My second agave is a whale's tongue agave (Agave ovatifolia), ordered online from High Country Gardens. It's still pretty small, and I don't hold out a lot of hope that it will get as huge as the ones I've seen on the web, down in Texas, for example. Maybe it will, who knows? At least it's planted in a three-foot wide culvert pipe, which my contractor Chris Gilliam sourced for me. Unlike some I've seen, these were cut and fitted with a "beauty ring" -- which keeps me from cutting myself on the sharp edge of the culvert. A good thing, too, as I have enough to contend with, with the agaves sticking me.
|Agave ovatifolia, Mexican feather grass, sedum ewersii, sempervivum 'Aqua', Allium aflatunense 'Purple Sensation'|
To make up for it being so small, and possibly staying that way, I planted a glass "Agave" with it. When I was at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in February, I bought three blue "glacicles" from Glass Gardens Northwest, with the plan of "planting" them clumped together as a fake agave.
I think they look pretty good together.
|No boo-boos from today's work!|
I have also been collecting ceramic and terra cotta pots from various people selling them on craigslist. And I've been haunting the local thrift stores, buying shallow dishes to make succulent dish gardens to top the gabions. I don't know yet what's going in the pots, but I like having them clustered in front of the gabions.
|This square orange and yellow bowl was $7.99 at the thrift store. I'm going to plant it up with some blue-leaved succulents.|
Anyway, there's a little peek at the new gravel garden. There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday, with clearing on Thursday and Friday. We'll see. I may still be sore from today's work.