Armature, Proto, Beloveds


I have arrived at a satisfactory method for building yucca armatures, from wire to planting.


As usual, it was a process of experimentation. I walked around the neighborhood (hilly!), and I looked at a lot of pictures on Google, trying to synthesize what it is that makes a yucca trunk a *quintessential* yucca trunk.


This is the current result. Braxton Payne pot, torn paper over wire armature, medium green starting leaf clusters.


Outlined in Khaki, tipped in Sunflower, center stripe in Leaf Green (left). Medium green stock start, right. Very subtle.

I’m feeling good about my progress. Kits and specimens imminent!


Meanwhile, I’m going back down to Santa Cruz tomorrow, to spend time with all my baby girls. Ruby is now one month old. Maddie is four, and wakes up first thing every morning to cuddle with her sister. This is the life.

10 thoughts on “Armature, Proto, Beloveds

  1. elizabeth s says:

    Your yucca trunks are beautifully textured Nancy and the little circular detail around the base really look as narly as they do in real life.
    And speaking of “real life”- your little grand- daughters are Adorable and this photo of Maddie with her baby sister Ruby is a Kodak Moment ♡

  2. Keli says:

    The trunk looks wonderful, you obviously had an inspiring walk. Your granddaughters steal the show, though, they’re gorgeous.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thanks, Keli! I love the challenge of translating real life into something convincing in miniature.
      And yeah, granddaughters really do steal the show :)

  3. Barbara W. says:

    You have definitely succeeded with the trunk – it looks marvelous. What an “aw, so cute” photo!

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