From The Huh. How 'Bout That? File

 I was completely surprised by a flower on the little Leuchtenbergia principis, purchased back in February at the San Diego C&S show. 
 Either it really likes where I planted it, or it really hates where I planted it (and is desperate to bloom before it dies).  It looks happy, though.  Including the flower, it is 3" (7.5 cm) tall.  

Then there was this, which surprised but also puzzled.  (The Echeveria flower sitting on the concrete chip next to the plantlet is for scale.)
Where the heck did that come from?  What is it?  Poking around in the soil exposed a Yucca root, in a planter that contains no Yuccas.  Ah.  Right.  Four or five months ago I moved a 'Bright Star' Yucca from the front slope to the west slope.  A fat piece of bulbous root came loose from the movee--would it produce a new plant?  (Can a garden ever have to many 'Bright Star' Yuccas?) What did I have to lose trying?  Shoved the root into loose soil where any sprout would be easily visible, and then of course, completely forgot about it.  Months later...Huh.  How 'bout that? 

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  1. That is so cool. And you are right you can never have to many bright stars.

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    1. I love that 'Bright Star'. It is like a light in the garden on a moonlit night.

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  2. It's the time of year. My Leuchtenbergia principis flowered as well recently--for the first time ever. It came as a complete surprise to me, just like yours surprised you.

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    1. I saw your post back then, and thought--oh, mine will be several years before a flower--if it survives out there on the front slope (it's so little!). That was part of the surprise, that it flowered almost right away. I think the grower did a good job with it, and that's why it could bloom. It was fun to have a cactus flower out there, a change from the massive Agave flowers.

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  3. Such a beautiful yellow flower, it reminds me of a water lily. A lovely surprise to find the Yucca "Bright Stars" sprouting, your soil must be so fertile, I think any plant would be happy to live in your garden.
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. I never thought of it, but you are exactly right, they are like water lillies. How 'bout that? :)

      The soil here is very good--we were very lucky!

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  4. That's a good way to start off a very warm weekend.

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    1. Yes, that heat again. :( At least not as bad as further inland.

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  5. I have had an agave show up several years after I removed the old one. Right now I have yucca growing in the place a removed an old one at least 8 years ago. So yes, I would say that's what it is. Love the flower surprise. I had one too today.

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    1. Yucca are tenacious! Oftimes too tenacious! I hope 'Bright Star' doesn't become a disappointment.

      Flower surprises are one of the best things about gardening, aren't they? Though there are so many "best things" about gardening...

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