Sunday, 25 September 2016

Time for an agave update

It has been a while since there has been a post on the agaves planted in the main rockery, especially after all the damage back in Spring 2015. It is obvious some have grown but not so in others.

Starting with the agave filiferas, the normal form I would guess has grown, it looks much bigger now, so the March 2014:

And August 2016

Probably only a little bigger, but a lot fuller.

The form with no white markings: March 2015

August 2016

Not sure I can tell the difference in that one at all.  It definitely seems to be slower than the standard form and not sure that the lack of white markings on the leaves really add anything.

The largest agave montana: June 2014

August 2016

The middle sized one has been moved to the front garden, so onto the smallest agave montana: March 2014

August 2016:

These have grown a lot, a shame the angle is different. Not really a surprise as they love being in the ground. They seem to be one of the agaves that stops growing for me when it gets warm (yes even in the UK).

Next up probably my favourite form of parryi, agave parryi HK1684. March 2014

 Then August 2016

Another one that has really grown, although not so obvious from the photo.  I'm not a big fan of the narrow leaf forms, and this one not only has wide leaves, but the spines are a really good colour.  It is now a proper artichoke shape.

The agave ovatifolia has been one of the quickest growers. There is no doubt that this is one of the best agaves for the UK, even from a small size it seems to have a lot of cold and wet tolerance. March 2014.

It had to be moved at the start of this summer, which has set it back a bit, but still impressive growth.

A second much larger plant has been added elsewhere in the rockery as well.

There are a few other other agaves in there as well, I don't seem to have multiple photos for these.

Agave bracteosa

Agave parasana
Agave xNigra
Finally the scary one, no photos needed to tell if this has grown, but as I have them here is teh agave salmiana var ferox in 2015:

and then in August 2016

What is more worrying is the new pup, This was not there last year, so that is one years growth and it is already over 30cm across and almost as big as the the agave gentryi which has been in the ground since  2014.

Having been to a garden a few days ago with one of these, I have seen what they can become.  More on that once I have checked the owner is happy for me to write a post on his garden.

I think come spring next year the pup will be dug up and moved to take over somewhere else!

Friday, 16 September 2016

While we're on the subject of offsets

Time for a quick echeveria 'Compton Carousel' update. After the last post on the tricks I use, which can be found here, they have had the summer to grow and have filled the pots nicely.

In the main pot I did consider cutting off the two largest offsets, but decided on leaving them for this year. Amazingly that little pure white offset is still going strong, it must be feeding off the other plants.

In the middle size pot the offsets have filled out the middle nicely.

As the four large plants in this pot have good root systems already I cut two off to give the offsets more space.

These have been given to friends, who seemed quite pleased by their deliveries.

The pot is a bit lopsided, but they don't do as well cut off from the mother plants as most succulents, so I tend not to cut them off until I have something to do with them.

Lots of small offsets now have space to grow out and fill the space. No doubt the last two larger plants will go a some point.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Time to even things up.

This haworthia attenuata variegata was one of last plants I got from my friend Paul before he died. His pot was rammed full of plants, all variegated to some degree. It was quite a sight. I was desperate for a bit to start my own pot, but he was understandably reluctant to spoil the look of his pot. We spent a while carefully turning it to see if any of the smaller offsets would come off and one did. Not the best, and only half variegated, but a start.

A few years later and my pot is full of plants, only most are not variegated. I forgot to take a picture of the pot before splitting them, but here is the mother now:

Being lopsided the type of pup depends on where it comes of the parent plant. In this case over half the pot was not variegated.

Then there were those that were exact copies of mum.

I toyed with the idea of replanting any with variegation, then noticed the plant I have been waiting for: a fully variegated pup.

Time to start again with this plant.  Thankfully it is one of the faster haworthia, so the pot should fill up in a couple of years.   Hopefully this time every plant will be variegated, giving me the pot I have wanted since first seeing Pauls.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

What happened to summer

Is it really September already? It has been busy here, but I have been been storing up posts so hopefully lots to follow.

In the mean time, has anyone else noticed that every time you go out into the garden to do some tidying or re-potting you just seem to end up with even more plants!

I am trying to cut down on the number of duplicates, so this lot will be left bare root and given away.  As lots of people have been commenting my the new front garden, maybe I'll leave them out there with a sign letting people know they are free to a good home.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Sorting out more of the trouble areas

It's amazing that in mid July only now is there a break in the rain.  For once the weekend was dry and getting warmer, so out in the garden and time to take on a couple of the projects.

First up the trio of agave montanas.

A very wet tolerant agave they have thrived in the main rockery and are starting to grow into each other.  Not sure what the thought process was here, maybe just that there were three plants that needed to be planted.  In a couple of years, these will be a tangle of spikes. So the decision was made to remove the middle one and allow space for the others to grow.

It will take a bit of getting used to, and the euphorbia is now going to have to go, but it will fill out which is the idea. The central plant has gone in the front garden where it has lots of space.

One down and so far relatively unscathed.

Next up the problem of the rapidly growing agave ovatifolia and the aloe polyphylla.

The aloe has grown so much is is starting to push the rock over. The agave is being overgrown by the ice plant and is growing into the aloe.  It is also such a good blue, it needs to go somewhere more visible.

It came out surprisingly easily, one of the advantages of pure gravel.  There were a few discussions about the best new home; lots of trial positioning and thinking what else may have to be moved in the future.  In the end we opted for the bend in rockery, just below the smallest agave montana.

There is plenty of space for it to grow and the echeverias can be moved at any point should it be needed.  The aloe polyphilla now has lots of space and the rock has been moved back as well.

Now we just need the warm weather to continue so we can get out and enjoy it.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Someone is loving the rain.

You need to look closely, but finally the large cycad is starting to flush.  Lots of rain and extra feed seems to have done the trick.

Friday, 24 June 2016

A break form the rain

My friends always laugh when I say that June in the UK is our monsoon month.  They are not laughing this year, as it has been foul, with the last two days being full on thunder storms and flooding. Thankfully the flooding has not been bad as long as you are not trying to camp at a festival.

To get out of the ran it was time to take on one of the re-potting tasks.  The agave filifera variegata has gone a bit pupping mad.

It's never certain how easily pups are going to come off, so it was nice they came away without much problem.

Not a bad collection of pups, only a few without roots.  Those are only the pups, the mum is safely potted up elsewhere.

They'll stay potted up like this for a month or so while I decide what to do with them. It may be anything time for one of my hardiness tests. I probably have a few spare.

My succulent friends are doing well for spares this year.