Opuntia microdasys “Aurea” is also one of the infamous Bunny Ears Cactus. Infamous because of the story that was told in the Old West…
It was a long time ago, in Utah this story was told, in the old country near the old hot springs. Sam Pine came to town but he wasn’t known to the good people of Rusty Saddle as Sam back then; he came to town with the name and reputation of the famous “Big Bill” Biggens. When all of a sudden, Saucy Susie served him a platter of homemade waffles and thick cut bacon….
…Stay Tuned for the next episode of Saucy Susie’s Waffle House on the Prairie. Coming soon to a Cactus Blog near you.
Annie, of Annie’s Annuals of nearby Richmond, gets the profiled treatment in San Francisco Magazine. It’s all about the seeds, according to the article. But is there one tip from Annie that I want to quote?
Sure there is!
Why is October the best month to plant?
You save water, because the rainy season is just around the corner. The plants will put down big, healthy roots and will be really well established. By spring, they’ll put out a lot more foliage and blooms.
That does make sense. So come get your plants right now and plant them. In the dirt!
A place to hang your hat? Do cowboys still hang their hats on a cactus?
The detail is remarkable! In fact if you look closely enough you can see an entire map of the Mojave desert on the underside of the shelf. Actually, what I meant was that the cactus without roots kind of look like pickles. You could easily imagine these are pickle cowboys of the old west during pickle arm-wrestling season.
I imagine the pickles need the guns while they’re arm-wrestling because there’s always the threat that one pickle might try to cheat the other pickle, and then a gun battle ensues.
Maybe I should consider them to be cactuses again and then we can discuss why do the cactus need guns anyway since they have natural spiny defenses. Just sayin’.
They look dangerous enough to scare the kids away.
Actually, that’s not true at all. At the store the kids want to touch all the cactus all the time. So maybe you shouldn’t put a cactus around your outlets or your kids will be inexorably drawn to the power outlets and get a bit of a shock.
It’s complicated, I know, but sometimes you find South African succulents in the gardens of South Africa, like these Aloes and Euphorbia trees.
Waterwise: A colourful spring border of African daisies, aloes and stately euphorbias at the entrance to Gariep Plants, a specialist succulent nursery in Pretoria. Picture: Michael Marais
And no, this is not an Ironic Post. That last sentence may have had an ironic sentence structure, what with the capitalizing of the word ironic, but the rest of the post is not ironic in the least; except maybe this run-on sentence which may be ironic in the least.
This is quite impressive, and all in a package about 6″ across.
I suppose it’s an Echinocactus of a sort, and the hat is a cowboy hat of some type. Amazing how naturally that cactus wears that hat.
If you click through, do make sure to check out the other birdhouse option there, the cow birdhouse option there. It makes me wish we were a cow store instead of a cactus store so that we could have a cow blog just so that I could post a picture of the cow birdhouse. But no. I will be satisfied with my wonderful opportunity to post a picture of a cactus birdhouse instead. But still…
From Berkeleyside comes this hidden chicken on a roof in Berkeley.
Now we here on the various garden blogs don’t care about chickens. It’s all about the plants. And if I’m not mistaken you can see behind the chicken, just barely and a little bit to the left, a small plant. My small plant ID senses are tingling. Might it be a Sequoia sempervirens? A California coastal Redwood? I’m not sure, the photo is a bit foggy and the plant is hard to discern. Let me peer in a little closer.