Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Spoilt













Left: Dasylirion wheeleri. Right: Aeonium "Kiwi"

Last night as I was weeding the steps and removing bricks in preparation for Sunday's big stairway project, my phone rang. It was John and he wanted to know if I was available to receive some plants. Oh, let me think about that.... Yes!

As usual he was there in a flash and we now have the exciting, unusual, unlikely task of deciding where to plant not-one-but-two LARGE Dasylirions (above left, below right.) Let me tell you, these things grow slowly and are usually very expensive, so for us to have two is a big deal. They are like strips of razor wire so I doubt they'll be stolen... in fact I think they need to amend the exasperated saying: "if I told you to put your hand in a Dasylirion, would you?" They need to go somewhere special to show them off properly, and out of the way of legs and dogs that might be lacerated. Hmmm...













Left: Senecio scaposus "Silver Spider" Right: Dasylirion wheeleri

Aside from the Dasylirions, John also brought us a bucket o' Aeoniums, three Aloe branches, two big fat chunks of cactus (San Pedro?) and a very cute Euphorbia cactus that looks like a bunch of pickles that have been run through with spikes. Oh the glee! I am so spolit. I dragged them all into the house for potting up, along with some Conicosia pugioniformis (Narrow-leaved iceplant) I got in Morro Bay - I expect they'll make their debut in the garden in about 6 months, when they have grown some roots.

Thanks John!

I have also, in my "spare time," been writing up the required planting and maintenance schedule for Caltrans. 9 pages done so far... hope they approve it all!

Gratuitous flower picture at left: Lavender, Tulbaghia, Osteospermum

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