Walking through the garden I noticed the new foliage on Lupinus albifrons (silver lupine) looked a little different. Larger, “greener,” less intensely silver.
At times like this I feel like the curmudgeon gardener, a complete bah humbug’er. What gardener doesn’t love flowers?
Well me, actually. At least on the plants I adore for their foliage. I’ve been known to cut the flowers off my hostas and some cannas. Why let a silly little flower distract from that exceptionally lovely foliage?
The towering (bee friendly) blossoms on an Echium wildpretii are so dramatic, they lend a certain craziness to the garden. Especially when they’re combined with their smaller (hardier) cousin, Echium russicum
I dread the day any of my Yucca rostrata decide to bloom. I’ve read that blooming sets them back and slows their growth, zapping their vigor. However I think it might also result in branching. Which could be cool. Here’s one that’s branched into three growing tips and its neighbor. Not in my garden though, sadly.
When growing in a container, as most of my agaves are, blooming seems to take a little longer. But just last week I heard of two container grown agaves here in the PNW that are blooming, so it does happen.
Plants, they’re gonna bloom. What’s a curmudgeon gardener to do?