Friday, February 26, 2016

Sale Day!

Today is the Garden Clubs & Societies Plant Fair  here in Perth.  This one comes around twice yearly.  According to the website this one features "African Violet Society, Cactus & Succulent Society, Cymbidium Orchid Club of WA, Epiphytic Cacti & Hoya Society of Australia, Frangipani Society of Australia, Gardeners' Circle, Geranium & Pelargonium Society, Hibiscus Society of WA, Northern Districts Orchid Society, Palm & Cycad Society, Robinson Bulbs, Rose Society of WA, South Eastern Orchid Society, Wanneroo Joondalup Orchid Society, WA Bromeliad Society, WA Fern Society, WA Gerbera Society, WA Iris Society and the Wildflower Society of WA will be selling their "must have" selection of books."

Of course all I was interested in was what CSSWA had for sale.... so here's a sneak peak.

Display table (Not for sale)

Unfortunately I missed out on most of the goodies.  But I did manage a swap with one of my Agave parryi 'Lime Streak's with this little guy.  Cute isn't it!

Oh the 'Lime Streaks' YES they arrived, and they are simply mind blowingly gorgeous!

I've kept a couple for myself, but these have now been distributed amongst agave collectors here in Perth.  We SHALL make sure that there will be more of these in the future.  Simply STUNNING.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Agave Parryi truncata 'Lime Streak'

Here's another gorgeous agave that's been on my "want list" for a while.  Recently a friend over East heard that some were going up for sale.  He managed to grab me some gorgeous little plants!  Time to fill out another import permit I think and get these guys back into WA.  Good news for a change!

Agave parryi trunctata 'Lime Streak'

This one came onto my radar after reading a post from  The Outlaw Gardener.  Great blog (even if its not based in Perth!)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The slow descent into Darkness (Agave's!)

I wasn't really into spikey plants, I much prefer those that are succulents and NOT spikey.  However my obsession for all things variegated has meant that I have switched over (just slightly) to the DARK SIDE

It started innocently enough with a simply Agave Attenuata 'Silver Trim'.  Then I found this two gorgeous not standard 'Silver Trims'....

They aren't exactly normal as they have stripes where they shouldn't and some half variegated leaves. 

I had previously read this article  Coring Agaves for propagation and was keen to give it a try, so I stripped some leaves, and attempted to core these two agaves.    The results have been interesting....

This was the result from the one with a half yellow leaf
I have doubts that this completely white one will survive on its own (no chlorophyl that I can see)
but there are some others on the other side that show great potential

The other plant with a stripe down the centre leaf also has given rise to some interesting looking offspring

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In the meantime this one caught my attention 'Kara's Stripe' or so it was sold to me as.  I can't bring myself to core this one, so I'm just admiring it for now.

But the slippery slope into the darkness had begun and I found myself looking for MORE variegated plants.   I was chatting with Paul Forster (Rare Succulents in QLD) and he mentioned he had an offset of Agave Victoria Regina 'White Rhino' for sale.  With great trepidation as to my ability to keep it alive it was added to my permit order.

I'm glad to report she IS growing!

Recently I have obtained the much more common yellow variegated form as well .

By this time I was well and truly hooked, so started to gather together my little collection of agaves'.

Agave desmettiana 'Galactic Traveller'
Agave gypsophila 'Lemon and Lime'
Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls'

Agave potatorum 'Tradewind'

Agave potatorum var. verschaffeltii 

unlabelled A. potatorum

another unlabelled potatorum

Agave parryi 'Cream Spike' 
Agave guiengola 'Creme Brulee'
Agave celsii 'multicolor'
Agave lophantha quadricolor
Agave titaota

Agave titanota (different form)

Agave American medio-picta
Agave American medio-picta Alba
And so it continues.... I have a few more I want to add to my list, mostly variegates although there are a few smaller ones I just can't resist because they ARE small.