Sunday, 11 November 2012
A bit of protection for the bigger plants
First in were the yucca rostratas. They are totally hardy for me, but have a very annoying habit of dropping all their roots if disturbed, so are having to be re-rotted. This should in theory be easy, but it is a worrying time as if they are ever going to suffer from rot it would be now.
They are two of the stars of by old dry bed, with the larger one being a perfect blue colour (not that you can tell from this early evening photo). The other one has had more shade for a lot of the time it was planted as is greener.
The middle sized cycad was also brought in. It flushed over the summer, and for once I would like it to stay pristine and not have to cope with snow. The smaller one will go in another cold frame and the largest will get a fleece cover.
The large agaves will mainly be in the other cold frame as it means I don't have to move them; I don't fancy having to carry them through the very narrow greenhouse door. A few more may make into here along with some more of the aloes, but ideally I want to keep space to potter in there over winter and not totally fill it.
I'm not sure what all the plants that are usually left totally unprotected are going to make of this special care. They had better not get used to it, it will be a return to the tough life again as soon as the new dry bed is designed and built.