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Friday, June 5, 2009

Spots of Green Amidst the Scorching Times

~Sedums growing in an old enamel-ware dish pan, placed in my herb garden. ~
I have sedums planted in a variety of old chicken feeders, hollowed rocks and logs, old pots and pans. I have also planted sedums in some of the very dry areas of our gardens, graveled areas , planters placed in hard to keep watered areas.The sedums bloom and thrive where water-needy plants do not. I have found the sedums have dropped seed and shoots in some of these places and delight me with patches of blossoms and green where previously dry and barren areas were only to be seen.This unseasonably hot weather has required constant watering for most of our gardens, but the sedums are doing very well with little care and attention.
" They will not hunger or thirst, neither will the scorching heat or sun strike them down; for He who has compassion on them will lead them, And will guide them to springs of water." Isaiah 49:10 "And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11

16 comments:

LindaSueBuhl said...

always fun to see what becomes "naturalized" in our gardening efforts. In West Texas the infamous moss roses are now desert plants - the seeds are so light and tiny they've scattered from hanging pots and flower beds in town to distant spots in the desert. So strange to hear you talking about dry and hot for your weather! We are a little cooler than normal but still behind on total rainfall.

Debbie said...

Than you for your sweet comment on my blog. That is what I mean by "encouraging".
Yes, sedum is my favorite standby in my garden. I have a great deal of it, as I have separated and planted it over and over. It is not only showy on into the summer, but very showy in the fall along with the mums. "A little goes a long way" makes a great sedum banner! Have a great day.

Mildred said...

I love your photo of the sedums. We have a few planted on top of some very large rocks near the street. The neighborhood women that walk each morning enjoy them. Blessings to you and your family.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Sedums have always been a favorite and there's a large one in the flower garden off the back porch. It's a nice place to see a different view of the valley and be protected from wind and rain, at least if the wind and rain are "behaving" themselves -smile-.

Shellmo said...

I really like those sedums - good info! I think I need some now!

Wobegon Cottage said...

I was just watching a garden show this morning and they were talking about sedums. I didn't know what they were and now I see that you have some and they seem to be quite popular by the comments here.
I will have to try some if I can find any. It so interesting to see how you weather is so warm, ours is on the cooler side and rain is about non existant, it keeps passing us by. This eekend won't even get above 60..my poor garden, hope it survives.It seems like sense I left winters have more snow and summers are hotter.

EBet said...

I adore your herb garden.
Sedums are so fascinating, we have one in the tree stump in the front yard it has spilled down in to the gravel below.

KathyB. said...

LindaSue,my Dad had moss roses planted in our gardens when we lived in Louisiana, they and hens & chicks were the most popular sedums I saw growing up. And yes, the weather here is even hotter than usual for a late summer day.

Debbie,the nice thing about sedums is that if they overgrow their welcome they are easy to pull up!

Mildred, do the sedums growing near the street bloom? I think from the pictures you have shown of your place , it is pleasant to walk by and view all of it.

Thistle Cove Farm, you have beautiful views from all over your place!

Shellmo, they make for care free gardening, that's for sure! And the more care free gardening you have the more time to observe your beloved loons!

Wobegon Cottage,it sounds like Washington and Minnesota switched weather this week, what's going on? We might get some RIPE tomatoes for a change.

EBet, you have some mighty nice spots of sedum at your place too, that tree stump full of sedums is just one of many at your place!

Daisy said...

I like how you make use of so many different things to plant your sedums. Very creative way to make it all natural.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

I learned about sedums through you today, Kathy. I love the enamel dish pan. I use mine for office supplies, but perhaps someday it will be in the garden too. I like that idea.

I am going to paraphrase a scripture (I am not good at repeating them), your scripture made me think of one of my favorites, "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst..."

I love your encouraging comments on my blog today. I felt inspired to write, and I was hoping it would pass through as just that!

Anna Colleen said...

I have always enjoyed sedums, and those verses are wonderful.

KathyB. said...

Daisy, thank-you! Sedums are so easy and there are so many varieties to suit just about anyone.

Mary, I too have some enamel ware I use decoratively indoors and out. And that scripture came to my mind too.

Anna Colleen,Thank-you,you have a pretty nice sedum garden of your own!I have seen it.

English Cottage in Georgia said...

I love your idea of plants in the old enamelware bowl. Now I wish I had kept all my rusty stuff when I made the move from Texas to Georgia.
I think I hear my herb bed calling out for enamelware pans. Hope you don't mind copycats :-)

KathyB. said...

English Cottage In Georgia, I do a lot of copying of good ideas myself, and I think you could probably improve many times over on my sedum - old container -planter idea and if you post a picture on your blog I will want to copy YOU!

Jennifer said...

Love the picture! Got to love those plants that are tough and don't need that constant watering and delicate attention.

Lanny said...

Now that Anna's collection of her grandmother's sedums have completely jumped the bed they were in and have gone to the gravel pathway instead we will be doing some major reconstruction to that area. We will be considering the putting in of a rock garden as we have found that more than just the sedums would prefer to live in the gravel instead of the beautifully amended soil.