She did it!!! She’s bloomed!
The lovely Agave plant which has captured our attention with her determination has outwitted latitude and climate (and frost) to reach a height of about 20 feet and bloomed!
As you know from previous posts, agaves only bloom once before they die. And as you can see here, her energy is definitely waning in comparison with her sister plants.
It’s been such an interesting process to watch. I have found myself drawn to visit and check on her. And I’m not alone. Whenever I pop by, she is always busy entertaining company.
Well, good for her. She’s done her job. And along the way, has given us all a little lesson in botany as well as in the power of hope.
Last month I shared the story of our local celebrity Agave plant. You might recall that this momma plant set up her once-in-a-lifetime flower stalk a wee bit early in the season. When she quickly out grew her greenhouse in the Halifax Public Gardens, she had to me moved outside into some very chilly temps. She attracted National attention as we all crossed our fingers for her.
Just after I shared the post with you, we suffered some pretty seriously freezing temps. It cold enough to pretty much wipe out the wine grape crop and half the blueberry crop (just to name a few) province-wide.
Her flower stalk completely stopped growling. It was even reported that the Agave had suffered too much and had, in fact, died before she could bloom.
Just when we’d abandoned hope, she rallied! And today, a closer look suggests that she is ready to bloom!
At least, that’s how it looks to me.
It’s nice to see that she has lots of company in her garden bed now. Including two sister agaves.
I’m going to have to drive into town next week to check again. I’ll be expecting some flowers.