As you may recall, dear reader, my Hens and Chicks were "serving" as a center-piece on top of my marble table which is located in the mid-southeast area of my urban terrace garden. In that spot, they had been thrivin' and high-fivin' (as you may recall from a previous blog entry that included the photograph posted below which may read by clicking here).
However, several days ago, I put my my Hens and Chicks on top of my bamboo shelves (that I use as one of my urban hedges as described in this previous post). I mostly use the shelves for my smaller plants. These shelves are in the southwest corner of my terrace garden, hence what sits on the top of the shelves, faces east, where they can watch the sun come up. The wonderful thing about a container garden is that one can move things around from time to time to give things that are grown in the garden a new perspective, which is exactly what I wanted my Hens and Chicks to have as they began to flower. The Hens and Chicks readily adapted to its new location, and they even seemed to participate in a yoga pose, a Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation), as evidenced in the photograph below.
After the Hens and Chicks's stretches out to the sky and it bursts forth its splendid flowers, it soon dies. There is no remedy to save them from this fate.
One cannot dead-head the flowers in hopes that the plant will spring back, but instead give them the best send off possible and also enjoy their beauty as they leave this world.
It is sad to see them go, but it has been thrilling to know that they lived the good life in my terrace garden; high fivin' the things that they enjoyed, and, most recently, participating in the Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation).