Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Vignette; poor parryi...

A brief evening sun-break sent me on a walk to the Kennedy School gardens, to see how things are looking, post-winter, post-record cold, ice, snow, rain. Overall pretty good, but this trio of Agave parryi, which looked great last fall, is slowly melting. Poor parryi...

Weather Diary, March 7: Hi 50, Low 40/ Precip .5"

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23 comments:

  1. Oh dear, oh dear, that is ugly and sad. Aren't they one of the hardiest for our area?

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    1. That's what they say, but I think these are A. parryi var. truncata which in my experience is not. I find 'JC Raulston' and var. couesii to be better.

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  2. They're melting...what a world, what a world. Did Dorothy throw water on them too? Sad.

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    1. Yes! She's up there in the sky dumping buckets and buckets on us. I wish she'd stop.

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    2. I'm with you! Enough of this cold and rain business!

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  3. Snow melting here but no plants. Sunny but viciously windy here today. Keep waiting for the crack of a big branch. So far just garbage cans being blown over — full ones, not lightweight empties!

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    1. Yikes, full ones sound very very messy. I hope this madness ends soon.

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  4. So sad! I've come across some damaged succulents myself and we weren't nearly as wet, not to speak of cold, as you were.

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    1. This winter has been the worst of all possible conditions for our succulents.

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  5. This is the same variety as the only agave I have. Mine looks a bit worse than yours now. I don't think it will last long, and I'm sad because soon there will be no agave here and supposedly there's *always* an agave!

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    1. There is always an Agave, and I know I can depend on you to make that happen (go shopping!).

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    2. p.s. these aren't mine, they're at a McMenamins.

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  6. I just noticed your comment about which A. parryi was in the photo, but mine is 'JC Raulston' so I'm now extra sad, since I don't think I can find a more likely variety to survive. I'm in Kirkland WA.

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    1. It pains me to write this, but my JCs are showing signs too, not nearly as bad as these, but they're not happy and they're letting me know. They've been indestructible up until this winter. Other good ones are Agave ovatifolia, A. bracteosa and A. parryi var. couesii.

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  7. Aw, that looks so sad... I was looking at the ones at Joy Creek today - they are still looking good - for the most part. And I have one in my parking strip that looks alright, but that one has super-duper drainage. Every other attempt at Agave in my garden look pretty much like your vignette - very, very sad.

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    1. Do you remember which one is in your hellstrip?

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  8. This year is shaping up to be a bad one. So sorry about these. They were beautiful.

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    1. They were! I'm seeing similar with the only A. parryi truncata in my garden. THIS WINTER SUCKS!

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  9. My Truncata also bit the dust badly, as did my Ovatifolia. JC Raulston powers on but there are a few dead spots and some of the bottom leaves have died. I'm not sure if I should do some surgery now or wait until May. Or just leave it be.

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    1. That's the eternal question! I only perform surgery if there's a dry streak in the forecast.

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  10. I'll just keep moving mine in and out...in...and out. I wonder about the really big ones you have featured in past posts.

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    1. Like at the Kuzma garden? Or at Kennedy? The ones at Kennedy (not so big really) are a mixed bag. I need to maybe try and get in to John's to do an "after hell froze over" post. Oh and ya, I should do a drive by of the couple I can see from the street, around town...

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    2. Isn't there one around Fremont that is huge?

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