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Say hello to the sedums!

It’s spring, which means I’ve been itching to get my hands into the dirt. Unfortunately, this will be another garden-less year for me, but that doesn’t mean that my window boxes can’t provide a bit of color and inspiration. I’d pulled the coleus out late in the fall, and the dusty miller looked so sad that I pulled it over the weekend. The poor things never had a chance under the coleus, which grew so beautifully that it overshadowed (literally) everything else.

For that reason, I figured I’d stick to two plant types per pot this year. The vinca survived just fine (with just a few dead-looking areas), but I wasn’t sure what would be it’s roommate until I showed up at the garden center this weekend. It’s early yet, so there wasn’t much out, but I did spot some sedums, which caught my eye—specifically, Stonecrop ‘Mediovariegatum’ (Sedum alborosum). I was hoping for a perennial that would survive the winter in my pots, so we’ll see how these do.

The old vinca (which is sprouting and flowering!) and newly planted sedum.

The other reason for the trip to the garden center was that I’ve been planning on growing some plants in mason jars to use as centerpieces at my wedding in September. The original idea was ivy or some other quick-growing groundcover, but I wasn’t thrilled with the large trays of ivy when I saw them. However, I did find some nice little potted plants for sale, so I picked out a little over a dozen that looked good to me. There are a few duplicates, but for the most part each table will have a unique plant. I can’t wait to see how they all grow! (As always, click for larger images.)

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum), Myrtle (Vinca minor), Vinca minor 'Bowles', Bronze Beauty (Ajuga ?), and Rockfoil 'Purple Robe' (Saxifraga x arendsii).

Two each of Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Speedwell 'Georgia Blue' (Veronica ?), and Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum).

As you can see, I did still end up with some ivy—a lighter-colored, healthier looking plant than what was in the larger trays.

This poor little blog has gotten the short stick lately because of my schedule, but I’ll try to post some progress pictures later in the season.