Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Spot on Sedums
I am going to show you some of the ways I plant and display sedums around our place. Above is a planter of sedums that is hung on a fence by my husband's espalier trees. This area is hot, and since my husband does not want a lot of vegetation around the base of his fruit trees, hanging plants on the fence works well. The sedums can withstand and thrive in the hot and cold extremes of this little area. Below is a better view of the sedum basket and one of the trees.
Another sedum filled chick feeder ( below). This one is placed atop a fence beam, also exposed to weather extremes." Sedums: This large genus contains about 400 species of succulent annuals, biennials, perennials, sub-shrubs and shrubs native to the northern hemisphere." The Plant BookI have also planted sedums, and other hardy plants in old chicken waterers. I have a lot of them, brought home to me by my father who worked in a salvaging and recycling yard on the Puget Sound shipyards. He knew I would appreciate them. This is an old , leaky dove and pigeon waterer. (below) I have hung it on a fence post near my chicken pens in the back area of our property. "Quick growing plants, sedums vary widely in habit from carpet forming to upright up to 3 feet tall." The Plant Book The sedums below are planted in an old black granite- ware roaster and sit atop our oil tank. The freezing winter and blazing sun, made even more extreme by sitting on the metal oil drum, have not killed the plants. The sedums thrive here, look..they are sending little runners out to start new plants. I got creative with an old birdhouse that lost it's roof. A small metal bucket filled with sedums fits in the roofless bird house nicely. I have seen chickadees checking this little house out and I think next year, after the sedums cover the roof, chickadees will move in and raise some young. What do you do with another old metal bucket and an old wood chicken...fill the bucket with sedums, plop the chicken in it and hang it on a fence near the chicken pens. "Sedum leaves may be cylindrical, lanceolate, egg-shaped or elliptical and the five-petaled flowers appear in terminal sprays." The Plant Book Sedums offer me a lot of ways to be creative with my planters and the junk I can't bring myself to throw out. All my sedums bloom every year, and I have patches of it that when in bloom are just beautiful! The best part of growing sedums is they thrive in those areas of our yard and gardens that most other plants will not, and sedums make me feel like I have a very, very green thumb! "Sedums make excellent hanging basket or pot plants." The Plant Book Blessings : working in the garden, enjoying the garden, waiting on God for answers to prayer, answered prayer