When I arrived at this place, everything seemed relativly unuspicious although the planted 'Albizia julibrissin' and the Japanese Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' is an unusually fantastic selection for the entrance.
The garden has been completely planned - in the head of the owners - but only the peripheral borders have been realized at the present time.
The pot garden has been inspired by the English - I think it' s like the entrance at Great Dixter.
And suddenly my heart nearly stops beating - Sempervivum as far as the eye can see!!! Thousends of little pots are standing precisely in alphabetical order in plant racks.
This here are so to speak, the "crown jewels". Naturally, they have their own rack and you would look for the hidden video camera if you could see the look of the "Master of the Sempervivum" when you don' t keep your fingers to yourself!
Hi!!! My I introduce Hans-Jörg Gensch, the leader of the "Sempervivum Group" in the "Company of the Friends of Perennial Herbs", and also the chief of the Sempervivum-Forum. Whoever loves Sempervivum and wants to write about them is welcome as a member in this Forum. Very soon we' re planning to run the dialog in English, Spanish or French. If you have any questions, ask me!!!
The workshop part 1 is beginning. We learn that Sempervivum don' t like to be in a perennial herb border, that they prefer a special mixture of soil and drainage. They grow better covered with gravel. They hate winter and stagnated wetness.
After this lecture and the exemplary potting of a Sempervivum, we are allowed to run in the Semps-Sea!!! And we' re allowed to buy any varieties which is more than 4 times on the racks!!!
No, the lunch table, the coffee table and the barbecue in the evening I ' m not show ing you! Manon, the "Sempervivum Queen" did absolutely everything she could to make us happy and a little more "succulent"!!! Here you see the preparations for the second part of the workshop: different rocks in different colors, forms and sizes await us.
But before we plant in practice, we are sent to visit a flea market near the house of the didactically sophisticated boss to look for an appropriate pot to be planted. You can all see what we found here.
And now we are in action! This day we plant lovely, little landscapes with Sempervivum, little perennial herbs (little Hostas, little Carex, Sedum and Saxifragas), colored gravel and rocks.
We work with great zeal and look and plant and plant and look. A little later flying over the North flatlands back to Bavaria and think, somewhat irritated: "Peculiar! Where did I find this lots of Sempervivum? Normally they aren' t at the coast but in the mountains where I will be in a little while"!!!
And now I leave you alone with the fantastic Sempervivum pots from the "Lord of the Semps!!!". I saw them all in his garden in all corners and hope you will have the same pleasure to see it as I had. Thank you once more, Hans and Manon for this groovy event and for your permission to put it in my blog. Dear friends I hope you like the Autumn colored Sempervivum as well as I do!!