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My, How The American Right Wing Has Changed!

Republicans and their Right Wing allies worked hard and diligently to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to The Constitution Of The United States and this meant the end of slavery in America. That was a good thing. That was a moral thing and that as a truly "Christian" thing. Now, in the present century, Conservatism and Radical Religious Reichtism is working hard in many states to pass restrictive voter ID laws which may have the effect of disenfranchising the vote of many ...


I have missed the Friday Fictioneers community in recent weeks, due mainly to lack of inspiration and a lost muse! However, after my previous post, thanks to some very kind messages of support from Erin, Dawn, Ruth and John, that basically told me to ‘just get on and write’ I have a story;  a memoir prompted by Sandra’s photo this week. Thanks as always to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for organising the prompts and supporting all the writers, and this week to Sandra Cook for her lovely photograph. Genre: Memoir Word Count: 100 Hayride I remember. ‘Come ...

Post Office And Other Stuff

While The United States Postal Service workers are fighting for their jobs and futures with demonstrations all across this great nation of ours, I have decided to digress a little for the information of my valued Readers. I am of the personal opinion that The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy in America would love to get their filthy little hands on the Post Office and privatize it. I think that this money-crazed bunch, some of whom have weaseled their way into some of the ...

Gluten Free, Sugar Free Vegan (or not) Coffee Cake

I have been on a breakfast kick and trying new things. I have this little piece of me that every now and then craves have something sweet and a little gooey. Here is my coffee cake cheat. . . I’m not sure it is exactly healthy but it tastes great and using nuts and chia seeds adds some food value in the way of protein. Eggs work best for this, but as noted you can use applesauce for a real vegan ...

Bogus Post Office E-Mail May Be A Virus!

The advice I got was, "If you get an e-mail from the Post Office, do not open it because it might contain a "Trojan" virus that could wreak havoc with a computer and its systems. According to the information I have been reading, the fake message informs recipients that there has been some kind of difficulty in delivering a package and that the message recipient can claim the package by going to their local post office or something similar to that. It ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong…

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.” Henry David Thoreau Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong… Backwards? How did that happen? Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong… Mooning your fans? LMFAO! See that lady’s face… Luther Ingram – If lovin you is wrong I don’t wanna be right… This week’s challenge was a bit of a challenge for me… Wrong? Who’s to judge? Hmmm. Anyhow, the song above kept playing in my head, so I had to share two ...

Artist Dates – Gathering Part 2

Gathering Part 2 – More on  Artist Dates. I have a couple of questions about your artist dates.. Did you get yourself a nice blank notebook on your first artist date last week? Did you record your first artist date? Schedule time in your calendar to do this on a weekly basis. This time has to be NON NEGOTIABLE!! You will be amazed at the number of things that come up to try and sabotage this time. When this happens, the first thing to do ...

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

More and more people are growing indoor herb gardens. In fact, you could  might even say it’s a trend. Herb gardens are a great way to bring some colour and life to your home. They will freshen the air with a wonderful aroma! And most importantly, you can use these flavourful herbs to create the most delicious dishes! An indoor herb garden is great for beginners! Herbs are easy to grow and don’t take up a lot of space. All you need ...

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20's This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day. Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up. Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive. My father died ...

5 Edible Weeds

“A weed is but an unloved flower.” -Ella Wheeler Wilcox Weeds get a bad reputation. Upon the first opportunity, these unloved plants in our backyards are immediately removed and destroyed! Gardeners don’t even think twice about it. Weeds have no place in the garden. But they do have a place in the kitchen! Before you toss those weeds into the trash, consider eating them. As your mother would say, “Don’t let good food go to waste!” Many weeds are edible and ...

The Best Places to See Fall Foliage in Canada

While Fun Flower Facts is a flower blog, we think leaves can be just as beautiful as flowers. In fact, Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author and philosopher, said it best: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Canada is a beautiful country, especially during the fall, when the trees are painted in vibrant shades of red, yellows and oranges. The sight is simply breathtaking and awe-inspiring. The brilliance of the fall foliage is one ...

The Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California is very proud of it’s latest exhibit The Plantosaurus Rex, and so they should be! The exhibit showcases 3 different periods the Triassic and Jurassic periods when plant life was rather boring and simple, devoid of colour but then it moves into the Cretaceous period and becomes a vivid kaleidoscope of colour as plants developed flowers & fruits. So why the big change in plants? Most scientists believe with dinosaurs and other animals ...

milo...the camping cat

hi.  i'm milo. even the yard manager needs a break now and then. tomorrow afternoon we go camping. we don't rough it anymore. hey, i'm...uh...about 15...and if my two favorite humans were still tent camping... i'd have to stay home.  so we have a slide-in camper. i like being outdoors - but at my age - i deserve all the comforts of home... but on a smaller scale. i was born in plant city, FL. me asleep out back in plant city my mother, stimpy...disappeared while me & my brothers ...

Fun Flower Facts: Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

The waratah (telopea speciosissima), a member of the Proteacea family, is one of the most stunning plants found blooming in the wild in southern Australia from October until November. The waratah is large shrub or small tree that grows about 6m (~10 ft) tall and produces large, showy bright red or pink flower heads, comprised of 10-240 individual flowers.  Flower size can range from 6-15 cm (2-6 in). Leaves are oblong in shape and dark green in colour. As beautiful as ...

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How to Grow Hens and Chicks Plant

sempervivum (hens and chicks succulent plant)

Today, March 19 is National Poultry Day! While some people may be celebrating this holiday by cooking delicious chicken and turkey recipes, vegetarians can plant a hens and chicks plant!

Hens and chicks (sempervivum) is a perennial succulent native to southern Europe, North America and western Asia with more than 60 different varieties. Sizes and shapes will vary. They can range from 10 cm to These rosette-shaped succulents come in shades of green, red, pink, yellow or grey. In addition, they will also produce attractive blooms.

These plants are available in your local garden center from spring until fall. Hens and chicks have been a longtime favourite with gardeners because they one of the easiest plants to grow; it’s low-maintenance, hardy and extremely drought tolerant! Even those with “brown thumbs” can grow this!

These low-growing perennials will spread to fill bare spots in the garden, which makes them perfect as ground covers. They also look excellent in rock gardens. Hens and chicks also grow beautifully in containers. Add a bit of colour to your decks, patios, balconies and other outdoor spaces! Where ever you choose to plant hens and chicks, they will add texture, colour and interest to your landscape.

Here are some tips to growing hens and chicks:

  • Well-drained soil is a must; add soil or gravel to help with drainage
  • Hens and chicks can survive in the shade; but to bring out the vibrant colours of the plant, plant in full sun
  • Water sparingly; in the spring and summer, water only when dry. In the winter, the plant goes dormant and doesn’t require much water. Over watering is one of the main issues the plant may not survive.
  • The name hens and chicks comes from the fact that the plant is easy to propagate. The mother plant, the hen will produce numerous offshoots and cluster around the base, like chicks. The offshoots can be re-potted or left alone to grow a cluster.
  • It’s best to re-pot during the warm season; make sure soil is dry before re-potting
  • They do well in climate zones: 4-8

Fun Facts about Hens and Chicks Plant:

  • Other names include: semps, houseleeks
  • It is considered a safe plant for cats and dogs
  • the genus name sempervivum means “live forever”
  • Hens and chicks will change colours over the course of the season

Happy National Poultry Day!

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

2 comments to How to Grow Hens and Chicks Plant

  • Nancy

    Could you tell me the exact name of the rainbow hens and chicks plant on this page…They are beautiful!!!

  • Hi Nancy,

    I do not know the exact name of the rainbow hens and chicks plant. Perhaps you can visit your local garden center to see if they have any of those plants for sale.


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