Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My make-believe Foliage-Follow-up…(if I lived in Spain)
A Spanish gardener recently sent plant lust a few images of her huge Agave Americana Variegata Stricta. I asked her for permission to post them here on my blog which she kindly granted. She lives in Altea la Vella, Alicante, Spain and estimates these plants are 30-40 years old. She goes on to share “I live in an old Spanish house, with about 3000+ m2 of ground and the the natural habitat of "cactus type" plants which appear to survive on this bit of Mediterranean coast. The most frightening is what the locals call "Seguridad" which I think, in times gone past, was the sure way to keep would be suitors away from virginal daughters as it was planted all the way round the outskirts of the house and gardens. I think it could be called "Stetsonia" but I will take some more photos and send them, as you make know the proper name, they grow to an enormous size as well with killer spines. I´ve also got Yuccas and Aloes and a small-cactus garden in what was an old terrapin pond on a pedestal.” One of her agaves is sending up a bloom spike. As you might imagine I am quite jealous. Thank you Lynn for the photos! And here’s a reminder for any of you Portlanders that are salivating at the thought of beautiful agaves like these (only smaller), and other exotics not commonly found ‘round here…this weekend is the Rare Plant Research Open House. Go! Visit rareplantresearch.com for more information.