Does this house look familiar?
Last time I was here the skies were blue, the sedum was blooming and the bare spots were filled with aeoniums, sound familiar? Now the sky is PNW grey and the tenders have all been lifted for the winter.
Yikes! Not everything got moved in time. This agave was left in place and is showing how it feels about that...
The homeowner was reluctant to wrestle with such a lethal beast and got bum advice from a local nursery that said as long as it was dry it should be fine in the ground. Luckily he has a fine looking pup from this plant which is safely tucked away...
Here! I ended my last post about this garden saying I hoped to be invited back to see how his porch greenhouse turned out, and here I am. Look at all those happy plants!
Dale, the homeowner, contacted Cyclone Canvas (they custom design exterior boat covers, car covers, and equipment covers for marine, residential, and commercial applications) to create these zippered panels which fit over a metal framework he built himself. Since they are zippered he can open them up on warm days in the spring.
The plants are very happy inside and the light is wonderful (if you page up you can see the ceiling is a translucent material).
In this shot you can see a bit of the metal frame and how the panels are connected.
The poinsettia add a festive holiday touch!
Dale asked if I knew why this happens on Cycads, the yellowing of blades in random spots. Anyone know?
Just as I started to ask if he ever broke off bits of the plants when digging and repotting we moved outside, beyond the patio enclosure, to a second space built over a planting bed off the back of the garage. Here is where the broken pieces go, to root and grow into new plants.
From the opposite side, as you can see several go right into the ground.
That red banana must have been fun to move!
Here's a shot of the entire set-up. Doesn't it look fabulous? If you look close you can see the vents in the upper end of the patio enclosure. This was done right...
The fountain is new since my last visit, a Craigslist find.
It's the perfect size for this pond, which will be filled with water-loving plants come spring.
Dale kindly pointed out another missed plant, here's what an aeonium looks like after 12F...
Finally I had to share these little guys, don't you just love them?
Thanks Dale, for inviting me back to see your garden in the winter. And kudos to you and Cyclone Canvas for creating such a fabulous home for your plants over the winter months.
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