Thursday, March 21, 2013

Drifting white petals

This post was going to be about our first rain in more than six weeks and how I moved quite a few potted succulents out into the open so they can have a good drink after three months of dry hibernation. But as I was looking at the photos I took I realized that in virtually every one there were white petals. Sometimes just a few…

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…sometimes a lot.

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The white petals are from the Bradford pear tree along the edge of our front yard. In a few days they’ll be brown and unsightly but today they look beautiful.

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Agave quartet:
(left to right) Agave mitis, Agave ‘Cornelius’, Agave bovicornuta, Agave dasylirioides

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Agave titanota

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Agave titanota ‘Felipe Otero’

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Agave bovicornuta

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Agave ‘Cornelius’

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Aloe capitata var. quartziticola

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Cycas revoluta

6 comments:

  1. That's pretty, like snow for those in temperate zones. I'm not a fan of bradford pear, but for a few days a year it's nice to see.

    Great collection of agave, I'm considering an A. bovicarnuta since I saw it in a friend's garden.

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    1. Shirley, Agave bovicornuta is one of my very favorite agave. Great choice. It's supposed to be fairly tender (mid to upper 20s) but mine is doing great in a pot.

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  2. Looks very pretty, like confetti all over :) I suppose the winds will just blow them all away later on.

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    1. The wind's been blowing like crazy since last night. Yep, the petals are all gone.

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  3. Pretty! I used to get a similar effect in my yard in June (or was it July?) when the black locust blooms dropped, except those ended up smelling terrible. Blech.

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    1. Some people don't like the way ornamental pear blossoms smell (I won't repeat what the smell reminds them of) but the fallen petals don't have a smell. They just turn brown and eventually get blown away, like they did last night.

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