I love to see traditions from around the country and around the world, so I thought I'd show you all a tradition of mine that stems from living in Tucson. Every year around late September, the Agave plants in the desert send up large spikes that signal the end of the plants life. An agave can live 20 years or longer before sending up it's final bloom, sometimes up to 25' high. It is a true swan song, as the agave dies after such a beautiful output, and will only bloom just the once.
|A beautiful example of an agave newly in bloom.|
|Here is a great example of a fresh bloom|
and a dried one side by side.
|A completely dry stalk.|