Today they are going to re-coat the asphalt on our little street, so yesterday I spent the day out front harvesting the rest of the Agave bulbils and cutting the stalks down, because the Agaves are tilted over and would have interfered with the machines on the street. Can't have that. I tried pulling out the dried remains of the mother plants, but they are still attached to something. Another day for that.
'Jude the Obscure' is out front:
Each "mother" plant has six or seven beautiful offsets to move and replant. 3x6 = at least 18 new plants, all of which about the same size as the "mother" plants were when we bought them. Agaves give you your money's worth. Three are now eighteen! Not even including the bulbils.
I saved a few of the largest and most perfect bulbils, and all of the other bulbils with extensive variegation. I noticed the ones with extensive variegation were pinched or crammed between other bulbils--does stress or pressure create the variegation? A couple hundred bulbils--surely some will grow.
Also out front, the Urginea is about done blooming.
The 'Holland Festival' Dahlia had its best year ever. It limped along for so many years in the shade of the Cercis, and grew/bloomed like gangbusters once the Cercis were gone and it was in full sun again. Still getting some great flowers:
Along with an oddball flower, fluffy and wildly curly, like 80's hairstyles.
I've been whining about the heat for a month now. Yesterday I just got out there and did the work anyway. The summer, and the blooming Agaves, are nearly complete. Good to be out in front of autumn.