When I first typed up Autumn Joy Sedum for a blog page, I cut one flower stem and put it into the vase above. The surprise for me, is that the flower is still the same light pink two weeks later. I did put a small amount of water in the vase, and because of the small opening at the top of the vase, evaporation is a minimum.
While tidying up a flower bed over the weekend, I found a stem of Sea Lavender, on a transplanted baby plant, that had escaped my previous notice. The two flowers do complement each other, I think.
This morning, after I photographed the flowers in the above vase, I went outside to see what the Autumn Joy looked like within the garden fence. The maroon-rust of the flowers shows them maturing towards their final color. Some of the flowers appear paler, but do not be fooled, it is only the bright sunlight. The long-blooming time, and very gradual color change are two of this sedum’s assets.