Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Vignettes, summer redemption

A trio of Agave vignettes to illustrate just how redemptive a hot summer can be.

When I visited Blooming Junction Nursery last April I quickly filed report on the Agave destruction (here). While it was sad to see, I was still thrilled they'd pushed the envelope and experimented. How else do we learn?

While most of the mushy Agaves had been already pulled when I visited that April day they'd left the A. ovatifolia in place, and amazingly they've all grown out of it — with lots of glorious healthy new foliage. These photos were taken last Saturday, September 16th, and the smoke from our wildfires had returned, hence the hazy air and off coloration.

Agave ovatifolia, for the win!

Weather Diary, Sept 19: Hi 65, Low 51/ Precip .39"

Wednesday Vignettes are hosted by Anna at Flutter & Hum. All material © 2009-2017 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited and just plain rude.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! They look great! That berm must be a perfect spot.

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    1. I'd love to know how much water they got.

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  2. Dang - I was just there! How the heck did I miss it??? Sigh...

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    1. Not visible from the nursery, you can only see them from the road, unless of course you climb up the berm...

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  3. Agave ovatifolia is one spiky plant I would probably grow if I had full control over the garden.

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    1. So your parents say no to spikes? Lame!

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  4. I'll take any good news I can get today, and this is glorious news! Apparently, patience does pay off!

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    1. It does! Sorry it sounds like you're having one of those days...

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  5. How cold did they get Loree? Didn't Hillsboro hit 4ºF on two dates? On top of all the other cold and heavy rains! Lost my A. havardiana as well at 15º, though two offsets have popped up over the summer.

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    1. We chatting briefly with Grace (owner) and I asked specifically that, now I don't remember! I think she said 8, burrr!!!

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  6. I'm guessing it's the berm and reflected heat from the pavement that helped them recover.

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    1. Yes definitely. But if we hadn't had such a hot summer even that wouldn't have even helped.

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  7. Wow! I know they're tough but I didn't realize how tough.

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    1. Good ones for our climate that's for sure.

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  8. So happy that they made it through! They're looking great!

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  9. The resiliency of nature... enough of those beauties and you can do away with the fence.

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    1. They'd need a lot more Agaves for that...

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