The day I took photos for my "it's winter" post (December 22nd) I also snapped photos of my in-ground Agaves, thinking it was past time to file an Agave-report. My last report (part one, part two) was filed in May, I should have a record of how they're looking heading into winter, right?
First up (below) is my newest Agave ovatifolia, planted spring '17 when I pulled out a suffering A. americana. The light for some of these photos was pretty poor, for example that's cool morning moisture and shadows causing it to look like the base of some of the leaves are rotting. They're not.
Agave bracteosa, I don't think this plant gets enough summer water to grow much...but at least it remains looking happy through winter.
Okay not Agaves, Yucca harrimaniae x nana, just because.
Agave americana var. protoamericana 'Silver Surfer' — still showing damage from last year's cold and wet, winter and spring.
Another A. bracteosa, seemingly frozen in time. Oh wait, frozen is a bad word. It's not frozen!
Agave parryi 'JC Raulston' and pups. The brown spots are cold/wet damage, but the mottling on the leaves is a trick of the light and moisture, they're really okay.
Another 'JC' with a few pups hiding underneath.
A. parryi var. couesii
Overall shot, just for fun. Pretty much dead center is a 'JC Raulston' pup, but I'm not sure which plant it came from.
Maybe this one?
Or this one?
Not this one though, that's an 'Ovatifolia', note the pristine summer growth vs. the damaged bits. I really had hoped that the damaged foliage on all of these Agaves would have been hidden by now. At least they're still alive and process has started.
NOID pair of cuties I picked up at Little Prince of Oregon but then couldn't manage to separate before I planted them (these were not in the ground last winter). Oh and I have no idea what that tiny pup at the top is.
Another 'JC' — and the last, I promise.
Pup from an A. americana that perished after last winter's madness.
And another A. ovatifolia, this one of the pair up near the house, under the living room window.
Here's the other.
A. utahensis v. utahensis
A mash-up! At the top, barely in the photo, is a containerized A. 'Mr Ripple'. The two big guys in the center are (L) Agave montana 'Baccarat' and (R) Agave americana var. protoamericana. The 'Baccarat' was newly planted last spring, the protoamericana was in ground through last winter.
Agave parryi 'RBG'
Another A. utahensis v. utahensis
This oddly shaped Agave went in the ground last spring when I took pity on it, for its sad life in a container. I have no idea what it is. The thin spikes on the right belong to a Yucca linearifolia.
A pair of sad little Agave parryi, I planted them out last spring hoping they'd love this spot. We'll see.
NOID Agave from a Cistus tough love sale a few years back. It keeps plugging along.
The driveway gang. As I mentioned in Tuesday's post I'm a little worried about the guys in the stock tanks. They don't usually have to deal with the weather we experienced over Christmas. The mess in the short round pot is the Agave americana I pulled from the front garden because it was on death's door after last winter and looked too horrible to be predominantly featured in the front garden. It's made a great recovery though and now I need to find a place for it, and it's pups!
Moving into the back garden...this is the little guy I left out as an experiment (previously mentioned in my last winterizing post), so far so good (still solid after our Christmas ice).
Another A. bracteosa, slightly overtaken by a Grevillea juniperina ‘Molonglo’ and a Calluna vulgaris.
This area really does look better in real life than it does in this picture. I promise.
Really. Oh and that very green Agave at the top (A. salmiana var. ferox), next to the Astelia, is the only newbie this year. The rest made it through last winter.
Two other A. salmiana var. ferox here (and a lot of Magnolia leaves I still haven't picked up...).
The growth on this A. bracteosa makes up for all the others that are stalled.
It's very happy.
That's Agave 'Mateo' (a variegated bracteosa) with few pups from other Agaves — barely visible at the top of the photo an A. neomexicana planted out last spring.
Sadly I can't remember what this one is, it's been there for awhile though, and just keeps on keeping on (maybe another A. neomexicana?). The thin leaved guy (no barbs) just above it is A. striata (Espadina form, from Cistus).
Yes, another A. bracteosa...
And finally the gang next to the stock tank pond (L to R): A. parryi var. couesii, A. parryi, and A. bracteosa.
Another one that's put on a lot of growth (thanks to summer water).
Missed in the group photo is another A. parryi, this one lives just slightly under the protective PVC hut for the containerized A. ovatifolia.
To be honest the hut kind of moves around a bit, but it keeps the big guy in the container dry and that's what I'm aiming for.
Ditto here, there's a containerized A. 'Sharkskin' under there.
And so another Agave report is filed. Roughly a month and a half of possible winter weather ahead. Hopefully nothing too damaging. A girl can dream...
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