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Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Aug 14, 2016 8:55 PM CST
This thread has some real staying power... good idea, Bev. Besides large rosette sizes, I'm also interested in large colony sizes. Does anyone have any unusually large colonies? I know I don't.

I did read Gwen Kalaidis's book "Hardy Succulents" in which she encouraged her readers to try making large drifts of individual cultivars. So I thought... why not... and took my favorite Calcareum (NOID resembling 'Fire Dragon') and took the excess chicks that were popping out of the seams and planted them next to a footpath where I grow a few other vagabond semps.
If these grow like their parent... it should one day be an interesting sight.

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So... any oceans of semps out there?
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 15, 2016 12:07 AM CST
These photos are of a semp bed I had at the previous house in CA. It doesn't exist anymore but the photos bring back memories of what fun it was to have semps to care for in the ground. Maybe not an ocean of semps but a manageable amount of them...

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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Aug 15, 2016 5:38 AM CST

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Big colonies of little plants. Top is 'Rosa Spumanti', bottom left 'Santsfeldii', bottom right 'Sprite'.

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 15, 2016 9:45 AM CST

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Wonder seas of semps. Lovey dubby
Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Aug 15, 2016 11:30 AM CST
Yes, Bev and Chris... now that's what I'm talking about!
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2016 11:32 AM CST
I takes a few years for semps to get going and make large colonies. When I went to my first clinic I could not believe the colonies out in Lynn's raised bed. If I was not completely hooked on these plants those beds pushed me over the edge. Blinking Mine are finally coming into some of these masses. Pictures this evening after the sun lowers , crazy bright out this morning.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 15, 2016 11:43 AM CST
springcolor said: I could not believe the colonies out in Lynn's raised bed. ...those beds pushed me over the edge. Blinking

Yes, in 2014 I felt exactly the same way and still do whenever I go over to Lynn's. Of course, Kevin's place is a Wonderland too!

Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2016 12:06 PM CST
Yes that place is over the top amazing as well. When I go to both places it is overwhelming. Feel like I never get enough gazing time.
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Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Aug 15, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Maybe we need to do a two day viewing for the clinic.

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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 15, 2016 8:55 PM CST
Ok so here are the overflowing semps.
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 15, 2016 9:43 PM CST
Wow...Julia! Hurray! Very Impressive it all is. Lovey dubby
Are you satisfied, Tim????
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gg5
Aug 15, 2016 11:16 PM CST
Julia looks great! I agree it takes a year or so and then suddenly there is a 'sea of semps'!
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TerriStanley
Aug 16, 2016 7:58 AM CST
Wow, Julia! They look beautiful. I really love that look, and wanted to give it a try.
So, I started in June with my first attempt. 'Tederheid' was growing like crazy, so I chose it. They are all doing well and growing fast. By this time next year, I should have the beginnings of a real colony! Hurray! I'll snap a few pics to share.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 16, 2016 9:13 AM CST

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It really is amazing how fast some of the semps can form a very impressive colony. I am loving all the photos you all are posting.
Name: Tim Stoehr
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tcstoehr
Aug 16, 2016 10:05 AM CST
Here's the best I can offer. And with the sun out I can't even see what my "camera" is pointing at.

This is 'More Honey' and a NOID, both planted last July. They are headed for a territorial dispute.

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 16, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Uh-Oh...Where does the priority/seniority lie? ID'ed semp colony versus Noid semp colony? Do looks come into this land dispute? Whistling
Name: Tim Stoehr
Canby, Oregon (Zone 8b)
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tcstoehr
Aug 16, 2016 12:57 PM CST
webesemps said:Uh-Oh...Where does the priority/seniority lie? ID'ed semp colony versus Noid semp colony? Do looks come into this land dispute? Whistling


Third party arbitration is the only way... that means me with a trowel in my hand. Hilarious!

I forgot about this guy... not quite an ocean... more like 'Reinhard' Bay.

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Aug 16, 2016 1:51 PM CST
I do love the shade of purple in the center of those 'Reinhardt' semps! Lovey dubby
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 16, 2016 4:55 PM CST

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I love 'Rheinhardt Bay'. Green Grin!
Name: Kate
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LabourofLove
Aug 27, 2016 8:06 PM CST
Define "large" :):) I have 4'x8' raised beds that are multip-ly divided. Some I have 4'x4' areas and others as many as 20 per bed. Many are full and crowded. This photo was taken 4 years ago. It would seem that I need to get out the ladder and take some more pix as I am quite overrun with large quantities of plus or minus 150 named varieties.

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Quite a few of the larger than 4x8 beds are not shown in this photo

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