A friend sent me an image of him standing in front of the bloomstalk and I wasted no time in getting over to see it for myself.
The owner of this fine specimen (and handsome garden in general) left a comment on my Instagram feed confirming that it is indeed an Agave parryi, and it's about 20 years old.
Since I was there I walked up the street to check on the next-door neighbor's garden.
And up near the south-facing foundation of the house, is this beauty—perhaps Agave schidigera 'Shira ito no Ohi' or a variegated Agave filifera.
One more look at the bloomer...
It's been awhile since I've checked in on these Agave ovatifolia. The house sold awhile back (listing here) and I was worried the new owners wouldn't appreciate what they had.
Not to worry though—I had a brief email back and forth with the new owners last year and they were excited about the plants.
The pair of Yucca rostrata are new additions, quite fetching don't you think?
Since I was nearby I decided to check in on this big fellow that bloomed last year, again I was surprised he was still standing.
Not just because he's dying (dead), but because I thought the owners would have had him removed soon after he finished blooming.
I'm so glad they haven't though, as it's been interesting to watch the post-bloom process. The bloomed-out plant is still covering some pups at it's base.
And there are other agaves nearby to carry on.
I think these are earlier pups of the plant that bloomed, moved to another spot in the garden.
Of course this post wouldn't be complete without a shot of the other bloomed out agave in town, super-star Monte—the Agave montana. Monte's caretaker, Lance, has written a lengthy blog post all about him. I haven't had time to read it (yet) but it's here if you're interested.
Here's the plant that's known as the "Sacramento Agave"—because of it's location on Sacramento Street. Photo from July 9th, the bloomstalk's branching had begun.
And I spotted a pup hidden in the shrubbery, although it might belong to the other agave further down the bank.
Checking in on July 29th.
The plant is starting to shrink, but still looks pretty good, and there are pups under there!
Does anyone else here the Wicked Witch? ("I'm melting!")
So many buds...
Also July 29th
And finally, on August 13th, the blooms were starting to open.
The base is falling inward on itself.
Pups, waiting to take over...
And I spotted another a little further down the bank, as long as the current owners of this lot do nothing there should be quite the agave patch continuing here.
One more look before...
We drive south and investigate a fallen warrior.
A friend who lives just around the corner from this sad scene alerted me to it, I believe this is an Agave parryi, similar to the plant that began this post.
Snapped right off at the base. Wind? Gravity? Vandalism?
At least it gives me an opportunity to check out the blooms up close.
So many bees—open!open!open!
Pretty cool eh?
I have recently learned of two large agaves on the west-side of Portland (these are all east-side residents, like me) and stalked them on Google maps, drive-by to happen soon!
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