Look at our recycled agave stalks!

One of the many things that drew us to Dancing Red was the grand gesture of mature agaves lining the long front fenceline. Ross’ very first project was to thin them out and edit out everything besides them and the mountain laurels. Beyond the gate, down toward the house, there was one more, lone agave, around which Ross created our magnificent agave field from transplants and pups. We’re in love with our agaves — their heroic scale, their subtle, double coloring, and their imprinted graphic patterns.

So we had mixed emotions when that mother-of-all-agaves flowered last fall, along with one at the front fence. As amazing as those 18-feet flowering stalks were, they meant the death of the plants. They each left a hole, literally, in the gardens.

But they left behind a pair of baroque totems  that live on as the portal to the north trail head. We “planted” them last weekend:

agave trail portal | DancingRedRanch.com

Our new trail portal, made from recycled agave stalks.


And now two more agaves in the fence garden have sent up their flower stalks. We’ll harvest them, too, for “matching” portals at the other trail head.


4 Responses to Look at our recycled agave stalks!

  1. Lorraine May 1, 2014 at 5:45 am #

    …what an alluring entrance to a trail at the Dancing Red Ranch! The sculptural plantings enhance the ranch personality so naturally. The matching stalks are an absolute delight and I look forward to seeing the portal at the other end ‘bloom’ when the other stalks are harvested.

    • Ann Daly May 1, 2014 at 7:31 am #

      And we can’t wait to see you at the ranch!

  2. Pam/Digging May 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    I love how you’ve repurposed the bloom stalks. I wonder how long they’ll last? Wouldn’t it be cool to have an allee of them?

    • Ann Daly May 7, 2014 at 1:20 am #

      An allee down the long driveway is on my bucket list! I expect that seeing how the stalks decay will be part of their beauty.

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