Another agave rescued this morning. Now that I’ve become a second Stanley Kubrick, I could have filmed the process, but, believe me, digging up a ten-ton wimp of an agave and carrying it to its new home, slipping and sliding in mud and snow, and trying not to step on, or fall onto, a cactus just waiting for me to do exactly that, is not a whole lot of fun.
This particular specimen is pretty battered by the weather. One night of four below zero and you’re like this? (It’s the one in the back, with all the white, barely visible in Denver’s blinding sunlight.)
My patience with such bad behavior is extremely limited. I’m tired of all these wimpy, whiny plants that can’t take it.
You come from a mountain in Texas? What’s that? You got some snow on your leaves and you got all cold? Suck it up.
The third one of these agaves is in even worse shape. The regular Agave havardiana visible behind it put it to shame. I might rescue it, and then again I might just let it die, and be a warning to any other plants that might go into the garden. Maybe hang its corpse from a post, or something.
I mean, come on. Here’s Agave ovatifolia from much further south and half as high in the sky, and does it look like you do? It’s not totally happy, but happier than you. No, the white on its leaf is sunlight. Nice try, though. And look, it has dirt and gravel in its middle.
I had to go out this afternoon, and on the way back I “decided” to stop and get some cactus. I could hear them calling me from a long way off.
Couple of Echinocereus knippelianus, and the first thing I did was put them out on the patio table to take their pictures. It was cooler there than in the greenhouse where they grew.
As I went back inside, I heard two little voices say “Please, sir, don’t put us outside in your garden; we’re far too squishy for that. Please, please, no, I beg you. We’re not really hardy so please please don’t try to grow us outside.”
For crying out loud. I know where you grow in the wild. A little cold never hurt anyone. And what do you think this is?
Suck it up.