Agave 'Blue Glow' Harvest Time
I promised a few people some 'Blue Glow' seeds, and wanted to get them sent off before rose-pruning begins and nothing else gets done. The cut stalk was 13 feet 4 inches long (~4 meters).
Most of the seed pods contained only 1-3 viable seeds, so I did a lot of pod-cutting to obtain enough seeds to mail off. I got them mailed this afternoon--recipients, you know who you are. Your receipt of them is now dependent upon your postal system. Good luck with that.
I was able to harvest 28 bulbils (plantlets) from the flower stalk. The largest were barely 3" long (72 mm) and the smallest were less than 10 mm.
Based on my last experience with Agave bulbils, I expect to get at least a few viable plants. One is all I need to replace the original--anything else will be a big bonus.
I'm considering hacking apart the bloomed-out but still alive 'Blue Glow' to see if I can get an axial rosette or two to root. Why not? The original plant has lost its superb symmetry and beauty. It has produced successors and seeds. There will likely be a plantlet to replace the original to again provide amazing beauty, like this:
A few other bits of beauty...the Agave marmorata is coming into its own as far as beauty goes. When smaller, it was rather boring. No longer!
The Aloe on the left and behind magnificent marmorata was labelled A. dorotheae. It's not, but it does redden up gloriously in winter.
The Aloe cameronii, also with winter-reddened foliage, has flowers just about to open.
Agave 'Joe Hoak' still has not bloomed. I think its waiting for substantial rain. Neighbor Senecio is blooming for it.
Opuntia microdaysis is desperate for water as well, Some of the pads look like they are ready to crest, though my plant might be a wavy-pad variant. Looks like it has mealy bug, too. I'll have to spray it with alcohol.
In the well-watered part of the garden, the fridge-chilled tulips are emerging.
The fabulous red foliage of 'Pacific Sunset' Coprosma...
...agrees perfectly with 'Firefighter'...
...which has come roaring back since the 'Laguna' rose that engulfed it all summer was removed.
Winter, the season of a California gardener's frantic activity. To work! To work!