|Planted last May and only a fraction of the 6 foot tall specimen it may eventually become, this Plectranthus ecklonii was happy enough to bloom. My first 2 attempts to grow this plant failed, probably due to excessive sun exposure. The grower recommends half day sun, which is roughly what it gets sitting behind a dense hedge with northwest exposure but it was still touch and go for a while this summer. Extra water helped.
The succulents generally pull their weight regardless of the weather so I don't always give them the scrutiny the shrubs and perennials get but a few did warrant attention this month.
|Agave 'Jaws' Junior, seen in the photo on the left in front of 'Jaws' Senior, is growing at a remarkable rate. I haven't decided whether to let him remain in the fraternal embrace or relocate him but I'm impressed by his size - just back in July, he was so small I almost stepped on him. His growth led me to check the status of my other infant agaves. I planted 7 A. desmettiana pups (see photo top right) along the front slope last year and all are also growing quickly. Agave mitis 'Multicolor' (middle right), a gift from Denise of A Growing Obsession last year, started life as a bulbil of her plant (see Denise's post on this here) and is now 4 inches tall. In contrast, Agave montana (lower right), possibly the tiniest agave I've ever received by mail order, is growing but slowly.
|I don't like the flowers produced by most succulents but I do appreciate those produced by this still small Faucaria tigrina variegata.
A couple of very ordinary plants also caught my notice for very different reasons.
|The flowers of Catananche caerulea (Cupid's Dart) are gone but I like the silvery bracts left behind even more
|Helichrysum petiolare 'Licorice Splash', planted last year, has thrived under a tree in dry shade without attempting world domination as the common species is prone to do in my garden
Visit Loree to see what earned her notice and that of other meme participants this month.
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