For the past few weeks I’ve been watching these amazing blooms sprouting up all over my neighborhood. I had no idea what they were, so I did a little research and learned that they are the bloom, or flower from the California Agave plant. It’s as if one day they just appear. After watching a hummingbird drink from one, I’ve got my son helping me scope them out as we drive through the hills. According to this report, it takes the the Agave just about 6 weeks to grow an enormous bloom (20 feet!) which they do only once in their life time. The bloom will slowly put out millions of seeds, solidifying it’s place for generations to come, and then the plant will die. They wait their whole lives, storing up enough energy to do this one great finale, and then they let go. It’s nature at its best. It’s kind of sad, but also beautiful, and pretty sweet to be able to catch this fleeting part of the cycle.