We all have our favorite months in the garden. Our sentiments aside, the November garden continues sending out dispatches, oblivious to any seasonal bias.
dispatches from plectranthus
urgent communications from Echeveria gigantea
Candy-corn-colored Morse code from Mina lobata, Spanish flag
Smoky signals from Verbena bonariensis
Subtle messages from pelargoniums and aeoniums
And then there’s evergreens like Corokia virgata ‘Sunplash’ that couldn’t care less what time of year it is
And November is always a good month to talk up agaves. Ever-gorgeous Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’
Favorite season? Agave ‘Mr. Ripple’ shrugs those enormous shoulders with exquisite indifference.
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
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.
we share a lot of November plants, thanks for the southern California version, nice!
David, we’re just now starting to get that cool, Bay Area-like weather that these succulents love.
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.
Can you tell me what icy blue beauty is behind ‘Joe Hoak’? It glows!
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.
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)?
Hi Allie — that aeonium is probably the hybrid ‘Garnet.’ Thanks for reading!