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December 1, 2013


The Rancho’s experiencing a bit of agave showiness I usually associate with springtime. Our attenuatas have sent out efflorescences in the side and back yards, and in the front yard another variety has sent up a stalk about as tall as a street lamp. I can’t say for certain but I think this spate of pop-up activity might have something to do with recent rains, some of which have been surprises. In fact, these pictures were taken two days ago, when we enjoyed showers our iPhone weather predictors missed altogether. Whatever the reason, I’m enjoying the show, as are passersby. I’ve seen Mt. Rubidoux walkers point as they amble past, especially at the tallest specimen in the front yard … I can’t help but feel pride! The sturdy fellow, above, is in the backyard, in our driveway; spectacular now, it will arc out far beyond its point of origin before it’s all over.

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Displaying an altogether different bent, this attenuata’s stalk has quite a personality. Doesn’t it seem to have a mind of its own, like it might turn and look you in the eye before lunging cobra-like?

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Here’s the height prizewinner in the front yard. Belonging to a potatorum that has enjoyed an overall growth spurt this year, the appearance of this stalk was a complete surprise. I can’t wait for the buds at top to flower … Amazingly sturdy right now, I know it will eventually dry out and the plant will die. That’s life, quite literally, for these wondrous succulents, and I’ve accepted it. I enjoy —and  love them — while they live.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2013 6:24 am

    Wow! It must be all the rain. I’m going to have to take a good walk around my property and see what surprises I may find!

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      December 1, 2013 6:39 am

      I would, WF … I didn’t even know about 2 of them until Paul tipped me off and I took a walk!

  2. Val Rubida permalink
    December 2, 2013 3:20 pm

    I love these plants, and they grow so big here in CR. I have been so busy with Christmas decorations that I haven’t had time to do much traveling around. How do you decorate the Rancho for Christmas??

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      December 2, 2013 10:03 pm

      We leave the Christmas decorating to our neighbors … I’m so lazy I just don’t see the point in putting up things just to take them down a couple of weeks later —— Plus this way I avoid the temptation to be one of those people who leaves them up all year! Send me pics of your decorations, I’d love to see 😉

  3. Vickie Perez permalink
    December 5, 2013 7:46 am

    I’ve been noticing odd things blooming somewhat out of sync. I’ve had a few different
    blooms that were expected at all. But it’s part of the wonder of plants. Absolutely love
    those of yours. I imagine if we could find some rusty Xmas decorations we could find somewhere to put them.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      December 5, 2013 4:46 pm

      Hey, Vickie, that’s why I don’t have any Christmas decorations! I need to look for rusty ones … As for plants; you’re right. They never fail to surprise me 😉

  4. Vickie Perez permalink
    December 6, 2013 7:21 am

    I have the same problem. I thought of this the other night when reading your lastest blog. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen any rusty ornaments outside of some neat old tree stands.

    • Reuben Muñoz permalink*
      December 6, 2013 2:42 pm

      I’d love to find a completely corroded aluminum tree … THAT would be a keeper! 😉

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