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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 27, 2014 1:17 PM CST

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I love the title for this new thread, it came from DavidofDeLand.
I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring to all the container enthusiasts. Hurray!

Let your mind and heart fly. http://garden.org/thread/view_post/754819/

I already have an idea for a container that Greg @gg5 gave me last year. I am going to plant the wonderful sedum that Connie @pardalinum gave me this last spring, and the beautiful Mesembryanthemum that Julia @springcolor gave me this last spring. I have both in my little sun room for the winter. They are growing well. I will post photos of the different components later today.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 27, 2014 1:48 PM CST
Mesembryanthemum had to look that one up. Hilarious! Then I remembered with the pictures in the data base. Can't wait to see what you do with those Lynn.
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Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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qwilter
Dec 27, 2014 2:11 PM CST
I've been collecting old leather purses & boots to do hanging gardens. If the weather stays as nice as it has been, I may get a couple put together in the next couple weeks. Can always hang them in the GH when it gets cold.
Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Dec 27, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Something to keep in mind... when you overwinter tender succulents such as Mesembryanthemum inside, you probably should gradually harden them off again in the spring. That is my plan for dealing with a large container of Mezoo and Delosperma 'Garnet' that I have inside next to one of my light tables. There are very healthy looking but quite obviously a bit flacid too. I wouldn't want to shock them come spring.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 27, 2014 2:44 PM CST

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Good idea Connie, thank you for the heads up.

Julia, the aptenia (Mesembryantheum) has really grown nice long stems. What is the best way to take cuttings and get them started? Right now I have them draped over the top of the container.

I love this wall type hanging planter from Greg. Lovey dubby
Thumb of 2014-12-27/valleylynn/35a8ea

And here are the two plants from Julia and Connie, growing in the same container.
Thumb of 2014-12-27/valleylynn/408293

Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 27, 2014 6:27 PM CST
I think you can just take a cutting and put in water or when you plant out in the spring I bet you could lay a stem over soil and it would root. Then snip from the mother plant.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Dec 27, 2014 7:06 PM CST
I have had better luck rooting aptenia in slightly damp soil than in water. I haven't tried air layering like Julia describes. I might try that method too. I don't know what the deal is with directly in water... maybe it is just TOO much water Hilarious! .
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 27, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Very exciting! And I do like the title of this thread! Jean your ideas sound interesting can't wait for photos! Lynn thanks for photos of the plants and planter! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 27, 2014 8:25 PM CST
Funny, I can't remember how I rooted your plant Lynn! Whistling May have been in the cloner or just in potting soil or water. Connie you might me right about too much water in the water method! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Think that spring time would an optimal time to try.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Dec 27, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Good ideas and will give it a try!
Mine turn out,--- depending on which plants I have started, and which do well.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 27, 2014 10:39 PM CST

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I will give both cuttings planted in moist soil and layering, to see which method works best. Thumbs up
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Dec 27, 2014 10:49 PM CST
I let my cuttings air dry for a day or two (don't recall exactly) to let the cut callous.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 28, 2014 5:32 AM CST
qwilter said:I've been collecting old leather purses & boots to do hanging gardens. If the weather stays as nice as it has been, I may get a couple put together in the next couple weeks. Can always hang them in the GH when it gets cold.

What fun! I actually did use an old pair of leather boots once and it was so cool for a year. By the second year it was,..Hmmmmmmm,.....well just Goot-een-schlimey Sticking tongue out should I say. Oh I scrubbed it a little and it didn't get so gross that it disentegrated till the next year! It had a good run and would do it again. Like the Purse idea. Vinyl would be longlasting, like those old basket weavey boxes from the 60's.

I'll bet the boots and purses would really last in the more arid and dry climes that a lot of you live in...

Looking forward to seeing your Boutique hanging garden Jean. Find one of those old huge lycra girdles and sew up the legs. Fill with dirt and add some solid bra straps to hang and plant!!! Hilarious! Thumbs up
Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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qwilter
Dec 28, 2014 6:28 AM CST
I have a lot of boring fence line I need to decorate...............................
Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 28, 2014 9:22 AM CST

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Jean I can almost see them in my mind, all hanging or sitting along that fence. How many of them will you need?
Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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qwilter
Dec 29, 2014 10:58 AM CST
No specific amount..................just want to add interest to the fence line. And I have a lot of fence to play with!!! Originally I was going to paint a mural but DH balked at that idea - too permanent. At least these containers can be moved & rearranged & removed when they rot away or plants die.
Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
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
Dec 29, 2014 2:49 PM CST

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I really like the idea.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 29, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Yes!

Hey Jean. What if we try soaking some of those type things in a thinner wash of the concrete after soaking the shoes and other objects in water for a day and draining overnight? With a few more thin layers painted on in the next day or two, we might achieve something like that German man or woman who did those cool ghost clothes..................Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Smiling We would want to drill the drain holes in the bottom first I think.....
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Dec 29, 2014 3:26 PM CST
valleylynn said:Good idea Connie, thank you for the heads up.

Julia, the aptenia (Mesembryantheum) has really grown nice long stems. What is the best way to take cuttings and get them started? Right now I have them draped over the top of the container.

I love this wall type hanging planter from Greg. Lovey dubby
Thumb of 2014-12-27/valleylynn/35a8ea

And here are the two plants from Julia and Connie, growing in the same container.
Thumb of 2014-12-27/valleylynn/408293


Love that 2nd pot Lynn. 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
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valleylynn
Dec 29, 2014 6:32 PM CST

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Thank you David. Here is a photo of it last summer, with Nepeta 'Little Titch' growing in it.
Thumb of 2014-12-30/valleylynn/9170cd

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