Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Who needs a security system?

Part of my continuing series on our October trip to California…
After spending a week traveling down through California we finally ended up in Fillmore, a small city about an hour north of Los Angeles. My husband’s brother and family live in Fillmore and we had a new niece to meet! Fillmore would be our weekend hangout.
A few years back, during my first visit, on a walk around the downtown area we happened upon this mass wild planting of Agave americana variegata. I was excited to find it was still there and even bigger than I remembered.
My husband stayed in the car while I hopped out to snap a few pictures. Isn’t it amazing and also a little menacing?I wasn’t paying any attention to the people in the building, on the other side of the windows, until one of them came out to find out what I was up to. Once I assured him I was harmless and only interested in the agaves he seemed to relax. He told me that he loved the agaves because they kept him from having to purchase a security system or put bars on the windows. Good point! Who’s crazy enough to crawl over a wall of agaves?

9 comments:

  1. Hey, I never thought of that! They have to be big ones, though. Geez, what to they do when it's time to paint the buildings or, god forbid, replace a window?! Hilarious!

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  2. What perfect environmental design! And they're just beautiful, too.

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  3. LOL. The one thing people appreciate agaves for in the Caribbean is for passive security. In some islands its planted along fences and walls, and under windows.

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  4. I bet the guy was like WTH is that woman doing??? lol

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  5. "Who’s crazy enough to crawl over a wall of agaves?" -- Well, I'm guessing someone like YOU! If there were more agaves on the other side, that is. :)

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  6. How it Grows, I'm jealous!

    Karen, I bet there is a haz-mat suit involved.

    Jane, and there were several nice little pups in there too, I almost asked if I could take a couple!

    Nicole, it totally makes sense, I'd never thought of it!

    MTJulie, you're probably right. Usually people who live with them think those of us that go gaga over them are a little odd.

    Greensparrow, hey! What are you saying about me? Well, ok....you're right of course!

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  7. I love agaves, but these big ones are pretty scary!

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  8. Agaves as security. Sounds like a good idea. Until you need to escape OUT your window.

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