It’s a special bit of Portland history, spoke of fondly when Agave-centric people gather together… “Once there was an agave there…it was beautiful…it bloomed” next in a somber tone “Then of course it died, and it was not replaced” …some people even go further and say there were pups, and that they were removed. I even heard tell once of where one of those pups might be living.
So it’s true, Agaves can live long enough to bloom in Portland, Oregon. Above is a photo of the legendary Agave and bloom spike, taken in 2006. I first posted it back in January of 2010, and realized the other day I’d never taken pictures of the rest of the garden.
The plantings here are the kind that look good year round, I imagine the homeowners as people who like to have a tidy well manicured garden but are maybe not themselves gardeners. Of course I could be wrong about that.
“Mediterranean” garden I visited a few weeks back? There the steep rocky slope was being fully utilized for my favorite spiky plants, here, not as much.