Performance Anxiety?


Bring your kids plant shopping – it’s just as much fun for them as any other outdoor environment.

I don’t know what my problem is, but so far (Days living on West Coast: 5) I have been unable to make a plant purchase. And not for lack of opportunity. I met a cool succulent seller, Cody from Kaprielian Growers, at the Mountain View farmers market last Sunday who had a fun selection and great prices. Then, today, the kids and I went to check out SummerWinds Nursery, also in Mountain View, and left with an empty trunk.

GardenOn.PlanerideWhat the heck!?! Goodness knows I’ve racked up enough plant-buying points supervising and surviving a cross-country move with an infant, toddler, cat and husband. I also gave away my entire potted plant collection. And left my garden behind, not to mention friends and family. There are definitely many new garden buys to be had in the near future, but for some reason I just can’t get this party started. Please stay tuned, the curse is sure to lift any day now…

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The Agave Collection at Plant Delights Nursery


I’m trying to wrap my head around the incredible amount of new-to-me plants I’ll soon be able to grow. It’s pretty much an ongoing reel in my mind – agave and bromeliads and citrus oh my! – so please forgive me if it seems I’m not listening when you talk.


My bewilderment comes mostly from the fact that I have visited very few western, summer dry or zone 9 gardens. I have almost zero point of reference for what I’m getting in to. I don’t like surprises…and so it’s driving me nuts!


I keep going back in my mind to seeing the agave collection at Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina. It’s one of the only ones I’ve seen…yet. (If you’re a plant lover and are unfamiliar with this catalog sign up asap.) The large paved area filled with pot after pot after pot was a favorite that day when we toured the display gardens. “Start agave collection” immediately went on the wildest garden dreams wishlist.

And now I can.


G A R D E N   S T U D Y   Q U E S T I O N S
– Are all agave hardy to zone 9?
– Do potted specimens require special care/protection in winter?
– What is the best potting mix recipe for container planted agave?
– How fast do they grow? Or do you control their size by planting in a small pot?