Showing posts with label SEMPS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label SEMPS. Show all posts

Monday, June 4, 2012

Our Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)--and a Surprise!

Most of you (if you have been following my blog for awhile) know that George and I love succulents. Our Autumn Joy Sedum is one of our favorite succulents. BUT--even better than that is our Sempervivum. We have LOTS of Semps in our yard.

The name "Sempervivum" has its origin in the Latin semper ('always') and vivus ('living'). Sempervivum are called "Always Living" because this perennial plant keeps its leaves in winter and is very resistant to difficult conditions of growth.

These little succulents are also called Hens and Chicks. The main plant (hen) creates lots of babies (chicks). Typically, each plant (hen) grows for several years before flowering. After flowering, the plant dies, usually leaving many offsets (chicks) it has produced during its life. I think I read that there are over 40 different species of Semps.

I have done blog posts several times showing our Semps (go to my sidebar and click on SEMPS)---but since there are new people, I decided to show some again to you today. I hope you will enjoy my pictures! These are new pictures which I took recently.   Be sure to click on them for enlargements.   The picture above doesn't show it,  but this group are in a 'pile'----like a big mound, living off of each other.. I have never seen them do this.




This one is different... I love its colors.




Here is one of my favorites... I love the purple edges!!!!




I love the colors in this one also.  See how wonderful these little guys are?  They'll grow most anywhere in your yard... We put them around the edges of our flowerbeds...




This one is gorgeous also --with all of the neat colors.




Here is a colorful group of Semps.  I was able to get some sun and shadows on this one.




There are alot of 'babies' in this group---as there are in most groups.  I love to see the Mamas when they bloom (none are blooming now)---but hate to see them die.  BUT-- that's just life for Supervivum.




Here  is one last picture of some gorgeous Semps.   If you want to see some of them in bloom, click HERE.  I have done several posts showing these beauties...  Hope you don't get tired of seeing them.  They are all a little different from one year to the next...

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Five Bluebird Babies
Here is a surprise for you.  It's not a 'hen and chick' --but it is a picture of five tiny baby Bluebirds just born this week.  I've been watching the 5 eggs in the nest in our backyard for awhile --and am happy to see those precious babies come into the world.  We have a new baffle on the pole --so hopefully,  this group will make it.  I'll keep you posted.  They should grow up and fledge by about the 18th of June (give or take).  Aren't they precious?  

Have a wonderful Monday.
Hugs,
Betsy

Thursday, July 8, 2010

More Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)


As I have said several times, George and I have Sempervivum (Semps) in our yard. We love them since they add so much to the flowerbeds ---and there are so many different kinds and different colors.

IF you are fairly new to my blog and do not know about Semps, you may want to see some of my other posts talking about them.. You can go to the sidebar and scroll down to LABELS... Then click on SEMPS. The 'hen' makes lots of 'chicks'; then the hen BLOOMS and then dies --with the chicks taking over and becoming the hens and starting the process over again.

Today, I will share some new pictures we have of some of our Semps (Hens and Chicks). Hope you enjoy them...




These two hens are blooming... They will die and the chicks will take over!





Here's a macro of the blooms in the Semp above.





All of the pretty colors add so much to our yard!





Another blooming Semp





A close-up of one of the Sempervivum blooms





Finally, here's one more close-up of some of the blooms from our Semps.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our Sempervivum. I love them year-round ---but the blooms are especially pretty to see.

I don't know about your weather, but we are having some horribly hot and dry days here in Tennessee... (Seems like I am always complaining about our weather --especially this summer... Oh Well... Even though I cannot do a darn thing about it, I do feel better when I can WHINE a little!!!! ha ha)

Have a great Thursday.
Hugs,

Thursday, June 17, 2010

June, Around Our Yard


As I said in a previous blog post, June has been a hot month for us so far this Summer. But--even still, we have had some beautiful color in the yard (besides our gorgeous Roses). So--today, I will show you a few shots around the yard. Above is our blooming CLEMATIS. It is doing what it is supposed to do-------climbing up that ole' telephone pole in our yard. It also loves to connect with the Redbud tree... Below are more pictures.



Here's one of the CLEMATIS blooms, up close and personal.



Here's some of our pretty SEMPERVIVUM (Hens and Chicks) in our yard.



Here's another picture of some of our beautiful SEMPS. We have them in all shapes and colors.



This is one of our first groups of DAYLILIES in our yard when we first moved here. These DAYLILIES were given to us by George's Dad ---so we call them the DAD ADAMS DAYLILIES.



This is our side yard flowerbed. We have LOTS of LILIES and DAYLILIES in this bed --and they are blooming like crazy right now... Wish you could smell them!!!!!

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I cannot thank you enough for all of your emails and comments helping me deal with the problems I have been having with my left knee. I received good news and bad news from the doctor yesterday. The good news is that my knee is healing well from the surgery, and is looking much better. The bad news is that I have some severe arthritis in that knee which is causing all kinds of other problems. SO--the saga of my left knee isn't over yet.... Eventually I will get back to normal (I hope).

Hugs,

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)


Most of you (if you have been following my blog for awhile) know that George and I love succulents. Our Autumn Joy Sedum is one of our favorite succulents. BUT--even better than that is our Sempervivum. We have LOTS of Semps in our yard.

The name "Sempervivum" has its origin in the Latin semper ('always') and vivus ('living'). Sempervivum are called "Always Living" because this perennial plant keeps its leaves in winter and is very resistant to difficult conditions of growth.

These little succulents are also called Hens and Chicks. The main plant (hen) creates lots of babies (chicks). Typically, each plant (hen) grows for several years before flowering. After flowering, the plant dies, usually leaving many offsets (chicks) it has produced during its life. I think I read that there are over 40 different species of Semps.

I have done blog posts several times showing our Semps ---but since there are new people, I decided to show some again to you today. I hope you will enjoy my pictures!




Choose your colors!!!!! There are several choices.





This purple ones are so pretty in our yard.




They are all different colors and varieties. Some are large and some are small.




This picture is perfect to show you the chicks growing around the hen. See the little babies expanding from the Mom???




Semps love to grow in rock gardens...




The chicks will even grow on the rocks --since they are attached to the hen.




This Hen is blooming... She grew UP before blooming. After she blooms, she will die. As you can tell, each Semp is a little different from other ones.




Pretty little flowers on this one; Note how different this Semp is when she bloomed, when comparing her to the photo above this one.





I'll close with my favorite photo of our Semps.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the Sempervivum in our yard.

Happy April 1st. We are going to Hendersonville (TN) today to check on George's parents.

Hugs,

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sempervivum (Chicks and Hens)


Since so many of you commented yesterday about the Semps, I decided to give you another dose!!!!! Sempervivum come in all kinds of varieties ---but this is one plant we don't know the names (since there are so many). You can go online and check out some of the places which sell Semps--and see tons and tons of different ones of all sizes. shapes and colors. Here are some of ours. Hope you enjoy!!!!

















Remember in yesterday's post that I mentioned the fact that the Mama 'Hen' will bloom (about every two -three years). Once she blooms, she will died and her 'chicks' will take over ... Once the chicks grow enough to have babies, they will become the Mamas --and the cycle continues. Above, you can see where one Mama Hen bloomed and then died. (George just reminded me that some of our Semps have NEVER bloomed----so who knows which ones do, and how often????!!!!)








This purple one is SO pretty in the yard.





See the Semps expanding ----and spreading out over the rocks? Those are 'babies' on the ends.





Semps love being around rocks!!!








When the Mama Semps begin to bloom, they sometimes grow their 'blooms' straight up in the air. Amazing, aren't they????




Several here bloomed at the same time. The babies (which were left) looked sad for awhile --until they 'took over' and started growing themselves and expanding.




I'll end with this one ---which has pretty, small blossoms. This one is similar to the one I showed you yesterday. Hope I've talked you into putting some Semps in your yard now. They are great ---and we put them in many of the 'blank' areas around the flowerbeds to add color and beauty.

Hugs,

P.S. George's elderly parents are having some major plumbing problems. We had to go to Hendersonville to help them all day yesterday--and are going back today to meet a plumber there. I apologize for missing so many of YOUR blogs. I promise to catch up SOON. Thanks for your patience.