In which I become an artist

15 Apr

Putting my sales assistant head on, I could point out the many features and benefits of Echium pininana. Unfortunately none of them involve the flowers, which are as rare as hen’s teeth here. But still, think of the following-
*It has nice big leaves, looking good in the garden
*When the climate here inevitably wipes them out in January, you can dig them up, snap the roots and marvel at the turquoise ooze that comes out
*Or leave them in the ground. The growing point will be stone dead, but the stem remains green for a while, so strip the (now crispy) leaves off and impress young children with “Green Alien Fingers”
*Dig up the remains, leave for a couple of years to bleach in the sun so they look like pieces of driftwood, stick them upside down and you’ve got garden art
*Wave the above remains about, pretending you are Gandalf100_4213
The flowering aloe is coming on well. It’s by far my favourite thing in the garden at the moment. Also, I have an I.D. for it: Aloe x spinosissima100_4211


2 Responses to “In which I become an artist”

  1. Peter April 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    Thank you for the laugh this morning! I’ll never look at Echium pininata again without tinking of your words – alien fingers, turquoise ooze, garden art! I’ve had them almost bloom for me a couple of times only to suffer the same fate as yours. I wasn’t nearly as creative as you however.

    Did that aloe survive the winter outdoors?

    • thechthonianlife April 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      I might have had one survive this winter! It survived being frozen solid for three or four days, but finally lost the will last month. Maybe a shelter would have made the difference, who knows. I’ve managed to keep a few alive in pots, sown late last summer. They’re perking up with the spring weather that’s arrived here.

      The aloe was a greenhouse.captive.

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