With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Show and Tell Friday: Vintage Plant ~ Sedum

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Show and Tell Friday: Vintage Plant ~ Sedum

This plant is special to me for many reasons: it grows anywhere I plant it, it is drought tolerant, is absolutely care free, it gets pretty lavender/pinkish flowers in late summer, it is insect resistant, it attracts butterfly's and it has been in my family for generations.

My grandmother (who died 6 years before I was born) had this sedum growing in her garden. My mother took cuttings when she married in 1945 and planted then in her yard as well as other homes she moved to. She gave me cuttings when we moved into our first home and I have subsequently brought pieces to each home we have moved to.

We can track the plant back to the 1930's and who knows where it came from before that.

In August and September I can often find beautiful monarch and swallowtail butterflies lighting on the blossoms. They also attract little white cabbage moths which for some reason my youngest daughter always called garbage butterfly's... she loved chasing those garbage butterflies :)

Recommended for full sun, I find sedum grows anywhere I plant it, including shady locations.

Funny Punster:

While my sons-in-law were playing soccer in the backyard with the little grandchildren, several of these plants were trampled. With a sheepish grin one of these young men apologetically said to me,

"Now you sedum, now you don't."

Gotta love um!

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Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Interesting history of the plant! Wonderful that it has carried on the tradition through all the years!

Love the joke!


Barb said...

Very cute. Now you Sedum... =0)

Blessings, and thank you for showing your beautiful pics with us.

Barbara Jean

Belinda Mae said...

A true family treasure that has been passed down through the years. It's amazing the best memories are the simple ones.

Mildred said...

What a treasure to have; very pretty.

Hootin' Anni said...

This is just so amazing!!! I love the flower, the photo of the butterfly ON the plant...and the fact that it has a family history makes it more precious.

My Show and Tell is now posted. Won't you pop over for a chat and a spot of tea?

Susan said...

How amazing that you can trace the heritage of your Sedum back 3 generations!!! Beautiful. One precious, witty child!!

Smilingsal said...

A flowery bush with a family history--you gotta love it. Now, about that son-in-law ... what a clever guy!

Here's my Show and Tell:

Gee said...

Nice shots. You have something interesting to share with others - the story behind the plant. Those are precious. Thanks for sharing.

Bethany said...

I love the stories you add to the pictures each Friday! You have a way with words, and I get to know you a little better each week! I hope your weekend is terrific.

Patricia Lee said...

Beautiful lacy blossoms! And the origin is very special - I have a Christmas cactus (for nearly 40 years) that was my paternal grandmother's. My show & tell is about flowers today, too. Thanks for sharing!


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing the story of your "Vintage Sedum". Beautiful plant and butterfly.

Love Bears All Things said...

I like Sedum and there are so many varieties. I also like sharing plants across the generations. Thanks for the sharing and the story.
Beautiful babies and how blessed you are to have 4 girls.
Mama Bear

Sherrie said...

This is a great plant! I have some I got from a friend. She has passed on now, every time I look at this plant I think of her. It is called Lives Forever. You can find more info on this plant here: http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/fieldbio/Wildflowers_Kimonis_Kramer/PAGES/LIVEFOREVER_PAGE_FINAL.html Have a great day!


crochet lady said...

That plant certainly has a special lineage.

I have several varieties of sedum,and really enjoy them all. I think my favorite is Autumn Joy, it is tall and blooms deep burgundy in the fall.

Bethany Hudson said...

I've never heard of it -- how neat!

The Watts Family said...

Very Pretty plant. That is amazong that it grew from passed on cuttings~ That is a special plant for sure. I am sure you enjoy the Monarch's fluttering around as well. ~Blessings Heather

Janice said...

What a great thing to pass on, a living plant. My sedum is a red leaved one and like yours it will grow anywhere and seeds itself all over the place. Thanks for sharing, have a good weekend.

Laura said...

What beautiful flowers. I think I need this plant!

Enjoyed visiting as usual,


Michele said...

A beautiful heirloom plant! I love the ones passed down from family. And I just love the "garbage butterflies" and the sedum pun!!! So funny!


p.s. My mom (Lady Farmer) has been trying to get to your blog, but has been having technical difficulties. =} She asked me if I would let you know, she's thinking of you!


Miss Jen said...

How beautiful Mrs.H!
That butterfly is breathtaking!!!

Blessings~ Jen

Lady Farmer said...

Plants are a lovely way to remember loved ones no longer with us! I have a peony that was my grandmother's and even though it is red (I try not to have red in my garden)it is one of my favorites just because it was hers.
The butterfly is perfect on the sedum ~ great photo!

Hannah E. said...

the plant is very beautiful.


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