Six on Saturday – Walking the Dogs


I walk my greyhounds frequently, they like to walk around the neighborhood and my garden. Here are some of  the plants we have encountered recently. Some are not to be sniffed by dogs or people. Above  is one of those plants, a Blue Agave (Agave tequilana) grown by a friend and gifted to me, this is the plant that tequila is made from and is very spiny with spines  on the leaf  tips.

Here’s another sharp plant,  my neighbor’s Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa). A poisonous plant with thorns, paradoxically having edible fruit and gardenia scented  flowers.


Another Agave, not quite as sharp as the Blue one. This one is a Sisal Agave (Agave sisalana) – yes, where Sisal for rugs, ropes, etc. comes from. This is on a vacant lot on our walk and is shooting up a  bloom stalk that is at least 10 feet tall and not showing a bud yet. Somewhere south of here an enterprising soul started a Sisal plantation, the Sisal reseeded and took over an island in the Florida Keys and has blown seeds all the way to my neighborhood.


Another sharp  plant, the Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria). These can be used  to make  shampoo and are foamy if the leaves are snapped. After reading about these, I decided against the shampoo as it seems most people are allergic to it.


The Autograph Tree (Clusia rosea), waiting to be planted – one of  the potted orphans that lurk in everyones garden, not sharp at all.


Buds on the Dombeya (Dombeya wallachi). This is a pink tropical Hydrangea tree, if you can imagine that – and  they bloom in December! I walk by everyday looking for flowers.


Happy gardening!

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12 comments on “Six on Saturday – Walking the Dogs

  1. Noelle says:

    Enjoyed reading your post: Dombeya wallachi is going to be magnificent…had to google this to check out its flowers.

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  2. A very exotic (to me) six and lovely, if not a little bit dangerous. I wonder why the Autograph Tree is called the Autograph Tree?

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  3. Jon Davis says:

    Good morning Miss Grant. Once again you have taught me about some interesting plants that I will never experience in North Georgia. I always enjoy learning about them😀

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  4. Jim Stephens says:

    As you say, exotic is in the eye of the beholder. I looked up Clusia because I’d not heard of it and most of the pictures online are of plants without flowers which kind of implies that it is mainly grown for its foliage, which to me looks unremarkable. Does it get to flower at some point, they look like they might be worth waiting for.


  5. Chloris says:

    The excitement mounts with your dombeya buds. But even without flowers it is an impressive plant.

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  6. tonytomeo says:

    The first agave is actually a common Agave americana, with wider and wickedly dentate leaves. Tequila agave has narrower leaves with simple margins.


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