Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Not Yet....CBG Agave Update

So after two weeks, I finally made it back to the Chicago Botanic Gardens last Thursday. And the Agave americana flower stalk is still sticking up through the roof (no storm damage) and still not in full bloom.

Flower stalk as of July 1, from the inside of the greenhouse, and from the outdoors

As it turns out, the CBG has a time lapse video of the Agave in action:

I'm not sure when I will be making a my next trip to the Gardens, so there is a possibility that I might miss the fully open flowers. So, I thought I'd share some pictures of another blooming Agave species in the greenhouse, with open flowers on the lower part of its stalk.

Agave macrocantha

Agave macrocantha plant and flower stalk, well contained inside the greenhouse. The CBG has quite a few Agaves; if they had to cut open the roof every time one bloomed, they'd be in big trouble.

Close-up of open flowers below and buds above. (The Agave flowers are yellow; the orange blooms are from a neighboring Jatropha.)

If I do get back to the Gardens in time, I will certainly share updated images.


Julie said...

That is a cool time lapse video!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

How awesome, I do hope you get back to take more pics. And that video was so cool, can't wait to see the whole thing in bloom!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hey, how come I'm not on your blog list! Hee hee!

Alex said...

I've just discovered your blog and I find it very interesting. I'll come back, definitely!

Karen715 said...

Candy: Ask and you shall receive. Nice blog; I love your header picture.

Alex: Welcome and thanks!

Julie: I never would have thought to check the CBG website for news about the Agave until my husband suggested it. I was thrilled to find the video.