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Herbal Teas to Relieve Stress

Life isn’t always a walk in the park. It can be quite stressful. In times of stress, you may be feeling highly irritable, emotional and anxious. And as a result, you may suffer from headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, and weight loss, just to name a few symptoms. That being said, don’t stress out! One of the simplest and most effective treatment options to manage stress is to have a cup of tea! It’s natural and low-cost alternative to prescription ...

Flower Crafts: Learn to Make Your Own Rose Water

Since the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance. Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known ...

Contemplations: The Space Between Each Breath Is…?

“The language of God is Silence. Everything else is a poor translation.” Father Thomas Keating Today, my friend Esme and I took a yoga blend class; a mix of several classical yoga styles. We drove to the yoga studio in our village as the raging winds howled around us. The sky was gray, the trees swayed perilously, and anything that wasn’t tied down or planted firmly in the ground was carried away; swiftly, hurtling forward, a potential weapon. Yesterday, the temperature ...

Fun Flower Facts: Lupine (Lupinus)

Lupine or lupin (Lupinus) is a flowering perennial plant from the legume family that is known their large pea-like flowers that grow in dense clusters on tall spikes. The fragrant flowers come in a vast range of colours like blue, purple, pink, white and yellow; some varieties are bi-coloured. Lupines can also be identified by their distinctive foliage consisting of many narrow, pointed leaflets. It grows in the wild in many parts of the world. Wild lupines are often a rich ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is…

“Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… Movement by land and sea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… more cars lined up on a narrow street? What Lens Are You Looking at Life Through? We see the world through different lenses, and even when we look at the same scene, we see different things. Some will say that is the difference between those ...

Flowers & Science – The Latest Discoveries

Flower Evolution Flowers in Australia evolved their bright colours to attract native bees, according to new research that proves the flying insects are crucial to flower pollination around the world. Researchers already knew that flower colours in the Northern Hemisphere were targeted to bee vision, but a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B is the first to show bees were also the main drivers in the colour evolution of Australian flowers. The fact that the same process occurred in Australia, ...

Truth in Advertising

Truth in Advertising

You may remember in  a previous post called, appropriately enough,  I Have a Few Questions  that I ask questions. Usually, a lot of questions. There is hardly a topic tossed my way that I can't come up with a myriad of questions to ask.  Though, I still try to ask only the well thought-out, topical, relevant questions, while adhering to my question-asking protocol that I refer to as O'QUAP. (Official QUestion Asking Protocol) I certainly don't want to become  SO QUAPPY (Stupid Obtuse Question ...

My Word is my Bond, even at Age 8

Here’s a guest post from a talented writer and graphic designer, Maria Cowell. Check out her site HERE or follow her on Twitter: @HipMamaMedia. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines HERE. ============================= Some places are more free-wheeling than others. I live in Southern California, the epicenter of the laid-back lifestyle. Seriously, dressing up for a wedding here means wearing the flip-flops with rhinestones instead of the ones sans bling. Frankly, I don’t mind since I do, in ...

Early Onset Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type

Kudos to Pat Summitt, age 59, for the way she is facing her newest competition, early onset dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. She wondered at her erratic behavior and got herself checked out at Mayo Clinic. She didn’t hide from reality. By not hiding, and by forcing others to face her reality as well, she’s setting a great example for respecting the truth. Once you have answers, you can start to pick among whatever options are available to you. You make ...

Nature or Nurture???

Psychologists bicker back-and-forth whether  humans are born innately innocent with a clean slate, if we’re selfish by nature or if it’s some kind of combination of both. The discussion focuses around the core question if it’s our biology or our environment that plays a stronger role shaping our behavior. It’s the classic discussion of “nature” versus “nurture.” As a parent (and former child myself) I tend to believe that we don’t have to train our kids to be selfish – they manage to ...

Guest Post: Why People Aren’t Listening to You

Guest Post: Why People Aren't Listening to You

Today I'm honored to have my writing featured on the wonderful blog belonging to Alise Wright  http://www.alise-write.com.  Alise has graciously afforded me the chance to share some thoughts with her readers. Here's an excerpt of the guest post I wrote for her today: Sociologists estimate that we are bombarded with more than 5,000 different types of messages every day in the form of news, advertisements, email, social media and plain old conversations. We simply are not equipped to process all that input and a lot ...

My Emergency Room Confession

In the ER with chest pain... I had no intention of sharing this recent episode in my family’s life, but it’s becoming such a large part – it’s difficult to avoid. For starters, I’ve got an irregular heart beat which means my cardiac ticker tends to tock when it should tick. It’s not been an issue – until recently. On Wednesday, August 29th at 6:45pm I had to call 911 to have an ambulance take me to the hospital for severe chest pain. They ...

Don’t Know Much About Geography???

I’m the first to admit that I slept through most of the geography classes I’ve “taken” throughout my academic career. [EdiTOR's Note: I use the word "taken" in the loosest sense of the term since that implies retention of knowledge on my part, which is not the case.] I’m not proud of that fact – I’m just being honest. That’s why I’m amazed by those individuals who know can pinpoint Timbuktu or Kathmandu on a globe or those who can easily answer questions ...

12 Rules for Every Family

Every Friday and Saturday, there's an Amish farmers' market that occupies a large storefront at a local plaza near our home.  We visit a couple times a month to shop for produce and other goods. During a recent tour of homespun products from the residents of Lancaster County, PA we saw this sign titled "Family Rules" that my wife and I loved - it's pictured here as it's currently hanging in our home. Just in case the image quality isn't that great ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

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

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

  • 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.

    Lesley

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