Clearly my Agave desmettiana, 'variegata' has decided that it does not want to spend another winter in the wheelbarrow in the garage! It has decided to leave this earthly life and hope that its offspring will fare better.
This morning I noticed that it is sending up a flower stalk. I have no idea how old the plant is. I only know it was a pup of a pup of an original plant, has spent its life in a pot until last summer when I put it in the ground. Not wanting to risk its life over the winter I removed it and put it in a wheelbarrow in the garage. I planted it again this spring. At least I won't have the dilemma of trying to decide whether to winter it in the garage or to risk leaving it in the ground.
It is both a sad and exciting time when an agave sends up a flower stalk. I checked on the internet to see what kind of flower to expect and lo and behold this agave has enjoyed some exposure in the media! Stay tuned for further developments which you can guarantee will be more than 6" a day.