|I love this Echium webbii both in and out of bloom. In bloom, it looks like a dwarf version of E. fastuosum 'Pride of Madeira'. Even though it's less flashy than the variegated 'Star of Madeira', its graceful form always draws my eye.|
|This graceful Agave desmetiana 'Variegata', nicely framed by the bronzy new foliage of the Xylosma congestum behind it, also drew my eye|
|It looks great when viewed from the street too|
After taking the first photo of the Agave desmettana shown above, I panned my camera further along the same bed and captured one of my favorite Agaves half-hidden from view.
|Viewed from the back side of the street-facing succulent bed, this Agave 'Blue Glow' is partially screened by stems of the restio planted behind it. The restio was sold to me years ago as the dwarf Chondropetalum tectorum (aka small cape rush) but, as explained in this article, it's probably C. elephantinum.|
|Here's another view from the street. There are actually 3 'Blue Glow' Agaves in front of the restio.|
I've pondered the fate of that restio many times, but it took years to become established and I lost 3 other specimens in the time that took that one to reach this point so it's going to stay. Perhaps the 'Blue Glow' Agaves beneath its skirt will grow large enough to stand out on their own but, eventually, they'll bloom and die and I can replace them with something more appropriate in that spot.
You may remember that I faced a similar issue with out-of-control 'Cousin Itt' Acacias in my back garden (addressed in my October Foliage Follow-up post). As mentioned in November's Foliage Follow-up, I moved the succulents swamped by the Acacias and planted several Lotus bethelotii to fill in as a groundcover in front of the Acacias. The Lotus has always been a fast grower, with aggressive tendencies of its own, so I was perplexed by the failure of these plants to spread. It soon became obvious that something was eating the infant plants as one after another virtually disappeared. Disappearances and evidence of persistent nibbling occurred elsewhere in my garden too. Insects? Squirrels? Birds? I considered all of them. Earlier this week, the culprit finally revealed itself.
I'd already caged some of my plants and now the Lotus are covered too.
|The bunny apparently loves the fresh foliage of Orlaya grandiflora (aka Minoan Lace). A few of the plants completely disappeared overnight. Caged, this one is now recovering.|
Meanwhile, I've discovered that 'Cousin Itt' is now enveloping plants on the back side of that bed too.
|Maybe the Duranta repens 'Gold Mound' can survive 'Cousin Itt's' embrace but, if it can't, it's not a big loss.|
Oh well. Visit Pam at Digging for more Foliage Follow-up posts. Have a great weekend!
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