Periodically, Loree at Danger Garden posts an Agave Report to update her readers on the current state of her agaves, quite a few of which are growing in the ground. Loree loves these plants and speaks about them with an evangelistic fervor so infectious that even a set-in-his-ways curmudgeon like myself has fallen under their spell. In my mind, that mitigates the guilt I feel for stealing her agave report idea for this post.
A few of my agaves are sort of between in and out in the glass room that is only heated to keep temperatures above freezing, we'll call it zone 9.
A few pots of noid pups that came from repotting their parents are also in zone 9 until the spring garden bloggers' exchange. Just realized that there are quite a few sweet smaller agaves living in pots on the sills of zone 9 but they're out of sight for the season.
This sweetheart was given to me Danger herself upon the occasion of our first meeting two years ago and has wintered here in zone 9 each year. I think of the moss growing on the pot as the patina of authenticity rather than a sign of a lazy gardener.
Here we have some rather hardy souls most of which fared well last winter in this spot which is outside but gets no moisture at all. We'll call it dry zone 8. I'm not totally sure about A. gentryi 'Jaws' and may move it to zone 9. What do you think? Am also trying the Aloe polyphylla there but may need to bring it in to dry a little as it was left out during the horrible downpours we had earlier and when I took it out of it's pot, the soil was dripping. I potted it up into a mix of mostly pearlite and a little soil. Fingers crossed.
Here we have some more in zone 10, a heated room inside the house. No one else was using this old desk in the music room anyway?
And because the collection of tender plants keeps growing somehow, I've taken over another room for the plants. I suppose one of the benefits of living in a large fixer is that the plants can take over rooms we don't use.
Agave americana variegata 'aurea' fared well inside last winter and I'm thrilled to see all the pups coming up as this is one of my favorite children.
Mr. Ripple, the newest addition along with some other friends who were fine in zone 9 last year but are getting a little large for the small space.
Here we have what's out. Outside that is. You may remember A. ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' from an earlier post who will be slogging through the winter outside. Hoping for the best!
A. parryi 'J.C. Raulston pup also from danger that was fine here last winter and put on quite a bit of growth this summer.
Another 'J.C. Raulston' that I got on sale last fall and which lived outside last winter as well. There's quite a crowd in there!
Agave weberi that became slime under plastic outside last winter but came back but is now covered with pelargoniums.
A. bracteosa is pretty tough but, since it's still in a pot, it may come in this year.