I’ve added (considerably) to my agave collection this summer. When the weather is hot, and the rainy season is months away, I forget I live in Portland and that most of them will need to be protected over our wet, cool winter. Since we don’t have a greenhouse that means they’ll come inside the house and hunker down in the basement, under grow-lights. Not ideal, but better then getting soggy and rotting. I was thinking about this the other day when I stopped at Garden Fever to find a small pot for the Agave 'Blue Glow' I purchased at City People’s Garden Store.
I held strong when I saw these beautiful specimens. Aren’t the markings on the Agave hartmannii (top and below) gorgeous? And the Squid Agave was calling out to me; it’s long sinuous tentacles reaching out to caress my hand… Do you have any idea how much strength it took to just turn and walk away? Imagine finding a 100 dollar bill on the sidewalk and not picking it up...that’s how much.