Monday, July 29, 2013

Great leaves I have seen

While Elaine is off learning archery and whatever, the rest of us went to the Allen Gardens greenhouses to see Toronto's very own blooming agave plant. It appears to have been at its finest a few days before we went, but it is still a thing you don't see every day!

poking out through the roof

They had to cut a hole in the roof to let the spike out, some months ago. It was just a spike for a while, then flowered, and now, as I understand it, the whole plant will die.

This is what it looks like from the inside.

I'm pretty sure that we have never been to this site before, although we found plenty to look at when we got there. I'm also pretty sure that it is not generally so crowded as we found it. The miracle of a blooming agave seemed to be quite the draw.

Here's a taste of what we've been missing all these years.

polka dots


gorgeous colouring

oh, more gorgeous colours! 

spiky leaves growing straight out

your basic stripes

why does it do that?

We'll be back. I suspect there's a time when lots of their cactuses are in bloom, and I suspect it will be a nice spot to go for stroll indoors in January.


  1. Oooh, I love the one with the painting of leaves on the leaves! That is amazing.

  2. What a fab place to visit!

  3. wonderful photos! what a great place to visit!!


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