At my mother's house, there's this giant agave plant. In 2011, it bloomed for the first time in over 20 years, since agave--or at least this kind--only bloom once every 20-30 years. It totally blew all our minds, and I had the pleasure of seeing it in person when I went to visit. I had a moment of real sadness when I later received a text message saying it had finally toppled over. :(
But ever since, I've just thought they were the coolest things.
A crappier shot, but with me for size reference:
Weirdly, according to the photo album I pulled these from, 2011 was also the summer where my mother had a peacock come to roost on her roof, and when a wild boar charged her car in the canyon and left a big ol' dent in the driver's side door. Good year, that one. XD
And if you read the fic with the agave plants in it, no, they don't actually look that much like dicks. But I have this vague memory of that comparison coming up in conversation at some point in 2011, so I stuck that in there, too. I mean, it's a plant, right. So if an agave plant sprouts a shaft it's literally giving out sex pollen.