I was driving past a house near 32nd Street and saw a plant in full flower, something remarkable for this time of year. It was a yucca, but there were yellow daisy-like flowers on the pointy ends. What is the name of this interesting species and where does one obtain such an obviously rare plant? Peggy Sharp
This remarkable species makes its horticultural debut in Suzanne Gambles garden in Animas City.
Animas City, in case you didnt know, is a neighborhood in north Durango. Animas City used to be a stand-alone town but was annexed by the city years ago, thus ensuring its feisty residents maintain a vigorous streak of independence.
No wonder why Mrs. Action Line enjoys living there so much. Look up feisty in the dictionary and youll see Mrs. Action Lines picture.
Anyway, several weeks ago, Suzanne, a passionate gardener, suffered from early spring malaise.
The daffodils werent doing it, and what tulips remained from the marauding deer wouldnt be blooming for weeks.
I was sick of having no flowers, and I needed some color in the yard.
So Suzanne decided to create spring and a new species of yucca.
The plant in question is a magnificent specimen bearing the Latin name Yucca spurious deceptivoides. Its native range is limited to a parcel of land in Farmington, specifically the Hobby Lobby store.
Blooming yucca is the result of a shopping trip there.
Suzanne and her husband, John, were perusing the aisles of the crafts store.
We spend quite a while walking around looking at all the fake flowers. So I got a bunch of yellow ones, she said.
We came home, and I snipped off the stems and then stuck the blooms on each yucca sword.
The blooming yucca has been quite a hit, attracting admirers from afar and even fooling Suzannes father-in-law.
Last month, he came to dinner and said, My, that yucca is just beautiful.
Suzanne and John decided not to say anything and see how far the prank could go.
Then a couple weeks ago, Suzanne said with a chuckle, Dad said how thrilled he was that the yucca was still in bloom and that he has taken a lot of people by the house to see the plant!
She also noted that more than a few lookie-loos have slowed down when driving past her house, between 31st and 32nd streets on East Fourth Avenue.
It sure brightens up the neighborhood, she laughed.
She points out that blooming yucca fulfills just about every gardeners desire the plant is native (at least the part thats alive), and it requires no water, no pruning and no fertilizer.
Its in flower on demand from Presidents Day through Halloween or later.
And when the blooms fade from the sunshine in late fall, Ill just get some new ones, she said.
Plus, next year, I have the option of changing colors.
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The Mea Culpa Mailbag features a wry observation from intrepid writer William Bowlby.
Regarding last weeks column about pedestrians taking too much time to mosey across the street, I think we should be patient with slow movers in our crosswalks, Bill writes. After all, they could be 20-something medical marijuana card-holders who are in such chronic pain its difficult for them to make it across the road in the allotted time.
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