The mother of a good friend gave me two grocery bags full of hens and chicks from her garden. I just set them gently into the dirt, sprinkled them with a bit of water, and they soon took hold and started reproducing prolifically. I love the tinges of burgundy and their resemblance to roses opening to the sun.
I also purchased an assortment of sedums from two local nurseries. I planted some next to the steps leading to the porch. This one rewarded me with cute little yellow blossoms this spring, which I had not expected.
I felt the area under the porch needed a plant with some height, to camouflage the gaping space there, so I had the great idea of planting lamb’s ear. My friend (the one with the kind hens and chicks mother) warned me that it is horribly invasive and that I would regret it. I pooh-poohed her, and planted the tiny seedlings rather enthusiastically. Surely they wouldn’t grow too big the first year, and, even if they do, I can just thin them out, I thought.
If you look very closely, perhaps you can spot a tiny chick trying to make its way out of that heavy, grey-green foliage! My lamb’s ear will be finding a new home come fall, in its own dedicated patch. I should have listened!