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Mr. Big’s Progress

January 23, 2012

Big stuff

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?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2012 4:11 pm

    I love the twisty leaves around the base of the stalk!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 23, 2012 4:38 pm

      I do too, Loree, those twisters seem to be the generator of the stalk’s creation … a botanical engine, maybe …

  2. Vickie Perez permalink
    January 25, 2012 5:36 am

    I so agree about the twisters and the buzzers. I was enjoying some at a friends today. This one wasn’t so tall as it reaches somewhat down hill along a driveway. Made for a great viewing of the flowers and the buzzers. And the camera at home.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 25, 2012 5:40 am

      Hello, Vickie! I have to admit I love having my own Mr. Big to study up close …


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