cowboy corgi and the giant hesperaloe

The corgi got a bath, the hesperaloe got away.

Bathed and brushed and made to wear a silly bandana, which he bears with his usual dog grace. Just like cowboys, everybody gets a bath here for the weekend.

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A recent temptation, spotted earlier in the week, the giant Hesperaloe, H. funifera, to 6 feet high and wide.
Those dramatic curlicue fibers on the leaves had me crunching the numbers, garden square footage-wise. It’d be a crime to shoehorn this beauty into a tight spot, so I passed.
Spires of white flowers to 12 feet, and hardy to zone 6.

I know I’ll be spending the weekend prowling the garden for an available 6X6 feet of space I’ve somehow overlooked. May yours be just as productive!

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8 Responses to cowboy corgi and the giant hesperaloe

  1. Scott Weber says:

    OMG…Corgis are the cutest!

  2. Kris P says:

    It’s amazing how spots can often be found when one keeps up the search. Good luck with the prowl. Send the corgi out to scout ahead – he’s dressed for it.

  3. Kacky says:

    You will love it- that is one of my most favorite yuccas!!! We call him the hairy guy hahha. Cute puppy!!!!!

  4. An ex-neighbor had a corgi who went everywhere, over our low walls like cats could…but he never ventured to my pair of H. funifera.

    My experience is H. funifera starts getting cold damage below about 5-10F, so I would list it at USDA z 7b (Sunset 10), as the coldest zone it can live out it’s life span without protection. Glad you passed, since it does need some room to develop…but when it gets it, wow! Like a desert version of NZ Flax in form.

  5. What a cutie for sure. Has he ever tried to curl up in a cardboard plant box?

    Love that hesperaloe…I guess that’s one draw back to your climate. You don’t face spring with surprise holes to fill in the garden.

  6. Pam/Digging says:

    Oh, I’ve shoehorned in a giant hesperaloe, and I bet you can too, Denise. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

  7. Denise says:

    Scott, corgis think so!
    Kris, I’m leaning towards redoing the back garden maybe next year, so this hesp will be at the top of the list for inclusion.
    Kacky, that name sums it up!
    David, searching around, your old blog had a nice post and photos. Belatedly, thank you!
    Loree, the plant box was always the cats’ trick. Sometimes I do wish the winter would take out a couple plants and open things up a bit.
    Pam, you’ve got one? I’m a faithful reader and missed the post somehow, assuming you’re not holding back on us!

  8. Pam/Digging says:

    Why, I guess I have been holding back, Denise. I just searched my blog for a reference to the one I planted last spring and can find no mention of it, although I had added it to my “I’m Growing” page. I’ll have to post about it soon, it seems.

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