Monday, March 26, 2007

Spring is busting out all over



But nowhere else quite as literally as at the Botanical Gardens, where, in addition to their glorious spring flower show (some caveats—more on that later), this American agave plant is putting on a display of its own. The gardeners have removed one of the greenhouse panels so that the agave stalk can grow as high as it wants and then bloom.

Then, I guess it dies. But my other guess is that once the stalk gets high enough and well away from the warmth of the greenhouse, it's not going to be too happy with our April in Buffalo temps. I can live with highs in the 50s, no prob, but a plant usually found in a desert climate might want things a bit warmer, at least in the daytime. And highs in the 50s is a best case scenario at this time of year.

It would be cool to see this blooming, high above the Gardens, but I don't think so.

4 comments:

Kate said...

That is an amazing plant. You will have to keep us posted to see if it does flower. That doesn't sound too promising though...

Your blog is a good read and I'd like to add it to my garden blog links.

EAL said...

Thanks, Kate! That would be awesome. Check out Garden Rant too if you don't already.

lisa said...

Please DO keep us posted on that bloom...I'd love to see it be sucessful!

EAL said...

I will be visiting the gardens this weekend to see how the agave bore up under the cold weather.