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Cement/Peat Moss Dish Garden

I bought this dish garden in the spring at the Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society show. It was made and sold by John Spain. It contains Sedums and Sempervivums. Both are flowering now. I am not really up on my identification of these plants and I may even be incorrect as to the ID of the plants with the large flower spike. I would appreciate any correction. These photos were taken last week.









If anyone wants to look into making troughs out of concrete and peat moss, you can overwinter some cacti and definitely the Sempervivums outdoors in them. Here are two links with directions on how to make them: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/4DMG/Garden/trough.htm http://www.thealpinegarden.com/newtroughgarden.htm

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That's delightful. So I suppose that those are all hardy plants in that one?

I have it in my head to make a few very small hypertufa troughs. I made some cement aquarium features a while back and it was fun.
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Yes, they are all winter hardy. I am going to leave it outdoors on my deck and see what happens. It only cost me $10.00, so it is good to experiment with.

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Been away from succulents for a long time. I think the pinkish/blue ones are called "Hens and chicks" don't know the "real" name for them.

Yes, I've seen them overwinter down by the NJ shore.

Very nice .....btw.


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Beautiful pics - what a lovely display!
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I can't believe you got that for ten bucks--what a good deal.
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Thanks guys. This planter is still outdoors, but we've only had one frost so far. I do plan to let it go the entire winter unprotected. I'll see if it cracks when it freezes. I'll let you know.

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Here are a few shots I took of the dish garden today. You can really see how the Sedum has died down after blooming and the frosts. There is some growth in the center of each plant though. I'll see what happens in the spring. The Sempervivums have turned reddish and look "winterized". I am going to leave this outdoors over winter. I plan on placing it against the foundation of our house out of the wind in an eastern exposure.:






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That's definitely beautiful. I want one

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Time for a photo update. I shot a photo of this dish garden tonight while it is snowing. It was frozen to the ground and I had to hit it to knock it free. It isn't cracked anywhere as far as I con see.


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I can see growth on the plants in the dish garden now. It did not crack at all even though it was outdoors unprotected from snow and freezes.

I bought this dish garden at a cactus show in Connecticut last year. John Spain made it. The show will be held again in April on the 10th. Here is the announcement for those in the CT, NJ, NY area: http://www.ctcactusclub.com/ShowSale...howandsale.htm

Photo 1 is before cleaning it up from the winter. Photo 2 is after cleaning off the dead parts.
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That's cool.

There is a whole world of people who make and collect stuff like that.
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