A distraction from work

Somehow my ironing board, aka my desk, has repositioned itself across the front window. This means the curtains need to be closed if I am teaching, so the students can see me on the screen, but otherwise it gives me a view while I think.

It is thus that I looked up the other day and noticed something I’d never expected to see.

I had heard that yukkas can flower. Well, logically why wouldn’t they, considering they are not ferns? However, it seemed unlikely that the one in my front garden would do so, since we live in a cool, (usually) dry climate.

This year, the inordinate amount of rain must have tipped the balance. It’s only in bud in the photo but was starting to unfurl this morning. My daughter actually noticed it and was quite taken aback. It doesn’t currently look the most amazing floral exhibit but should the look improve, I will let you know.

Other surprises this week include the following.

A flowering hosta. I didn’t know they flowered so early or could have such a long season. This variety supposedly flowers until autumn. In fact, I think it might have done so last year, when I bought it.
An indoor mushroom. The squash seed in the same pot, on the other hand, has shown no inclination to germinate. The other seedling is a ‘weed’.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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11 Responses to A distraction from work

  1. My parents had a yucca – I recall that it flowered twice in thirty years so enjoy it!

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  3. gaiainaction says:

    Isn’t it lovely the surprises that nature gives us. I look forward to a photo of your yucca in full flower Helen.

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