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Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Nov 7, 2014 6:01 PM CST
Beautiful Sedums

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 7, 2014 6:10 PM CST
Very, very nice!
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Nov 7, 2014 6:20 PM CST
Oh that is so different! I love it!
Vickie
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Nov 7, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Very original and appealing: Nice job, looks great! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 7, 2014 6:30 PM CST
I agree, it is wonderful. I love seeing the collage banners once in awhile. Great placement of the photos.
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Nov 7, 2014 10:21 PM CST
Yes, nice!

But now I'm curious, it looks almost like a milkweed in front of the tall sedums in the middle picture in front of the fence...is that sedum flowers all the way up the stem? I have never seen a sedum do that, if it is what one is it?!?
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Shawwannda
Nov 8, 2014 6:36 PM CST
Many thanks to all of you for the kind words, likes and acorns regarding the Sedum banner that I submitted.
So overwhelmingly appreciated! Big Grin

@BrendaVR

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Above are the original photos that I'd taken last summer in 2013 of my Autumn Joy Sedums sitting on the deck rail in front of our pool fence.
When I nabbed *Blush* Whistling these 3 blooms in early July (the 4th) of 2013 they were close to 4 inches tall and had one bloom w/ a few leaves on each of them.
I put them in a glass of water for a couple of days and then when I had a bit of time I prepared a mixture of ½ sand and ½ miracle grow potting soil, removed their bottom leaves and then “shoved” them into these pots, water them and set them in the sun.
The 2nd photo was taken in mid to late fall just before I transplanted them.
I owe my success w/ these little beauties to a number of special folks (I hope they remember who they are because I certainly do and, thanks AGAIN!!) here @ ATP for their helpful suggestions and guidance throughout my Sedum’s growing phase! Hurray! Group hug Thumbs up
*This was my 1st time ever dealing w/ Sedums.* Shrug!
I apologize if I confused you w/ the picture that I posted as I had to crop it to fit the banner that I created.

Early this spring and throughout this past summer's growing season they’ve been tasty treats for either voles, mice or rabbits.
I snatched up the debris that was left behind, the leaves, stems w/o blooms, and the stalks that still had a couple of buds and or blooms on them and I put them in the ground in front of my house, all of them “caught on” and are progressing quite well, even the leaves that I transplanted.
My Mums in that particular area were failing so I needed to replace them w/ something else and I didn’t want to just throw the chewed off Sedum bits away so it ended up being a win/win situation.
“Something” snacked on them in that area as well especially the leaves that I just “shoved” into the ground so it will be interesting to see what transpires next spring.
I’m thinking it was rabbits because I noticed that we had an awful lot of little bunnies in our yard this past summer. Sad Sighing!
Shaw




Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 8, 2014 6:48 PM CST
Shaw you have proven your skill in both raising sedum and photography. Well done.
Hope you can figure out what the culprit is that is feeding on them. Do you have slugs? I didn't know that bunnies would eat the sedum. We have very cute native dwarf bunnies and they have never eaten my sedum or semps. Maybe your bunnies find them tasty?
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Nov 8, 2014 6:53 PM CST
I've been gone so just saw your banner. Very nicely put together! It made a great banner! Thumbs up
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Nov 9, 2014 11:08 AM CST
@Shawwannda
Very nice!

I'd say you did wonderfully your first time with sedums! I've never seen such nice healthy ones! (mine usually only get the one bloom at the end, yours look so nice this way!)
Sorry to hear about this season though Crying Very disappointing to have them eaten!
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Shaw
Midwest_Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
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Shawwannda
Nov 13, 2014 6:54 PM CST
@4susiesjoy @BrendaVR and @valleylynn
Thanks ladies! Smiling

Lynn,
Yes, I do think that I have slugs (Though I've never seen any or the slime that they leave behind.) or something of that nature.
I've tried to fight the slugs w/ eggshells, coffee grounds, a mixture that I found on the net and, chemicals w/o any luck.
Last fall I used that stuff (Sluggo?) that you recommended and in the spring as well but didn't use any chemicals later on as I only tried to treat organically throughout the summer because our yngst dau planted a couple of tomato plants in between the sedums as there were big spaces w/ nothing growing there since it was the first yr I'd planted my sedum plants.
I thought maybe it was because of the tomato planting but I am doubting that now.
The very small green caterpillars got to my sedums first and I got most of them off but I really didn't want to fully destroy them because of them eventually being a benefit w/ pollinating later in the summer.
I also sprayed w/ a mixture of dish water, garlic, very hot peppers and if I rembr correctly I put onions in it too.
I let it sit in the hot sun for a few days before I used it.
I made 4 gallons of this mixture and used it on all of my plants throughout the summer.

I'd pulled most of my Echinaceas from my other garden last summer per Clint's suggestion because many of them had "leaf hoppers" disease.
A few grew back this past summer and I ended up only having to pull one due to the leaf hoppers disease.
I sprayed them w/ the dish water veggie mixture too.
Both of my big flower gardens were eaten by whatever it is that's eating them.
I have hole in leaves and they turn brown then black.

Are grubs and slugs one in the same?
Perhaps I have both? Shrug!

I'd wondered about voles only because one morning before I left for the clinic I went out to check my sedums and a black rodent ran out from that area, I thought it was a mouse.
When I got home that evening I found a nest of cute little voles under the pool deck and we also saw big and little ones running under our patio deck.
I "think" we solved that prblm after putting poison out as we'd gotten a prize of several dead voles.
I even looked up voles vs mice on the net so I was sure that they were indeed voles and not mice.
And, also as I mentioned above in my earlier post we got lots of rabbits as well and they "hang out" where my sedums are located.

I must admit, I am stumped.
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Nov 13, 2014 7:07 PM CST
Heh, no Grubs and Slugs are indeed different. Slugs I find eat the vegetation above ground but grubs usually eat the roots below ground. But voles can eat allot too...hard to know for sure whats doing it. I haven't had issues with things eating my sedums thankfully. The rabbits and voles go for the more tender things in my garden...
If we had no holes in our leaves we would have no butterflies!
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Nov 13, 2014 7:14 PM CST
I'm not any help either because the only thing I've had eat my Sedums are deer.
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
Nov 13, 2014 7:19 PM CST
Slugs are like snails without the shell, and as Brenda posted above, they have different eating habits. Both can be very destructive.
We do have rabbits and voles, but don't seem to have damage to the plants from them. Our weather is so mild, and there is so much natural food year round, they just don't find the garden plants appealing.

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