I shouldn’t be surprised but I am. Its one thing to hand a plant to a visitor standing in your garden, but it’s another to send one to someone you’ve never met.
Or maybe not. Maybe that’s part of the power of the internet, and blogging. We do feel like we know each other and want to share the spoils. For example in July when I posted pictures of an unknown agave I purchased and thought might be Agave ‘Mr. Ripple’, Denise of A Growing Obsession sent me this pup from her Mr. Ripple for comparison. How nice was that? (and in case you are wondering mine was not A. ‘Mr Ripple).
The latest gift to arrive at my door is an Agave potatorum pup from Reuben, of the blog Rancho Reubidoux.
His A. potatorum is throwing up an amazing bloom spike (and it’s planted in a container! see it for yourself here), rather than enjoy the pups himself he decided to give them away. The other one is destined for the slightly more agave friendly lands of San Francisco and the amazing succulent garden of Megan and Matti of Far Out Flora. But have no fear; this one will be very well loved and cared for here in Portland.
Since I didn’t have the perfect container on hand to plant it up I used a trick my brother taught me for preserving pups, and wrapped the base in a moist towel. Then I realized how much it looked like a perfect spiky flower, and voila! It joined the tableau on my mantle.It’s a silver grayish blue plant palette…started just the day before when I walked into the market to grab a bottle of wine, and instead found myself side-tracked by the most amazing branches in the floral department. They had to be Leucadendron argenteum or Silver Tree, no I couldn’t remember that name at the time, I’m not that smart. I just knew it was the amazing tree (from the Protea family) that we saw in the San Francisco Botanical Garden last October. I bought all three of them! Extravagant maybe, but at $2 each an affordable extravagance, and I just bought a cheaper bottle of wine to make up for it!