Wednesday, 9 May 2012

garden surprises

Who doesn't like surprises?  Well, I was outside the other day admiring my little aloe aristata when I noticed something odd about it.  Whats that in the center? And then I realized, not only did this aloe overwinter, it is going to have blooms!  It kind of made me feel like a proud parent.

This isn't really a surprise, another flax... but the surprise was finding it for just $1.98!

And if you were wondering what plants made it home with me from cedar rim the other day ... Echeveria Glauca.  I planted a couple of these in the garden last summer and then moved them in late fall.  I did not think that they would survive especially with such a late re-planting in the season.

But it turns out they are super tough.  This one is nestled between a couple of rocks that no doubt provided some shelter.

These two were left out in the open with no shelter whatsoever. They are a little bit beat up at the moment but they certainly will stage a nice come back in the weeks to come.


  1. Congrats on the Aloe bloom! I'm still waiting for my first...

    Guess I better start looking for Echeveria Glauca!

    1. I hope you get some aloe blooms!!

  2. I have a few of the Aloe aristata, but I have never thought about putting them out in the gardens. What is your zone there in Canada?

  3. I am more or less zone 8a. I planted this one as an experiment and it has done quite well thus far. I know people in the south east that say aloe aristata is hardy zone 8 but mine is in a fairly sheltered spot which I'm guessing was key to its survival, generally they are thought to be zone 9 aloes but with all things there are exceptions to the rule.