Friday, July 27, 2012

Flowering Sempervivum



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it. Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

We have quite a few sempervivum (hens and chicks) about our yard. They are easy to care for, and as succulents, they have plump, colorful leaves even in winter. Sempervivum (the word means 'live forever') live for many years and, before they die, many send a flower stalk. It's a beautiful way to go.

26 comments:

Ms. A said...

These are beautiful, you can see the tiny hair on the petals.

Giga said...

Faktycznie dopiero zdjęcie powiększone pokazuję piękno wiecznie żyjących kwiatów. Pozdrawiam.
In fact, only magnified image showing the beauty of the ever living flowers. Yours.

amelia said...

Ours are doing just this and we didn't know why. Now we do!! I'm assuming they're dying because of the lack of rain or our cold mornings. Other than that I don't have a clue.

Jeevan said...

Beautiful flowers and interesting fact about it!

Sandra said...

so much detail in these beautiful little flowers, i enlarged and studied them and they are amazing.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful flowers, George! Nice detail!

Maple Lane said...

I miss our plants like this. The little girl who now resides at our old home really got a kick out of these growing on top of a large boulder!

Jorge said...

Bela imagem que retrata lindas flores, predestinadas a "viver para sempre".
Saudações desde " O Porto de Sines", Porta Atlântica da Europa.
J

rainfield61 said...

I am glad they left something for you.

They added further value.

Magia da Inês said...

彡✿✿⊱╮
Que tonalidade linda!
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil
✿彡¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮

Linda said...

Really lovely, George!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

Very well done George, i really like the colour in these. Striking,crisp focal pints and excellent use of DOF.
Shaun
July Giveaway @ ValleysShutterBug

Marie said...

It looks so very different from the agave....but maybe not! If I zeroed in on the tiny flowers on the agave blooms, I bet they would be very similar. Glad to learn this plant's name and what it means. Like the "Century plant" it doesn't live forever (or even a century) before it blooms, but I bet those waiting for them to bloom felt like they were waiting a century, or even forever!

Lrong said...

Interesting information on a very pretty flower...

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That is quite lovely. The flowers on my plants did not look near that good. :(

A Lady's Life said...

They sure are pretty hens and chicks.
I love when they come back every year

Shilpa said...

I quite liked the names of the flowers. So pretty and lovely capture George!

Small City Scenes said...

The flowers are so much prettier than one would expect. Very nice. MB

Lynda said...

I have heard people talk about the hens and chick plant but never knew the real name. You and Betsy have definitely expanded our plant knowledge. Praise God you enjoy cultivating those flowers - - for us!!!!

Łucja-Maria said...

George!
Photo and flowers are lovely

Tiago Braga said...

great shoot, love the flowers, very beauty and full of color

troutbirder said...

Somehow I've missed the fact that they bloomed... ever.

Neal said...

Gorgeous George. You did a great job capturing their beauty.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Wow !!! Beautiful...

Craver Vii said...

What an interesting bloom. I like the fuzzy detail on the petals.

EG CameraGirl said...

You captured their last hurrah beautifully!