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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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Older Pictures


One of the first pictures I took for the nursery about 5 years ago was this lovely succulent. Back then, I was trying different backgrounds. Having decided that the greenhouse did not make a good backdrop, I took a few pictures in the dining room. It’s not bad.<br /><br /><img width="216" hspace="5" height="288" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/ceraria_pygmae.JPG" /><br /><br />Ceraria pygmaea<br /><br />

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More Cactus Massage


I recently posted about a spa that does cactus massages, and now here’s another one. From a travel article in the Halifax Daily News.

The 160-hectare Four Seasons resort in Irving, just outside Dallas… offered two unusual treatments which seemed an ideal part of a trip to Texas. For the gentlemen, it was the Cowboy Massage…For the ladies, something even more exotic – the prickly pear cactus body glaze. This smooth, soothing gel, rich in amino acids, was massaged slowly into the skin from toes to shoulder.

Juicy. Interesting how they use the terms “For the gentlemen” and “For the ladies.” Those Canadians are just a little loopy.

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Celebrity News


I’ve never had a bit of celebrity news to share before. But now it appears that Hillary Swank’s succulent habits are important enough to the people of Columbus, Ohio to print an entire article in the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1722&amp;entry_id=1523" title="http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/flipside/stories/2007/12/17/3_PEO17_ART_12-17-07_D8_HL8P906.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/flipside/stories/2007/12/17/3_PEO17_ART_12-17-07_D8_HL8P906.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Dispatch</a>, and so I have excerpted this gem for you too:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Hilary Swank takes 45 vitamin supplements every day…. &quot;This is my <span style="font-weight: bold;">Aloe</span> C, which I dissolve in water,&quot; she told an interviewer for the January issue. &quot;Here’s my flax. This one’s for my immune system, and this one is my BrainWave. It’s great….</span><br /></div><br />I do feel better knowing Ms. Swank is taking all her vitamins.<br /><br />

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New Cactus House


The new <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1721&amp;entry_id=1522" title="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1219phxdbg1218.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1219phxdbg1218.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cactus House</a> at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is set to open in the spring, and it’s going to be a showcase for an incredible collection.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover….<br />
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Susan Ahearn, a garden volunteer since 1970, said getting rid of the old structures was a dream come true….<br />
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Scott McMahon, curator of cactuses, said the galleries will open to the public April 2. He said the public will be impressed not only by the design of the plantings, but also by the new specimens from Old World and New World locales.</span><br /></div><br />Now that’s progress.<br /><br />

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Friday Whippet Blogging


Not sure what to get the Whippet fancier in your life? Well, there’s always kitsch. For instance, here’s a Foundry Bronze Whippet Sculpture w/Standing Female from<a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1717&amp;entry_id=1520" title="http://www.k9gifts.com/bronze-dog-statues/whippet.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.k9gifts.com/bronze-dog-statues/whippet.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> K9 Gifts</a>.<br /><br /><img width="216" hspace="5" height="347" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/whippets/whippet.jpeg" /><br /><br />They have a full selection of <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1718&amp;entry_id=1520" title="http://www.k9gifts.com/dog-gifts/whippet.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.k9gifts.com/dog-gifts/whippet.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">whippet kitsch</a>. And every <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1719&amp;entry_id=1520" title="http://www.k9gifts.com/doggifts.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.k9gifts.com/doggifts.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">other breed</a> too. Good luck to you.<br /><br />Oh, and did I mention the Whippet Trivets? How could I have forgotten.<br /><br />

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Presidential Campaign Cactus Quotes


In an article about Mike Huckabee’s lack of humor, <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1720&amp;entry_id=1521" title="http://www.slate.com/id/2180170/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.slate.com/id/2180170/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Slate</a> relates this classic campaign trail joke by Mo Udall.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;I’m Mo Udall and I’m running for president,&quot; the failed Democratic candidate said, walking into a shop. &quot;Yeah,&quot; replied the barber, &quot;we were just laughing about that.&quot; Candidates don’t repeat Udall’s better lines, like his observation that <span style="font-weight: bold;">the difference between a cactus and a caucus is that with a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.</span></span><br /></div><br />I’m laughing on the inside, where it counts.<br /><br />

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Literature


The <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1715&amp;entry_id=1519" title="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/menus-as-literature/" onmouseover="window.status=’http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/17/menus-as-literature/’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">New York Times</a> reviews literary menus at restaurants in Philadelphia (I don’t know why, just go with it) and comes up with this literary ode to the cactus:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“The cactus leaf is a bed with the tropical tamarindo sauce inviting the chile chipotle to participate as a witness in the lynching of the fabulous filet mignon, along with the chiles serranos….”<br />
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“In the city of Puebla,” the narrative continues, “several convents were active in creating much of the traditional Mexican cooking, as we know it today. One such convent was expecting a visit by a distinguished archbishop. A nun decided to serve a sauce known by the Nahuatl Indians as ‘mulli.’ However ‘mulli’ is a potpourri of hot chiles.”</span><br /></div><br />Indeed, menus can be quite the masterpiece of literary fiction.<br /><br />

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Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Quote of the Day


The man from Massachusetts in <span style="font-style: italic;">this</span> year’s presidential race said:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“You know, I’m an English literature major as well. When we say, ‘I saw the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Patriots win the World Series</span>, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there…&quot;</span><br /></div><br /><a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1716&amp;entry_id=1518" title="http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/12/20/politics/fromtheroad/entry3636089.shtml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2007/12/20/politics/fromtheroad/entry3636089.shtml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Mitt Romney on CBS.</a><br /><br />

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Letter to the Editor


The original article this letter is referring to was something about public art, but it’s hard to tell from the letter itself. From the <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1713&amp;entry_id=1517" title="http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1217monlets172.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/1217monlets172.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona Republic letters page</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We need shade. The diaphanous flexible nets would probably work great for shade. But a blooming cactus flower does not give much shade, so let’s try another design that would be a roof.</span><br /></div><br />No way.<br /><br />

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More on Peyote


As if yesterday’s Peyote posting wasn’t enough, in which we passed on everything we know about the cactus, and linked to an article about how tourists in Mexico were decimating the wild population, now here comes a story about the Texas variety of Peyote. <a href="http://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1712&amp;entry_id=1516" title="http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUKN2861718520071217" onmouseover="window.status=’http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUKN2861718520071217′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">From Reuters</a> we find out that they are having similar problems with dwindling numbers of peyote plants in the wild. In Texas the problem is not wasted hippies, but stems largely from lands being used for hunting preserves for the wealthy. Dick Cheney often shoots captive animals there.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"> The profession seems barely legal in a nation perennially at war with drugs, but in the peyote region there is nothing clandestine about it.<br />
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Morales has a big sign out in front of his modest home that proclaims &quot;Mauro Morales — Peyote Dealer, Buy or Sell Peyote.&quot;<br />
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It includes his phone number should any prospective customers pass by.<br />
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&quot;It’s a business,&quot; he said with a shrug of the shoulders in a recent interview. &quot;It’s the only income I got.&quot;</span><br /></div><br />More after the break…<br /><br />
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