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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Big Flock

If you've checked out my garden tours, you may have wondered what this section has growing in the side garden.

My mother gave me a plastic grocery sack of hens and chicks one year.  They have multiplied.


They grow in large clumps.
While they are very drought tolerant, I do have to water them occasionally.  It becomes obvious when they need a drink.


In the winter, they turn purple.


Some are sending up blooms.
This is the last thing the plant does before dying and allowing its many chicks to have the space.  I usually pull them out once they die so there isn't a brown blob in the there.


The largest one at this time is nine inches across.




15 comments:

  1. That's one huge hen. I love how carefree they are. I was a little surprised when I first tried them , that they could survive the winters...but they are indeed tough!

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  2. I've never had hens and chicks. You have a wonderful 'flock' of them.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

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  3. I love these! I tried growing them here and only a few succeeded and it's not because of the heat....it's from the frost! Gorgeous grouping of this plant. One of my favorite groups out there. California has them everywhere!!!

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  4. We have lots of Sempervivum in our yard too... Some of them are purple all year and some are green all year. I don't think any of mine turn another color in winter... BUT--our winters aren't as bad as yours usually. I love those little plants and they enhance many of our flower beds throughout our yard. Yours are GORGEOUS.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Love this post -- I guess I didn't realize that they turned in the winter! Succulents are gaining in popularity. Saw some lovely ones at a nursery in Kansas City!

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  6. What a nice little brood you have! I haven't had much luck with keeping them here, but I probably thought they didn't need any water at all:)

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  7. When we first bought the house this was one of the few plants in the garden. I love them. I share them. They make me giggle. So easy to please too.

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  8. For a couple of years, I had a nice "flock". I guess I took them for granted This year, I couldn't find a one! I'm still in mourning.

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  9. One of my favourite plants. I love succulents. You have a great collection.

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  10. We have quite a few clumps of hens and chicks. We really like them and encourage them to spread.

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  11. Love them!! They were indeed the biggest I have ever seen!!

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  12. Yes, I had inquired about these on one of your posts....I love them. We've had many throughout the years and would like to buy some more. We have a nice spot for them at the front porch. Thanks for sharing the closeups. They look great!

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  13. Też lubię sukulenty (rojnik) :) Greetings from Poland.

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