Despite the heat wave, 'Altissimo' grows up enough to peak over the roof.
I finally found a local Agave titanota for sale, yay! Unfortunately, it is rather an oddity, a peculiar selection named 'Wanky Lanky' for its odd elongated growth habit, which is not apparent on the infant plant--the elongation appears as the plant grows and matures. I will make no comment on the name.
As to the A. desmettiana towers, one is leaning over rather badly.
I must do something about it as soon as the heat wave abates. It is interesting that the two offsets which also bloomed in sympathy with the parent plant have the largest and best-formed bulbils. Those bloom stems are only about 3' tall (less than 1 M).
Before we had our first blooming Agave, I was melancholy at the prospect of losing my beautiful plants, but now I understand it is not a death. One Agave stores the life-giving energy of the sun, and becomes five hundred new versions of itself.
It is not death: it is a metamorphosis at which to marvel!
The nearby Agave marmorata(?) looks nowhere near blooming. Look close and see the hummingbird using one of the terminal spines as a perch.
The aloe flowers in the foreground hosted a little drama right after I took the photo. A fledgling humming bird half the size of the percher arrived for nectar, and the perching adult tried to chase it off. The fledgling cleverly hovered between the arms of the aloe flowers in a space too small for the adult, and continued to feed on the nectar, while the adult shrieked in rage. Then another adult arrived to chase off the shrieker, while the fledgling continued to feed. Clever baby! That one should survive.
Little gardening has been done due to the heat. We cannot complain at all about this summer. While most of the rest of the country sweltered, we reveled in slightly below average temperatures. This past week of heat has been bearable and enables the typical gardener to get around to those chores which are normally neglected: cleaning the house, washing windows, and the like. Indoor stuff. The puppies took advantage of the indoor activities to chew a hard plastic plug-plate off the wall and eat it.
At least I didn't have to worry about baseboard puncturing their stomach or intestines. I can only hope they chewed the plug-plate thoroughly so it passes without incident. In this next photo, you can see the baseboard damage has progressed further, and that Natasha The Brick continues to give lean, long-legged Boris (who is on the right) a bad forehead haircut. Lanky and wanky?
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