Some of you may find this post disturbing. I understand. I however am thrilled I got to see these plants before they were all yanked and replaced. It's interesting to see how they responded to the extremes of our winter. Look at this as research, and if you want a refresher on how good this all looked last October, click here.
Friends and I visited Blooming Junction last week. If they thought it was odd I was photographing dead Agaves nobody said so, I guess they know my obsession runs deep. We'll start our Agave death tour in the display garden. I believe this is an Agave montana 'Baccarat'.
Or maybe I should say "was"... I wish I knew exactly how much colder it was out here, vs. in the city where I live. I doubt they got the ice we did (that's typically brought on by proximity to the Columbia River Gorge), but it was probably a great deal colder.
Maybe Agave havardiana?
I hope they let this one grow out of it. Of course that's assuming we eventually get some warmth. Who knows what this summer has in store for us.
I don't remember seeing this one before. I'm pretty sure it's an Agave parryi 'J.C. Raulston'.
Perhaps Agave ocahui? I have to admit I found this one strikingly beautiful, as is.
Agave bracteosa, a winner even out here!
It's the 'Calamar' selection — meaning it's solitary, no pups.
Agave ovatifolia, the center is still solid!
So now we venture over to the berm along the main road. This was full of Agaves last year, now only these A. ovatifolia remain, the others have been cleaned out.
Evidence of clean-up.
Will they let it grow out?
I just have to say I am still impressed a nursery in Western Oregon took a leap of faith and planted all of these Agaves out, knowing this might happen some day.
This was a freak winter. They could have happily grown on for many more years.
I hope they'll give them a chance, to see if they can recover.
I walked further along the berm, to see what I could see. This is a different Agave (I'm not gonna attempt an ID) and it's looking strong.
Not so much here.
Well, we know what this one was.
Ugh. Thanks for trying Blooming Junction! Please don't give up...
Weather Diary, April 20: Hi 60, Low 43/ Precip .15"
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