Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, perfect pairing

I found this plant and pot in an out of the way corner at the Desert Botanical Garden...

The poor Agave has seen better days, and getting it out of the container looks next to impossible. It wasn't just planted in there, it's like the container was made around it, almost as though they've grown together. There's something about this combo that has stuck with me over the months since my visit. It's a perfect paring of plant and pot. They have become one.

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21 comments:

  1. That is an absolutely Wow! combo of container and plant. When I saw that first shot I initially thought the container was a leaf of some live plant.

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    1. Tempted to try something like this yourself?

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  2. Perfect pairing, indeed! It looks like the agave sprouted from the pot, as if the container were a giant seed. "Hey, what's in the giant peanut?" "An agave, of course!" Sorry, the texture reminded me of honey combs and peanuts.

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    1. I love that idea. An agave from a peanut!

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  3. I think I've photographed this combo on every visit to the Desert Botanical Garden. I bet it's hard keeping the agave hydrated. There can't be much soil left; it's probably mostly roots.

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    1. Ah, and I thought I'd discovered it for the first time. Surely then I've seen your photos?

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  4. Maybe a sea creature that will retract into the brown barnicle if it's frightened. Exquisite pairing!

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  5. Like Alison, I also thought the container was a plant growing on the surface of the agave. Weird and wonderful.

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    1. I love reading everyone's reaction to this.

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  6. I never would have guessed that was a container either. I figured it was just another obscure must have plant you managed to find on a nursery crawl.

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  7. Perfect is right! I wonder if they'll have to break the pot eventually or the plant will break it.

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    1. Good question, Agaves are tough.

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  8. i have just lost all interest in my 'normal' planting pots.

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    1. Ha! Will you be taking up pottery making?

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  9. Yeah, that is exceptional. I wonder how long the Agave will last in that pot. It looks perfect, but tight. Yes, I imagine it would be near impossible to get it out at this point without destroying the pot. Nifty find!

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    1. Thanks Beth, glad you stopped by.

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  10. Wow - that truly is the perfect combo! It looks as if the planter was sculpted around the Agave. And, I love how it looks like dried culms of some kind of large, prehistoric plant!

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    1. I should ask Gerhard to dig out some of his older photos to see the transition over time.

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  11. Wonderful combo. Just wonderful. I make pots. Concrete/hypertufa/mortar. Take a bog ordinary terracotta pot and go hog wild with cement oxides and DIY lime paint for colouring and when you get into it you start using a few faux bois tricks and techniques and all is suddenly well with the world. For such a magnificent sculptural combo seen in your pics, I'd put the agave in a plastic pot first so repotting doesn't result in mutual destruction. Love your blog too!

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