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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 7, 2014 12:47 PM CST
I'm finally getting around to doing something "crafty" with sedum. We have a lot of wood laying around here from some huge trees that died, so I made a fountain out of some of it. I found trays of sedum mats at a big box store and added them to it. Not sure if they'll root into the cracks in the wood and do fine, or if they'll rot, but it's cute for now, and it was fun to design.

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However it turns out in the long run, I'm enjoying it now. Smiling

It could still use a "topper", I think...maybe a sempervivum. I have another sedum that would look smashing up there, but I haven't yet come up with a plan to anchor that large of a specimen in that smallish area. Maybe wrap roots and soil in a mesh bag and tack it up? Hmmm...with a big piece of bark placed to the southwest and behind the bagged roots...that might just work. Have to do a color check first. Big Grin

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Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jul 7, 2014 1:27 PM CST
That is just absolutely awesome, Chelle! Lovey dubby You will get much enjoyment from it I'm sure.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 7, 2014 2:41 PM CST
Thanks Connie. I appreciate the acorns, too. I tip my hat to you.

*Blush* I did fall asleep next to it yesterday. Rolling on the floor laughing So, yeah, I'm enjoying it. It's doing just what it should do...soothe and relax. Big Grin

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 7, 2014 3:33 PM CST

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Chelle it is beautiful. What a creative area, all coming from the dying of a tree. Wonderful. It makes me feel good just looking at the photos.
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Cinta
Jul 7, 2014 7:30 PM CST
Chelle, that is gorgeous. I love the way you have used hardscape and plants to make such a pretty view.

I have put sedum on a tree truck before. I did put a layer of gravel for drainage with soil on top. They took over the trunk.
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chelle
Jul 7, 2014 7:35 PM CST
Thanks Lynn,

At least this part of the tree is serving a purpose for a bit longer than it would just going up in smoke.

So what up top do you think? I'm all ears! Red Carpet, a wonderfully droopy Bon Bon, or a semp? Bon Bon might be too big for the spot, but it sure would look neat.

Thanks for the tips, Cinta. Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 7, 2014 9:55 PM CST

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I like what you have in it now Chelle. I would think taller sedum would detract from the balance/scale of things.
For this project I think sedum are better than semps. Thumbs up
Name: Bev
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Jul 7, 2014 10:56 PM CST
Very pretty fountain. Lovey dubby
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springcolor
Jul 7, 2014 10:59 PM CST
I agree That's really creative. Is it close to your patio/seating area?
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 8, 2014 4:36 AM CST
Julia,

Yes, it is. Our screened porch is directly downwind, so the sounds of moving water flow right into the seating area. Hummers and wrens love to come right up now, too; swooping in for a quick splash, and then resting on the bean/cucumber fence. It's very pleasant. Smiling




Thanks Bev. Big Grin



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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 8, 2014 4:51 AM CST
valleylynn said:I like what you have in it now Chelle. I would think taller sedum would detract from the balance/scale of things.
For this project I think sedum are better than semps. Thumbs up


Thanks Lynn. Thumbs up That sounds right. I've had just one semp so far that has actually been able to handle a wood planting year-round.

The fountain won't be a year-round thing, of course, but I'm planning to set the planted pieces aside for the winter and see what happens. If anything survives they'll still make neat accent pieces.



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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 8, 2014 7:59 AM CST

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Sounds like a wonderful plan Chelle. You are so creative in your gardens. Lovey dubby
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Cinta
Jul 8, 2014 9:55 AM CST
I agree with Lynn I would not add the tall sedum unless you were thinking of using them in the area that you have your annuals.

The semps would only work if you planted them on the gravel. I know what you mean about them dying on the stump. the rotting wood stays to moist. That is why I piled the gravel and stone on top of the stump. I learned from all that died. We get a lot of rain before the freezing ice and snow comes every Fall.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jul 8, 2014 11:20 AM CST

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Great information about the gravel and stone on top of the wood. That should work well for semps, because they aren't real fond of acidic growing conditions.
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Jul 12, 2014 2:26 AM CST

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chelle, love what you've created!! Hurray! Hurray! Great job!!
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jul 12, 2014 5:36 AM CST
Thanks Chris! Big Grin

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