The first legitimate rain of spring has finally occurred, and it has put me in a better mood than usual. Our dry, ashy state has been gasping for water over the past few months, and with the rain comes new plant growth.
When I started this article, I meant to just review plants on campus. Naively, I thought that there would be some pretty flowers out and about at UCCS by now, and I have been proven wrong. Thus, some of the plants in this article are actually on campus and some are not. I will not be specifying which are which.
Please treat yourself to a selection featuring a couple nice pretty plants and a whole bunch of weeds and yucca, the best things Colorado can cough up right now.
- “Mom said not to eat those”
These bushes are immortal, and nothing fazes them. Also, fun fact: once when I was young, I ate one of those weird little berries and I was fine. The third arm actually helps me out a lot. 4/5 stars.
- “Weed (not the kind Devon likes)”
I hate this. It looks so bad. 1/5 stars.
- “A spiky boy”
I actually really like yucca. I think it looks cool and it’s one of my favorite native plants. You can also turn one of the leaves into a paintbrush if you pull it off and grind one end with a rock until the strands separate. Learned that in preschool. 5/5 stars.
- “The Living Dead”
These are cool ivy strands when they stop being brown and lame, but they need to get their act together. Our school has a very disappointing lack of cool ivy. 2.4/5 stars, for motivation.
- “The Achiever”
See that one blade of grass absolutely crushing it? The one that’s a tiny bit more in focus than the rest? You go, buddy. 4.7/5 stars.
My tulips didn’t do well at all this year, so there’s no need to flex so hard. 1.6/5 stars.
- “Twinkle twinkle little star”
What a cutie! 4.6/5 stars.
- “The master photographer”
Don’t look at the foreground, just look at the cool rainy mountains in the background. Mountains 6/5 stars, plant 3.5/5 stars, I guess.
- “The diva”
This one should have shown up for my fall leaves article. Being fashionably late is one thing, but this is ridiculous. Also, it’s not even a good leaf. 1.4/5 stars.
- “If a tree falls on the UCCS campus, can you hear it from the Scribe office?”
I don’t know, let’s get an axe. 3/5 stars.
- “The devil in disguise”
These trees may look beautiful, but they honestly smell really bad when it rains, and I have never figured out why. 3.2/5 stars.
- “You are the Imposter”
That’s obviously not a real plant. Skeletons aren’t plants. You won’t get me again with that one, dad. Fool me twice, shame on me. 2.37/5 stars.
Not sure Abby knows what a plant is, but I’ll take what I can get. 3/5 stars.
- “The only green things that are going to be left in a few years”
Might as well be a plant for as many of these you find on the ground outside. -7/5 stars.
- “A slightly worse spiky boy”
No shade, Kate, but I like the other one better. Better picture though! 4/5 stars.