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Celebrating Sempervivum

By dave
March 14, 2015

We open the Sempervivum Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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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 13, 2015 7:04 PM CST
What a great way to start Celebrating Sempervivum, with a small taste of what these plants can do in the color department.

FYI, the last photo, 'Positively Glowing' is one of Kevin Vaughn's new hybrids. I think it will be coming on the market later this spring through Young's Garden Center. It is even more beautiful to see it up close and personal. I can't wait to have this one in my garden.
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Mar 13, 2015 8:31 PM CST
Hurray! Sempies!
love em, even the blah, noid, garden variety, came with the house, so let's spread them around variety
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'old boot sempy'
Rolling on the floor laughing sure--why not?

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 13, 2015 8:57 PM CST
Awesome photo dirtdorphins. We had the same ones here when we bought this place in 1999. They are such tough semps, and beautiful. What more could you ask for?
Is it growing out of the side of the boot? Green Grin!
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Mar 13, 2015 9:38 PM CST
It's a hole in the top of the bridge above the toe, sedum out the sides below, and a mix up top--they like to be tortured like this 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
Mar 13, 2015 9:42 PM CST
Ahh, I can see that now. And yes, they think it is love. Whistling
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Mar 14, 2015 2:32 AM CST
What great photos. I still have a leaning for the red ones.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 14, 2015 6:06 AM CST
Great pictures! I have to admit, I don't know much about sempervivum, but will pay more attention at the garden centers this spring.

I've only known sempervivum as hen and chicks, and only have one that is probably the garden variety type. It was added to my garden in 2012 after my dad passed away and I put it in his old work boots. They have grown a lot (as have the weeds and creeping phlox around them!)

2012
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2014


Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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
Mar 14, 2015 6:07 AM CST
I have come to a point in life that I love them all, for the contrast in the beds. But that also depends on what catches my eye each day that I go out. Who know what my favorite will be today or tomorrow.
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
Mar 14, 2015 6:18 AM CST
We cross posted Vickie. I looks like you have two different semps. The contrast they provide is very nice. They will probably overflow the boots this year.

I have a semp in memory of my mother, it is very special to me since is has the same name.


Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Mar 14, 2015 9:47 AM CST
gorgeous!
I am so mesmerized by the ones with 'water marks' and I need to get some Smiling
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 14, 2015 11:26 AM CST
Gorgeous is right! I didn't see the watermarks on 'Peggy' until I clicked on the picture. Very lovely Thumbs up

Lynn, good to know I may have two different varieties. I remember buying them, but I don't even know if they were labeled or not. Two years ago, I thought there was only one kind of hen and chicks Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I've learned a lot since then!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2015 11:41 AM CST
I thought you two might like the watermarkings. Smiling

Vickie, there are many hundreds of different named cultivars, ranging anywhere from rosettes the size of your pinky fingernail, to ones that are up to 11 or 12 inches across, in many different colors. Many of which change color from season to season.
It is so easy to get hooked on them.

This is one of the very tiny ones.
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Mar 14, 2015 11:42 AM CST
Very cute!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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
Mar 14, 2015 11:43 AM CST
It is one of my favorite tiny ones.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Mar 14, 2015 11:51 AM CST
Love the boots! Lynn, that Peggy is stunning! Those watermarks are wonderful!
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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 14, 2015 11:53 AM CST
It is like a beacon of light in the bed when it is in that color faze.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Mar 14, 2015 11:54 AM CST
Your photo is dated 8/9 so is it that color in August? Fabulous!!!!
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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 14, 2015 12:34 PM CST
Yes, that is the coloration in August. I think the heat brings out the watermarks. Going out to see what it looks like right now. Hurray! This is me running because it is raining.

This is what it looks like today 3/14/2015
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!
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springcolor
Mar 14, 2015 12:44 PM CST
Thank you Lynn, even more fabulous!!!!! I'm just about ready to go take a few pictures of mine. Love semps in the rain.
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Name: Marilyn
Greenwood Village, CO (Zone 5b)
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CDsSister
Mar 14, 2015 1:29 PM CST

Love your "Peggy" pictures. They are wonderful. How pleased your mama would be to know you have a reminder (and such a beauty) of her to see so often.

I really admire the pictures in the rain but not sure I have the fortitude to get out and take pictures as you real semp growers do. (remember where I was in the rain at last year's clinic) Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

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