Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Meet the newest member of the family…

Andrew and I are pleased to announce…another Yucca rostrata has joined the family! Meet Alberta…

Alberta came to us from the Cistus Nursery adoption agency. It was a tough decision whether to adopt Sally…

Or Alberta...

But in the end Alberta was the one, you could say we made a connection. Getting her home involved a little bondage, but since she knew soon (very soon) she would be allowed to spread out her roots and grow big and strong she underwent the indignity.

Actually she looks kind of cute with her up-do.

You've probably guessed where Alberta will be living?

So you've met the newest member of the family, I'm wondering if you've been formally introduced to the rest of the gang? Meet Sammy, our oldest Yucca rostrata. We're so proud of him.

lil’ Sanford...our second trunked Y. rostrata. He's kind of a punk.

Clifford, the big leaf Magnolia.

Mr. Big, the Agave americana 'Variegata' (he used to be much bigger please don’t let him know he’s shrinking with age).

And I think this might also be the official debut of Louis, the newest palm…

He’s made a previous appearance here on the blog but I don’t think I identified him by name. If you’re wondering if this Louis owes his name to this Louis, yes…he does…it was only right. So that’s our family, tell me…do you name your special plants?

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38 comments:

  1. You can never have to many trunking yuccas! I'm sure he will be very happy in your family.

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    1. I'm glad you feel the same way.

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  2. Alberta is gorgeous! One can never have enough Yucca rostratas!

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    1. See great minds DO think alike!

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  3. What an eccentric family you have! How is Alberta getting along with the rest of the gang? She looks young but she's probably much older than we think, right?

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    1. They all spent a brief time getting to know each other in the back garden but now poor Alberta's all by herself out in the front garden, At least that way she can be the queen of the entire space and hopefully encourage the other, smaller/non-trunking, Y. rostratas out there. As for yer age that's a good question. Maybe 20yrs?

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  4. I just knew you were going to get a Y. rostrata to replace the Rhody! It will make such a statement in your front yard. Now you've got me thinking about giving a name to my little Y. rostrata. I'll come up with something.

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    1. Ya I'm pretty easy to figure out aren't I? And yep, they do kind of begged to be named.

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  5. Oh, a googly if I ever saw one. You had eyes for Alberta all along!

    Good choice, as usual.

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    1. Yes indeed. The HPSO label still in the pot tells me she's the one I eye'd at the spring sale.

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  6. Lovely addition to the family and certainly more fitting than the pink rhody.

    I haven't named my plants yet. That might change since I planted a new palm last week and somehow the name Louis comes to mind whenever I walk by. Louis II?

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  7. Yay!!!! I'm soo happy for both Alberta and Louis!!!!! They are stunning.

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    1. I hope you don't mind that just a "common" Trachy is your namesake...

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    2. I looooooove common trachys

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  8. So very pleased to make Alberta's acquaintance! You've so put a smile on my face today. Wonderful selection to replace the rodi. That palm is such a winner too. Louis you say? It fits him...

    No can't say as I name my old and dearly loved specimens other than calling my big brugmansia 'Charles' and the large variegated one 'Shorty'...

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    1. Perfect! It isn't so much about the need to name as the fact that when you look at them the name just springs into your head. It's automatic, like yours!

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  9. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! You must be elated to finally have a girl! I know Alberta will be very happy with you and keep all those silly boys in line! (Also love the name of your new palm - perfect!)

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    1. Yes things were rather masculine around here...good to shake it up a bit. Hopefully Louis will demonstrate the same enthusiasm as the human Louis and grow like mad, thus shaming the other two palms into getting with the program.

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  10. Are older rostratas more winter-wet hardy than smaller ones? I'd really like to try another of these now that I have the planting bed ready -- the overwintering in a pot approach didn't work for me.

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    1. I can't say for sure but it makes sense that they would be. I know the little ones I've had seem to kind of struggle and look a little sad after winter, where as the bigger ones don't seem to miss a beat.

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  11. Ohhhh!!! perfect for that spot!! now you can place in front of it that small leaved sophora and it will look gorgeous!!

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    1. Uhm...maybe I do need another sophora!

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  12. I only have one named plant: Moby. You know who that is.

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    1. Everyone knows who Moby is! Funny I planted two A. ovatifolia near Alberta and kind of thought to myself "may you grow up big like Moby"...

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  13. Mr. Stinky (my Stapelia grandiflora) is my only named plant. Alberta just won the lottery for her adoptive parents. I'm sure she will be very happy with her new momma.

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    1. Mr. Stinky, that's wonderful! And I hope she's happy...the weather gods certainly are blessing her arrival with a nice soak to settle her in.

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  14. I've called a lot of weeds "Motherf***er" but other than that I haven't named anything. I think I shall name my first Blue Glow agave. Alberta is gorgeous!

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    1. Your "first" Blue Glow, inferring that there will be more than one...

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  15. Congratulations on your new addition! She's just lovely.

    I have only named one of plants: a Kniphofia porphyrantha with a HUGE bloom that begged to be dubbed Mr. Big - so I did.

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  16. Alberta is a lovely addition to your family! I'm sure that she's thrilled with her new home. I talk to my plants, but I've never thought to name them. Hmm...I might just have to give that a try.

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    1. The only conversations I have with my plants are the ones that start out with me saying "what do you think you're doing!?"...those don't tend to end so well.

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  17. I've never thought of naming my plants because I can barely remember their Latin names, common names, nursery names, cultivar names, and pass-a-long names. I like the idea, but what if one of them dies and people overhear you talking about it on your cell phone? Are there Hallmark cards for dead plants? I always considered this an excellent idea, but my non-gardening friends think I'm joking. They've never lost a Mr. Big, Clifford or a Sanford. It's tough to describe the loss of a garden loved one.
    David/:0)

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    1. If there aren't already Hallmark cards there should be...do it! You could get rich...or not.

      You know I never stopped to think about loosing one of my named plants. That would be very sad...

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  18. I admire your named plants, but am just not up to it. They know I love them , though...at least I hope they do. Do you know any good shrinks for traumatized plants? Perhaps I am falsely accusing the gophers.

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    1. Self help is really the best for plants. They don't do so well in a clinical setting.

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  19. Congratulations on your newest adoptee!

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