Gravity always wins
The flower stalk of the Agave parrasana along the sidewalk is now close to 7 ft. tall. Impressive for sure, but that's not the focus of this post. Instead, look at the aloe to the left of the agave:
That's the real news. At some point in the last few days, gravity finally won out and caused the top-heavy Aloe ferox to topple over. Even though its leaves had become fairly desiccated in recent weeks, it was still a big guy.
For comparison, here's a photo from mid-March 2020 when this Aloe ferox was in bloom and the leaves were fat and juicy:
Why did it fall over now? I don't have the faintest idea. Yes, it had been leaning towards the sidewalk, its stem semi-horizontal instead of vertical. But if it was going to topple, why didn't it do it in the spring when the head was much heavier and the soil softer?
It's 103°F outside as I'm writing this and the last thing I want to do is haul away a heavy aloe, but I will have to tackle it at some point.
Right now, the plan is to rehome the Aloe ferox (any takers within driving distance?) and replace it with the Aloe globuligemma × marlothii I moved in early May (see below). But that's something that will have to wait for fall. If it were transplanted now, in this heat, it would most likely go into shock.
|Aloe globuligemma × marlothii|
Moral of the story: None, really, except that plants are never predictable. And that's fine by me. It's the element of the unexpected that keeps gardening interesting.
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