Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just some pictures

Earlier this week, I took a bunch of pictures of my garden as I was about to leave it for a few days again. I didn't want to post them all to Instagram, so I'm putting them here! This is my garden looks like on a random Tuesday in May:
Agave 'Crazy Horse' - love the stripes!

A. lophantha 'Quadricolor which usually hides under grass

Agave whichever 'Cream Spike'

The new kid on the block: A 'Snow Glow'

Still amazed these aloes grow and seem happy!

Purple and yellow!
The first of the daisies that reseeded everywhere

Hiding under the Palo Verde blooms

Green, silver and purple on the hillside
 Even though I'm a bit late, I'm linking to both Carol at May Dreams Garden for Bloom Day and Pam at Digging for Foliage Follow-up. There are way more gardens, blooms and foliage at both their blogs that I can look at while I'm away from mine!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


One of the first garden blogs that I discovered when i was trying to figure out what might grow in my garden was Digging, with Pam Penick. One of her signature plants was of course Moby - her agave ovatifolia, who bloomed (as documented on Pam's blog and instagram) recently. Moby was definitely the inspiration for my own two agave ovatifolia, and Pam's blog has been a source of many other ideas, as well as wonderful pictures and advice over the years.

After Moby bloomed, Pam was kind enough to share bulbils with many people, as she documented in this update post. There is now one extra spot that Moby lives on... my garden!

Three little baby agaves!
Pam was kind enough to share three Moby bulbils and after getting them potted up, i let them out into the wild for some "family portraits":
This is the newer of my two a. ovatifolia - i think this is 'Vanzie'
The plant in the picture above was planted a few years after the one below. It's also in a slightly shadier spot - i don't know whether its that or because it's 'Vanzie' that the leaves are a lot pointier than my other a. ovatifolia.
a. ovatifolia and the babies!
The 'Desert Museum' Palo Verde has also started blooming in celebration! Hopefully the baby whale tongue agaves will like it here. I'll let them get a bit bigger in their pots before finding spots in the ground for them.

Thanks again to Pam for sharing Moby's spawn, and for all the inspiration over the years!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekend Gardening - 5/7/2017

After several weekends away from the garden, I was finally able to do some more work this weekend. Here are some pictures of things that look mostly good the first weekend of May.

We'll start with the back garden, since that's where I spent most of the time, cleaning the patio and potting up some new plants.
The poppies are done, but now the sage is growing up.
I still have to pinch myself about the hill side. It still needs work, but it looks full!
The Dasylirion longissimum is blooming?
It doesn't seem big enough to bloom yet... Weird!
Always nice to see the cactus isn't dead!
Palo Verde starting to bloom!

More yucca bloom spikes!

This one too... It's going to get crowded in this corner.

Agave 'kissho kan' survived again!

Ground cover running amok!
That's Epilobium canum, bent on world domination. Kris at Late to The Garden Party shared some of her ground covers this week. I should follow her good example and clean this area up a bit!
C. 'little john' has started blooming!
The next few pictures are from the bed that I mostly redid earlier this spring. The plants are starting to grow in!
And so are all the red yucca seedlings.
New plants here!

Like many people, I was very interested in the new xMangave varieties that seemed to become available this year. I got several, and we'll see how they do. They are all in pots for right now.

The front garden is also starting to bloom. I need to send some time out there weeding, but two areas look good with no help from me...
Rosa 'Blaze' was original to the house, and blooming beautifully right now
Yucca and flower friends
I was so happy to be enjoying the garden this weekend! This is the one area of my life I enjoy a never-ending to do list.