Add some variety to your garden with Sempervivum, also known as Hens and Chicks and Houseleeks.
Sempervivum are considered “Old World Treasures” and are associated with mythology. During early centuries in Scandinavian countries, they were called “Thor’s Helper” and were believed to drive off demons and guard homes if planted on roofs. The Romans called them “Beard of Jupiter” and planted them on roofs to guard against lightning. This myth spread throughout Europe to Ireland where they were described as “a wee cabbage sat down, on my roof. ”
The little-known ‘Pink Pearl’ apple
In the spring, as the frozen ground thaws and signs of green slowly start to emerge, we begin again in earnest to attract life to our backyards. To entice birds, whose avian acrobatics and cheery chirps enliven and animate our burgeoning gardens, we install feeders that often produce disappointing results or invite a host of unwelcome critters. Garden Design turned to Stephen W.