Changing Sempervivum: Great Mommie You Are

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The Ever-Changing Sempervivum

By valleylynn
March 8, 2011

Have you ever followed a single cultivar of Sempervivum (hen & chicks) through a year of its life? If you haven’t you are in for a wonderful surprise.

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Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Mar 8, 2011 8:29 AM CST
Lynn, I love this article and can truly appreciate it this year. Everyday I check on all my babies to see the changes. Just yesterday I was so amazed at how quickly each one is presently changing. It's a wonderful day when you walk outside and woooo and ahhhhhh your way through your plants. Smiling Thank you Lynn for introducing me to this magical world of semps. I'm loving every second of it. Lovey dubby

---S.'Gazelle' 2-7-11----S.'Gazelle' 3-8-11---
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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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2011 9:04 AM CST
Oh my Linda. Just look at the change in just one month. And that is one of your newly acquired plants isn't it. I find the yellow center surrounded by the red splashes fascinating.
What does it measure across? It looks like one of the medium to small varieties. Size is so hard to tell from photos.

Thank you so much for sharing the comparison photos, they are lovely. I may have to add that one to my collection. Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Mar 8, 2011 9:18 AM CST
It's 2" across on the largest one. I was so fascinated with the yellow center. As you know, when you purchase them, you really don't know exactly what they will look like at certain times. You know I'll share with you! Lovey dubby Group hug
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 8, 2011 9:30 AM CST
No wonder I'm already addicted to these plants! Lynn, great article and fantastic pictures! Hurray!

Linda, your S. 'Gazelle' is really pretty too. Thumbs up
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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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Thank you Chris. I have seen some amazing photos of your semp beds, they are very inspiring to say the least. : )
You are still covered in snow right now, aren't you?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 8, 2011 10:36 AM CST
Yup, but its slowly melting. Some places bare ground is showing, but then we still have 2' drifts in some areas of our yard. But Spring is coming! Hurray!
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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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2011 11:15 AM CST
I can't wait to see more photos of your semp beds Chris. I know it will be awhile before they will be ready for photos, but I will be patient. Whistling
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Mar 8, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Oh Chris....I wanted to post a pic of one of the planters I bought from you. During the summer when I received it, it was all green. Look at it now. I did remove a few semps from it. Whistling

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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 8, 2011 11:54 AM CST
Obviously you're a good plant Mommy too, Linda! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Some of those pots were getting pretty crowded.
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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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 8, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Soon it will be a mat of lovely semps.

Chris's hypertufa pots are a great way to grow semps in containers. Semps and sedum love growing in this type of container. I think it makes them think they are back in their homeland. Smiling
I think she will have more of them for sale when her spring and summer arrive. Here is a link to how she makes them.http://cubits.org/sedumandsempervivum/articles/view/162/
If making them is not your thing but you would like to own one, contact Chris to see what hypertufa containers she might have available. http://cubits.org/users/mail/new.php?q=goldfinch4
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Mar 8, 2011 1:33 PM CST
Thank you Lynn! I think that if you're interested in making one, give it a try - they're not as hard as it might appear and it's a fun project! But beware, its another one of those addicting hobbies. Big Grin
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Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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BlueFox
Mar 22, 2011 7:47 AM CST
Hi Lynn, the link to Chris's article about the hypertufa above doesn't work - I tried to find the right place but got an error message. Can you re-post that?
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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 22, 2011 8:48 AM CST
Good morning Jacki. The above link is to contact Chris about any hypertufa containers she might have for sale. : )

Here is a link to the article on how to make your own. http://cubits.org/sedumandsempervivum/articles/view/162/
Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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LuvNature
Mar 24, 2011 8:49 AM CST
So good to hear from Jacki! Lovey dubby
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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2011 9:31 AM CST
I agree With her and twit not around much it seems like part of the family is missing. Sad Both of them have been very busy lately.
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
May 5, 2011 5:04 PM CST
I only just found this thread again, sorry for not answering! I don't always check every single post, my bad.

I have been busy, but that's no excuse!
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
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
May 5, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Do not apologize Jacki, with your work load there is now way you can do all the threads here and keep up with your nursery. Group hug

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