Monday, June 24, 2013

Hell Strip Eryngium

As my neighbor said, "you walk by your yard and you can tell something's up".

This plant was probably the best $3 I ever spent at a plant sale.  Tagged as eryngium alpinum, it self-seeds politely and is tough as nails.  

How many plants would grow at the corner of the driveway and the curb in full sun?

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chelsea show

Garden designer, photographer, fellow plant geek, and neighbor Barbara Bour graciously asked me to cast a couple planters for her show of garden photos at her hair stylist's space in Chelsea.  Barbara even picked awesome material for the planters.

The show is up through Friday 6/21: 

Chrystoph Marten Salon
511 West 25th St. Suite 606
New York, NY 10001

Rise Up!

The Semp Army rises.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Small Thing

In the midst of a horrible week, I noticed this in one of the of the tiny sedums bravely blooming away.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Small Things

Helianthemum 'Wisley Primrose'

Erodium x variable 'Flore Pleno'

Kalmia buds

Phyteuma scheuchzeri horned rampion

Passalong echeveria

Monday, June 3, 2013

Crevice Trough Planted

I finally planted the crevice trough that I cast early this spring.  It's filled with a 50% gravel, 25% grit and 25% topsoil mix.  I planted it with a mix of sunny, free drainage-loving plants like lewisias, verbascum, dianthus, arabis, orostachys, and pulsatilla.

The small lewisia at the bottom of the crevice will have a chance for a nice, cool root-run while keeping its collar dry.  

The top of the trough is dressed with a thick layer of grit to slow evaporation, stop rain splash, and keep plant crowns dry.

Fingers crossed that it's happy down there in the crevice.