My son’s favourite garden belongs to our Burning Man camp mate, Nick. Since he lives in the Los Angeles area where water is scarce, he has been trying to establish native plants. Just so you know when they flower – the photos were taken near the end of March.
The Giant Agave flowers once in its lifetime, about ten years. Then it dies but a new one grows. I think my dad had some of these in Victoria but he took them out when my kids were small so they wouldn’t get hurt.
Nick said that the pups (small plants that grow from the base) start growing long before the main plant flowers and dies. They can get large while the main plant is still alive.
Close up of hedge
The hedge out front looks like just green foliage until you look closer and see the pink and white flowers. Pineapple guava usually has edible fruit but Nick says that his are usually bitter.
I grew asparagus fern in Ottawa. There’s a very short interval when you can harvest the vegetable. I always missed it. My granddad had a rose garden and would always bring in some sprigs of asparagus fern to put in the vase with the roses.
Where I live in the Pacific Northwest rain forest most of these plants have to be grown indoors. I’ll have to try and get some of the ones I liked. Thanks to Nick for identifying the ones that I missed.