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Hens and Chicks in the Garden

December 18th, 2008

I love Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum). They’re such fascinating little plants (see how they bloom). This spring I bought some and planted them in the rock wall on our front hillside, they work so well filling in the dry rocky cracks in the rock wall. They seem to thrive in harsh conditions. I was out yesterday looking around the gardens and I noticed how beautiful these little chicks are. One kind has turned red in the cold winter weather and they other is still a beautiful shade of jade. What a wonderful little plant.

There are some people that are fanatical about these little succulents and they collect all different kinds. There are around 50 species and over 3000 named cultivars with a wide range of rosette sizes, forms and colors. Someday I may have a little sempervivum rock garden full of all different kinds. Check out a few of the different kinds at Mountain Crest Gardens.

Any Hen and Chicks in your gardens (plants of fowl)?

2 Comments to “Hens and Chicks in the Garden”
  1. farm mom on December 18, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Well, I don’t have the plants, but I do have the birds!! :) I have to tell you, these photos are enough to make me consider the addition! :)

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  2. Susy on December 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I would love to have real chickens in my gardens, but I’m not sure I’m ready yet.

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