- Only owning hardy plants that can cope unprotected over winter
- Protecting plants in the ground using temporary cold frames or by wrapping in fleece
- Moving plants into greenhouses (heated or not) or into the house
|Agave Potatorum Kissho Kan Marginata Alba|
One reason the number of agaves have grown so quickly is meeting a real agave enthusiast Paul. Obsessions are dangerous at the best of time, but when you have someone else pointing out new plants or competing to get plants that's when the real trouble starts. Earlier this year I made the mistake of offering to help him build a website of his agaves and we set up North South Succulents. The idea was to show our plants and provide information on growing succulents in the UK. Obviously I didn't think this through (a recurring theme I think you'll find) as apart from providing information for others, it has also shown me all Paul's plants and my wish list tripled in size there and then.
A garden full of agaves in the ground, in pots and hanging from fences is not without its difficulties. Swearing tends to be minimal in our house, but every now and then some colourful language will be heard through one of us being attacked by an agave. Less 'Beware of the dog', more 'Beware of the spikies'.