We still pull it when it's taking space from a more desirable plant, and either just toss it up in the air to land where it will, or we'll tuck it into a space in the rocks that has managed to remain free of some sort of creeping vegetation. An example: there's a fire hydrant in our front parking and there's a square spot around it where nothing wants to grow ... so a couple of years ago, as I pulled it, I just tucked it in around the hydrant, and in no time, it had filled this trouble spot. Its advantage (and probably its strategy) is that it never grows high enough to be subjected to the blade of the mower, and requires absolutely NO attention whatsoever. The tiniest bit of this sedum can rapidly produce another plant, and it grows in any kinds of conditions ... wet, poor dry soil, sand, xeriscape, you name it. After all that you're probably saying, hmm, kind of invasive is what you're saying, right? Well, yes it does have that potential, but as we've found, invasive can sometimes be an advantage, especially if you have a rock wall or stepping stones or some other such problematic space for most other plants, and for these purposes S. sarmentosum makes itself a quite good candidate to fit your needs.
We have another species of Sedum that hails from my sister's backyard ... I have yet to identify it, but when it's blooming (which will be soon), I'll post what I've found. It too is another tough Sedum. We've always loved succulent plants, and these members of the Crassulaceae (which also includes the always popular 'Jade Plants') are hardy enough (from Zones 3-8!) to indulge us with a carefree, pretty perennial that, when frost comes, just disappears into the garden until it emerges again the following spring ... no clean up necessary! (That's another advantage I really like, given all the other end of the season detritus we have to clean up!)
It's a good thing that Fernymoss took these shots on 5 June before the catastrophic rains of that night which provoked the flooding of 9 inches of water into our basement (the drains filled and it all just backed up into ours, thus causing the flooding). We were cleaning up down there again today and have entirely filled our trash cart for the week ... it looks like we'll have to rent a dumpster to dispose of the rest of the waterlogged stuff down there (I'm estimating about 75% of what we had stored down there). The first time we've ever had water to this extent in our basement in nearly 10 years (we've had some previous, mild seepage, but nothing like this!) After working a few hours down there today, I sprayed all over with Lysol, but this job is going to take weeks to clean up to our satisfaction. *SIGH* We're already resigned to the fact that a lot of sentimental stuff is going to have to go, but it still ... it's really disappointing. We had more heavy rains again today (primarily this morning), but no new flooding so far. I hope this is the last of it, though local folks are already making ominous references to the 'Great Flood of '93.'
Iowa saw some of its worst flooding in more than a decade,said in a statement as he declared an emergency in nearly a third of the state's 99 counties, freeing up state resources.
A levee broke along the Winnebago River in, and its water treatment plant was shut down. Residents of the city of nearly 30,000 have been asked to avoid using tap water.
Officials said water levels on the Iowa River at University of Iowa plans to move several classes starting Tuesday.could be like those during the historic floods of 1993, which put much of the state underwater. The
Full article referenced is here. We weren't alone these past few days, and many have suffered great damages as well. All in all, I guess we were pretty fortunate after all....