I am always waiting for the mother ship to come and get me, seems I missed it yet again. I was busy doing something I am sure and missed my ride home. However, they did leave me a gift, a container of pods are here, getting ready to spew and take over all the non believers. (Can you tell I spent the better part of my youth engrossed in Star Trek???)
OK, so that's not true. These are my Hen and Chicks. They are the coolest plant ever, not requiring any work on my part at all. They can withstand drought, heaving snows and freezing temps, neglect, whatever! All I do is walk by them and say... wow!
But did you know that early Europeans planted them on thatched roofs to protect from lightening strikes? The scientific name for Hen and Chicks is Sempervivum tectorum. Translation of sempervivum is "always live", which makes sense as it is an evergreen. Tectorum means "on roofs". This little plant was somehow associated with the two gods of thunder, Thor and Zeus. Europeans believed that if they planted these on their roofs they would be protected by the gods against fires produced by lightening strikes! And it seems that is not so far fetched as Hens and chicks are indeed fire-resistant.
Now go and plant some Hens and chicks... just don't put them on your roofs. Unless of course you have one of those new fangled thatched roofs. I wonder if you get an insurance discount for having them on your thatched roof...
Or just maybe they really are alien pods.
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
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