Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Meet Howard Wills

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2016 10:10 PM CST

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Here is a group photo from today's gathering with Howard Wills and Catherine. I sure wish all of you could have been there. What genuinely lovely people.
Jim, Bev, Lynn, Kevin, Howard, Catherine and Cliff.
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And I am sorry to say I did not take any photos of semps. And believe me there are some that should have been photographed. Like 'Blue Whale', and this gigantic blue/green semp that makes you take a second look. Pretty amazing. But then there are so many more. So many photo opportunities missed. I just didn't want to miss out on the visiting.
Here is Howard and Kevin talking about 'Lion King' and what might be crossed with it since it is sending up a bloom stalk this year.
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And where else would we go for dinner? Robert's Crossing of coarse.
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Howard and Catherine, have an adventure filled time on your return home. Hurray!
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jun 26, 2016 10:58 PM CST
Thanks for sharing the pictures! What a fun time!

Kevin
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 26, 2016 11:03 PM CST
What Fun!!!!!!!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 26, 2016 11:27 PM CST

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They are headed back up your way Julia, on there way back to Canada.
Name: Jo Ann Mc Brayer
NW Oregon (Zone 8a)
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ricos
Jun 27, 2016 12:14 AM CST
A visit with semp friends in Kevin's garden and and dinner at Robert's Crossing...oh my ...life doesn't get much better than that does it? Julia and I and Dh had a pretty fabolous time in her garden. It would be nice to think that we all should live closer but we might just have too much fun Rolling on the floor laughing
Tim I really like the combinatiom of those 2 purple shades that are growing together and that NOID is gorgeous.
Lynn I think I am drooling over the Devil's Touch
My Lavender and old lace is doing such strong variations this year. It's almost like different things got mixed in but they did not. I don't have a lovely green sport but i have several that are solid deep rosy pink. I don't think I have had that happen before. This is a strange year. I have planted carrots 3 times and have maybe 40% germination on the 3rd try yet my fruit trees have 5 or 6 friut where there should be only 2 and they are not doing the "June drop" so I am doing a LOT of hand thinning.
Jo ann, like the sedum in the pots with the semps
Here is another variation in the extreme . These are both Westerlin from the same root. All of the plants of this variety show all degrees between these 2 colors. I suppose they will all be redder in the winter.
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Name: Terri Stanley
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TerriStanley
Jun 27, 2016 11:38 AM CST
You're not the only one drooling over 'Devil's Touch'! nodding
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 27, 2016 1:03 PM CST

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I am so thrilled to have this semp. It is changing very quickly now. I will take a new photo of 'Devil's Touch' in another week or two to see how it progress.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 27, 2016 1:22 PM CST

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Howard is very familiar with many of Sue Thomas' hybrids.
He has some real beauties of his own. He said will send a list of his hybrids so we can make sure we have all of them in out database. Hurray!
Right now this is what we have in the database. So far I only have 2 of them, 'Extra' and 'Squib'.
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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 27, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Ooh, thanks Lynn, for extending Howard's list. I was only able to see 4 or 5 on the list a few days ago.

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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jun 27, 2016 1:59 PM CST

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For some reason if you put the entire name, Howard Wills, in it will only come ups with four. If you only use either his first name, or his last name it will bring up all 9 that we have in the database. I can't wait to get the rest of his entered.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 27, 2016 6:09 PM CST
How exciting!
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Jun 27, 2016 6:57 PM CST
Lion King is an amazing plant. Very large and with a very interesting blend of colors. Many of you at the clinic this spring remarked on the beauty of this plant. I'm eagerly awaiting the first flowers to open to start using it in crosses. It is blooming earlier than many but I think there will be sufficient flowers on the huge stalk to make many crosses.

I'll try to share plants with Toby so that this can be available here in the US.

Howard is the nicest person you can imagine. It was such a pleasure to finally meet. I think he was surprised to be meeting me too. He had known my name since he started in semps too!

Kevin
Name: Paul
Antelope Valley, S. California
Zone 8B/9A
Region: California
cahdg6891
Jun 28, 2016 1:20 AM CST
How fun. Is that the Howard Wills who wrote the introduction to sempervivum and jovibarba book?
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jun 28, 2016 8:30 AM CST
Paul, He's the one! Kevin
Name: Jo Ann Mc Brayer
NW Oregon (Zone 8a)
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ricos
Jun 29, 2016 11:58 PM CST
Kevin
Do you think that Howard and Sue Thomas could be the surprise guests at the clinic next year??? Rolling on the floor laughing (it would be one heck of a suprise ! ! ) So glad you got to meet.
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Jun 30, 2016 8:26 AM CST
We're working on Howard Jo Ann! He didn't rule it out although April is such a busy time for nurseries. Everyone would love him. Such a wonderful guy.

Kevin
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Jun 30, 2016 12:25 PM CST
I agree with Kevin...We had a nice time with him too!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 30, 2016 2:30 PM CST

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Looks like a fun time was had by all! What a great experience! Hurray! Hurray!
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