Monday, 26 July 2021

Finally the flower we have waited for...

We've had an  Agave americana  cactus looking plant for  17 years now and have hoped we would get to see it flower.

When I say flower, it grows a long stalk which produces branches with a flower on the ends. The whole thing is looked upon as a flower.  Sadly, and usually, when it has 'flowered' the plant then dies.  I guess it puts so much energy into the process that it finishes it off.  However, we have got 'juniors' from it, already planted around our garden.

We were delighted when about 6 weeks ago we noticed the beginnings of a flower, but have been amazed at how fast it grows.  

It goes through an "asparagus looking phase" and is now at the "asparagus crossed with a broccoli phase".

We've taken photos along the way...

6th June :

You can only just see the lighter growth in the middle of the plant - the flower part - and going on the overall growth, we reckon in this photo the flower must have had a week of growing time.

prior to this...I had thought the plant was dying, you can see how sad the leaves are looking, but obviously it was a sign that the flower was on the way.

20th June:         This next photo shows how quickly it grows 

6th July:                   It was obviously trying to race the sun-brolly!

Onward and upward as they say....

11th July:    we had been measuring (as best we could) with a long extendable pole and in this next photo I've noted the height of the plant (I'm just to give some scale)

22nd July:  From the previous photo on the 11th, to this next photo on the 22nd, you can see how the branches have grown.  To the right, you can see one of the 'juniors'.

At this point, the plant is still growing upwards and the branches are extending, so who knows where it will be eventually.  Perhaps we should have put a warning light on it for aircraft! 

I will keep you updated on its progress, although we have given up trying to measure it - the extendable pole is too short! 

Friday, 16 July 2021

A random photo

I get to chat with a lot of visitors over at Arlington Court when I'm plein air painting. 

I'm guessing they take a lot of photos but I've rarely seen any of me painting.

That is until this week when a picture of me popped up in a local Facebook group....

(photo courtesy: Keith Maynard facebook)

I hadn't noticed someone taking photos, but when I'm in the painting zone anything could be happening around me and I'd be oblivious! 


Monday, 12 July 2021

And I'm back at Arlington Court - what a surprise!


The weather for my plein air painting session last week was, can I say, a bit "Iffy"   - there is no doubt, look at those clouds!   But I kept going.  I had a Plan though and was prepared to pack-up all the painting gear and head off.  However, the clouds moved away.  Replaced with others, but at least it didn't cause "Rain Stopped Painting", as opposed to 'rain stopped play' 🏏

I had set-up my easel further away from the pathways on this occasion.  Not to avoid people, but to get the angle I needed of the House.  Even so, a lot of people came over and chatted.  I hadn't noticed at the time,  a lady sat on a nearby seat who was sketching and eventually came over to chat with me.   I quite envied her simple approach to just sitting quietly and sketching on her own......although it turned out she was 'entertained' by listening to me chatting with the various visitors who stopped by.  Her comment was a surprise to me, as she thought I was so patient with people interrupting me when I was busy painting.  How kind of her to say - then she saw my Notice inviting people to stop and chat.  I pointed out that people hadn't even seen the Notice, and she was even more impressed that I was so patient with the visitors.   Wow!...this simple little fact really cheered me.

If you click the image above, hopefully the short video will play.