"Spring", as lovely as that word sounds, has bitter days. Today we huddle under dark skies, and more rain. I remind myself of the old adage, "April Showers Bring May Flowers". That's true enough, and so I'm patient. Gladys Taber once wrote that, "if spring came all at once we would probably die of it". Of this, I am convinced--remembering the pain and utter exhaustion following the first forays back into the garden. So, it arrives slowly--for our sakes. But today, dampness mingles with anticipation because it's Friday after all. Hurrah for Friday! That most lovely of weekdays to some of us, anticipating, as we do, the breaking with routine for a time. Or at least, a routine of a different sort--full of possibilities at any rate. And pancakes! (We seem to only cook them on Sunday mornings anymore.)
Anyway--rainy days and pancakes aside, we now move mentally to a warmer climate (where a wonderful and sunny spring normally arrives early and without delay), to New Mexico, #36 on the state flower quilt list---offering up the lovely Yucca (yucca glauca). This plant was adopted as the official flower March 14, 1927 after school children voted for it to represent their state. It is a member of the lily family, and can grow to the size of a small tree. The yucca's beautiful white blossoms are edible, and can even be ground up to make a type of candy. The fruits, seeds, stems, and sometimes even the roots are all edible. Early settlers who came to the deserts of New Mexico saw the lovely flowers and called them, "Our Lord's Candles".
As I recall, Yucca's have very sharp tips on the leaves. My "little brother" loves to remind me about the time I pushed him down a hill in a wagon, which he clumsily steered straight into one. Fortunately he survived to tell the tale. Again, and again--while showing off his "battle scars". We laugh about it now, but the horror of that moment will be etched in my mind for all of eternity. One of many that I was to experience in those growing up years with my dare-devil bro. He was fearless!
Off to the weekend we go. . .have a safe one!
COLORS: petals--white; shadow on petals--beige #612; stems--green #320; leaves--dk green #3346; letters #645.