I finally took a half-hour, and drove up the hill off I-10, to revisit the Helen of Troy sotol plantings out front.
Oee cannot easily miss their amazing dance party of bloom stalks this summer. Each time I’ve driven by, they’ve teased me to stop by, but I was in a hurry. They are all Blue Sotol / Dasylirion wheeleri, planted effectively as a large mass.
Photos from the stormy, cool morning of 8/2/2014 –
Something I did not notice until this post, is how the repetition of windows is reinforced by rows of sotols. As in, “be bold, and great things will happen to you.”
1’s or 3’s of them by a boulder as a curiousity, a sea of rock, and a dying lollipop tree wouldn’t do that.
Now, when one or a few die, does that really destroy the scene? Hardly – it simply creates randomness one can replant or leave be as negative space…no need for concern. Just have fun!
Some may notice the leaf tips are brown – that’s how they look over endless miles of our mountainsides and town landscapes, so it’s not a hardiness question. Nothing like what I see in milder coastal climes, or in humid areas, where they seem to not have those brown tips.
Of course, there’s often something to drink or smoke made from such plants, not just wearable items from their strong fibers! This time it’s alcohol.
Presenting the drink Sotol – also from the same species above, Dasylirion wheeleri, at least as it’s made in nearby parts of Chihuahua.
A refreshing glass of sotol was quite enjoyable a few evenings later.
I’ve been disappointed with a few other sotol brands, but the Jaquez family assured me via Twitter theirs was smooth. Those fine folks in Janos – some distance below Deming NM, and not far southwest of me – were correct, but it is strong!
I don’t sip sotol every week, but when I do, I prefer Don Cuco Traditional…apologies, Most Interesting Man.