Found another one!

In a recent post, I mentioned that I found an Agave simplex hidden under a Euphorbia misera shrub – lost to both sunlight and memory (mine). In a garden as small as ours, something like that couldn’t possibly happen more than once. At least that’s what I thought. And I was wrong. A week after rediscovering Agave simplex, I uncovered yet another buried plant. Two, actually: one fully buried and one half buried.

Take a look at the flowering Salvia ‘Marine Blue’ below:

Focus on the areas indicated by the red squares:

After moving some of the salvia stems aside, this is what I found:

Juvenile Aloe ‘Erik the Red’ at top left

Aloe dhufarensis × secundiflora at center right (the plant at the bottom is Aloe karasbergensis)

Aloe dhufarensis × secundiflora is an oddball hybrid I picked up at Rancho Soledad Nursery on my February 2023 San Diego trip. It hasn’t flowered yet, and I have no clue whether it’s even a garden-worthy plant. The potential is there, but time will tell.

Even though Salvia ‘Marine Blue’ wasn’t done flowering yet, I decided to cut it back to give these two aloes room to breathe:

Aloe ‘Erik the Red’ (top left), Aloe dhufarensis × secundiflora (center right), with Aloe karasbergensis at the bottom

Aloe dhufarensis × secundiflora all cleaned up

Aloe ‘Erik the Red’ and Banksia blechnifolia

I also freed a juvenile Banksia blechnifolia from the salvia’s inquisitive tentacles. Banksia blechnifolia is a compact prostrate shrub from Western Australia with flower heads seemingly emerging straight from the ground. New flowers are produced in the spring; what you see below is an old inflorescence:

Banksia blechnifolia with an old flower head

Lesson I’ve learned (or hope I will learn): Keep your plants tight and tidy. In a garden as small as ours, there’s no excuse for letting anything run wild – or for ever “losing” a plant.

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  1. It seems you have some sneaky plants - but interesting ones! In my garden, it's the agaves that pup feet away from their parents that I trip on unexpectedly.

    1. I know what you mean! Until recently, I was still finding pups from an Agave weberi that I removed two years ago! How they could survive all this time, I do not know.

  2. Many salvia varieties have a way of sneaking up on you. By end of summer it's easy to forget how much bigger they've become, and consequently, what they're hiding below.
    I'm not even sure you could prevent it from happening again next year as the garden demands so much of our attention. I know I'd be forgetting to keep an eye on it :-D

    1. You're so right about salvias! I love them, but they can get pretty thuggy.

  3. Kind of like little Christmas presents hidden throughout the garden. Always fun to find a surprise here and there.

  4. Many very valid excuses! You have a lot more on your plate than just a garden. Travel adventures, a business to run, a family, family in Europe, a great blog, C&S club work, Stella...Always amazed at how much you are able to accomplish! I'm tired just from a garden. --hb


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