On Monday, a slip arrived in the mailbox letting me know that a package was waiting at the post office for me. Because Tuesday was one of those 13 hour work days, I wasn't able to go to the post office until Wednesday. A package in the mail is always fun but a package from a gardener is especially exciting. What could it be? Well, there was a beautiful card and cool gold-striped tissue.
In their own little nest were three rooted bulbils, "Moby's spawn." I was so excited that I took them immediately out to the greenhouse.
And potted them up. Here are Ishmael, Ahab, and Elijah with their feet in the soil.
What a wonderful surprise to receive not one but three of Moby's kids. Pam's Moby lives on through his spawn not only in her Austin garden but in gardens of lucky agave lovers across the country. How fun is that? Thank you again Pam!
While I was out in the greenhouse I snapped some other pictures.
Over the weekend, while filling the yard waste containers in our back alley, I found a discarded agave. It could have been one that I'd given up on earlier in the year or did someone dump one out there? Somehow, the thing had put on some growth and was actually pushing out roots so it had to be rescued from the rain and potted up while I was playing with Moby's kids.
It may end up going back out to the yard waste container some year but for now, it has a reprieve.
The papyrus never made it outside this summer and put out huge stalks that nearly touched the top of the greenhouse roof which is 20 feet tall. It's chosen now to put out more growth. Crazy plant.
This hibiscus will continue blooming for a while yet but will take a rest during the darkest months. I forgot to take a picture of the grocery-store camellia which, happy to finally be free of the scale insect infestation, has been blooming for a couple of months now.
The tillandsia xerographicas bloomed and put out pups. Now the pup on this one is blooming but the main plant shows no signs of dying. Does xerographica eventually grow into a ball composed of many individuals like some of the other tillandsias?
While the schlumbergera in the house has blooms opening, those in the greenhouse are a bit behind.
Lastly, I decided to throw the two potted collections of Lithops together in one shallow bonsai planter. These plants are growing on me.
You can see why a common name for these is Living Stones. By the way, if you water them in the winter, a common name might be Dead Mush or Expensive Compost.