Mid Atlantic Gardening forum: latest fun project

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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Oct 2, 2014 5:57 PM CST
I used to make dish gardens with succulents and stones and feathers and stuff, years ago.

That was in Santa Cruz CA, real different climate than here! But I so miss working with succulents. So I've gotten totally hooked on these hardy semps, and started playing -- well, y'all have seen Little Rock (which by the way is looking pretty good.)

I wanted to do some containers too, maybe something that can become its own beauty and also provide a growing area for semps and sedums that will get added to the garden here and there.

I've been scrounging for containers and thinking about stuff... I had a conversation with my neighbor the other day -- this is the one with woods in her back yard which provides us with the shady area. I just came out with it: Hey, I'm looking for containers for succulents. Big, small, weird, just so it has drainage.

She said her mom had a bunch of little pots she'd gotten for succulents and never done anything with, would I like those? Yes please.

They showed up on the front porch yesterday. I'll take a picture tomorrow if I remember. I think they may have been designed for bonsai, and they are very little but so are some of these plants! They're also very pretty. Glazed on the outside....

There's also a basket in the shed I've been eyeballing. And another one in the basement I may snatch up though it's a little large for now.

And there's a lovely old rusted shallow wheelbarrow lying around that I think I am going to try to reclaim for a succulent garden. Well, that will take a lot of plant material to fill! or a lot of time. Rolling my eyes.

Anyway, got those little pots, and picked up some pea gravel at the garden center. And just this evening arranged to get some plants -- I have a few but wanted more. ( Oh, big surprise there, right?)

So. Here I go! I'll be playing with putting something together here soon.... And I'm just so tickled about their cold-hardiness. Before when I was working with succulents I didn't know this. Well, I didn't know much of anything. Didn't have a resource like ATP, for one thing.

Pictures to come, soon I hope.
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 2, 2014 6:33 PM CST

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Sounds wonderful, Kyla! You've got a nice neighbor there. Smiling Looking forward to seeing the photos!
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Oct 10, 2014 1:03 PM CST
Okay! Pictures!

I did post a few bad pictures in the Garden Chat and Photos thread, but today they're looking better and I did more stuff, so here we go:
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I'm not sure how well this will show up but when I went out this morning, everything looked so happy!

LIttle rollers, globiferum subsp. globiferum and that's a mouthful!
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Some other little rollers, 'Emerald Spring':
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I understand you can plant these right on rock. I did put a little potting medium there first:
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This on the left is Sempervivum 'Oddity' -- I know I'll be able to keep track of that one!
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The one on the right is a noid, a really pretty one.

And, I now get to see how these will do in the rain, because it is raining. The teeny ones I just put on the rock might get washed off if it rains hard enough, but I am resisting any impulse to try to protect them. I'm pretty sure I can find any who roll off, and if they do that I'll plant them differently.

I love these little guys!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2014 1:36 PM CST

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Cute sempervivum! I've been admiring all the beautiful sempervivum photos that keep getting posted here. A whole category of plants that has heretofore escaped my attention! :-o
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Oct 10, 2014 1:47 PM CST
Uh-oh.

dum de dum dum.

Doom strikes the house of Catmint. Succulent fever is irresistable!

Bwahahahahaha!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2014 1:53 PM CST

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Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing it is really tempting! Green Grin!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Oct 10, 2014 2:04 PM CST
they. are. fun. they. are. easy. they. will. TAKE OVER!!!!!!!!

Green Grin!

The hardy ones, the semps and sedums (you have sedums I know!) are cool for us because it's something to have during the winter (though I believe they will kind of go dormant? I don't know!)
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Catmint20906
Oct 10, 2014 2:07 PM CST

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Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Oct 11, 2014 7:05 AM CST
Okay, the rain didn't disturb any of the little semps, except it did move one, slightly. I am considering it a kind of design tweak from the Universe.

Hilarious!
Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
Composter Plant Identifier Organic Gardener Herbs Daylilies Sempervivums
Frogs and Toads Container Gardener Cat Lover Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! The WITWIT Badge Winter Sowing
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kylaluaz
Oct 12, 2014 3:13 PM CST
If I win the raffle I am so going to choose the offer from Perennial Obsessions! They have a few hardy succulents that are neither semps nor sedums which are very interesting! And they have a sedum I want, too.

Green Grin!
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Oct 12, 2014 5:30 PM CST

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I'm not going to look at any of the prizes so I don't get disappointed if I don't win anything. Green Grin!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso

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