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Seeds of Wisdom

  • "It is always exciting to open the door and go out into the garden for the first time on any day." Marion Cran
  • "When in the fresh mornings I go into my garden before anyone is awake, I go for the time being into perfect happiness." Celia Thaxter
  • "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." Cicero
  • "He who owns a garden, However small it be, Whose hands have planted in it Flower or bush or tree; He who watches patiently The growth from nurtured sod, Who thrills at newly opened bloom Is very close to God." Katherine Edelman
  • "Like a big mountain, a small garden stimulates, restores, and delights us, just as it poses challenges, promotes mastery, provides exercise and relieves monotony." Winifred Gallagher
  • "Though an old man I am but a young gardener." Thomas Jefferson
  • "A garden is never so good as it will be next year." Thomas Cooper
  • "Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas." Eizabeth Murray
  • "God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done." Author Unknown


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Wicked Gardener

How long will it take for the small "chicks" to grow in to a "hen"? I've always had the impression for some reason that they were slow growers.

Thanks for the portulaca info. It was driving me crazy!


WG, thanks for the question because it caused me to do something I had been wanting to do -- see how much my hens & chicks have expanded so far this season. I examined the photo in the post linked to above (from June 8) and there are 22 H&Cs. I examined the plant yesterday, and there are 27. So the tiniest ones from early June have grown and there are newer ones added to the plant. Maybe I'll take a photo and do a quick comparison post. I love H&C, so the faster they grow, and the more I have, the better!

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