What's Doing At Roger's
We escaped another Santa Ana Wind Event by visiting Roger's Gardens yesterday, where we could be outdoors without getting hammered by blowing dust and debris.
Lots and lots of fresh new potted roses for sale, just leafing out. Roger's buys bare roots and pots them up in pulp containers. I have bought a couple in the past; they both had the roots wound in a circle to fit into the pot; the moral of that story being pull them out of that pathetic little container right away and either spread the roots out when you plant them in the ground, or spread the roots out and plant them properly in a larger pot. But everyone knows that. Or should. Roger's should.
I bought no roses. We spent much of our visit admiring the street plantings--Agaves! Aloes!
'Joe Hoak' a ghost of himself because...
...he was blooming. The flower spike is a bright lemon yellow, far less green than the "normal" version of A. desmettiana.
I fear my own beloved 'Joe Hoak' will bloom soon. It has that look. I only hope I get some offsets or bulbils out of it, because I assume it will not come true from seed. From what I have read, some Agaves do not offset at all; some Agaves will offset as juveniles, some Agaves will offset as juveniles and as adults, and some Agaves will offset just before they bloom, or as they are dying. 'Joe Hoak' may be one of the last. I can only hope.
Gorgeous Aloes to gawk at while gleaming Mercedes, Maseratis, and BMW's whizzed by feet away on San Miguel Drive. A blooming Grevillea behind the Aloe:
Splendidly red Kalanchoes in the foreground:
Sedum 'Coppertone' with Agave 'Blue Flame', dwarfy Dianellas (a bit ratty) and Furcraea macdougallii in the background. Those dwarf Dianellas look so breathtakingly fresh and beautiful straight from the growers, but I've never seen one able to retain that pristine look. They get ratty at the edges and tips.
Aloe maculata (saponaria) 'Yellow Form', maybe?
We parked next to a neat little --Hakea? I picked up a fallen seed pod, for shame. Have no idea where the seed is exactly--inside that pod?
Reminder of the accent virtues of a beautiful boulder:
And in the parking lot, the Arbutus ('Marina'?) planted a couple of years ago, are growing. They looked rather pathetic when they first went in, but are developing beauty. I wonder if they will be allowed to mature. Roger's switches plants out frequently.
I liked this silver Astelia paired with silver Helichrysum. The effect doesn't quite come across in the photo, but the two silvers looked right together.
Now actually in the establishment, rather than out in the parking lot, a group of Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'. Do they or don't they reseed everywhere?
And an Edgeworthia. I've never seen an Edgeworthia before. Southern California is simply not a mecca for deciduous shrubs. The flowers looked like--Lantana. Of all things. Hmm. It wasn't advantageously lit for photos; I did what I could.
I played around with Photoshop and considered the Lantana-ness of the Edgeworthia. It had a much sweeter fragrance than Lantana.
Roger's ferox has more spikes than my ferox. Sniff.
Yes, I bought some plants.