November garden dispatches

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We all have our favorite months in the garden. Our sentiments aside, the November garden continues sending out dispatches, oblivious to any seasonal bias.

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dispatches from plectranthus

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and cryptbergias

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urgent communications from Echeveria gigantea

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Candy-corn-colored Morse code from Mina lobata, Spanish flag

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Smoky signals from Verbena bonariensis

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Subtle messages from pelargoniums and aeoniums

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And then there’s evergreens like Corokia virgata ‘Sunplash’ that couldn’t care less what time of year it is

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And November is always a good month to talk up agaves. Ever-gorgeous Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’

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Agave geminiflora

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Favorite season? Agave ‘Mr. Ripple’ shrugs those enormous shoulders with exquisite indifference.

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It’s when things quiet down in November that I notice how the patio off the kitchen is book-ended with Agave ‘Blue Flame,’ and marvel at how I managed to pull off a bit of symmetry

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Agave desmettiana ‘Joe Hoak,’ still pristine in November before mollusk season starts in earnest. I’m hoping the five pups I potted up will be of good size in time for the December flea market.

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7 Responses to November garden dispatches

  1. David Feix says:

    we share a lot of November plants, thanks for the southern California version, nice!

  2. Denise says:

    David, we’re just now starting to get that cool, Bay Area-like weather that these succulents love.

  3. kathy says:

    then there is the north bay frost events- the Echeverias and Aeoniums are tucked safely away here, though we have had the best weather of the year in October, and it continues in November. All looks splendid in the AGO garden.

  4. Heather says:

    Can you tell me what icy blue beauty is behind ‘Joe Hoak’? It glows!

  5. Denise says:

    Kathy, we’re getting into the high 80s again today! Some autumn weather…
    Heather, that’s A. celsii var. albicans ‘UCB.’ He looks icy blue in the photo but is really more icy white. Loree had photos of it in someone’s garden in the PNW — can’t remember which garden now.

  6. Allie says:

    Hi Denise,

    Your garden is so beautiful & inspiring, thank you for sharing!

    Can you tell me which Aeonium you have planted/pictured left of your Agave ‘Blue Flame’ (between ‘Blue Flame’ & the ‘Joe Hoak’ in the blue pot)?

    Many thanks,


  7. Denise says:

    Hi Allie — that aeonium is probably the hybrid ‘Garnet.’ Thanks for reading!

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