April 01, 2021
Just a few years in the past I hung from a tree a dish planter with just a few sprigs of ghost plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense) tucked round a variegated squid agave — every one a reducing or pup from current crops in my backyard. A bunch of leftovers. And now it’s grown right into a combo that thrills me in each season, particularly spring, when the cascading ghost plant goes starry with pale yellow flowers on lengthy stems.
I imply. It’s a pastel confection of dusty pink rosettes with aqua facilities. A profusion of straw-yellow flowers bristle from each rosette. within the heart, a spearmint-green squid agave (A. bracteosa ‘Monterrey Frost’), her ivory stripes echoing the ghost plant’s flowers, arches her tentacled arms over the scene.
Shazam! Ghost plant is mostly winter-hardy right here in Austin. However as a result of it’s in a dangling planter (i.e., uncovered), I at all times take it down and put it in a sheltered spot on the bottom (for heat) throughout unusual freezes. Through the Arctic Freeze From Hell, I introduced it indoors.
The sunsets have been on hearth these days — compensation for the freeze-blasted bareness