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Thumb of 2014-10-28/webesemps/01ad12@webesemps submitted this image in the Containers category of the The 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

webesemps added a caption:Beyond the Metal Basket
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Nov 12, 2014 6:30 PM CST
A winner in my book. Was just right in all respects.

Congratulations, Bev. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 12, 2014 7:11 PM CST
Aw, Marilyn, you are so sweet! Thank You! very much...it was all so fun, wasn't it? Hurray!
Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
Garden today. Clean next week.
Garden Procrastinator Region: Colorado Heucheras Region: Southwest Gardening Container Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Sempervivums Annuals Foliage Fan Herbs Garden Ideas: Level 2
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CDsSister
Nov 12, 2014 7:13 PM CST
Yep and I was rooting for you.
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
Nov 12, 2014 10:55 PM CST
I agree with Marilyn, an amazing and deserving entry in the 'Container' catagory.
Composition, focus/clarity and framing of the subject. Wonderful work Bev. Hurray! Lovey dubby
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 12, 2014 11:03 PM CST
Thank You! Lynn!!
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
Nov 12, 2014 11:12 PM CST
You have such a great eye for things like this.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 12, 2014 11:25 PM CST
Sometimes it's nothing more than the process of: place here, don't like it. Place there, don't like it. It eventually gets to, "I Like!" and everything being put in the right place (and reject plants scattered all over the counter) and the basket arrangement gets done. Viola! Hurray!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
Clematis Irises Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Sages
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zuzu
Nov 13, 2014 12:01 AM CST

Plants Admin

Beautiful!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 13, 2014 12:03 AM CST
Thank You! Zuzu
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Region: Pacific Northwest Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Dog Lover Foliage Fan Greenhouse Container Gardener Heucheras Sedums
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springcolor
Nov 13, 2014 12:24 AM CST
I agree This is such a gorgeous container.
Sempervivum for Sale
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Nov 13, 2014 6:44 AM CST
I voted for this. I remember when it was on the forum. Very nice.
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
Houseplants Organic Gardener Composter Region: Gulf Coast Miniature Gardening Native Plants and Wildflowers
Bulbs Foliage Fan Tropicals Butterflies Garden Sages Cactus and Succulents
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purpleinopp
Nov 13, 2014 8:18 AM CST
This was the one category where I knew which pic would win. Absolutely perfect!!
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☕👓 The only way to succeed is to try.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 13, 2014 11:41 AM CST
Gee, thank you much for all the support and kind words, Tiff and JoAnn and Julia!!!! Smiling
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 13, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Oooh, I love my new Blue Ribbon!! Thank you to all the people that voted for my Basket Arrangement... Smiling
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Nov 13, 2014 3:16 PM CST
I was excited to see you win too and I was really hoping and voting for the big prize for you. I don't think I've ever seen a container that I like as much as this one. It is so beautiful! The Lola Echeveria almost seems to glow!
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 13, 2014 11:24 PM CST
Susie, you are so sweet and supportive! And while I'm thinking of it...I don't know if I ever showed the unplanted container basket that I purchased at an antique/collectibles store while waiting for a ride home; here it is without the preparatory steps of placing window screening and sphagnum moss and cactus soil in it:

Thumb of 2014-11-14/webesemps/78ee85

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 14, 2014 8:04 AM CST
Bev, although it is beautiful on it's own, when I talked about the container being the most beautiful, I meant with the way you planted it. I sure wish you would do an article about how you put your containers together,(with the window screening, sphagnum moss, and cactus soil), in the ideas and articles section here.

How long do your container arrangements grow before the plants get to big and you need to replant or restart them? Smiling
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
Nov 14, 2014 8:48 AM CST
I agree with what Susie said. Thumbs up
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
Sempervivums Container Gardener Foliage Fan Garden Ideas: Master Level Photo Contest Winner: 2014
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webesemps
Nov 14, 2014 6:30 PM CST
4susiesjoy said:
How long do your container arrangements grow before the plants get to big and you need to replant or restart them? Smiling


It really varies on what plants have overgrown or died or just looks silly now...Sometimes I just replace dead elements and other times I don't like the way the arrangement (still perfectly healthy and growing) is headed in terms of scale or shape, and then I replant the entire thing. So arrangements have lasted as short as 6 mos or and others as long as 2 years depending. It's really all experiments.

That winning basket was due for renovation after one year and here's that other 3 tiered basket I planted in Jan 2013 and it's almost been two years with a few replacements for one reason or another:
Thumb of 2014-11-15/webesemps/2fc421

I will think about trying to put together something for an article on container planting! Smiling

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
Nov 14, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
Okay, now you thought about it. When will we see it? Hurray! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin! Green Grin!

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