How Is 'Joe Hoak' Doing On The Blooming?

'Joe' is slow.  The first flowers will open in a few days. 
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Rain is imminent;  I planted a little Aloe cryptoflora out front and moved a 'Bright Star' Yucca from the front slope to the west (project) slope.  The rain will water them in.  
Agave sebastiana in the background.  Aloe cryptoflora in the foreground:
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Now that it is December, the front slope is soon going to display numerous Aloe flowers, but for now the Agave marmoratas show off their wavy leaves.  
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Same species, different look.  The above is a tissue cultured plant from Proven Winners and is near bloom size.  There is a single offset ready to take its space when needed.  The next one is several years younger and from a farm in Vera Cruz:
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I notice there are still Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed.  I hope the rain doesn't damage them--temperatures will remain in the 60s, so cold won't be a serious issue.  I hope they can handle the rain.
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Those milkweed seeds will get watered in by the rain.  Good timing!
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There was a 'Bright Star' Yucca in the spot marked with a pink "x".  It looks better now with a small space between the Aloe and the Yucca. 
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It was a particularly dry spot, so the Yucca wasn't thriving.  Growing, yes.  Thriving--not quite.  I needed at least one more 'Bright Star' for the project slope, so decided to move that one from the front.  I'd soaked the area a few days ago to make sure the soil was soft enough to dig.  
Not too difficult to get out.  
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It had quite a lot of dead foliage because it wasn't getting enough water.  I pulled that off. 
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Getting late, getting dark, new home. 
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Comments

  1. Hope that rain did/will arrive. The aloes blooming are something to look forward to indeed in the coming weeks, the displays will be spectacular I can imagine (which I'm sure you'll share photos of).

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  2. Oh gosh, Yucca 'Bright Star' that big...what a site! Hope you get lots of rain.

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    1. Oh, the original oldest plant is way bigger than that.

      The rain is coming down, not heavily but steady. Grateful for every drop!

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  3. Your timing was perfect. The rain has arrived here in Davis, and there's more oomph to it than in previous systems. Hopefully it will make its way down south soon.

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    1. We need some oomph. Hoping we get more. Enjoy!

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  4. I hope the rain has reached you. It's coming down steadily here right now - not heavy but steady. I love your Agave marmorata - I need to look for it. I also think I should probably diminish the distance between my own Yucca 'Bright Star' but I've been somewhat loathe to dig them up since they're currently well-rooted and relatively safe from raccoon rampages.

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    1. They get pretty big, it just takes a while. I wouldn't put them too close.

      Yes, steady but not heavy here so far. Barrels are filling. Loving it!

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  5. The caterpillars will be fine in the rain -- they handle our thunderstorms each summer. I've always thought that the variegated yuccas weren't that attractive, but seeing yours... I'm going to have to add some I think. Maybe 2015 is the year of yucca for me...

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    1. Thanks, good to know the caters will be okay in rain.

      That particular Yucca is the prettiest, to me anyway. It lights up a space.

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  6. Lovely images of your plants dear Hoover, I really like the variegated yuccas and the buds on Joe Hoak look great - I hope you get some good soaking rain.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. We're getting a soft, steady rain, the kind that soaks in. It's wonderful. The plants and the plant-keeper are happy!

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  7. Rain ho! Get ready for your garden to explode.

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