Sempervivum ‘Commander Hay’ Hens and Chicks


Sempervivum Commander Hay succulent Hens and chicks

A Sempervivum ‘Commander Hay’ was the second Sempervivum I added to my collection. There are approximately 40 varieties, so I have a long way to go. I wrote about my first Sempervivum in Sempervivum ‘Green Wheel’ Hen and Chicks.

Commander Hay forms large 4 inch rosettes. When the plant is old enough to flower, the rosette will produce a long stem with star-like pink flowers. Once the rosette produces flowers it dies off, but not to worry, because baby offsets continually form on the plant’s base. You can see these offsets in the photo below. Continue reading

Is This a Thanksgiving or a Christmas Cactus?

Bright Pink Thanksgiving Cactus flower
Christmas Cactus, or Thanksgiving Cactus? I’m still not sure, but I’m leaning more towards Christmas, because of the more rounded shape and thickness of the leaves. When I originally bought it many years ago, I probably chose it for the beautiful flowers, and didn’t pay much attention to whether it was a Christmas or Thanksgiving variety.¬† Continue reading

Surfing in Austin, Texas

Our son Surfing in Austin
Surfing in Austin Texas? Our son was raised in Southern California and grew up surfing. He also authored the book, Surf Stories by Ryen Phillips. A fun read, especially if you enjoy surfing tales.
He and his wife moved to Austin, Texas several years ago. They wanted to stay near the water, so they bought a sailboat and began  sailing on beautiful Lake Travis. The photo below was taken from their boat. Continue reading