It's tucked into a warm (reflected heat) corner bordered by the street and the driveway.
Lots to look at and love here...
If I remember correctly this agave was a NoID.
However I think Susan told me the name of this one, and I promptly forgot it.
And this little guy (below) is an Agave x ovatispina 'Blue Rapture' (ain't that a mouthfull?), from Plant Delights: Agave x ovatispina 'Blue Rapture' is a 2018 Plant Delights/JLBG introduction from a cross of two cold tolerant century plants, made by our volunteer agave specialist Mike Papay. Mike crossed his voluptuous Agave ovatifolia with pollen from an unsuspecting Agave flexispina. The offspring, which are still young but insanely vigorous, look absolutely amazing. We obviously won't know the mature size for another 14 years or so, but would estimate the rosettes will reach at least 2' tall x 5' in width. This is a very limited offering of what promises to be a truly amazing new strain of century plant...each seedling is different, although overall they are quite uniform.
Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Cuphea ignea, the cigar plant—a tender perennial.
This cutie! I think it's a drought stressed Pleopeltis lepidopteris? Or I could be wrong.
It's a great plot full of interesting plants.
Oh and there's another one of her other passions (she has a few), vintage BMW's.
Susan does Plantago major 'Rubrifolia' well...
And seeing her blackberry lily (Iris domestica) seed pods made me wish I'd gotten serious about sowing the seeds my in-laws had sent me.
And this! OMG. She has a seriously large Grevillea ivanhoe doing fabulously up by the front door of her house. It's not thought of as being reliably hardy here so it's fantastic to see doing so well.
The push to visit Susan's garden was because she'd put out a plea to the local bloggers group that she wanted to rehome several container plants. She was overwhelmed and wanted to be free. A few of the plants up for grabs were agaves, but thankfully she'd decided to hang on to this sweet Agave americana, 'Mediopicta Alba'.
I adopted this Agave victoriae-reginae and will be keeping it under cover over the winter, then planting it out in the late spring. I've always wanted to try one of these in the ground, and free is the best price to experiment with.
I also went home with this Agave gentryi/montana cross (maybe? I'm trying to read the writing on the side of a container, not neatly labeled for sale).
After thoroughly appreciating the plants in the front garden, we made our way around to the back garden. This blooming Schefflera delavayi was on it's way out, another plant Susan was rehoming.
Phormium and Bupleurum fruticosum mash-up.
And then my eyes saw this! OMG! It's a stellar example of Lyonothamnus floribundus, aka Catalina Ironwood—made even better by the agave at its base.
The next tree we were captivated by was this eucalyptus, Eucalyptus perriniana. You can see its mature foliage way up there at the top.
The trunk was also pretty spectacular.
And the blue on blue with that sky wasn't hurting.
There were more agaves here and there. Susan has a much more relaxed gardening style than I do—yes I know. Some of you might call me uptight, I don't care. I love her style, and I also love coming home to mine.
Speaking of...back at home here's my #1 fabulous score, a nice big Phlebodium aureum. It hung out under the shade pavilion for a few weeks...
But once I started moving things around (and indoors) I tried it out in what will be its home next spring, up on the SW corner columns. Heaven! Thanks Susan!
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