In his youth, he was fascinated by the plants of the Alps, when he met them on the hikes together with his father in the mountains of the Suisse. At the time he didn’t know the special role sempervivum would play later in his life.
Peter enjoyed all that had to do with nature. He knew much about the local and worldwide fauna. He had a good heart for animals too – whether they were wild or part of what would later become his estate and the home of his Sempervivum.
He bought his first no-name-sempervivums in 2002 at the Rennsteig-Garten in Oberhof, a botanical garden for mountain plants. Since 2002 he began to build up his Sempervivum collection steadily. It grew little by little. He wasn’t discouraged when his plants fell victim to the harsh winters in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a (federal) land of Germany, where his plants stood. He owned 1500 different semps until his death. His goal was to own all Sempervivum cultivars.
Soon Peter found the Sempervivum-Forum and there he found like-minded plant friends. With his friendly and helpful nature he quickly became an important partner for contact and swapping. Many semp friends were glad about his famous “banker-rolls” –semp offsets lovingly wrapped up like coin-rolls.
Peter Dieckmann was co-founder of the Sempervivum-Liste that started in the summer of 2008. At that time – still in the Sempervivum-Forum – some enthusiastic Fans of these wonderful plants began to list names of species and cultivars, extensive information about them as well as pictures, that demonstrate the seasonal changes. Initially Peter collected and archived documents that served as a basis for this work.
Soon the flood of data went beyond the limits of a forum and the group around Peter decided to register its own website, the Sempervivum-Liste. It was a matter close to Peter’s heart to clear the numerous uncertainties regarding sempervivum. He wanted to create a reference book as a knowledge-database and encyclopedia – accessible for all who are interested. At this homepage he took on a very important role as chief administrator and he devoted his complete free time to this project.
Peter was in active contact with those at home, and foreign Sempervivum friends and collectors. He exchanged knowledge and experiences with many breeders. He held active discussions about the authenticity and source of various plants and took care of a corresponding documentation of the new insights.
On June 2, 2014 the “Hamburger Jung” (Boy from Hamburg) passed away much too early. His dream of a sempervivum place in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern where he wanted to give a home to all cultivars ever cultivated remained unfulfilled. His shared internet work, the Sempervivum-Liste, still exists. His team members continue the project according his wishes.
Peter Dieckmann has enriched the sempervivum-world with his tireless work regarding these plants. With that and with his immensely helpful and friendly behavior he will remain in memory.
Written by the Sempervivum-Liste-Team in August 2014
Thanks to Lynn Smith who proof-read the translation.
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Pictures: Veronika Falkenstein, Karin Raths, Frank Wischka, Hans und Beatrix Bodmeier, Peter Dieckmann (facebook)
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