Perhaps one of the most well-known sites for weddings in San Angelo is the Cactus Hotel. More than 60 weddings a year take place at the Cactus, said Marilyn Flage, manager of the Cactus.
I wonder if they have any cactus at the Cactus Hotel? Let’s find out, shall we?
This looks like a wedding, but I don’t see no cactus nowhere. Even if you click the picture to embiggen, you won’t see any cacti in that photo at the Cactus Hotel.
What about the exterior?
Wow! You never know what you’ll find on the internets these days. A classic antique postcard of the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo, Texas and not a single cactus in sight. Beautiful card, but still, what a ripoff.
I’m back from the Gift Show and I was able to get myself over to MOMA and see all the pretty arts and things. (The Diego Rivera murals are up through May. I recommend them.) And I found this cactus item at the MOMA gifty-artsy store. Now to be fair most of the crappy little gifts you can get at the MOMA store are all things I saw at the gift show too, plus a few that we even carry. But not this item. It’s new. And expensive. So no, we will also not be carrying this cactus item.
Gratuitous Calder mobile photo from MOMA:
This has been hanging out in a back stair of MOMA for years. Nice!
Barry Goldwater was a Senator from Arizona, so it makes sense that if he was sketching he might sketch a cactus. And now that cactus sketch is in a gallery show in Los Angeles. Anyone from the gallery have a picture they want to share with us?
Art Made by U.S. Senators Every once in a while, Margo Leavin Gallery pulls out one of the most precious artworks in its vaults, Jeffrey Vallance’s Drawings and Statements by U.S. Senators. In 1978, Vallance sent letters to senators in office, telling them he was working on a project about art and government, and asking if they’d send a drawing to support his project. The result? A quirky, almost intimate portrait of our elected leaders. One senator sent a snowman drawn by his daughter; two assigned their staff members to draw the Capitol (Jake Garn’s staffer was particularly precise); Dick Stone sent an autographed photo. Jesse Helms took the opportunity to espouse on regionalism, Barry Goldwater drew a delightfully abstract cactus (with a caption, in case Vallance didn’t recognize it), and Ted Kennedy explained that he used to paint but hadn’t had even “a moment to make a sketch” since taking office. 812 N. Robertson Blvd.; through March 10. (310) 273-0603, margoleavingallery.com.
The sand creates an environment where rainwater drains quickly, leaving everything high and dry. It’s a quality habitat for prickly-pear cactus.
I’ve seen cactus at isolated locations in Missouri and Illinois, but Sand Prairie is covered by an impressive number of colonies in a variety of shapes and sizes. Look for them in the grassy area north of the parking lot, but watch your step!
It seems like an oxymoron of gardening: a cactus garden in the soggy Pacific Northwest. Don’t these leafless plants need long days of scorching sun and drought-like growing conditions?
…The garden just inside the main entrance to the zoo is now in its fourth summer. The long crescent-shaped space contains not only cacti but other arid zone plants…. “Year-round this will stop people,” Jones says of the garden. “(There are) lots of questions about how to grow these.”
Indeed if you read further into the article they tell you how they succeed. Including this truism:
(T)he roof of Port Coquitlam’s new Walmart Supercentre was quiet and serene. To the east the view of the coastal mountains was spectacular and the lush foliage on the banks of the Pitt River created a wall of green. But it was the 220,000 hand-planted sedums and succulents that were taking root on Walmart’s roof that drew one’s attention.
The tiny, colourful, drought-tolerant plants that more-rightly belonged in rock crevices or an alpine meadow stretched out as far as the eye could see.
Sounds like Canada. Let’s look up this Port Coquitlam. And… it’s in British Columbia, so you know it’s gonna be pretty.
Well, the park’s new gym equipment is pretty.
And the trails are nice and neat and cleaned up too.
From the Staunton News Leader comes a recommendation that Virginia gardeneners plant more succulents.
You’ll find them peeking from the cracks in stone walls, decorating the corners of old barns, tumbling out of crumbling containers. Succulents grow just about anywhere and last just about forever, says Chris Lockhart, co-owner of the Staunton Plant Co.
The huge selection and easy maintenance of these sturdy plants makes them a good choice for Virginia gardeners, Lockhart said, since we have weather that’s often unreliable: cold, then hot; rainy then dry. He said one particular succulent is so hardy that it’s used for “green roofs.” The living roof absorbs water and also deflects the harsh son, while it flourishes and spreads in the blazing sun or bitter cold.
That is so true. I think he’s talking about all the different Sedums and Sempervivums that can survive on a roof in Virginia. But Staunton does get cold, regularly getting in the single digits and occasionally below 0F and about 40 inches of rain. So there are a lot of succulents that won’t survive there. Plus I would guess they’re pretty humid in the summer. In fact, I wonder which succulents besides the sedums and sempervivums that Chris is recommending? I should read further…. Clicking through to the 2nd page of the article leads me to his list. And in fact his list includes Sedums and Sempervivums and Portulacas, all fine choices.
The western wing of the winter garden glasshouse at Dunedin Botanic Garden is home to a weird and wonderful selection of intriguing succulents…. you might see a party of bizarre creatures reminiscent of desert-dwelling starfish, statuesque aliens with fearsome spines, and zig-zagging worms from an Escher painting.
My final pictures from the recent New York trip are from the Natural History Museum’s Butterfly House. Everyone loves a Butterfly House, it turns out, including the teenage nephews.
These pretty pictures don’t have a lot to do with this blog, except the butterflies are all sitting on plants. And one of the plants is the Jatropha integerrima, a Central American succulent shrub with pretty red flowers. Good stuff.
I couldn’t capture any of the blue butterflies with my cell phone camera – for some reason blues are harder than oranges. But click through at the end for a special moth photo.
I’ve got a couple more posts from the trip to New York. (Hint: We went to the butterfly show).
But first, yet another window while window shopping in New York. This time there’s no cactus, just a very special bud vase.
Yes, if you look closely you can see that this bud vase is very special indeed, $1000 worth of special. It looks just like something we would carry at the nursery! Or not. Would you pay $1000 for a bud vase from us? Because if you would, let me know and I can make sure to have a very special bud vase ready and waiting for you too.
An interesting bit of history, but the photo is taken in the front yard, so there’s no view of the named cactus fence. You’d think since the article was all about the fence, the picture would include the fence, but then you would be wrong. And it’s a small photo! Hardly worth “borrowing” from the Toronto Sun for this blog post.
In Ascension, on the western side of Curacao, is a little white adobe house fronted by a traditional cactus fence that once belonged to one of the island’s first freed slaves. His name was John Scope and today the house, known as Cas di Pal’i Maishi, is a museum run by Janine Bernadina, a fifth generation descendant.
Fortunately, Tripadvisor has a photo of the same house and this time the photo shows the cactus fence in question. Thank you, Tripadvisor! Now, do they have a photo of the Dalai Lama on his birthday?
We’re having a last minute tropical storm on our last morning in Florida. Assuming our flights take off, Hap and I will be back at the store this weekend, so you have one more day to harass the crew, or just go over and be really nice to them too. And then we’re back!
Have one more Florida plant, a Jatropha integerrima.
Selenicereus is a jungle cactus that is quite large in this particular case, I think. It was big enough to catch my attention and cause me to photograph it.
And then I see a nice big fat, tall Pachypodium. Ours are all inside in Northern California and never end up looking quite like this.
They grow their Staghorns big in Florida, as you can tell from this Platycerium.
Those are the only remaining shots that came out from that day. It was cloudy, and my phone is a less than ideal camera. One lesson: Do not zoom. The loss of detail is too great, or there would be a couple more nice epiphytic cactus shots. Live and learn.