Succulents drowning in sea of leaves
The wind has been blowing like crazy for the last two days, knocking the leaves off trees that had still been hanging on to them. As is always the case, the bulk of our neighbor’s leaves ended up in our yard, specifically on the newly renovated driveway succulent bed.
It may not look that bad in this photo…
…but if you take a closer look…
…you’ll see how many leaves there really are.
I had just cleaned up this bed so what you see are all new leaves.
My Agave montana is almost completely buried:
My Agave ovatifolia ‘Frosty Blue’, planted on a mound, isn’t faring much better:
In fact, the mound has all but disappeared.
I think the leaves are actually quite beautiful, but they do need to be removed before it rains again because I don’t want these succulents to stay wet longer than they have to.
Where do all the leaves come from? Here’s the culprit: a large sycamore (probably Platanus × acerifolia) in our neighbor’s front yard.
The wind has stopped. Time to spring into action!
I have a conflicted relationship with leaf blowers (noisy, annoying and overused), but there’s nothing quite like it when it comes to leaf removal. Here’s the bed after half an hour of targeted blowing, with the leaves neatly added to the pile you saw in the previous photo:
My lovelies can breathe again!
And my prized agaves, including Agave ovatifolia ‘Frosty Blue’…
…and Agave montana are free again.
Now we need a week of warm weather to dry out the soil a bit. Fortunately, next week looks sunny with daytime highs in the low 60s.