Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Let’s go pup hunting!

I recently discovered a pup about 9“ away from one of my New Mexico Agaves (I believe they are Agave americana) in the front garden…it was a bit absurd how excited I was. I mean it’s not like pups are anything new. My container grown Agaves pup all the time…no big deal! I guess it was the fact that this one is in the ground that got me so excited. It’s almost like I could hope to see this in my front garden someday,(photo taken in Fillmore, CA)… Okay, not likely but one can dream! Then just a day or two later I spotted this… When I went out to photograph it I spotted another! This had me fantasizing again, maybe something kind of like this might start in my front garden! (photo also taken in Fillmore, CA)

But I think the most surprising pup of all was the one I found in the Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)… It's also the cutest. ***btw the winner of the give-away copy of Ricki Grady's new book BeBop Garden was Ann***

15 comments:

  1. Cool pups! I don't think of the spiky, architectural plants you like as prone to naturalizing, but that is exactly what they are doing, isn't it? They must love the growing environment you've given them.

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  2. Lots of cute pups LOL. I find that my agaves sent out pups more when they were in containers than when they are now in the ground. Don't mind as I have just about as many agaves as I can fit in!

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  3. Hahahahaha...I WISH my plants would have pups like that last one!

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  4. Isn't it great when you find pups in the ground. I think you'll have a great clump in a few years.

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  5. Those last two pics have killed me with their cuteness. Now I ded from cute.

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  6. The whole family snorting milk out of our noses here at that last picture.

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  7. So cool to find pups, even if they are everywhere! If I lived near you and your readers, I have so many agave pups and cactus volunteers to give. Have to watch where I pull up weeds!

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  8. Hahaha, nice twist on the ending. Pups everywhere!

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  9. Adorable Pony! But your excitement about the agave pups made me smile. Pupping agaves are often considered a liability in the landscape here in Austin, where they can quickly colonize and overrun a person's garden.

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  10. Alison, oh yes, given the right environment they can become quite the thicket!

    Nicole, interesting. I wonder if it has to do with the type of Agave you tend to containerize being more pup prone than the types you plant in the ground?

    scott, it's a very special type of Hakonechloa...

    Spiky O, I hope so! We'll see what mother nature thinks...

    grumblebunny, there are worse ways to go eh?

    Les, haha! Now that I'd like to see.

    DD, we could have a pup swap!

    Nat, indeed...some soft and cuddly, other sharp and spiky.

    Pam, I wonder if that is even possible here? To overrun my garden! I'll keep you informed of their progress...

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  11. So will you leave them all in the ground? I was really glad when my Agave scabra pupped two summers ago, since I didn't prepare the ground well enough and the mother died the following winter. At least its potted pup is doing nicely and helping me feel a little less guilty for killing its mother.

    And that cute Lila is truly a pup in a million!

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  12. That Hakone pup is the cutest ever.

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  13. How long did you have to wait for Lila to strike that charming pose?

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  14. MulchMaid, I think I will...and hope for the best.

    Hoover, I'm pretty partial to it too...

    ricki, actually I was sitting on the lawn chatting with Ann (tomorrow's post) and Lila just worked her way into the grass, luckily I had the camera. Then when I sat down next to her the grass blooms started sort of brushing her face and she started trying to catch them with her tongue...too cute. I hadn't thought of putting her in the post until I looked at the pictures later...

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  15. That's some tongue on that pup!

    Your grizzled dog and my grizzled dog should have a virtual play date one of these days.

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