Archive for September, 2011

Traffic Circle

It happened again! For the second time since I planted herbs – and signs – at 6th and Trafalgar asking people to pick the herbs, a friend told me how nice it was that my neighbour had done that. “It’s your thing,” she said. “Yes, it is my thing – in fact, that’s my project!”

To see the signs she’s talking about go here.

Frequently as I walk by people are visiting, walking around, occasionally pinching and sniffing.

Next up – I’m working with neighbourhood friends from Village Vancouver to create a mason bee housing development on this prime location. Stay tuned and tell your bee friends we’ll be ready for them soon.

 

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Sedums

This one’s been spreading and does *very* well: I HAVE LOTS FOR GIVING AWAY – at the co-op as well as the circle garden at 6th & Trafalgar! (the ones I bought on Hornby last year – see below – did not survive. alas!)

Sedum telephium  'Autumn Joy'

Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ is probably the most well known of all the larger type Sedum as it’s been promoted extensively by natural garden designers. The pale celadon green foliage, combined with salmon pink flowers that look like broccoli heads is a great contrast.

I bought two “red” varieties on Hornby (but the deer ate most of it before I brought it back). Planted out front. HOpefully we’ll see them this year.:

Sedum 'Purple Emperor'

Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ has pretty plum coloured foliage, with somewhat disappointing flowers lasting only a few months, not over the entire winter as ‘Autumn Joy’. (I don’t like the “disappointing” description.

I think we have some of these low growing sedums as well:

Sedum glaucophyllum

Sedum glaucophyllum is a very pretty plant, in fact, it’s hard to believe it’s actually a Sedum. Pale greeny-grey rosettes forming a loose clump with prolific new growth from the crown of the plant end up making this a compact mound.

Sedum kamschaticum

Sedum kamschaticum is native to Siberia, so it’s tough! Lovely ground cover, and assertive enough to choke out things like Vinca minor, but never noxious. Pretty yellow blooms in summer.

If we don’t have this one yet, I’d like some:

Sedum pachyclados 'White Diamond'

Sedum pachyclados is one of my favorites – pale blue green rosettes huddled together in a round clump, covered in bee-attracting white flowers in June. I had some of this struggling away in the shade, and when I moved it into a spot in full sun, there was no looking back.

I don’t recall seeing blooms on this, but I’m pretty sure it’s the workhorse that’s been spreading, with a little help from judicious placement, in the full sun:

Sedum spurium album 'Superbum'

Sedum spurium album ‘Superbum’ – one of the workhorses of the Sedum world. Glossy green foliage covered in white blooms in mid summer – imagine this combined with ‘Fruland’ and ‘Dragon’s Blood’ – wow!

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