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Sempervivum tectorum 'Rubin'


Sempervivum tectorum 'Rubin' (Sempervivum tectorum (Common Houseleek))

Having cleared the ivy out of the drystone wall, I'm trying to get a few plants established in the cracks.



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We are very fond of these easy plants, bought a large one called Jupiter which I must put on. good close up Barbara......

26 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks....I just hope it 'takes' in the crack.

26 Apr, 2010

 

Doesn't this mean your wall won't be struck by lightning? :-))

27 Apr, 2010

 

Duh? Sorry - not with that one, Wagger...

27 Apr, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Snap I have just bought this one to go in an old sink rockery arrangment . :o)

27 Apr, 2010

 

The small ones usually do best, to get you started a piece of copper wire down to the ground will earth it Wagger.

27 Apr, 2010

 

Thunderplants (Sempervivums) were grown on the roofs of houses from earliest medieval & perhaps ancient times, in the belief that they protected the house from lightning strikes. In Slavic nations, the tradition of roof-top houseleeks is still practiced. At first glance this seems like it should be a baseless superstition, but if indeed a thatch roof, inordinantly susceptible to fire, were covered with moist succulents, even if lightning did strike, there would be a vastly reduced possibility of cumbustion. The spiked rosette is said additionally to disperse positively charged particles that attract lightning's negative charge.

27 Apr, 2010

 

Ah-ha! Thanks for the history lesson! This wall is way across the garden from the house - so I don't think I'll 'earth' it. ;-)

27 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks Wagger, it's very good to know that. As with many things used through the ages to build houses/huts, when fire was used inside it only took a spark to destroy it. Wareham in Dorset restricts the building of thatched houses because of a fire years ago that spread very quickly through the town.

27 Apr, 2010

amy
Amy
 

Well we learn something every day .. thanks Wagger ...

27 Apr, 2010

 

Thanks Wagger, what would we do without you?

27 Apr, 2010

 

Live a saner life, Daisy?

28 Apr, 2010

 

Not you, not you.....hmmmmm....

28 Apr, 2010

 

Nothing's sane on planet Wagger, Spritz!

29 Apr, 2010

 

LOL.

29 Apr, 2010



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