Extreme Gardening

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I had a bad run in with an Agave a few years ago. It resulted in a course of steroids and antibiotics as it seems I am allergic to the thorns somehow. I have one big blue Agave in front of my house that is easily avoided and kept as thornless as possible by pruning. The Agave in the pot beside my side entrance has been taunting me for years. Not very attractive, but I really did not want to grab a hold of it and pull it out. The handle broke off  the shovel , the evil thorned one was not budging and loppers weren’t working. Then, a thought occured to me, lightbulb over head! I just had a trailer hitch put on my Jeep. Note the small rope tied around the Agave.
 
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Before anyone asks if I have a Bulldog, no. The Bulldog is the mascot of my alma mater, The University of Georgia. The rope is tied to my trailer hitch-I pulled the Jeep into the garage and the offending Agave popped out. The other plant is a Firesticks Pencil Cactus, easily removed.
 
Success!
 
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These days my side door is Agave free. I have thornless Desert Roses (Adenium obesum) in these pots underplanted with Flapjack Kalachoe and Fireball Bromeliads. The Roses flower in summer and look funky year round.
 
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9 comments on “Extreme Gardening

  1. Well, I guess that did the trick. I like that desert rose, it is a funky plant.

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  2. That sorted it! I love the look of agave but having seen what beasts they can become I don’t think I’d have one anywhere other than here where the wether keeps them in check

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  3. tonytomeo says:

    Gee, they are not ‘that’ difficult to handle. You could clip the spines off to make it easier to work with.

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  4. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    We have desert roses here too. Being allergic to something is difficult, but if we come to =know what we are allergic to, it helps. Regards

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