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[ Scarlet Monardella (Monardella macrantha 'Marian Sampson') | Posted on October 7, 2017 ]

I started out with the plant in March of 2015. I originally planted it in a mostly shaded area. It bloomed sparsely and became very leggy. In 2016 I moved it to full sun in fast draining sandy loam with a top dressing of chicken grit. This year it started blooming in early summer and is still going strong in October.
The leaves have a wonderful scent, bees and hummingbirds love the blooms.
I tried collecting seed this summer. Not sure if I have anything viable as I don't know what the seed should look like. Next spring I will try dividing it for new plants.
I understand that the life span of this plant is about 4 years.

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cebenese') | Posted on October 7, 2017 ]

This is a lovely arachnoideum type semp when grown well. Observing it over the years I find that it does not do well in full sun during our 2 to 3 months of drought season here in the Pacific Northwest. It tends to burn easily under full sun conditions. If given some protection during the hottest part of the day, say 1/2 day sun or filtered bright light, they will reward you with a lovely colony of web covered semps. Most of the webbing disappears during the wet winter and spring months, but returns with vigor once things warm up and dry out.

[ Hen and chicks (Sempervivum 'Dragon's Eye') | Posted on September 25, 2017 ]

Here is some history on the lovely sempervivum:

JungleShadows said: It's one that I gave the whole clump to Toby (Young's Garden Center). It's number was A2-7 and my notes say "bright red, with better red color than Killer". That's about right. It also seems to be one of the bigger ones from the self pollination, harking more back to Killer's pod parent in form and color.

Kevin


youngsgarden said:"That's one of Kevin's (Vaughn's) cultivars. It was one from the first year that
he got back into hybridizing semps.
He was using Killer a lot then if I recall correctly.
Because there were so many good varieties in Kevin's first batch of seedlings,
that one was never officially named.
We kept the unnamed seedling because we liked it a lot and it increases well.
One of our children started calling it Dragon's Eye so
when we began selling it in 2016 we just put that name to it.
Hope that helps,
Toby Lander
Young's Garden"
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum marmoreum (tokajense)) | Posted on June 16, 2017 ]

This is a natural form of sempervivum marmoreum, not a tectorum:
Sempervivum schlehanii var. Tokajense Domokos in Magyar Kir. Kert. Tanintéz. Közlem. 2: 39. 1936.
From: Letz, D. R .: A new species of the Sempervivum marmoreum group
In Central Europe

[ Sedum 'Pinky' | Posted on April 4, 2017 ]

A seedling selection from Sedum 'Andrew's Pinky'.
The new emerging spring foliage is a nice pink color. The pink fades away as the spring season progresses leaving behind a plain green color.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Kellogg's Breakfast') | Posted on September 9, 2016 ]

This is my first year to grow and eat this tomato.
Brought the first one in today and sliced it still warmed from the sun. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tomato tang. Definitely my new favorite tomato and I hope to grow it again next year.
The seed had great germination using winter sow method. Thank you, Dave and Trish, for making it possible for me to try this variety. I will be purchasing it for next year from your online store.

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Little Miss Sunshine') | Posted on July 8, 2016 ]

turini said:Mother of 'Little Miss Sunshine' is 'Bronze Pastel', Father unknown. Mother of 'Bronze Pastel' is S. marmoreum ssp. erythraeum ex (from) RILA - Bulgaria, father of 'Bronze Pastel' is S. marmoreum 'Chocolate'
[ Dunce Cap (Orostachys japonica 'Tsushima') | Posted on June 16, 2016 ]

This Orostachys is named after the island where it was found, Tsushima Island, an island of the Japanese archipelago situated in the Korea Strait between the Japanese mainland and the Korean.

[ Species Iris (Iris suaveolens) | Posted on March 25, 2016 ]

This is my second year (2016) with both the yellow and the purple form of this lovely little iris. The yellow one bloomed pretty much nonstop all summer and into fall, until killing frost. This is the first year for the purple form to bloom.
This year it is a solid mass of blooms starting the first part of March. Very tough and seems to be drought tolerant growing in sandy loam.
Evergreen, and suffered no damage from a very long and wet winter season.

[ Stonecrop (Phedimus spurius 'Dragon's Blood') | Posted on March 12, 2016 ]

Developed in Germany under the cultivar name of 'Schorbuser Blut', but sold in commerce in the U. S. under the trade name of 'Dragon's Blood'.
A tough and colorful ground cover plant.

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose') | Posted on February 14, 2016 ]

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the naming of this sempervivum. S. 'Donar Rose' should look like the top photo, with tufting at the tip of the leaves and relatively long cilia along the leaf edges.



S. 'Donarrose' is a smooth tectorum type of sempervivum. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose')


Here is a link to a discussion on these two sempervivum. The thread "Donar Rose verses Donarrose" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum

You can see they are very different types of semps.
[ Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Donar Rose') | Posted on February 14, 2016 ]

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the naming of this sempervivum. S. 'Donar Rose' should look like the top photo, with tufting at the tip of the leaves and relatively long cilia along the leaf edges.



S. 'Donarrose' is a smooth tectorum type of sempervivum. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose')


Here is a link to a discussion on these two sempervivum. The thread "Donar Rose verses Donarrose" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum

You can see they are very different types of semps.
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti') | Posted on February 5, 2016 ]

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Spumanti') | Posted on February 5, 2016 ]

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004

[ Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific First Try') | Posted on February 1, 2016 ]

Information from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Lynn,
BTW I did hear from Janis Noyes that Gary did change the name from 'First Try' to 'Pacific First Try' even though it was introduced without the "Pacific" part.

Kevin

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker') | Posted on January 31, 2016 ]

A comment from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:There's an amusing story on 'Streaker'. When Ed sent in a picture of that plant to he Sempervivum Society Peter Mitchell didn't believe it and said "It must be an Aeonium". Of course that was really silly as Aeoniums would have NEVER survived the winter in OH!

I was surprised it is still around as it is such a slow grower. Even Ed, who could really grow them well, only had a few plants after several years.

Kevin

[ Rollers (Sempervivum globiferum subsp. arenarium 'from Murtal') | Posted on January 27, 2016 ]

Information from Wolfgang:

turini said:Patty,
'Murtal' means in English: Valley of the river Mur.

The river Mur is in Austria, in the province of Styria (Steiermark).

In that Murtal there grow several Semps in the environment, like S. pittonii and S. montanum ssp. stiriacum.

And another roller, the Sempervivum globiferum ssp. hirtum (hillebrandtii) from Gulsenberg.
Gulsenberg means Mount Gulsen (from where we know the S. pittonii as well). This mountain is in the 'Murtal' too.

This is S. globiferum ssp. hirtum (hillebrandtii) from Gulsenberg, a wild form, only to be found on a small place (like pittonii):
10/29/2015
Thumb of 2016-01-27/turini/08a719
[ Holly (Ilex aquifolium 'Hascombensis') | Posted on January 9, 2016 ]

This shrub/tree is a very slow-growing, columnar holly. Some sites say it has red fruit; others say it does not have fruit. Holly shrubs/trees are either male or female, so if you want berries you need to buy a female plant and have a male plant nearby.
The bark on this holly is a lovely dark-purple/black, which makes a lovely contrast with the small, glossy, dark-green leaves.

Expect a young 6-inch plant to attain the height of 3 feet in 10 years. Works well in rock gardens because of the slow growth.

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rita Jane') | Posted on December 12, 2015 ]

valleylynn said:Kevin do you know anything about the parentage of 'Rita Jane'.


I look forward to seeing what you get from the 'Rita Jane' seedlings. That could be very interesting.

JungleShadows said:Lynn,

All the ones of Sandy MacPherson's except 'Oddity' were from bee crossed seedlings that appeared in the garden. If I had to guess i would say 'Purdy's 70-40' as a parent as it has such wide leaves too.

The seedlings from 'Rita Jane' are showing extremely wide leaves but of course not much color at the moment.

OK out to the garage to clean seed. Good job for a rainy miserable afternoon!

Kevin

[ English Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) | Posted on November 21, 2015 ]

This culinary thyme self-sows easily in my Oregon, zone 8, growing conditions. It is my favorite "go to" cooking herb in my garden. I have it growing in a raised bed with sandy loam soil, topped with chicken grit. Seems to be very drought tolerant in our hot and dry summer months of July, August, and September. The plant in the photo taken 11/21/2015 is 4 years old and seems very happy planted in one of the cinder block holes. I imagine the roots have run very deep down the two stacked blocks.

Even in fall and winter the leaves have a nice strong thyme flavor and scent.

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