Spending more time indoors leads to this favorite, Euphorbia mamilaris ‘variegata’ which, appropriately, came from Loree of Danger Garden fame, back in August of 2011. The little square pot with the balls for feet was a score from a resale shop.
The pot was one of three. When I bring them indoors, I have to put them in little square saucers to protect the woodwork. It means we can’t see those cute little feet, but you gotta do what you gotta do.
When they were lined up in a row on our deck railing, the raccoons found them irresistible and knocked them all about. Eugo here was all broken up over such mistreatment and so was I (not quite so literally). I potted up his broken parts. Since I gave them all away, I can’t report upon their continuing success. This guy, though, grew quite the topknot where he was wounded. It changed his personality, but he lost none of his witty charm. Here’s a link to some statistics. Plant Lust shows it available at two California nurseries. This one came from Digs Inside and Out, where you can often find funky, fun plants but can never be sure what will be on offer.
Originally, he had another arm on the other side, making him look like he was shouting “look, ma…no hands!”. The raccoons amputated, so now he’s a one-armed bandit. The last Friday of each month is now the day for a roundup of favorites we’ve featured throughout the month. I have only one other favorites post in November, and you can find it HERE.
I enjoyed meeting Eugo, the one-armed bandit! 😉 He’s a character, and those square pots seem perfect for Eugo and his friends.
Beth~Only too happy to make the introductions.
I adore the new topknot! Its shape reminds me of an apple tree I embroidered in kindergarten. I remember getting scolded for not making it look like all the other kids’ trees – a round green circle for a crown. I was devastated! Seriously – I’m glad Eugo survived the raccoons.
Anna~It’s like watching a kid go through phases…something I’m sure you can relate to.
I’m surprised the raccoons bothered a spiky plant like this one! Apparently, planting prickly plants in their favorite haunts will prove to be another of my futile raccoon-avoidance strategies.
Kris~I don’t know…this one is not all that prickly. It just might work with the truly dangerous stuff. Keep me posted.
Jason~Amen to that!
I love what a charming individual little Eugo has grown up to be! (and his name too). Gosh that sunny August day in my garden seems like a million years ago.
Loree~Yep, a lot of water under the bridge (so to speak) since that lovely day when I first visited your garden. Eugo is a witty reminder of your quirky and sharp inspiration.
Pretty wild new look! This is my first year with raccoons rummaging in the garden, but they haven’t created anything so quirky or poetic…
James~Give thin time, James…just give them time.
What a cutie! And I love that little pot, it’s so sweet.
Amy~I get so tickled when I find something like that in a shop for 50 cents or so.
I think I like the adorable pots rather more than I do Eugo, but I am slowly warming to all kinds of succulents and other plants I never used to like so hey! I can like his character. He certainly looks very happy and growing well.
Christina~Wacky plants are an acquired taste, for sure.
Raccoons bad, Eugo good!
Score two for Hoov!