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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jun 4, 2021 1:31 AM CST
Mine doesn't sell plants, I kind of wish they did. I see a lot of members post about the nice plants they get at their Ace. My Ace is a hardware store that's been here time out of mind; it's a very old, well established business. It has everything! I could spend hours in there, and sometimes do.
They have the most amazing kitchen section I've ever seen. Want a iron muffin pan shaped like bluegills? They've got it! Want a hand operated mini butter churn? They've got it!
Want to find the original powdered Spic and Span cleaner? They've got it! FYI, the liquid Spic and Span isn't any good.
My most recent finds? Beautiful gemstone rings in sterling silver. I got a garnet and a pale blue topaz, the stones were beautifully cut. Way cheaper than anywhere else.
I can go in there and say, for instance, I need a thing a ma jig to fit the plumb Bob and they know exactly what I'm talking about and where to find the part.
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sallyg
Jun 4, 2021 6:09 AM CST
Seems like plants are optional for Ace. Mine doesn't carry much, but another too far for me to bother has a great plant department.
Honestly- I do very few containers in my yard because its such a pain keeping them all watered. What's a plant sales area but a whole heck of a lot of containers :tongue_smilie:
If the dollars and cents of Lowes bringing in five thousand plants, trashing a couple hundred, and selling the rest works for them, then that's what it is.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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Jun 4, 2021 7:49 PM CST
There is a large Ace store in Dubuque, Iowa just off of Arterial that has an AMAZING garden area. Lots of plants. It's where I bought my wisteria. Dubuque is about 50 miles from us. Haven't been there for a couple of years., We went through Dubuque about 3 weeks ago and I told the SU I would like to stop there if we had time, forgetting that it was NOT on the side of the city we were driving through. Probably a good thing we didn't go; I imagine I would have had smoking plastic. Whistling
Name: kathy
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katesflowers
Jun 11, 2021 1:24 PM CST
Going back in this thread, some gardeners mentioned succulent dish gardens. I do that, too. Love all succulents and they thrive in the close quarters of a pot.
I am using a tomato cage, coated chicken wire, coco coir liner, good potting soil and slow release fertilizer. I water when needed.
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The great thing is these planters can be cleaned & stored in winter and reused year after year.
The plants cascade over and completely hide the planter later in summer.
They can be moved to a different location in mid-season, too.

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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 11, 2021 1:43 PM CST
Kathy! I love your set up! Lovey dubby What is the name of the second succulents. How do you keep your plants or succulents alive during winter?
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Name: Ann
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Jun 11, 2021 9:29 PM CST
katesflowers said:Going back in this thread, some gardeners mentioned succulent dish gardens. I do that, too. Love all succulents and they thrive in the close quarters of a pot.
I am using a tomato cage, coated chicken wire, coco coir liner, good potting soil and slow release fertilizer. I water when needed.
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The great thing is these planters can be cleaned & stored in winter and reused year after year.
The plants cascade over and completely hide the planter later in summer.
They can be moved to a different location in mid-season, too.



Hi @KatesFlowers

Beautiful succulents and beautiful photography! There is a forum for succulents under "Specific plants" I think it is. I bet you'd find kindred people there who would also love to see your gardens! They probably won't in this thread.

Also, I think your images are worthy of adding to the Plants Database 👍🏻

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critterologist
Jun 12, 2021 10:09 AM CST
Love your idea for raising those mini-gardens using tomato cages! Please also share it with the site at large as a "garden idea" https://garden.org/ideas/
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 13, 2021 7:40 AM CST
I went to Lowe's because I needed more succulents and a friendly staff gave me a great discount on these vera Higgins and sedum firestorm plus the Kalanchoe was 50% off.
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If you look closely on the above picture some of The rosettes or top we're already cut off to complete this "Mini succulent" garden for my friend's Birthday.

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And I had extra to give a nice added "color" for this succulent tabletop center piece I made for her as well.
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To make the centerpiece light, I used my collection of white and transparent caps. I collect caps from water and Soda bottles. (I recycle the bottles but keep the caps for projects like these. The caps provide good alternative instead of using rocks For the bottom drainage plus I am recycling.)

Also the desert rose was good price at HD even without discount. However I noticed that for the small (1 to 4 pieces) of succulents, Lowe's, Walmart and HD have almost the same price. I always buy the big succulents pot and I found that Lowe's is much cheaper.)



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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
Jun 13, 2021 8:38 AM CST
A great bargain! Usually my Lowe's doesn't mark anything down until it's mostly dead. You're quite the floral artist, I just love the arrangement! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 13, 2021 10:29 AM CST
Thank you Lynda! I figured that at least this arrangement of living things can be enjoyed longer than cut flowers.
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katesflowers
Jun 13, 2021 12:19 PM CST
Gigi-thank you ! Hort name? I don't know, I never saw a name on purchased plant other than 'mixed succulant'. I thought it was pretty, so in my cart it went.
Critter - thank you. I did do that years ago.
Hort (Pat) - thank you. I've been posting here for years and have seen/interacted with different groups. As time marches on, I certainly could post again - so many new gardeners.
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As for winter storage. I've taken them to my large office which had windows galore. Became renowned for the office horticulture. Now that I'm retired, only bring in a select few cuttings in late summer to get some starts going for next spring.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 13, 2021 12:45 PM CST
Thank You! Kathy maybe one of the members can identify that beautiful looking succulent. It would definitely go to my cart too. 🥰 I hope to have my own huge succulent garden with no lawn by the time I retire.
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Name: Gigi
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 14, 2021 6:14 AM CST
katesflowers said:Going back in this thread, some gardeners mentioned succulent dish gardens. I do that, too. Love all succulents and they thrive in the close quarters of a pot.
I am using a tomato cage, coated chicken wire, coco coir liner, good potting soil and slow release fertilizer. I water when needed.

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By the way, this is the succulent Lovey dubby Lovey dubby that I am referring to. Great combination too.
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Jun 14, 2021 8:21 AM CST
That looks like an Orostachys.
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 15, 2021 7:17 PM CST
purpleinopp said:That looks like an Orostachys.
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Thank You! Tiffany for the ID. Looks like @Valleylynn has these. Those are beautiful!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2021 7:27 PM CST
I do have 3 different types of Orostachys. Chris, (goldfinch4) has them for sale. Not sure which ones she has available right now? @goldfinch4
They a wonderful companion plants to sempervivum, and other hardy type succulents.
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GigiPlumeria
Jun 15, 2021 7:35 PM CST
I wonder if these will survive in the hot Florida sun. I could never grow hens and chicks, they look great when I purchase them, then they just wilt away. Crying
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jun 15, 2021 7:47 PM CST
If the sempervivum (hen & chicks) don't do well for you, then the Orostachys probably won't do well. They have to have winter dormancy. Sighing!
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Jun 15, 2021 7:48 PM CST
Gigi, check out the sticky at the top of the semp forum. I only found it recently, and it does a good job of explaining why semps can take high heat OR lots of bright sun but not both. Try planting some hens & chicks in part shade, or maybe where they get only morning sun. The thread "Sempervivum physiology simplified!" in Sempervivum forum
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Jun 15, 2021 7:49 PM CST
whups, I wasn't considering a need for a dormant period, just passing along that I finally learned why my semps do better when they aren't in full sun, which always puzzled me.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris & Sharon.

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