Saturday, January 23, 2021

Before Snow Falls

We're now on the latter stage of January and so far we have remained unscathed without having some snow fall. That may be about to change this weekend so before we get covered with the white stuff, I'd like to share some of our 'spikies' permanently outside all year round, with no extra protection (we don't do rain shelters in our garden).

Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Agave gentryi 'Jaws' - can be a tad sensitive to winter wet and on particularly wet winters it can mark substantially but still recovers and looks really good again come summer

Agave geminiflora

Agave geminiflora (?) - I had to put a question mark on this one as I'm a tad suspect as to whther it really is something else. However all my attempts to get it identified, points to species Geminiflora. It doesn't have discernible filaments but the best thing about it is it's been remarkably hardy, being out unprotected all year round for many years now. Geminiflora tends to be on the tender side.

Yucca  schottii

Yucca schotti - the photo doesn't do it it justice when it comes to how blue those leaves are in person. And also how architectural it is with its long and rigid leaves. The sharp tips that can cause quite an injury with one miscalculated move near it, hence they get snipped off regularly.

Yucca thompsoniana

Yucca thompsoniana - we nearly lost this one after it flowered and looked really worse for wear many years ago. It has since recovered but being pot grown is perhaps holding it back from forming a spherical head.

Yucca rostrata (tallest), Yucca linearifolia (centre), and Yucca linearifolia 'Galeana' (right)

This clump of Yucca continues to looks good all year round, perfectly hardy in our location planted on a raised bed.

Yucca recurvifolia

Yucca recurvifolia - one of the hardiest and underrated Yuccas out there that glides through wet British winters gracefully. 

Sedum NOID

Sedum - planted on a large and tall planted, rather generous for it but love the way it just cascades down.

And last but not the least, a not so spiky vignette...

And this marks my soft return to the world of garden blogging.

Mark :-)


  1. Soooo happy to see a post. Your plants are as spectacular as ever!

    As for Agave geminiflora, I second your ID. I have several, and one has no filifers.

    1. It could well be but so glad it’s been tough so far.

  2. It could well be but so glad it’s been tough so far.

  3. I am very tempted to try some of these, especially the agaves. You are farther east than us and therefore presumably suffer less with the winter wet although it's possibly colder? Can you recommend a relatively hardy agave that I could try? I see yours are in containers which at least means you can control the drainage, if not the wet stuff dumped on them from above!


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