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

The Portulaca Rio Grande Magenta


I brought my Portulaca, also known as the Moss Ross Flower, into the house this afternoon, for a grooming and shower. The portulaca blooms in summer and early fall, preferring light watering and a sunny exposure. It’s also drought tolerant, a real plus in southern California. Mine grows  in a plant pot, and is easy to move to a sunny location in the winter as the sun shifts its position. Portulaca is know as a hardy annual, but in most of California it grows like a perennial, lasting more than one season.


Sometimes I bring smaller plants inside as I did this morning. The only problem is that I sometimes bring in a hitchhiker like the little spider in the above photo. I hope you can see him in the middle of the picture. Don’t worry, I took him back outside when I returned the plant to its usual spot in the garden. Portulaca comes in a variety of colors and is a cheery addition to any garden.