When (agave) art imitates life


Agave art! It’s only a print from Michael’s or someplace like that, but I had it framed and hung it in the living room next to the patio doors.


A wider view reveals why: art imitating life. That’s Moby, my ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave (A. ovatifolia), visible through the glass doors.


An enticing view deserves an actual visit, right? Especially when the ‘Bloodspot’ mangave next to Moby is flowering, sending up two bloom spikes to thrill the hummingbirds.


Such a treat to see through the window while I work. Happy Thursday!

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11 Responses

  1. I love that print! And it’s fun to see a wee bit of the inside of you house.

    I’m surprised your ‘Bloodspot’ isn’t, well, bloodier. It’s the greenest one I’ve ever seen (and still quite attractive I might add).

    It’s spottier at other times of the year, Loree. I suspect our intense Death Star and muggy nights are to blame. Sometimes it seems that silver is the only color that doesn’t get washed out by our heat. (But fall is coming!) —Pam

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Perfect pairing! Love this and enjoyed seeing the chairs for perspective. Moby has really grown into an impressively big boy!

    Oh, he’s big all right. At least 5 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall. He’s the star of my garden (and he knows it). —Pam

  3. What a wonderful pairing! Both the print and Moby look great.

    Thanks, Kris. You can’t go wrong with an agave, right? —Pam

  4. Shirley says:

    I like the way it all looks, bringing the outside in and what a great view from the doors.

    Quite the star at 5′ Moby has reached the max size typically given for A. Ovatifoilia.

    Each summer I watch anxiously for a bloom stalk, Shirley. I plan to have a New Orleans style funeral celebration when it goes. —Pam

  5. peter schaar says:

    Perfect pairing of painting and plant, and perfect placement. I have a similar one, a painting done by my daughter of a Crinum. Unfortunately, It was not possible to place it looking out a window at the Crinums in our garden. Close, though.

    How nice — a painting by your daughter is even better, Peter! —Pam

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The print is perfect. Love the view.

    Thanks, Lisa. —Pam

  7. Awe – you love Moby so much. That picture with is super cool – especially there where you have it!

    I do love that agave. Isn’t that crazy? :-) —Pam

  8. Katina says:

    I had no idea that the agave picture was just a poster print from an art store. I figured it was a print from some fancy art house…

    Oh no, just a poster gussied up with a nice frame. It’s the framing price that’ll get you every time, even with “real” art. ;-) —Pam

  9. Lost Roses says:

    Clever girl! Both agaves are fabulous!

  10. Bonnie says:

    Very nice! I’m jealous that I can’t grow agaves up in NJ. I also really like how the silvery-blue curtains are reminiscent of the silvery-blue agave foliage outside.

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