|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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