How often do you see an upside-down artichoke/cynara? Not often enough!
From this vantage point I could see the nursery was very well stocked, that's always a good thing. Heck, you can't even see thru to the Big Top door!
This is a special agave, a pup from my friend Linda's plant. She bought it at Cistus, grew it into a monster, and then gifted it back when it got to big for her garden. Now it's pups are being sold at the nursery...
We will pay a visit to mama agave towards the end of this post.
Bonus back-lit shot.
NO ID clematis.
Ditto for this colletia with a phormium backer.
Moving into the Big-Top now, which was full of lots of wonderful vignettes.
Did somebody say aspidistra?
Mangave 'Purple People Eater'
I'm starting to hear that mangaves are now considered agaves and thus the name mangave is obsolete. I can't quite wrap my head around it because they are so very different—at least as far as how they handle winter cold and wet.
I want this container on a pedestal so bad!
I meant to go back and buy one of these but I forgot. Damn.
Now I've ventured back to visit friends in the propagation area (Ann and Kris) and was surprised to see a late summer blooming scadoxus.
I then ventured over to inspect the desert island bed. It does not disappoint!
Steps up to the back graveled "patio" off Sean and Preston's house.
Which is where Linda's agave holds court.
It and it's setting is pretty magnificent.
Pseudopanax ferox (and maybe a crassifolius) stand tall at the side of the house.
A final shot of the desert island to wrap up this post...
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