Mr. Big’s Progress
The last time we were schwingin’ with my bloomin’ agave attenuata, Mr. Big, it was late December (click here) and the flower stalk was over 7-feet long. An amazing measurement at the time, it’s been blown out of the water by today’s size-up … it’s now over 10-feet long! Arching up and up, then over and down, it’s an illustration of a flower stalk’s progression: Tight buds at the end up to the center, open blossoms just past the apex, spent soldiers closest to the host. Just when I thought Mr. Big couldn’t possibly be any sexier, he gives me major curve!
I’m not alone in finding Mr. Big irresistible, either … He’s a total bee magnet … Although it may not seem like it in this photo, the flowered part of the stalk was humming with intent little buzzers …
I’m not sure how long a run he’ll have, but I plan to follow Mr. Big’s progress until his eventual decline … And when that day comes I’ll take down the dried stalk and use it in a project. Suggestions, anyone?