Away from the constant drumbeat of scare stories about the new black plague … lies the real world.
In case any of you remember last year’s laborious rock-wall project and wondered how the succulent plantings survived the winter:
The pictures don’t do justice. While the yellow jumped out into the camera, there’s also quite a lot of dark red that doesn’t show well. I couldn’t get it to pop even with a color-balance and hue-saturation adjustment. Take my word for how colorful it really is. 🙂
The main thing is that the sedum not only survived the winter but is doing very, very well. I’m having a bear of a time keeping grass from competing with it this spring; it’ll be a couple years before the sedum has spread enough to choke out other plants. Meanwhile Grass B Gon, patience, and a lot of plucking by hand are slowly gaining on the interlopers. These pix were taken a few days ago and I’ve since gotten rid of a lot of that straggly stuff.
Considering that I planted tiny clumps of succulents very late last summer from four end-of-season sale flats (one of which contained dying plants), not bad. Considering the biggest bunches weren’t much more than fist-sized when I set them in, they’re growing like Audrey II. Oddly, for the moment the growy-est clumps of sedum seem to prefer spreading onto the rock itself more than into the bare patches of soil. But that’s okay. It’s their job to spread and wherever they want to go is fine by me.
You may now return to your previously scheduled screaming panic.