Courgettes under fire & name that plant!

I’ll tell you, if it’s not one thing happening to my courgettes, it’s another!

Snail festThe snails devoured three of Mr. Courgette’s leaves the night before last, so I made an executive decision and planted him into his new home in the corner of the raised garden bed this evening.  It could be slugs, but I’ve never seen one here, and I’m blaming snails, since they’re all over the inside of my compost bin and I found one climbing up the inside of my bathroom window today.

It’s good to transplant your plants at dusk or on cloudy days, so they don’t go into transplant shock.

Yesterday would’ve been ideal, but the rain was too heavy!

He looks pretty happy now, out front. And I can now tell the difference between the male and female flower buds that are developing!  Pretty exciting.

You may recall I planted Ms. Courgette out on a Thursday evening, and then she was plantnapped sometime on  Friday night/Saturday morning.   Let’s hope the plantnappers are content with only one of my courgette plants!

Chameleon RoseIn other gardening news, my chameleon rose has three buds opening now!  They always look so cool — sometimes they’re salmon-pink, sometimes they’re yellow-tipped with a rusty-red color.  I wonder if this is due to the acidity of the soil (like with some varieties of Hydrangea) or the temperature at the time of the bloom?  I’ll have to look that up.

My bowl of thyme sprouts hasn’t done too well — most of the sprouts died off after a few of them were mysteriously plucked out of the soil a few weeks ago.  I think I had them in too much direct sunlight, so I’m replanting some seeds in the bowl tonight.

It’s the same with my mini Greek basil has pretty much all died off in that rectangular dish I planted them in!  My other smaller terracotta pot of it seems ok, but not sure what happened there!  I have more of those, so I’ll replant that, too.

Overall, everything is looking really green!  I’m going to have to start eating that lettuce I have in the front beds because they’re going crazy now!  Salad time, here I come!

And I have a question for you, dear readers!  We’re going to play a new game today called Name That Plant:

Do any of you know what kinds of plants these are?  (click for bigger view)

Mystery succulent plantMystyery palm plant

Mystery plantMystery plant

The bottom two pics are of the same plant — it’s very large, and I call it the deadly plant, because those spikes can really take an eye out.  I think it must be distantly related to the aloe plant.

Little baby deadlies are popping up inside that container, so I’m going to have to spread the danger to other folks, soon.  Anyone in Chch want a baby deadly plant?

If any of you could shed some light on these plants for me, you’d be a rock star!  I mean, you’re already a rock star for reading, but like mega super Justin Bieber star status (I know he’s not a rock star, but still).

That’s the first and hopefully last time I mention him on my blog.  I promise.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 01:16:03


    The big one is a member of the agave family, I think

    Don’t ask me how I knew that one. I dunno about the others off the top of my head, but I have the first one myself and since I inherited it as well, I have no clue about it.


    • gwen
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 01:17:49

      YES! One plant down, two to go!

      Thank you, Kat! The pictures on that link look exactly like my plant, so I think it is that type!


  2. promenadeplantings
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 02:56:30

    dash it, there was I at the ready with Agave! Lovely, but as you say deadly!
    Now the one with the green spiky leaves – a phornium?? Not sure
    And I recognise the other one with the rosettes, but for the life of me can’t remember the name. I’ll wander off and ponder….


    • gwen
      Nov 13, 2011 @ 13:55:57

      I googled phornium and got some interesting looking grasses xD This plant is more like a palm, I’ll have to take another picture once that frond grows up more!


  3. Rebecca
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 05:48:14

    I looked at the bottom 2 pictures and was like “oh that’s an aloe plant” and then you said they’re cousins so there goes that idea!! The one with the pretty green rosettes looks similar to a houseleek, but not quite – maybe relation?


  4. karenish
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:53:47

    The top left looks like Tree Aeonium. My friend has one that was given to him as a gift years ago. He calls it “Frank.” It’s quite hearty, considering how little care he gives it.

    The upper right looks like a kind of Stone Crop.

    The agave at the bottom looks a lot like what I used to have growing by my driveway, only it was enormous. And the tips of each leaf had a sharp spike that would scratch my car if I got too close to it. But it made a lovely extremely tall flower when it bloomed.


  5. Heather
    Jan 17, 2012 @ 13:34:36

    the top right is not a phormium, it’s some type of fan palm. very very young


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