Sunday, December 07, 2008

Todays Flowers - Pots Inspire

tough little Hens- and- Chicks Sempervivum
form ground-hugging evergreen rosettes
braving the chilling December snow

outdoor space no matter how large or small
reflect your inner self

Sempervivum means "live forever"
hens-and chicks don't really live forever.The rosettes
are basically biennial, dying after blooming and
producing seed. But secondary rosettes replace each
generation as soon as it dies, and it's this constant
renewal by younger rosettes that gives the plants their
"live-forever" characteristics..even after
exposure to bitter cold winters !
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62 comments:

Helen said...

I love Hens-and-chicks, I have some in my garden and I keep dividing them to increase them. It's amazing to see them growing happily in places where I've forgotten I've put them.
I love your pic of them in the snow.

Arija said...

Mine are flowering at the moment although most other plants and trees are dieing or dead from our extended drought.
They sure are tough little plants.

Would you mind if I copied your snow picture below onto my computer just so that I could look at it now and again when I miss the snow in our heat?

The Garden Faerie said...

I just love hens and chicks. I have several planted int he ground, but created a clay pot with a bunch of others this year. After hemming and hawing quite a bit (something I'm not prone to do!), I decided to bring the pot in for the winter. It looks nice inside, too, and they seem to be doing well.

Denise said...

Wonderful, very pretty picture with the snow.

Gattina said...

I didn't know this name "Hens-and-chicks" sounds so funny ! Nice pictures !

beckie said...

I really like how you have them planted. Such a good use of odds and ends little pots. I should check mine to see if they still looks green. Right now they are under snow!

Deborah Godin said...

That's really cool to know all that, about the cycles of those adorable plants, and the Latin origin. I have a small flowerbed space in my back yard that desperately needs a complete overhaul, but in the 3 years plus since I moved in, there's always been more pressing (and $$) things around the house to take care of. Maybe next summer...

Deb said...

I love that first photo! It would make a wonderful card :-) Hens and chicks are in our garden too ~ it's amazing after our Winters how tough these little plants are.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great photo of them in the snow, i have some of these, and i am always amazed how they survive the winters here.Right now all mine are covered with leaves.

Anonymous said...

I've never been a fan of hens and chicks until I met you. I love the way you play with their texture in your garden. I think they look absolutely gorgeous covered in the snow -- they do look like winter Christmas roses. Amazing how the garden can continue to give despite frigid temperatures. Hugs. TWT

Yen said...

And you capture them nicely!

Greyscale Territory said...

Such beautiful rosettes. They look so stunning in contrast with the white snow! And the little clay pots scattered in them are a touch of personal magic!

guild-rez said...

Great pictures, Anna.
I have a new book with the title:
"Hardy Succulents" by Gwen Moore Kelaidis. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is considering plant succulents in their Ontario garden.
- Cheers Gisela.
Thank you for your tip about the Terra Graden center.
Have a wonderful 2. Advent Sunday.

guild-rez said...

Anna,
our messages have crossed in Cyber space:)
Thank you for your visit.
Gisela

Ms. Hays said...

So very nice!

RuneE said...

That first picture caught the season in the act so to speak - gorgeous!

PS Thank you on behalf of Hilde and Truls!

Inkivääri said...

Really beutiful arrangement:)

ilanadavita said...

I like the first shot; great capture.

Leora said...

Love how you have the two seasons together! Great photos of these.

Rosamaria said...

I love this kind os flower! My sister-in-low have a lot of them.

arleena said...

I like those flowers.
They are delightful.

Titania said...

These are enchanting pictures. I love the tough hen and chickens, in my garden, but they never get a white, frosty blanky.

Natural Moments said...

The snow in your hens and chicks has a wonderful visual effect.

Catherine said...

Love the combination of both pictures. My favorite is still the one without snow. Like the pots, the disposition?
These plants are Universal! We can find them in every country!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your grouping of the hens and chicks looks as good during winter as it does during summer.

Believe it or not this is one plant I can't seem to get started in my garden. I have tried it again this year. We will see what happens.

I found some minature hens and chicks. They are so cute. No bigger around than a dime. I planted some outside in a pot and I brought in a few just in case they wouldn't live through the winter. I wanted to cover all bases so to speak.

Denise BC said...

Nice post, and ice plants, quite uncommon here, I loved it.
hugs, Denise

The Good Life in Virginia said...

enjoyed your post and photos. thank you for sharing with us.

gemma said...

These are so cute. I love them too...can't decided if I love them more because they are called Hens and Chicks or more because they are so pretty.

Femin Susan said...

Hi......
"Hens-and-chicks" sounds so funny ! Nice pictures !
Your blog is really interesting... Keep posting....Good Luck...Welcome to my blog...

Merry Christmas and happy New year.

Darla said...

that is a beautiful photo with the snow!! Must get me some hens and chicks I keep seeing them posted.

Cathy said...

Your photos remind me so much of my grandmother--she loved hen-and chicks!

PlantBuddy said...

Oh those tough little hens and chicks. They can take just about any kind of weather--hot sun and cold snow. Bring it on! I have some in my garden too.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Ann; My Mom used to grow them, I have not tried to, I do love them though. I really should try some.

Have a great week.

Hugs;
Alaura

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Ann, This is my first visit to your blog. I found you through Neal's blog. We LOVE Semps (hens and chicks) and have them ALL over our yard--wherever there is a spot for them. It's amazing how many different varieties and colors there are. I'm glad to meet a 'Semp Fan.' Enjoyed my visit to your blog.
Betsy

Day4plus said...

Mine are looking very cold too---but they thrive. MB

Carletta said...

These have always been a favorite of mine.
I love the snow shot and the pots barely peeking out.

david mcmahon said...

Those are great rosettes, especially against the snowy backdrop.

Jules said...

I so the the Hen and Chicks it is such a happy plant I think!!!! They obviously don't mind the cold.

Jules said...

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KOSTAS said...

Marvellously and very beautiful variety of wild rose!
Congratulations!

Luiz Ramos said...

Great Nature. Great your post.

Laurie Keller said...

I have Hen and Chicks that originated at my Grandmother's. I used to have a patch at our lake house then snapped off a couple to take in a pot to Houston. Now there are in my garden back home in South Dakota and going crazy! Thanks for visiting my blog. Love your site and I will return.

Gail said...

Love your Hens and Chicks presentation! Inspiring they are! Gail

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those are great photos. I have some in pots too. Hope they make it thru the winter.
Marnie

marmee said...

i saw these for the first time at our botanical garden this year and they are very beautiful. they had them in the crevices of a wall which i liked very much. yours in the snow look spectacular.

Betty Jo said...

My mother grew Hens-and-Chicks and I always liked them. Your photos are lovely. xoxo

PlantBuddy said...

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Neal said...

That is really pretty. I would have never thought of that.

nonizamboni said...

Oh, to take the Sempervivum's conduct to heart! Lovely photos and inspiring words.
Stay warm!!

Beverly said...

Phenomenal images. I always wanted to grow this plant, but somehow I never have done it. You inspire me.

Carolyn said...

It's great to be visiting you again, today, after such a long time. And the simple sights, of these rosettes, is a breath of fresh air. I like the snow view, too. Enjoyed your cat and kitten photos, earlier, too. Especially the two at the window. So precious. Hope all is well with you! Have a great day. :-)

Kahshe Cottager said...

These hens and chicks are like the energizer bunny ... they keep going and going! You have made a really pretty arrangement with them in your garden!

stadtgarten said...

What a lovely picture of the sempervivums in the snow. It looks so romantic!
Here all the snow has gone now,but it is cold and foggy.
Did you already see my post about the Christmas Market in Strasbourg? I am sure you would have loved it there!
I will send you an e-mail.
Hugs, Monika

idémakeriet said...

I love them also. I make pillows whit them and hearts, the are lovely and decorative. It's amazing where they can grow.
Have a nice day.
Hugs Gerda

khaye said...

I love this!

Arija said...

Sorry Anna, I was not being rude, my computer suffered what looked like a terrorist attack but luckily turned out to be only suspicious. Since nothing worked on it, it went in to the specialist clinic and has only just returned. Thank you for your permission. I hope it is all right if my daughter occasionally looks over my sholder as we are both snow starved.
Thank you for your kind comments as well.

Kathryn and Ari said...

So beautiful!

Jeanie said...

Beautiful photos and amazing composition. Love this. It could go into a gardening magazine -- and should!

Gillian said...

They look like they are spilling out of the pots, you clever girl!
I've always loved that plant. So pretty.
xo

Robin's Nesting Place said...

Hens and chicks are so photogenic! I had some in a shallow birdbath and they didn't do well last winter. I removed and replanted the few that survived. I hope they multiply.

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