Subtle Autumn Colors

by Cynthia

I noticed this week that some of my hens and chicks (Sempervivum) have changed color for the fall just like all the trees around us have. During the spring and summer they are a much brighter color but now their tones seem to be a little bit muted. It is much more noticeable when I compare pictures of them taken during mid-summer and now. The pot they are growing in contains two types and the smaller one of the two shows the biggest change in color. I have this type growing all over the garden in pots and various containers. I remember last fall/winter they changed color like this and I thought they were dying! Their pretty tips had turned from red to purple. When spring arrived with warmer temperatures the red tips returned. So, obviously this is just what they do this time of year. I love finding all the subtle changes that the seasons bring to the garden.

Hens and Chicks

This picture was taken in July. Note the red tips on the variety on the right.

Hens and Chicks in Fall

This picture is of the same pot of hens and chicks as the first picture. This pic was taken just this week.  See what I mean by the color changes? Only a gardener could find such amusement out this as I have. :)

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