February – March 2005

Brrrrr….glad me Agave’s got ‘is winter woolly hat on. OK so it ain’t woolly, but one layer of plastic makes a hell of a difference to the survival of succulents in places like rural Gloucestershire.

The Agave americana gets a roof for the cold season

The Agave americana gets a roof for the cold season

The first plant to go in in 2003 was this Butia capitata, the Brazilian Jelly palm. It has one of the top spots within the garden, being sited in a particularly sheltered, potentially very warm south facing corner.

Butia capitata, or Brazilian Jelly palm

Butia capitata, or Brazilian Jelly palm

20 years old already, this little Agave americana had the raised bed built around it for obvious reasons.

Agave americana on a raised bed

Agave americana on a raised bed

Thrown together with my fair hands, the sides of the raised bed were crafted from locally sourced coppiced hazel rods, with chestnut uprights. How long they’ll last is anyones guess……..

The raised bed is contained by coppiced hazel rods, with chestnut uprights

The raised bed is contained by coppiced hazel rods, with chestnut uprights

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