Sometime early this month, or honestly maybe late last month, I noticed leaves appearing in a spot that had been occupied by an Aloe striatula. Winter had killed the plant parts above ground so I’d snipped them off, not thinking about the fact I left the roots in place (they were in an area too awkward to dig). It's safe to say I was thrilled to see an Aloe return after our horrid winter cold, success!
I would have been happy if it had ended there but whaddya know? The Cordyline 'Cha Cha' is making a return appearance as well. I expect that from the regular old green cordylines but not this one, hooray!
Then just a couple of weeks ago I stared to see green tips emerging from where my (usually) evergreen Disporum cantoniense 'Green Giant' had been. Could it be? Cut back by the cold and then smashed further into the soil by the fence builders I’d given this one up for deader than dead. Nope, it makes a triumphant return! Life is good.
Earlier in the season I realized the emerging tips of Alstroemeria isabellana were doing battle with some sort of hungry creature, once aware I protected them with copper rings (assuming it was a slug?). Finally the shaggy foliage spikes developed intact.
Sadly there were no bloom spikes but I figured that was the price to pay for a nasty winter, I was happy enough that the plant itself lived. Then this happened…
Yay! The flowers are the reason for this plant so I couldn’t be more thrilled...
I am curious though, are all these random roaming stems (flower and foliage) from the original plant? Or did some of the seeds which POPPED out last summer result in new plants? Nah, I suppose that’s too much to hope for. And they wouldn't be this big.
So, all that happy success and guess what, just last week I discovered something else. The Acanthus sennii lives!
June 25th and there are finally signs of life. Lordy, that took a while! I’d left that little wishbone stick in place to remind myself there might be something showing up. But I’d long sense given up any hope.
The last week of June, who'da thought it? The winner is… Acanthus sennii.
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