Pre-Thanksgiving front garden favorites
I find it hard to accept the fact that it's almost Thanksgiving. What a strange year it's been. Sometimes it seems like we've been stuck in 2020 for an eternity, and yet at other times, it feels like time has flown by even faster than usual.
We had a little rain last week (emphasis on little), and while it wasn't enough to soak the soil, it did wash away the worst of the surface grime. A good opportunity to take a look at some of my favorites in the front garden!
|Entrance to the front garden. I still can't believe these ponytail palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) are taller than the garage roof now!|
|Beaucarnea recurvata and Agave 'Red Margin' (A. attenuata × A. ocahui; same parentage as 'Blue Glow', but this hybrid was created earlier by a different grower)|
|Redone bed next to the front door. Hard to believe it's been a year since we overhauled this area.|
|×Sincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior'|
|NOID ×Sincoregelia, Deuterocohnia sp. nova (from Tucumán, Argentina), Hechtia lanata|
|Hechtia argentea, classic silver form|
|Left: Hechtia 'Silver Star' (H. argentea × H. marnier-lapostollei)|
Right: Hechtia 'Oaxaca Sunset' (unknown parentage)
|Bromelia pinguin 'Qué será', beautiful but formidably armed|
|Rhipsalis baccifera; this started out as a few cuttings from the danger garden|
|Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' and Agave bovicornuta|
|Aloe deltoideodonta 'Sparkler'|
|×Mangave 'Tooth Fairy' looks even more striking when the sun hits it from just the right angle. The teeth reveal the Agave shawii parentage.|
|×Mangave 'Man of Steel' (Agave striata × ×Mangave 'Bloodspot')|
|Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' (the variegated octopus), and Agave xylonacantha. The backlit cycad on the left is Encephalartos friderici-guilielmi.|
|Puya coerulea var. coerulea|
|Aloe fosteri (one my favorite aloe flowers) and Arctostaphylos pungens|
|Leucadendron 'Ebony' and Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue'|
|Aloidendron 'Hercules' (left) and Agave parrasana with its massive asparagus-like flower stalk|
|The flower stalk of Agave parrasana starts in the summer, stops for the winter, and then pushes flowers the following spring. This is to prevent the flowers from being damaged by the cold in its native habitat.|
|Agave parrasana inflorescence|
|Agave schidigera 'Durango Delight', Yucca baccata var. vespertina 'Hualapei Blue' (a Cistus introduction)|
The garden has done well this year, and for that I'm thankful.
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