Oh, what a bloom it is!
The bloom is about 20 feet tall since the base plant is over 5 feet high.
An email tip from a friend sent me to check it out. There are at least two large Agave ovatifolia, also known as Whale's Tongue agave, in the gardens there. This one is in a garden bordering the lawn used for seating at weddings and special events at the Hacienda de las Rosas.
A unique backdrop for wedding photos. The wedding party typically faces the set of wooden arches to the right of the agave.
Another look at this stunning beauty and the gardens around it. Those are U.S. Navy F/A-18 Fighters flying past
A closeup of the blooms
This is the same Whale's Tongue agave I checked out in person before purchasing one here for my own front garden.
As with all agaves the plant will die when the bloom is finished, but the result will be numerous baby agaves. I'm interested to see what they replace it with. Meanwhile, I'll try to return a few more times to pay my respects before that happens.