October 2009

Misc31 Oct 2009 11:52 am

How To Find A Masculine Halloween Costume For Your Effeminate Son

Just to be clear, I do not endorse this video, but I do support bloak soaked vampire costumes.


Environment31 Oct 2009 08:27 am


Green Roof on their gazebo
(Joe Fudge, Daily Press / September 24, 2009)

Charles Martino , Operations Manager for Cooke’s Gardens stands under the green roof on their gazebo at Williamsburg Botanical Garden in James City County….

The garden is a “green roof” of 250 sedums planted on top of an outdoor pavilion. This fall the sedums are at their peak, covering the 200-square-foot roof with lush greenery. Prolific bloomers like ice plant and portulaca add more splashes of color. All are… succulent(s).

As usual, rather than read the article all the way through to figure out where this Williamsburg in James City County is, I’ll do a lovely little internet search, this time using answers.com – and we have Virginia. No surprise there. I was hoping for Utah, but it wasn’t to be.

Whippets30 Oct 2009 04:44 pm

Some beautiful fall color borrowed from Superfly Whippets in Germany.


Misc30 Oct 2009 02:12 pm

Danfun tries to win Phish tickets from Glide magazine with this cactus costume.


No, he did not win.

A simple enough costume, if you can keep your arms up all day long.

Whippets30 Oct 2009 11:21 am

We have word from the Santa Cruz contingent that Jaxx is all better – up and running around and making a mess of the garden again.


And the stitches are finally out!


News30 Oct 2009 08:49 am

Beverly Hills home for sale, asking price only $3.5 mil.

Ellenbogen… had nearly 60 varieties of cactuses and succulents among the flowering plants.

“I have planted the garden so there is color 12 months a year,” he said.

OK, now it makes sense. A beautiful cactus and succulent garden will increase the value of any house, even in this tough market.

I wonder why they say “nearly 60 varieties.” Can’t they say “57 varieties” or whatever, and save a word? Newspapers are weird that way. Maybe he really does have 57 varieties, and they just didn’t want their readers to confuse this Beverly Hills doctor with ketchup.

Travel29 Oct 2009 01:11 pm

Changi Airport in Singapore has a large and well developed cactus garden. Did you know this? I did not. Now, not only do you know this, but you also can see it.

2006_05_Eurotrip_2100_Changi_Airport_Singapore_Cactus_Garden 2006_05_Eurotrip_2101_Changi_Airport_Singapore_Cactus_Garden

Spectacular and dramatic photos by Callan Davies.

News29 Oct 2009 12:02 pm

Chehalem garden club meeting slated
The Chehalem Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Coffee Cottage. The meeting will concentrate on cacti and succulents.

I wonder if that’s tonight? I wonder where Chehalem is? I love random bits. This one is from the Newberg Graphic. I wonder where Newberg is? Such mysteries that cannot ever be solved, except with the google. Except today – today we are to the Bing!

Well, that didn’t get me anything good. Lets try google after all.

It appears we could be talking about Chehalem Valley,  Oregon.


Pretty pastoral picture. So pretty…

Questions29 Oct 2009 11:23 am

I hope you can help me identify whatever has been eating
the new bamboo shoots. What ever is eating the shoots
appears to be doing it at night and doesn’t seem to be
interested in the mature stalks. In all other respects the
plants seem to be doing fine, I purchased them about a month
or so ago from you and your advice was terrific. I thought
it may be slugs as I have seen them around, so I placed some
dead line around the plants in hope of determining if they
were the cause, but no luck. There doesn’t seem to be any
evidence of rodent presence as far as I can tell. I have
included some images of the bamboo. In the background you
will see some stalks that are older that seem to be eaten in
the same way. Any advise you could shed on the cause or
culprit would be much appreciated.

Bamboo photos 001


I have to say this one is a bit odd. But I think you have something large, but it looks like deer can’t get to the plants, so perhaps a raccoon, opossum or rats. After all bamboo shoots are tasty. I suggest you sprinkle the shoots with both a liquid animal repellent, like Deer Off or Critter Ridder and copious amounts of cayenne pepper (You can get this inexpensively in bulk at an ethnic market or Costco). You may just want to try the cayenne first, since the repellents smell pretty bad for use close to public use spaces. at least for a few days….

Good luck,


Misc29 Oct 2009 10:32 am

So we’re coming down to the wire here, and if you haven’t already made your cactus costume for Saturday then you’re probably not going to be making one at all if you’re honest with yourself.

So this picture here of a prickly pickle costume is just for fun.


Although, they do claim it’s a cactus costume, and they even supply instructions for how to make it, a veritable recipe, if you will, for a cactus costume that looks like a pickle.

So maybe you might still have just enough time left to assemble the ingredients and make your own.

Questions28 Oct 2009 08:25 am

I have been searching the net for some clues about a cactus – I have no idea whether it is suffering from lack of water or too much water! It is a tall, silvery blue-grey cactus with side branches (we were told it was a ghost cactus when we bought it). It does not have large spines.

It has been healthy for 2 years and we have been very careful not to over-water. However, today one of its stems is shrivelled at the bottom and has flopped over. Higher up on the stem is an area which has gone soft and brown – almost as if it has rotted. There are a few drops of sticky, milky white sap on one of the other stems. The other stems all seem fine at the moment.

I did give the cactus a little bit of water a few days ago, but not enough to drain through the holes at the bottom. I have felt the soil today and it is dry as a bone.

I am too afraid to water it as I know it is easier for a cactus to recover from under-watering, and thought I would seek advice first!

Any ideas?


It does not seem that you are overwatering, so that is probably not what has caused the arms to rot.

You will need to treat the rotting areas right away to keep it from spreading. Cut off the dead branches, making sure there is no rot left on the remaining portions, and spray with household peroxide. You will probably need to cut out the area in the middle of the branch, and also treat it. However, before you do all this, if the plant is a Euphorbia, you will need to be careful not to get any of the milky white sap on you, as it is caustic. Can you send a photo, so we can see if it has an infection, and what type of plant it is.

Finally, how much light is it getting?

Follow me for more after the break. Cool! (more…)

Recipes27 Oct 2009 04:43 pm

So you know, it’s always a good idea to search for random phrases, because you never know, you might come up with something worthwhile. So I searched for “blue cactus drink” and this came up.

Blue Cactus Margaritas
by Angela Dawn

It’s not technically a margarita. I made this drink up all on my lonesome. It’s great at BBQs or with spicy Mexican food. I’ve been making cactus pear margaritas for a long time, but I added a little blue.

* 1 liter margarita mix
* 2 small prickly pears (otherwise called cactus pears)
* 16 ounces gold tequila
* 5 ounces blue curacao
* 4 fresh limes
* kosher salt or margarita salt

1. To make Prickley Pear Margarita Mix:.
2. In a blender add your bottle (1 liter) of Margarita mix. I usually just cut the cactus pears in half and scoop out the pink flesh. Add the fruit’s flesh to the blender and blend until smooth.
3. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or rice strainer. Press the pulp down to get any remaining liquid out.
4. I usually pour strained mix back into margarita mix bottle and use the little left in the bottom of the container to make my first drink.
5. For each drink:.
6. Fill shaker half full of ice.
7. Add 2 oz tequila, 3/4 oz blue curacao and the juice of half a lime.
8. Shake well and strain into a 12 ounce glass that’s been dipped in margarita salt and packed with ice. Pour Prickly Pear Margarita mix to the top and serve.
9. Garnish with lime.
10. Should make about 8 drinks.

I don’t have all the ingredients right now, so I won’t be able to try this tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

Environment27 Oct 2009 09:01 am

From the Telegraph, if you can get the link to work, as it’s a bit wonky this morning, comes a story about home offices – separate small buildings in the backyard.

Some even have a sedum roof, planted with succulents and herbs, to blend in with the surroundings.

Well, that’s enough to create a blog post out of. Now if only they had pictures, then it would be an interesting blog post. Oh well.

To the google!

And I see we have a very exciting Home Office with Green Roof right here on Inhabitat.


Environment27 Oct 2009 05:17 am

Drought tolerant gardens from the 60s in Arizona were a bit more sparse than today’s fine upstanding cactus and succulent gardens.


Green Gravel Lawns, Arizona
Photograph by James P. Blair

Images From the National Geographic Archive

Green gravel lawns dress homes in Sun City, a retirement community that opened in 1960 near Phoenix. Arizona’s 65-and-over population rose 104 percent between 1950 and 1960.

News26 Oct 2009 10:46 am

I see the Ruth Bancroft Garden has declared Aloe greenii their Plant of the Month.


I don’t like Aloe greenii. I think you can see why in their photo.

Questions26 Oct 2009 10:06 am

Actually, it’s a Euphorbia, but who’s counting?

You helped us with our cactus about a 2 years ago and he is growing,
growing, growing!

Can you please take a look at these pictures? Currently he is in a 20″
diamater pot and is just over 10′ tall. He is now leaning pretty heavily
against our window/wall. We are wondering if he needs a bigger pot. We
also noticed he still has big brown spots at the base.


If so, we are interested in a quote to re-pot.

Thanks for your help.


Wow. It has grown! It does look like it is time to move it up to a bigger pot, however it is the wrong time of year to do it successfully. It is about to go dormant for the winter, so it would be best to wait until spring, early March or later. If we repot now it could lead to problems since it will be under stress for the winter due to low light levels. Given it’s leaning towards the light of the windows it might be best to repot on top of a turntable or wheeled dolly so it can be given a quarter turn once a month so it grows straighter. The brown spots just look like age spots and not something to be worried about. Over time the base will get bark like an oak tree, it is natural and adds strength.

Let’s touch base in late February and I will get you a bid then

Take care,


News26 Oct 2009 08:31 am

The Burbank (CA) Leader has some simple advice for combating drought conditions.

plant succulents


No photos, though.

Misc25 Oct 2009 12:17 pm

…of Cactus Costumes on the blog, and by then you will have chosen your own special cactus costume to make and wear on Halloween. If you send me photos, I will be able to extend this costume fetish of mine for another week.


I was sitting around thinking of a great idea for a costume and remembered my boyfriend telling me… (h)is mother had a Cactus ornament on her antenna of her car.

You can imagine where the rest of this story goes.

I thought you might like a picture of a real cactus to go with this one, so we can compare and contrast.


Well… I had no idea, but it turns out that costume is quite realistic. Scroll up again and take a look. You can practically feel the spines sticking into you. Now scroll back down again, and just add some sunglasses there, and that hat too, and YES! They are practically identical. Such artistry, such hyper-realism.


No, I am not nuts, stop saying that. Photoshopping sunglasses on a cactus is perfectly normal. And I stopped talking to myself years ago. Stop pestering me to go see a doctor. I did not. No. No. OK, I concede that, but must you be so aggressive when you make your points? I’m feeling a little put upon right now, I think I’ll go take a nap. No. NO! OK, maybe on Monday I’ll call and make an appointment; will that satisfy you?

Misc25 Oct 2009 08:15 am

Misc24 Oct 2009 03:52 pm


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