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[ Wall Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys 'Summer Sunshine') | Posted on July 13, 2018 ]

Discovered by Jack Broxholme of Burlington, Ontario around 1999, as a sport of the plain green species form.
This plant makes a wonderful alpine/rock garden plant and can be easily pruned for desired height and spread.

[ Barrenwort (Epimedium 'After Midnight') | Posted on June 16, 2018 ]

A selection by Diana Reeck, from a batch of E. grandiflorum seedlings. A clumping form that is deciduous.

[ Spurge (Euphorbia Red Velvet) | Posted on June 1, 2018 ]

I have removed this euphorbia from my garden. It reseeds everywhere. Sad, it is beautiful.

[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Greenwich Time') | Posted on May 8, 2018 ]

A quote from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:'Greenwich Time' is from 'Cleveland Morgan' X calcareum. It goes through a couple phases, sometimes looking like a more purple larger version of 'Cleveland Morgan' and sometimes looking like a velvety calcareum. Helen didn't believe me when I told her the pedigree as she had never had calcareum bloom. Several years later a box arrived from Helen with a blooming calcareum and a note attached saying "I believe you now".

It was from my very first year of crossing, If you cover the calcareum stalk you will see that it makes TONS (well maybe not tons, but lots) of pollen. I dud use 'Extra' and 'Guillaume' in crosses last year and rediscovered what I had known in '64: calcareums make lots of pollen!

The only bad thing about 'Greenwich Time' is that it's a cross of two diploids and nearly sterile. I had one seedling last year and about 6 this year from open pollinations. I do save those as they are likely to be odd combinations of things genetically.

Kevin
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Holly Jolly') | Posted on April 18, 2018 ]

A comment from the breeder of 'Holly Jolly'.

JungleShadows said:Holly Jolly is one of the more unusually patterned Killer seedlings and it did SCREAM XMAS because of the red and green coloration. It's not as big as some of the others from those groups.

Oddly enough I haven't used it much in crosses. I was concentrating on the bigger siblings. (much to Bev's chagrin!)

Kevin
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Weirdo') | Posted on April 10, 2018 ]

A quote from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Weirdo isn't quilled but it is ODD. Splits and produces rosettes at strange places and never has a proper center. Very unkempt!

Kevin
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Belladonna') | Posted on March 25, 2018 ]

A quote from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Aymon Correvon and Belladonna are nearly sterile. Aymon Correvon is a montanum X wulfenii cross so two diploids with different chromosome counts. It is the plant equivalent of a mule. Belladonna is montanum X somebody but i'm not sure who. I still try each year to cross on to Aymon but so far not seedling one. Greenwich Time is montanum X calcareum and i have exactly ONE seedling. It is a nice one though!

Kevin
[ Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Aymon Correvon') | Posted on March 25, 2018 ]

A quote from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Aymon Correvon and Belladonna are nearly sterile. Aymon Correvon is a montanum X wulfenii cross so two diploids with different chromosome counts. It is the plant equivalent of a mule. Belladonna is montanum X somebody but i'm not sure who. I still try each year to cross on to Aymon but so far not seedling one. Greenwich Time is montanum X calcareum and i have exactly ONE seedling. It is a nice one though!

Kevin
[ Crimson Flag (Hesperantha coccinea 'Oregon Sunset') | Posted on December 2, 2017 ]

This plant is in full bloom on December 2, 2017. We have had weeks of cold rainy weather. As soon as the sun comes out the blooms open up, even though it is in the 40's for day time temps. I live in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. Pacific Northwest.
We have had a couple of frosts so far and they have not stopped this amazing plant.

[ 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.

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