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Pittsburgh Succulents


They do a lot of indoor gardening in Pittsburgh during the winter, what with the winter weather and all. I sometimes wonder how all those nurseries survive the winter. I suppose they’re closed. I know I would close for January if I could. Anyway, back to Pittsburgh, and the article about succulents being good for indoor gardening, in the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1752&amp;entry_id=1556" title="http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/leadertimes/s_544892.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Leader Times</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulent plants… make great houseplants and many are easy to grow. What better time when the garden is at rest then to try growing succulents indoors….<br />
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A plant favored by many is the jade plant….<br />
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Another good choice… is the crassula perforata…<br />
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One more succulent… is the kalanchoe often seen blooming in the stores near Valentine’s Day.</span><br /></div><br />I checked, and it’s 20 below there in Pittsburgh right now. I hope the windows aren’t open. There’s more plants in Pittsburgh after the break, if care to join me…<br /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/archives/1556-guid.html#extended">Continue reading "Pittsburgh Succulents"</a>

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Winter


We’re back from our winter travels to Idaho and through the Donner Pass in a snowstorm. We got stuck waiting for the 17 car pileup to be cleared, but contrary to what others have implied, we were not part of it.<br /><br /><br />

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Ohio Cactus


They’ve recently discovered that succulents are pretty in Ohio. Who knew? This brilliant discovery comes <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1748&amp;entry_id=1551" title="http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/home_garden/12909051.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">courtesy of Ohio.com</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Tired of blossoms in your flower garden that dazzle and sizzle but are quick to fade? Maybe it’s time for some dependable succulents — the enduring plants that last through the good times but also, especially, the bad.</span><br /></div><br />I hear that it’s cold there right now. I’m cold just thinking about it. Brrrrr. Of course, I used to live in Michigan. And then there was that time I lived in Alaska too. So I should talk. But now I’m California all the way, baby. And it’s freezing here in Berkeley. Brrrrr…….<br /><br />

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Sacramento Cactus


Winter in Sacramento is a little bit colder than here in the Berkeley. What do they do about it? Why, let’s let the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1747&amp;entry_id=1550" title="http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sacbee.com/107/story/592474.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sacramento Bee</a> give us advice.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The Sacramento County master gardeners recommend moving cacti, succulents and other frost-tender plants to a sheltered location to keep them from freezing. Against the house, under the overhang, on a patio, or against a fence or wall can provide just enough shelter and warmth to keep the plants from being killed during a freeze.</span><br /></div><br />What about Modesto? Is that advice also good for Modesto? We’ll never know for sure.<br /><br />

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Sand in your Soil


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Minnesota Cactus


Things to do in <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1746&amp;entry_id=1549" title="http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.shakopeenews.com/node/4491′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Shakopee Valley</a> in the winter.<br /><br />1. Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“Desert Exploration,” a free weekend family activity, is offered from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in January in the Marion Andrus Learning Center. Depart winter for a desert adventure in the greenhouse and discover the amazing adaptations of desert plants. Zoom in with Scope-on-a Rope and see the spikes, spines, and inside of a cactus up close, invent your own survival adaptation while you <span style="font-weight: bold;">munch on an edible cactus</span> and pot up your own succulent to keep on your windowsill all winter long.</span><br /></div><br />I’m cold just thinking about it.<br /><br />

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Finding Cactus Link of the Day


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1743&amp;entry_id=1546" title="http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://happiegrrrlclimbing.blogspot.com/2007/12/south-side-of-joshua-tree.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> Happiegrrrl Climbing</a> wanders into new parts of Joshua Tree National Park and stumbles upon a Cholla forest. I hope she didn’t actually stumble.<br /><br />Nice photos of national park protected cholla, plus barrel cacti and ocotillo too.<br /><br />

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How to ID Cactus


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1742&amp;entry_id=1545" title="http://www.newestblogarticles.com/home/indoor-plants/cactus-identification.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.newestblogarticles.com/home/indoor-plants/cactus-identification.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Indoor Plants blog</a> tells you how to ID cactus.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Spines are (a) feature that most cacti have which can help in proper cactus identification. Do not mistake these spines for thorns because these are not the same.</span><br /></div><br />Now that you know, go check out some of those plants you have and see if they’re cacti. I’ll wait here.<br /><br />

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Cactus Cops


They need them in Phoenix. <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1740&amp;entry_id=1544" title="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1221fri2-21.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1221fri2-21.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The newspaper</a> tells you what they do.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;">Two people with a truck can uproot a saguaro in 20 minutes and sell it for $55 to $75 a foot to a homeowner who thinks planting a cactus shows a love of the desert. These criminals enrich themselves at the expense of our natural environment.<br />
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<i>There ought to be a law.</i><br />
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There is. Poaching a protected native plant is a misdemeanor that can carry a fine of up to $1,500. But so many people disregarded native-plant protections that back in the 1980s, the state Department of Agriculture hired seven law-enforcement officers and trained them to track down cactus thieves and monitor sales in nurseries and other places.<br />
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<i>Those are the cactus cops?</i><br />
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Right. And they caught 90 to 100 cactus thieves per year for a while.<br />
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<i>That’s great!</i><br />
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Sure, but it is yesterday’s news. Today, there are only two cactus cops in the state, and they managed to nail only about 20 cactus thieves in 2006.<br /></div><br />Now you know. Are you interested?<br /><br />

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We Get Questions


Q: Hi,

Our cactus of 12 years is dying, I dont know the type of cactus so I have taken some pictures of it so you can help. I wanted to see if I could get your opinion before i started cutting it up it has grown to over 5′ and we would hate to cut it up if we dont have to.

All the best

David

A: David,

From your photos, it looks like your Euphorbia trigona it has a very bad sunburn. Did it recently get moved or turned so it faces a new direction? That is the usual cause of skin bleaching. If not then it most likely has a bad fungus infection and you can try curing it by spraying with a 1% Neem Oil solution. However the scar tissue will remain and will eventually turn to “bark”.

Sorry I can’t give you better news.

Hap

 

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Happy New Year 2008 Edition


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News Update


It’s going to be a slow news day. From the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1741&amp;entry_id=1541" title="http://www.star-telegram.com/448/story/377609.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.star-telegram.com/448/story/377609.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Dallas Star-Telegram</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Man uses tractor to crush cactus</span><br />
By FRED AFFLERBACH<br />
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TEMPLE, Texas — The prickly pear cactus has been a thorn in the cattleman’s side since the Mexican vaqueros began pushing their stock across the Rio Grande well over two centuries ago.<br />
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This invasive species chokes out native grasses with its aggressive root system that spreads horizontally, sending up new shoots. It sucks up rainwater before the moisture can soak in, or run off and fill reservoirs needed for watering stock….<br />
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Ranchers have sprayed it with chemicals, scraped it with bulldozers, and in times of drought used it for cattle feed by burning the spines with propane torches.<br />
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Fast forward to the 21st century and meet the Kactus Krusher, aka Dave Gross, riding a red 1954 Farmall tractor pulling an odd-looking train of cutting and crushing implements pulverizing the cacti into green mush….<br />
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&quot;It’s not like traditional methods where you lose a lot of top soil,&quot; Ringler said. &quot;He cuts them out at the roots and smushes them so they dry out.&quot;</span></div><br /><br />

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Christmas in Florida


A strange article about what they used to do to celebrate christmas in Florida, from the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1739&amp;entry_id=1543" title="http://www.tbnweekly.com/content_articles/122107_fpg-04.txt" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.tbnweekly.com/content_articles/122107_fpg-04.txt’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Tampa Bay Beacon</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Christmases past in Florida<br />
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The beauty of a Florida sandman is the sun won’t melt it. The only danger is high tide.<br />
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Cactus-fruit pies, jousting competitions, contraband bottles of whisky washing ashore have made for some memorable Christmases past in Florida.</span><br /></div><br />I don’t know what they’re talking about. This is quite the mystery. Are any of my readers long-time Florida residents who know what this means?<br /><br />I didn’t think so.<br /><br />

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Cowboy Advice


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1737&amp;entry_id=1540" title="http://www.orangepower.com/showthread.php?t=46362" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.orangepower.com/showthread.php?t=46362′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Oklahoma State</a> is going to the Insight Bowl (it’s a football thing) in Phoenix and some local fans are making tourist recommendations.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Oklahoma State football fans heading for the Insight Bowl in Arizona are in for some real treats and the lucky ones will plan on spending extra time in the area….<br />
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No. 1 on my do-not-miss list is the Desert Botanical Garden with 50 acres of trails. From towering cardon and saguaro cactus to rotund barrel cactus, the walks are lined with more than 50,000 specimens of cacti, succulents and desert wildflowers.<br />
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Birders flock here, too, to see cactus wrens.</span><br /></div><br />OK.<br /><br />

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Cactus Leaves


It’s science day at cactus blog, and so we bring you <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1736&amp;entry_id=1539" title="http://science.letusfindout.com/do-cacti-have-leaves/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://science.letusfindout.com/do-cacti-have-leaves/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">to the world of science</a>!<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Q: Do cacti have leaves?<br /><br />A: In most (cactus) species, except for the sub-family of the Pereskioideae, the leaves are greatly or entirely reduced….<br />
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Cacti are commonly used for fencing material where there is a lack of either natural resources or financial means to construct a permanent fence. This is often seen in arid and warm climates, such as the Masai Mara in Kenya. This is known as a cactus fence.</span><br /></div><br />

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Economics


<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1750&amp;entry_id=1553" title="http://www.correntewire.com/obama_stump_speech_strategy_of_conciliation_considered_harmful" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.correntewire.com/obama_stump_speech_strategy_of_conciliation_considered_harmful’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Lambert at Corrente explains it all.</a><br /><br /><br /><br />

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Helena Montana


The Helena National Forest has a lovely <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1749&amp;entry_id=1552" title="http://www.fs.fed.us/rl/helena/resources/heritage_resources/lewis_clark.shtml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.fs.fed.us/rl/helena/resources/heritage_resources/lewis_clark.shtml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Lewis and Clark Expedition</a> page, and in the frosty winter I thought I’d share a cactus bloom with you.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="142" hspace="5" height="212" border="2" align="left" src="/blog/uploads/misc/lc_prickleypear.jpg" />The Three Forks, the headwaters of the Missouri River offered the exhausted travelers a short reprieve. The men hunted, fished and worked skins into leather for clothes and moccasins. The captains took map readings and scouted ahead. For Sacajawea, this was the place where she had been captured and taken to the Mandan village. Recognizing her homeland and assuring them that her people were near, boosted the men’s spirits.<br />
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The expedition did eventually find the Shoshone and obtained horses, thanks in large part to Sacajawea. After several more months of strenuous travel through the mountains and down the Columbia River, in November 1805, they finally reached the Pacific Ocean.</span><br /></div><br />

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Cactus Novelty


Is it art? Novelty? Nuisance? In <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1999&amp;entry_id=1538" title="http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_361120856.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_361120856.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">San Marcos, TX</a> they’ll be deciding soon.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">A decision on whether a car-turned-cactus planter outside a San Marcos novelty shop is art or a public nuisance will not be made until next year.<br />
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The case… was reset for 2 p.m. on Jan. 10. The car was deemed a “public nuisance” in November by San Marcos Code Enforcement Officers…<br />
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However, local resident Joe Ptak, also a store manager, says the car, in this case an Oldsmobile, is a franchise trademark and a work of art. It was ceremoniously smashed by store patrons during grand opening festivities. Local artists have since covered it with original works and a variety of cactus plants have been put into its gutted interior.</span><br /></div><br />The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=2000&amp;entry_id=1538" title="http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/20/rbz-Planet-K-Car-2.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/12/20/rbz-Planet-K-Car-2.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Austin Statesman</a> has a picture.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="400" hspace="5" height="258" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/image_6349624a.jpg" /><br /> Ralph Barrera AMERICAN-STATESMAN<br />
To celebrate its opening in San Marcos, Planet K demolished an Oldsmobile, planted cacti and had it decorated by local artists. Sales associate Erin Wall looks it over.<br /><br /></span></div>I say it’s a novelty nuisance art.<br /><br />

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Brothers


My brother David the professional animator saw my new video from yesterday and has come up with a new set design to improve the future videos. I agree with him. Will my loyal readers build it for me? In the meantime, I’ll be adding more videos using the old set. Maybe I’ll move inside too.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/layout_for_video.jpg" /><br /><br />Thank you, Dave.<br /><br />[Update: <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1744&amp;entry_id=1547" title="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1707611/#producer’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Here’s his IMDB page</a>.]<br /><br />

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Indian Garden


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1733&amp;entry_id=1535" title="http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/20001400/Labour-of-love.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.livemint.com/2007/12/20001400/Labour-of-love.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Wall Street Journal’s India edition</a> (I think that’s what it is) has a garden column.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">(I) set off on the coldest day of the season, to Faridabad… looking for a garden that someone had told me about. All the way there… I wondered why I was taking the trouble….<br />
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The garden has one of the best cactus and succulent collections in the NCR, if not in the country. Most were picked up on Jhanb’s visits to Bangkok. He even has the insect-eater plant….<br />
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Little wonder that visitors pour in even on foggy December mornings and settle down to sing bhajans.</span><br /></div><br />I wonder if bread will mold faster if I keep the house at a constant 68 degrees? Maybe I should try refrigeration.<br /><br />

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Cactus Watering


Here we are nearly 8 years into the 21st century, and I have yet to make an instructional cactus video. Until now. My first one is a little raw, but it is intense, direct, simple, and informational too. Give it a shot.<br /><br /><object width="425" height="350"><param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/QsVMkT_TlJw" name="movie" /><embed width="425" height="350" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/QsVMkT_TlJw" adblockframedobject="true" adblockframedobject2="true" adblockframename="adblock-frame-n7" /><br />
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Link of the Day


As long as we’re on the Peyote beat, here’s a photo of a Lophophora diffusa in it’s native habitat.<br /><br /><img width="432" hspace="5" height="324" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/Lophophoradiffusa1.jpg" /><br /><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1730&amp;entry_id=1533" title="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/07/Lophophoradiffusa1.jpg" onmouseover="window.status=’http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/07/Lophophoradiffusa1.jpg’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Original (larger) photo</a> on wikimedia commons by <a target="_blank" href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1731&amp;entry_id=1533" title="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kauderwelsch" onmouseover="window.status=’http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Kauderwelsch’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Kauderwelsch</a>.<br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1732&amp;entry_id=1533" title="http://lophophora.blogspot.com/2007/10/habitat-photos-lophophora-etc.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://lophophora.blogspot.com/2007/10/habitat-photos-lophophora-etc.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Link with more photos</a> via lophophora blog.<br /><br />

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More Peyote News


ABC News reports on the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1729&amp;entry_id=1532" title="http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=4008913" onmouseover="window.status=’http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=4008913′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Bad Times for Peyote Harvesters</a>. The article is the same wire story I’ve already posted about, but they add this bit to the mix:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="413" hspace="5" height="310" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/ap_peyote_071217_ms.jpg" /><br />This is a commonly found peyote plant, photographed March 20, 2004, it is often confused with the rare star cactus that is an endangered species found only in certain parts of northern Mexico and Starr County, Texas. A first ever study of this star cactus is being done on land purchased by the Nature Conservancy under a species recovery plan directed by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife. It is believed by people conducting the study that there are only 2,000 or so of the starcactus left in the wild. The location is kept secret because of poachers who can get a large sum of money for the cactus. (Joe Hermosa/ AP Photo )</span><br /></div><br />

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Christmas Hangover


Too much family hanging around? Feeling a little woozy from the Uncle and his Ron Paul talk? Did you just drink too much yesterday and now you’ve woken up with <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1728&amp;entry_id=1531" title="http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/sliced-cactus-can-cure-your-hangover_1009416.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/health/sliced-cactus-can-cure-your-hangover_1009416.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">a hangover?</a> Well, it’s too late for cactus to help. You should have eaten a pad before you started drinking at 7am yesterday morning.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">A new study has revealed that eating the prickly plant before boozing prevents post-alcohol sickness and headaches. Researchers at the Tulane University, New Orleans say that the cactus’ atypical carbohydrates obstruct the gut absorbing too many sugars. “Many of the health benefits of cactus are related to its water-retaining properties,” The Sun quoted lead researcher Prof Tony Blake, as saying. “It is a good source of vitamins A, B, C and K and contains many essential minerals,” he added. </span><br /></div><br />Now you know, so you have no excuses for the future. And it makes a delicious aperitif too.<br /><br />

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Winter Gardening


What to do with the kids on winter break? <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1727&amp;entry_id=1530" title="http://www.explorernews.com/article/show/21055" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.explorernews.com/article/show/21055′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">In Tucson</a> they garden.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">With the school break upon us, and the kids getting bored… It’s time to get outside and do something real. Simply puttering around, putting things to right in the landscape can be very relaxing. Have the kids help. Put them to work….<br />
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If you simply must feel productive, right now is a fine time to add mulch against frost… Just don’t mulch the inch or so right next to the trunk, which could encourage rot. Mulch will help save water in summer, too. <span style="font-weight: bold;">Just don’t mulch succulents like cacti and agave.</span></span><br /></div><br />My parents never gardened with us when we were little. They kept it all to themselves. Well, no, they did no gardening themselves either.<br /><br />

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Oscar Peterson – London


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Again with the Cactus Massage


It has been brought to my attention that Saturday’s post about cactus massage, which referred to a previous post indicating that there is more than one spa that does cactus massage, was in fact referring to the <span style="font-style: italic;">same</span> spa that does cactus massage. I have been told there is only <span style="font-style: italic;">one</span> spa that does this special technique. Well, you can be the judge of that. First we have <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1724&amp;entry_id=1525" title="http://cactusjungle.com/blog/archives/1524-More-Cactus-Massage.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cactusjungle.com/blog/archives/1524-More-Cactus-Massage.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Saturday’s post</a>, from the Halifax Daily News:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The 160-hectare Four Seasons resort in Irving, just outside Dallas…</span><br /></div><br />And now we have a <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1725&amp;entry_id=1525" title="http://cactusjungle.com/blog/archives/1485-Cactus-Massage.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://cactusjungle.com/blog/archives/1485-Cactus-Massage.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">post from 2 weeks</a> ago from the Toronto Star, suspiciously also Canadian.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The Spa and Salon at the Four Seasons Resort cultivates a calming balance…</span><br /></div><br />Now you can decide for yourself. Are there one or two spas featuring the cactus massage? Go on, decide….<br /><br />

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Blooming Video


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Too Late


It may be too late for christmas, but then I’ve never cross-stitched a doilie, so maybe not.<br /><br /><img width="300" hspace="5" height="401" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/cross_stitch_10089-3.gif" /><br /><br />It’s a cross stitch cactus from <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1726&amp;entry_id=1527" title="http://www.s-embroidery.com/magazin/catalog/Cross_Stitch_Cactus_Set_1_p_136.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.s-embroidery.com/magazin/catalog/Cross_Stitch_Cactus_Set_1_p_136.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">s-embroidery.com</a>, as if you didn’t know.<br /><br />

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