Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 agave report preview

A detailed update on the agaves in my collection is long overdue. I just started to take photos of the 100+ agaves I have in the ground and in pots, and I realized it would make more sense to do some cleanup first so the plants look as good as they possibly can. So it’ll be a while yet before I have that post ready. Maybe we’ll even get another rain shower or two to help wash off the dust from a long and dry summer.

In the meantime, here’s a small teaser.

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Driveway succulent bed

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Agave ‘Snow Glow’, a sport of Agave ‘Blue Glow’, which in turn is a hybrid of Agave ocahui and Agave attenuata

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Agave ‘Felipe Otero’ (aka ‘FO-76’, aka ‘Sierra Mixteca’), a close relative (or subspecies) of Agave titanota

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Agave parrasana

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Agave ‘Mad Cow’ (hybrid between Agave colorata and Agave bovicornuta)

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×Mangave ‘Greg Starr’ (my name; cross between Agave sobria and a NOID Manfreda)

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Agave ovatifolia ‘Frosty Blue’. It’s getting so big, I’ll soon have to remove the Aloe cryptopoda to the right of it to make room. Mature size is 5-6 ft. wide.

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Agave montana, still one of my favorites

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Agave desmettiana ‘Joe Hoak’, dreamy as always

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×Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’, a hybrid between Manfreda variegata and Agave mitis. Will get to 4 ft. wide.

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Agave americana ‘Mediopicta Alba’

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Agave applanata ‘Cream Spike’

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Agave utahensis var. nevadensis, my latest agave acquisition. Look at those spines!

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LEFT: Agave mitis, acting like it might want to flower (new leaves are getting smaller, not larger)   RIGHT: Agave attenuata ‘Boutin Blue’. Both are in pots.

13 comments:

  1. That blue one, parrasana, is very pretty.

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  2. Good call waiting til after this weekend to post the collection..it might grow !

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    1. Ha, you've got me figured out! I'll see you tomorrow at the Ruth Bancroft Garden sale. I am indeed looking for cool new agaves :-).

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  3. They're BEAUTIFUL. I want to walk around your garden examining and discussing each one. It's impossible to pick a favorite. Did you get that wonderful Greg Starr hybrid in Arizona? Ye gods, Gerhard, what a collection...! (And this is just a teaser, OMG...)

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    1. I hope you'll make it up our way some day soon. We have a guest room :-).

      Yes, I got the mangave from Greg Starr. He created it a few years ago. I don't think it has an official name yet. I should ask him.

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  4. Beautiful! And to think this is just a preview...

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    1. I think you guys have as many agaves as I do, if not more!

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  5. Oh my! They're gorgeous. By comparison, my collection is relatively small, as our most of my plants.

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  6. More than a hundred Agaves! I thought I was bad...

    They sure are pretty.

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    1. It sounds like a lot but many are small (and in pots).

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  7. Agave ‘Mad Cow'....ha! That's a new one on me. Can't wait for the full report.

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