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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Mar 24, 2013 11:42 AM CST
I've just bought this on Ebay.

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I want to try my hand at making a Semp ball when I have enough chicks (so probably not for a while yet). Although I think I'm going to try and find a tall vase like container or plinth to place it on rather than hang it.
Does anyone have any good tips for planting shapes? I made some topiary frames last summer for hedging plants - they still have a way to grow to fill the frames, but I see even more semp ones in the future!
Kate UK
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Mar 24, 2013 5:16 PM CST

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Bev and Chris have done these. Some one else has, but I can't remember who.
Must be old age catching up to me. Whistling

That is one lovely sphere. I see it is in two halves. Take it apart and line it with core or moss, fill with potting soil and place the halves together again. Then plant.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Mar 24, 2013 11:32 PM CST
Kate are you asking do people have other ideas for "frames"?? Lynn has a gorgeous swan frame, and I've seen others on here too, also can't remember! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Mar 25, 2013 1:24 AM CST

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That will be fun to plant Kate and should be gorgeous! I would prepare it the way Lynn suggested.
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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Mar 25, 2013 4:38 AM CST
Thanks for the tips Lynn I tip my hat to you. I'd love to see your swan frame if you have pics.

Greg, it was more how to go about planting them, but I always love to see what others have created Thumbs up

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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Mar 25, 2013 4:55 AM CST

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Kate, here is an article I wrote on making succulent wreaths, but I use the same method for planting any topiaries.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/goldfinch4/33/How-To-Make-Your-...
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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Mar 25, 2013 5:14 AM CST
Thanks Chris, thats really informative, the watering instructions especially. I tip my hat to you.
Kate UK
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 25, 2013 5:27 AM CST

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You're welcome. Look forward to seeing your globe planted!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 25, 2013 8:34 AM CST

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That is a great article Chris. I forgot about it. *Blush*

Kate I don't have a swan topiary, it is a brass swan that I planted.
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Mar 25, 2013 8:51 AM CST
Ah I remember seeing that pic Lynn, it's a beauty!
Kate UK
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 25, 2013 7:59 PM CST

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Thank you Kate. I found the swan at a yard sale for $1.00.
I love yard/garage sales. Smiling
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BlueFox
Apr 5, 2013 3:52 PM CST
Kate, you might like this tutorial on my site (hope it doesn't look too much like self promo Whistling ) http://www.drought-smart-plants.com/succulent-sphere.html

These are super easy to make, and very effective. You'll see on the tutorial that I recommend using a large planter or something really solid as a base; these suckers are heavy!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Apr 5, 2013 8:59 PM CST

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Great tutorial Jacki. Thumbs up
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Apr 5, 2013 9:37 PM CST
I agree Thanks Jacki! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Apr 6, 2013 1:27 AM CST

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Your sphere filled in nicely Jacki! Hurray!
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