Last winter I remember drawing inspiration from watching how the plants at the Kennedy School Gardens responded to the weather. In anticipation of another “difficult” winter I thought it may be prudent to check out what’s growing now (and how they look), for comparison come January, February and beyond. And please note if you see a “?”…my i.d. is just a slightly educated guess…
Perhaps a Beschorneria?
A couple of Squid Agaves (Agave bracteosa). I watched at least one of these sail through the winter cold with no problem. I went ahead and planted one in my garden. We’ll see.
Sedum palmeri, they've planted a lot of this.
Maybe a Puya? Or a young Dasylirion?
And I think perhaps Festuca punctoria (?) with more Sedum palmeri.
I believe this is an Agave toumeyana, one of the few kinds of Agave that made it through last winter in my garden.
I guess Agave gentryi “Jaws” but it could also be a few others.
Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips.'
An Opuntia variety.
I can get confused between Agave parryi and Agave ovatifolia, especially when they're small, but I think this is A. parryi? It's a beauty.
So maybe then this is Agave ovatifolia?
And this a Yucca rostrata, I believe.
I’m guessing an Agave americana? I’m also starting to think I should have just posted pictures and not tried to identify any of them, this is getting ridiculous with all my question marks! I don’t want to mistakenly identify something and have it be wrong, if anyone wants to go out on a limb and agree or disagree with me please do! And Eric (the Kennedy School gardener extraordinaire) if you happen to be reading please share your knowledge!
This one I know! Manfreda macho mocha.
Euphorbia stygiana or Euphorbia mellifera? I planted an E. mellifera early this spring that I picked up at Garden Fever for a song (it was on it’s last leg). Mine is looking good and I’m praying it survives, I know they can be on the border of hardy even in a good year.
I love it when the prickly pears get a tinge of purple to them!