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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Little Miss Sunshine') on July 8, valleylynn wrote:

turini said:Mother of 'Little Miss Sunshine' is 'Bronze Pastel', Father unknown. Mother of 'Bronze Pastel' is S. marmoreum ssp. erythraeum ex (from) RILA - Bulgaria, father of 'Bronze Pastel' is S. marmoreum 'Chocolate'
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Safari') on May 14, springcolor wrote:

I no longer grow this sempervivum because of considerable winter die back in my zone 7 garden.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Zilver Andre') on May 14, springcolor wrote:

This cultivar has been culled from my zone 7 collection of Sempervivum due to constant winter damage even when covered to protect from the rain.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Shirley's Joy') on May 14, springcolor wrote:

Shirley's Joy has been nothing but a disappointment. This cultivar every winter dies back to the brink of death, then as the growing season progresses it recovers but never looks outstanding in my zone 7 garden. My Sempervivum gardens are covered during the rainy season and still this cultivar is a poor performer.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Ashes of Roses') on May 14, springcolor wrote:

This sempervivum has been culled from my collection after repeated winter damage even when covered all winter. Seems to almost die and then when spring comes it rebounds but never looks outstanding. Many other cultivars that will perform better can replace this.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose') on February 14, valleylynn wrote:

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the naming of this sempervivum. S. 'Donar Rose' should look like the top photo, with tufting at the tip of the leaves and relatively long cilia along the leaf edges.


S. 'Donarrose' is a smooth tectorum type of sempervivum. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose')


Here is a link to a discussion on these two sempervivum. The thread "Donar Rose verses Donarrose" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum

You can see they are very different types of semps.
Talking about Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Donar Rose') on February 14, valleylynn wrote:

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the naming of this sempervivum. S. 'Donar Rose' should look like the top photo, with tufting at the tip of the leaves and relatively long cilia along the leaf edges.


S. 'Donarrose' is a smooth tectorum type of sempervivum. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Donarrose')


Here is a link to a discussion on these two sempervivum. The thread "Donar Rose verses Donarrose" in Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum

You can see they are very different types of semps.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti') on February 5, valleylynn wrote:

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Spumanti') on February 5, valleylynn wrote:

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Talking about Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific First Try') on February 1, valleylynn wrote:

Information from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Lynn,
BTW I did hear from Janis Noyes that Gary did change the name from 'First Try' to 'Pacific First Try' even though it was introduced without the "Pacific" part.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker') on January 31, valleylynn wrote:

A comment from Kevin Vaughn:
JungleShadows said:There's an amusing story on 'Streaker'. When Ed sent in a picture of that plant to he Sempervivum Society Peter Mitchell didn't believe it and said "It must be an Aeonium". Of course that was really silly as Aeoniums would have NEVER survived the winter in OH!

I was surprised it is still around as it is such a slow grower. Even Ed, who could really grow them well, only had a few plants after several years.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Fair Lady') on January 19, valleylynn wrote:

@JungleShadows
Kevin would you take a look at photos for this semp. It appears we have two distinct types. Do you have a written description of 'Fair Lady'?
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rita Jane') on December 12, valleylynn wrote:

valleylynn said:Kevin do you know anything about the parentage of 'Rita Jane'.


I look forward to seeing what you get from the 'Rita Jane' seedlings. That could be very interesting.

JungleShadows said:Lynn,

All the ones of Sandy MacPherson's except 'Oddity' were from bee crossed seedlings that appeared in the garden. If I had to guess i would say 'Purdy's 70-40' as a parent as it has such wide leaves too.

The seedlings from 'Rita Jane' are showing extremely wide leaves but of course not much color at the moment.

OK out to the garage to clean seed. Good job for a rainy miserable afternoon!

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pepito') on September 4, goldfinch4 wrote:

Absolutely love this semp! One of my all time favorites. Goes through many color changes, but unlike most semps this one has fantastic colors even during the hottest part of the summer. It's a large plant with many of mine being 9" +. I have it planted in several places in my yard and it looks a bit different in every area, but always beautiful. Produces lots of chicks once established. Give it plenty of room to grow.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zulu') on September 4, goldfinch4 wrote:

Great semp, quite large and goes through lots of color changes. Produces many offsets, so give it plenty of room to grow. An added bonus is the beautiful watermarks. Most semps have pink flowers, but this has a creamy off-white flower with a green stripe down each petal, and the flower stalks are huge!
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Oddity') on September 2, goldfinch4 wrote:

I find 'Oddity' to be quite temperamental when planted in the ground in our zone 4 climate. It tends to rot in the spring from too much moisture when the snow melts. I built a bit of a mound for it this summer with lots of grit incorporated into the soil. We'll see if that helps.
Talking about Hen and chicks (Sempervivum 'Pinkerine') on July 8, valleylynn wrote:

I received this information from Matts Jopson, Director of Sales & Marketing.
Matts Jopson said:This is actually a strange variant of ‘Silverine’ that we found mislabeled amongst our old stock of Sempervivums. We couldn’t figure out what it actually is called, so we just decided to name it ‘Pinkerine’ to contrast its color with the original ‘Silverine’.

If you have any other ideas about what it could be, I’d love to hear them, because we do strive for accuracy in our listings.

Thanks,
Matts Jopson, Director of Sales & Marketing


It is unkown whether it is a seedling amongst the group of 'Silverine', or an actual variant of 'Silverine'.
In either case we cannot show the breeder as Sandy MacPherson, but it sure is a beauty.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker') on June 22, springcolor wrote:

Have had this plant for a few years and never noticed the coloration this time of year, streaked with pink on the leaves.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rubikon Improved') on February 22, Patty wrote:

Does not hold up well in winter rain.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cobweb Joy') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

Quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:'Cobweb Joy' is a sister to 'Denise's Cobweb' and 'Kanno's Cobweb' although it was not named by Patty. I'm not sure whether it was Helen or Shirley Rempel that named the plant for her. All 3 tend to produce thicker stolons and fewer increase than other cobwebs so the clumps are a bit more open. 'Denise's Cobweb' produces many fasciated rosettes and passes that trait onto its seedlings.

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