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Semps in the garden

Post by KillieOrCory on Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:56 am

Hi all,

I am planning to have two large raised garden beds for my succulents and want to use sempervivums as the main plant. Planning to have some structural plants; like yucca, agave etc., and use rocks/stones as other structural material. I plan to have these structural objects break up the palate, as it were, so that I can use many different sempervivums without risking different ones mixing on the garden beds.

I'll also start labelling all my sempervivums; even the ones with no labels!!! The reason for this is because I plant to have potted sempervivums as my stock plants, so that if a disaster (local kids, pets & weather!!!) happened on the garden bed I'll still have back up plants.

For my own purposes, the semps I acquired without labels will be labeled Sempervivum 1, Sempervivum 2 etc. so that I can trace which pot/s that stock has come from.

Due to strict quarantine rules here in Australia it will be interesting to see how many different; correctly labeled, Sempervivums I'll find here in Australia. I am already eyeing of two suppliers I found!

So does this plan sound good? Would you do it any differently re:the garden bed? It would be good to get some feedback before I plant the garden bed out, so that I can modify my plans before I action it.

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Post by I'm the 1 on Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:32 pm

I am no good for this subject - after all I do have 1.700 semps and I keep them all in pots. I have never thought of having a real garden opr raised bed.

I am not sure about the varieties you can buy in Australia - after all, there are no Semp cultivars coming from your country so all of them must have been imported one way or another.

Most probably people labeled them as a "house plants" - the restrictions for import of house plants are usualy not so strict as those for plants that are kept outside. It would be interesting to know more in this subject.

As for lost labeled semps / no name semps - I label them with numbers, too. For me every semp is worth growing so I still keep a pretty large collection of lost labeled ones ...

I can only say : make the garden the way YOU LIKE IT not the way you think other people would like. Garden is a personal thing, like husband... Haha!
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Got a few more to add to the collection

Post by KillieOrCory on Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:05 am

I've been to the local hardwarestore/nursery to buy a couple of things and they had a new selection of succulents in for fathers day coming up this Sunday. Needless to say I got myself a few more semps. The ones I got are:

Weightons Red
Purple Haze
Reward
Hairy Balls
Griggs Surprise
More Honey

There were at least another 10 different unlabelled cultivars there but I decided from now on I am only going to purchase labelled specimens.

Keep you posted on how I go with these.

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Post by I'm the 1 on Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:17 am

Wow, Weightons Red & Hairy Balls - are those cultivars "Made in Australia"?

Any photos to share with us?
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Post by KillieOrCory on Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:01 am

I have taken photos of all of my semps I'll post the images soon.

In the meantime

Weightons Red:
http://www.roraimanursery.com.au/sales/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=34261

I've started on the garden bed last weekend. It is going to be much larger then I initially thought. I might make a photo diary to post here.

Cheers,
Serkan

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Post by KillieOrCory on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:30 am

Took some photos. Remember I am not a photographer!!! All the plants were displayed in the shade when purchased. Therefore I assume the colours below is when the plant does not get direct sunlight.


Weightons Red


Hairy Balls


More Honey


Purple Haze


Reward


Griggs Surprise

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Post by I'm the 1 on Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:51 am

Serkan, photos are good - and all in all they are welcome!!!! I suposse ypour plants will get colour once summer comes to your country - I prefer summer colorations of semps.

I have a favour to ask - could you please start a topic for each named cultivar you have in Named Sempervivum cultivar forum and post a photo of adjescent cultivar? We'll complete your post with details of breeder, origing etc ... if you do not know of this. You can add a description of semp, the way you see it ... Thank you!
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Re: Semps in the garden

Post by KillieOrCory on Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:42 am

Well the garden beds are coming along slowly. At the section that is almost complete I have planted out 4 different semps all of which is from my 'non-label or not so sure' collection.

There is an arach, a montanum, a red and one that I think is Icycle. They are all doing OK and arach, montanum and Icycle have lots of new pups on them since going in the ground.

I am also keeping all of the above in pots as well.

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