As many of you will know, there has never been a major flowering in the the garden, not even the yuccas. It is almost personal now, with things flowering as soon as they were no longer in the garden: plants taken to the work garden, and plants in the old house garden all flowering.
So on Saturday, sat having lunch and looking around the garden when I see it:
The dasylirion sarratifolium coming into flower. Conveniently the flower was just at the top of the leaves, so it is easy to monitor growth.
2 days later:
So one foot (30cm) growth in two days, not too bad. Already level with the top of the fence, now getting worried about the cherry tree above it.
A day later and another 6inches (15cm) so fairly consistent growth.
Now sure it is going to get up into the cherry. There is only a 3foot gap from top of flower to first branch now. At it's current rate that is only 6 days of growth. Admittedly that is the lowest branch and the leaves don't start then, but guessing this will carry on up.
So advanced planning: going to pull it away for the fence, the posts gives something to tie to. Most likely the spike will just kink to grown straight up again, but the little adjustment should hopefully be enough. Alternatively, I could let it grow into the cherry and use it to secure the flower spike. It is windy in the garden, so could be helpful.
While I decide, it is just a matter of sitting back and watching it grow. It is all very exciting for someone who hasn't had a major flower before.