One of the joys of living just down the road from Kew Gardens is that we can pop in for an hour or two whenever we want. So a sunny day and visit from a friend was more than enough of an excuse to warrant a visit. Normally when we visit we spend a lot of time in the green houses, but given the weather we decided to take a slow amble around the gardens themselves. Like many gardens the change of seasons meant that a lot of the beds were past their best and others had been dug up to swap from the summer to winter planting.
The sad thing about agaves is that once they reach this spectacular size they then flower, putting all their energy into one final flourish before dying. Agave flower spikes in the UK used to be a real novelty but there are now enough older collections that it is not unusual to see at least one flower spike when visiting these gardens.