I watch dogs for a living and our backyard is pretty much a dog-zone, so today I moved the last of the potted plants to the front where they will be safe from digging paws. Also, where the dogs will be safe from the Agaves.
This is my first shot with Agaves, and am hoping they survive. The substrate is a mix of potting soil, vermiculite, and turface. Turface (more on clays here) is fired clay used on baseball fields that gets a beautiful red when wet. In this pot are Agave filifera var. schidigera and A. palmer. Also pictured are some Sempersivum and a NOID Callistemon, and twisty blue plant (?). All these plants were obtained from Little Prince Nursery this past weekend.
It was difficult not to buy all the plants in bud. This Linaria maroccana ‘Fairy Bouquet’ was too cute to pass up. The Tibouchina urvilleana ‘Rich Blue Sun’ reminds me a bit of a South American Melastone, maybe a fuzzy Clidemia. Also in this pot are Drimys lanceolata, Arctostaphylos edmundsii ‘Big Sur’ and Arcostaphylos uva-ursi x imbricata.
This one has Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’, Lobelia laxifolia, and one that I forgot to grab a tag for 🙁
These pots were planted last year, and look to have all made it through winter. The Eucalyptus pauciflora var. debeuzevillei doesn’t love the pot, and its twin who is in the ground is significantly larger already. The potted Eucalyptus will be coming with us when we move, though, so I’m hoping it can hang on a little longer.
Sunny watched me while I took these photos, looking rather dramatic. He is the best dog to have in the garden, as he tiptoes along the paths and generally doesn’t cross the 2×4 wood border. He also seems to intuitively know that peeing on the plants is forbidden.