A neighbor's once-magnificent Agave vilmoriniana 'Stained Glass' has flowered, and the neighbor wanted to know if I wanted any plantlets (aka bulbils) from its flower stem. Umm...if the plantlets were variegated, of course I wanted some.
Back in its glory days:
Blogger gets up there with a saw
Agave harvesters anonymous
Only about 5% of the plantlets had any variegation, but 5% of over a thousand is a lot.
Back at home, I took the Agave marmorata flower stalk down. Agave marmorata's flower stalk produces seeds, not plantlets. At least this one did.There's the bottom 5 feet of it, very like a giant asparagus spear. I measured all the pieces, added up the lengths, and the flower stalk turned out to have been 25 tall (7.6 meters).
What's left is going to have to wait until the weather cools off.
Hot this week, a little too hot to spend significant time out gardening. A little spot watering here and there, plus enjoying the Dahlia flowers is about it.
It's baby lizard time, too.
And lots of bumble bees still around.
The first Protea 'Pink Ice' flower opened.
And hot or not, a boy needs his toy.