Sleeping Maiden

april-21-2009-132-2There’s a new girl in town that I would like you to meet.
Sedum kamtchaticum ‘Variegatum’april-21-2009-more-001-2She can be seen from the blogging station in the addition while gazing out to the garden from the lazyboy. And boy, there is quite a bit of lazy gazing being done here lately. Do you see the two hummingbird feeders hanging on either side of the sliders? They already have customers. Just watching them provides hours of entertainment. Our new lady is at the base of the tallest pink dogwood.april-21-2009-130-2Her name and weight were on a label inside the opening in her tresses. Sleeping Maiden. Sixty pounds. She has been planted with the sedum shown in the first photo. Something demure to not draw attention from the faire maiden.april-21-2009-131-2She was sitting on the covered porch of a nearby favorite garden shop. The Potting Shed is less than a mile from my house and stocks interesting garden art along with plants and shrubs. Most of their business is from landscaping jobs rather than off the street customers, but I am a regular there and we are on a first name basis. I went to see if the annuals had arrived yet. I like to get there early for the best selection. The plants had not yet been delivered, any day now they said. After chatting a little and catching up with family news, I spied her, sitting right by the doorway. It was love at first sight.april-21-2009-more-005-2The guys lifted her to the back of the gas guzzler and secured her with bags of potting soil that just happened to be in the car so she would not roll around on the wild drive home. This is sarcasm dear readers, for those driving days are long past. But we still did not want her rolling around back there.april-21-2009-more-015-2Kitty came out for some fresh air and bird watching as our maiden was being photographed. The newly blooming orchids were placed on the dogwood to get into the shot. It is obvious that we need to add red to this bed for more pizzazz.april-21-2009-080-3On the left is a species, Cattleya skinneri. The smaller orchid is Slc ‘Jewel Box-Scheherazade’. It might not be visible in this photo, but these orchids are growing in wine corks.april-21-2009-134-21To the left of our new addition is the concrete shell planter that is really a fountain that sprung a leak. Resting on flue tiles for added height, it has been a faithful bloomer with the sedums, moss and creeping plants through the years.april-21-2009-184-2It is a splendid spring day. The morning sun is spreading brightness across the garden. This is the view from the garage deck towards the southwest corner of the property. A yellow circle has been drawn around the new acquisition to give some perspective. The shell planter is just below the circle. It is hard to sit inside on days like this.april-21-2009-092-2Did I mention that the deciduous azaleas have begun to bloom? R. ‘Admirial Semmes’ begins the show with a fragrance that turns our head every single time we pass that area. Every time, with a smile.

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. In 1970 this day was chosen in the US to bring awareness about the environment and the human impact upon it. A post was written last year that still reflects well our thoughts about taking care of our planet for the future. Click here to read about Azalea Earth Day. It remains one of my favorite posts.

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54 Responses to Sleeping Maiden

  1. Lisette says:

    Dear Frances,

    Saw your name by Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen : tuin tirades and got curious..
    What a beautifull garden you have!
    Azaleas are very nice and they are in many colours available! and orchids (….) WOW !
    Can i come over and live in your garden ??

    I will come and look again something at your site..


    Hi Lisette, thanks and welcome. I do wish you and all the readers could come visit my garden. I need help with the weeding. πŸ™‚

  2. Your lady friend is gorgeous. I would love to meet her too. She looks like a nice calm person. Sort of mysterious lying there in your garden. Just think of the tales she could tell about the garden fairies she encounters in the garden. I hope they gave her a cheerful welcoming. Happy Earth Day.

    Hi Lisa, thanks. She does look very relaxed out there. Maybe the family members who are put off by many of the faces in the garden will find peace with her presence. The sedum in her hair looks like a perfect fairy resting spot too. Happy Earth Day to you too, my friend. πŸ™‚

  3. gittan says:

    Oh Frances, she’s gorgeous! I understand that you had to bring her home. And planted with the Sedum, it looks great. I wish your garden would be closer by, then I’d head over and take a look for real =) Hope you’ll have a great day / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks. I wish you were closer too, I would love to see your own lovely spot. πŸ™‚

  4. tina says:

    Good morning! What a sweet and calm lady. She has an expression kind of like Mona Lisa. Looks wonderful with the sedum. Have a great day in the garden. Looks to be a good one.

    Hi Tina, thanks. Isn’t she serene? I am heading out now, lots to do before the heat gets here for good. It’s coming.

  5. Wine corks! Of course! It’s perfect.

    Note to self: must drink more wine.

    Hi Mr. Sub, so nice to see you here. I have tried corks for most types of orchids, but the catts like them the best. I have gotten rid of the dendrobiums, but they would grow in the corks too. Brassia and oncidiums, no. Vandas, well no, they grow in nothing. Paphs and phals, of course not. πŸ™‚

  6. linda says:

    Good morning Frances! Your new garden resident looks like she’s settled right in. Wish I could sleep like that!

    Your garden is simply breathtaking.

    Hi Linda, thanks and good morning to you. So sorry you don’t sleep like that. πŸ™‚ Maybe after the fling is over and the stress level lowers.

  7. gittan says:

    I forgott, your garden looks so green and fresh already. I love that / gittan

    Hi Gittan, thanks. It is quite green, only a few things have not leafed out yet and they have begun to.

  8. Gail says:

    Frances, She’s perfect…A great addition to the garden….which, btw, looks great! Wow…on the Admiral. He’s beautiful…and he’s placed in a great spot to capture his fragrance….I hope my three Golden Flame survive the summer and get to be the size of the Admiral! gail

    Hi Gail, thanks so much. The Admiral is much more dense than any of the other azaleas. The others are more gangly, but I still love them. He was larger when purchased too, but it may just be the variety. Look for him. I should have bought the whole confederate series, the nursery in Cleveland had them all when I bought him many years ago. But he was expensive and I didn’t feel I could afford it then. A typical rationalization. Rather buy 10 $10 things than 1 $100 thing. I have never seen them again either. I do hope your flames fill you with happy fire! πŸ™‚

  9. The sleeping maiden is something. Gives a real eclectic ‘twang’ (does that make any sense?) and the sedum looks really well on her.

    Rub kitty’s ears for me.


    Hi Rob, thanks. Twang is a good word for Tennessee! Kitty says purrr. πŸ™‚

  10. Randy says:

    Oh Frances! The Maiden is spectacular. I am so jealous right now. LOL Your garden is really coming to life! Everything is so BEAUTIFUL! Happy Earth Day.

    Hi Randy, thanks. She does look right at home here. She just wanted to come live with me. Happy Earth Day to you also.

  11. Dave says:

    It really looks like you are getting a “head” in your gardening this spring! Sorry the pun just had to be said, maybe not but I did anyway! It looks great. The sedum is the perfect addition to it. It makes it look like there are flowers in her hair.

    We’ve had two hummingbirds visiting the new Arbor regularly. I guess that’s what happens when you plant native honeysuckles! (There’s another sneak peek!)

    Hi Dave, thanks and very funny! HA Oh to the hummers. My native honeysuckle is on ferngully’s decaying carcass and the wind keeps blowing it off the top. I need to get the ladder and tie it up there until the whole thing collapses. Another job on the list. πŸ™‚

  12. commonweeder says:

    Frances – I have never seen a more beautiful hairdo.

    Hi Pat, thanks. I love that hairdo too. Why doesn’t my own hair look like that? HA

  13. Lola says:

    A hearty welcome to the new girl in town. She’s a beauty for sure. Your garden looks fantastic. Sure wish mine looked that good.

    Hi Lola, thanks for that nice welcome and nice words about my garden too. I have been working for nearly ten years on it daily. It is starting to mature now, that really helps.

  14. michelle says:

    nice sedum and planters. I need to make some of the hyper tuffa planters this year. I also want to make the cement leaves from hostas. Your garden looks incredible as always. I also love your decidous azaleas. I have one, a bright orange, can’t think of the name. I bought it for 70% off because it never sold. GOtta love a deal like that.

    Hi Michelle, thanks. Both of those projects are fun and doable. The leaves are a whole lot quicker, but the planters are so fun. The orange azaleas really jump out in the overall look of the garden. Perhaps your is Gibralter? That was a fantastic deal. I have never gotten one on sale.

  15. Frances, it’s very smart of you to have your beds located so you can see them out of your window. Most of my beds are out front but the windows I look out most are out back (sun is out front). I do have nice trees to look at, though. I like the sedum and the maiden, only I find it just the tiniest bit disconcerting that it’;s only the head laying there… but that’s just me!

    Hi Monica, thanks. I did design the garden to be seen from the windows. The first part was the pond, seen from my bedroom. When we built the addition I had to go to work on this area, it is getting better but still is mostly green right now. At least our Maiden will look good all year. How funny you are seeing a bodyless head. My daughter is freaked out by the Bromeliads, so funny.

  16. Darla says:

    You have an eye for garden art (I call it) like no other person I know! I love the maiden and the way the plant is tucked behind her ear, does that mean she is single or taken? I forget which ear means what…..

    Hi Darla, what a nice compliment, thanks so much! Hmmm, it is her left ear, don’t really know, but it did say Maiden, not Matron on the label so we assume she is unmarried, if you get my drift. πŸ™‚

  17. Sheila says:

    She is a lovely addition to your garden!

    Hi Sheila, thanks so much, glad you like the new addition. πŸ™‚

  18. ourfriendben says:

    Gack, Frances, I forgot about my relative, Admiral Semmes! I remember seeing him here at Faire Garden last year and was determined to try to find him for Hawk’s Haven, but I forgot. Shame on me! He looks as awesome this year as ever! I love your Maiden and your choice of sedum to accent her. It looks like she’s wearing flowers in her hair! And wine corks as orchid growing medium, wow! We give ours to our parrot, Plutarch, as toys, but I like the orchid idea even better. Now Plu will have to share!

    Hi OFB, always appreciate a good gack, thanks. I remember your saying you were related to the Admiral and would be looking to add him to your garden. I have not seen him for sale again, or any of the other Confederate series for some reason. The Lights series seems to be more popular at the nurseries. The wine corks only seemed to work well for the Cattleyas and Dendrobiums, true epiphytes. They have to be wedged in real tightly so they don’t move around, the roots don’t like that. They do last so much longer than fir bark though. Poor Plu. πŸ™‚

  19. wiseacre says:

    Sleeping Maiden has a good hair stylist. I’ve used plenty of the plain green kamtschaticum and this year my favorite grower has added the Sedum kamtchaticum β€˜Variegatum’ to their list. You can be sure I’ll be bringing at least 50 home to spread around. The cream colored edges only add to the charm.

    I’m trying not to let the jealous bug bite. Your garden looks so inviting while mine still asks when I’ll get around to cleaning up.

    Hi Wiseacre, thanks, her hair is very nicely styled. I have the green all over the place, I hope this one is as vigorous. Don’t be jealous, get out and clean the garden up! πŸ™‚

  20. Carol says:

    Congratulations on your new garden family member Frances! A perfect fit! How lovely your sleeping maiden is and she gives one such a sense of peace and utter sweetness. Beautiful gardens! A paradise

    Hi Carol, thanks. Her calm demeanor is perfect on the shade slope. Peaceful.

  21. Darla says:

    Ms. Frances, would you mind dropping by to see if this plant looks familiar to you, if you have the time…Thanks.

    Hi Darla, sure. I did not recognize the plant though. Sorry. πŸ™‚

  22. teza says:

    Your new acquisition is stunning…. for me the hidden torso is the spectacular tapestry that is Faire Garden. She is the perfect addition!

    Hi Teza, thanks. That is a perfect way to think about it. The greenery is her blankie! πŸ™‚

  23. Jen says:

    A beautiful face of serenity! I’m finding lots of inspiration here. Love the photo of the cat looking out over the view.

    Hi Jen, thanks. She is very serene, as opposed to many of the other faces in the garden here, gargoyles and such. Glad you find things to try in your own place. That makes me very happy. Kitty says purrrr. πŸ™‚

  24. Catherine says:

    She’s just beautiful. I would have fallen in love too!

    Hi Catherine, thanks. She was irresistable. πŸ™‚

  25. Cindy, MCOK says:

    I love the sedum as much as I do the sleeping maiden! Wonder if I could find that plant here? If I also happened to find a cool piece of statuary to plant it in, that would be awesome!

    Hi Cindy, thanks. I remember some fabulous places in Houston, like Another Place In time that had great statuary and plants galore. So many choices there. Have fun looking! πŸ™‚

  26. I love your new addition to the garden! I bet you could come up with some interesting mythical stories to tell about her, especially with the beautiful sedum. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Hi G4L, thanks and welcome. She does seem like one who knows more than she is telling, with that Mona Lisa smile.

  27. kate says:

    Your sleeping maiden is beautiful. The new Sedum is lovely. The Azaleas are stunning. What gorgeous gardens you have, Frances. They are a delight for the virtual wanderer.

    Hi Kate, thanks. So nice to see you wander over here, Kate. Hope all is well with you and spring is showing its face in your garden. πŸ™‚

  28. The maiden is so beautiful! I just love it. That Azalea ain’t too shabby either.
    BTW – this morning I found the Bulbous Oat grass from your garden. I had forgotten all about it.

    Hi MMD, thanks. Oh that makes my day. I never heard if any of the hellebores or grasses survived the hand outs in Austin until now. Way to use that green thumb! πŸ™‚

  29. Frances,
    The sleeping maiden is just perfect for Faire Garden! She looks so blissful, doesn’t she? The sedum is perfect for her.
    Cameron (who has been playing hooky from computers and playing in the garden)
    The azalea just blows me away! I miss native azaleas so much.

    Hi Cameron, thanks. I know what you mean about playing hooky, today was another all day affair in the garden for me too. Can you put an azalea inside the fenced area?

  30. Um, you know how I feel about faces in the garden. ‘nough said.

    Hi Carol, I was wondering how you would feel about her, since her eyes are closed and all, she can’t watch you. I guess it isn’t about the eyes, then? πŸ™‚

  31. Racquel says:

    She was made for your garden Frances! I love her sedum hairdo on top too. πŸ™‚

    Hi Racquel, thanks. That is exactly what the owner of the shop said, who has been to my garden. She didn’t have to say that though, the sale was made as soon as I laid eyes on our sleeper. The sedum is looking good there, it might have to be trimmed later. We shall see. πŸ™‚

  32. Brenda Kula says:

    Happy Earth Day, Frances! Yes, she is perfect for your garden. Won’t have to worry about her blowing away, huh? I am loving my red poppies. They add such fun to the garden. And sedums, can’t get enough of those babies!

    Hi Brenda, thanks and happy earth day to you too. She is so heavy, I barely could get her up to that spot. Hope she doesn’t need moved ever again! I have red poppy babies in various spots around the garden but none here. It is a little shaded, but they would still work. Thanks for the suggestion. πŸ™‚

  33. Diana says:

    Your new maiden and her Sedum are amazing, positively amazing. And the view up the hill … sigh. I have garden envy. You have created a real paradise out there and I never tire of looking at every little part of it. It’s beautiful and is clearly a labor of love.

    Hi Diana, thanks so much. You have hit upon the truth of my garden, a labor of love, lots of labor, but loving every single minute of it. πŸ™‚

  34. Brian says:

    Oh Frances, what a cool sculpture! I don’t like most garden art, but she reminds me of an Odillion Redon painting, just perfect for your magical, inspiring garden…Brian

    Hi Brian, thanks so much. I will have to look that artist up, it must be wonderful.

  35. TC says:

    It makes me want to take a nap.

    I love the new sedum, and β€˜Admirial Semmes’ ain’t too shabby either.

    Hi TC, thanks. Isn’t she just relaxing and serene? I love looking at her peaceful face in the garden. The Admiral is the best of the azaleas by far, and the earliest to bloom.

  36. She’s a beauty Frances, a nice addition to the family. One day my garden will look like your wonderful hillside. Like in about six weeks. Wow! Spring has sprung for you.

    Hi Christopher, thanks. Spring is indeed going full throttle here, coming to a mountain near you soon! πŸ™‚

  37. cindee says:

    The maiden is so cool! I would love to have here in my garden! What an awesome find. The sedum fits perfect too! Your garden has really grown! It looks so pretty!!!!

    Hi Cindee, thanks. I do think she would look good in all gardens, no matter the style or elevation. It is surprising how the garden has grown just from last year to this. Is it the blogging that makes us more aware? More photos?

  38. Ohhhhhhhh, a Faire Maiden and she’s got such a lovely flower arrangement in her hair too. Wish I had a maiden like that but unfortunately what is only 1 mile for you is several thousands for me. It’s not Faire, is it? πŸ˜‰

    And hummingbirds!!!! Why are there no hummingbirds over here? Again with the not Faire! Pout! πŸ˜‰

    Hi YE, thanks so much. Now you know your garden is just spectacular! All that nice rainfall. Our drought has already begun, no rain in the forecast for the next ten days, and then only a sprinkle. The rain barrel will be emptied much too quickly. Sorry about the lack of hummingbirds though, you would love them. πŸ™‚

  39. Lisette says:

    Hello Frances,

    The google translator widget works only in Hindi / kannada and more strange languages. (???)
    Do you know how i can change that ?
    Like to communicate with “englisch” friends!

    Hi Lisette, I don’t know anything about the translator, but do know that Yolanda Elizabet of Bliss probably does. You might ask her how to set it to include English. πŸ™‚

  40. Rose says:

    A belated happy Earth Day to you, too, Frances! I think if I lived at your house, I would be tempted to move the Lazyboy out onto the deck and only go inside after dark:)
    Sleeping Maiden is a beauty; I can’t blame her for wanting to nap in the midst of your gorgeous garden.

    Hi Rose, thanks. There is a very comfortable teak chaise with a cushion I made and neck roll pillow that gets some quality time. It is difficult to not fall asleep there, listening to the birds, the pond and smelling the flowers. πŸ™‚

  41. Carol’s dislike of faces is well-known and sometimes I agree, but not this time, Frances…something about the way you sited the Sleeping maiden on the hillside makes the scene beautiful instead of creepy. (Those underwater, ‘drowned faces’ Pam/Digging showed us on a garden tour? That was creepy!)

    How cool that the sunny yellow azalea is not only lovely but fragrant.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Hi Annie, thanks. I am glad that you are not put off by the maiden. She is quite harmless. I agree about those underwater faces, like a certain scene from LOTR. The native azaleas are very fragrant, that one especially so. It is so large and has so many flowers, it dominates the perfumes in the garden.

  42. donna says:

    I am dizzy from all the beauty you have going on there in TN. My bff lives in Franklin, TN. If I have trouble falling sleeping tonight, I’ll just visualize your gardens and drift off to a peaceful sleep with happy dreams.

    Hi Donna, thanks. Franklin is a beautiful place, more than three hours from where I live though. I am closer to the North Carolina border. Dreaming of gardens is the very best way to fall asleep. πŸ™‚

  43. Your maiden sculpture is beautiful. What a lovely addition to your garden. Thanks for sharing.

    Hi Teresa, thanks. She is very happy to be in the garden on the slope. I was delighted to share her with all. πŸ™‚

  44. Lythrum says:

    I really like that sedum. I’ve been collecting quite a few sedums for the scree garden. I have a couple in my garage to plant. πŸ™‚

    Hi Lythrum, thanks. A scree garden sounds delicious! I was thinking of adding some gravely mixture to the quads in the knot garden since it is now all thymes and bulbs. A very challenging but rewarding type of garden bed. Looking back at my journal, that sedum was purchased at the grocer’s. πŸ™‚

  45. Melanie says:

    What a lovely post. I think your maiden is just darling! Spring is knocking on our door with warm temperatures arriving tomorrow. Can’t wait!


    Hi Melanie, thanks. I am so glad spring is making its way to your spot. It is the most heart warming and refreshing feeling to see the plants return to life.

  46. layanee says:

    You will find her twin here! Great minds. Perhaps I will plant her with a similar sedum!

    Hi Layanee, that was wonderful to see her twin at your place. She looks good no matter where she is placed. What a treasure.

  47. Victoria says:

    Goodness, Frances, your garden is looking absolutely wonderful!

    Hi Victoria, thanks so much. πŸ™‚ And thanks for the link love too.

  48. Blossom says:

    I love your garden so much. I can imagine just sitting and enjoying the scenery, and smelling those scent of flowers …

    Hi Blossom, thanks. It is hard for me to sit still for very long, it enjoy the garden more walking around it. Late afternoon when I am too tired, that is when the sitting happens. Lots to do and I love doing it! πŸ™‚

  49. Jan says:

    Oh, sleeping maiden is so lovely. She is perfect in your garden. What a wonderful find.

    Always Growing

  50. Denise says:

    I love where you placed your new planter, and that you stuffed her with sedums. You’d never know it’s a new addition to your garden. It looks like it’s been there for years. I LOVE your trough garden in the old fountain. I noticed it one of the earlier photos and was hoping to get a better look. Then, I scrolled down and saw the detail photo. No wonder your site is so popular. You’ve found a new follower. Thanks, Frances.

  51. Kim says:

    Frances, she’s beautiful! Of course she had to come home with you.

  52. mothernaturesgarden says:

    What a great use for wine corks. Orchid medium. Who knew? Sleeping maiden looks as though she has been overcome by your intoxicating garden. She is the perfect accent. If I had been shown only the top photo and asked whose garden, it would have been an easy call.

  53. Frances, that is a wonderful new sedum! Why do they keep doing this to us? I am a sucker for new varieties of the plants I love! And sedum is one of them! πŸ™‚ I hope I can locate it somewhere this Spring!

  54. edna turner says:

    hi frances
    your garden is lovely. I have a wooded area and I’m trying to make it “cute”. I would love to have a lady like that…where can I find art like that??

    Hi Edna, thanks for visiting. Sleeping Maiden is a beauty, found at a now defunct nursery here. I have a friend in Rhode Island who has the exact same container, so look around at the better garden centers in your neck of the woods for something similar would be my advice. Eyes open and alert for great garden art at all times!

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