June 2010

Misc30 Jun 2010 02:13 pm

I came home sick today, so not a lot of blogging I think.

I don’t even have an extra picture lying around right now.


Photography30 Jun 2010 10:26 am

Rebutia fiebrigii

Misc29 Jun 2010 02:06 pm

I found cactus pastilles at the new Nordic House that moved in across the street.


Misc29 Jun 2010 11:40 am

These are the top cactus cakes on google images.


Photography29 Jun 2010 08:10 am

Parodia subterranea

Interesting name. I wonder if it got that name because it’s an underground growing cactus, most of the time, or if it got that name becasue it was named for someone named Subterranea. Saucy!

Anderson’s The Cactus Family tells me nothing. Oh well. On to the next question.

Misc28 Jun 2010 06:12 pm

I’m not suggesting you purchase this banner image of cactus for your next banner project, for 14 credits from istockphoto, but I am letting you know that it’s available for you, when you do need it. When you do find a use for it, a banner project that just calls out for a cactus theme and you don’t want to create your own graphics and would rather purchase some clipart online.


Questions28 Jun 2010 11:09 am

I am a subcriber to your newsletter and was refferred to you by a friend. She told me that if I email you a photo of a plant, that you would be able to identify it. Can you please help me identify this cactus and Please tell me what I need to do to make it green and healthy as it has been showing clorosis (yellowing) for sometime now. I rescued it off the street corner as someone was throwing it away. I have repotted it with cactus soil mix about 4 months ago.

Any info, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

You have a Cereus peruvianus and as you say, it’s clear that you have “rescued” it. We use slow release organic nutrients (we sell our own mix, too), so if you haven’t fertilized yet, now would be a good time. (If you’ve used something stronger, that can possibly be a cause of the yellowing.) When our cactus look yellow after the winter, we also will add Kelp Meal.

News28 Jun 2010 08:15 am

From the Redding (CA) Record-Searchlight we find out about a lovely backyard garden with succulents, in Redding!

Photo by Andreas Fuhrmann
Succulents are among the many types of plants in the yard. The landscape also is accented with statuary.

Ten years ago Lynn Clay decided to tweak her Redding backyard….

“It started out to be just adding a little of this and a little of that,” she recalled.

Then her gardening instincts kicked in.

“One thing led to another. By the second year I was going forward with a vision of lushness and interest,” she said.

Nice pictures with the article, especially the mosaics. I guess you have to click through to the article to see those photos, as I haven’t been gracious enough to repost them here.

Photography28 Jun 2010 06:50 am

Parodia concinna

The plant is not usually that colorful. It’s a adventitious amount of sun and shade that creates that green/red transition.

Usually solitary stems, hardy below 25 but keep dry, as usual for cacti. It’s not the cold, it’s the combination of cold and wet that will kill a lot of cactus.

Berkeley Succulents27 Jun 2010 09:17 am


Pardee St.
Aeonium subplanum

Misc26 Jun 2010 01:00 pm

It’s a log faced planter. I don’t know anything more than that. As usual, I don’t know where Hap found the picture, and I’m sure I prefer not to know.


Environment25 Jun 2010 04:21 pm

Lion cubs in the Santa Monica Mountains.

How-to25 Jun 2010 04:03 pm

I love this video!

That looks so easy! I could do that.

Whippets25 Jun 2010 10:46 am

4 whippets and a greyhound

News25 Jun 2010 07:50 am

People often ask me, what should they plant? In Denver, the Denver Post found the answer to be cactus and succulents. And a big agave is always a good idea for the centerpiece.

Steve Miles says “I tried vegetables. I tried fruit trees, but nothing worked.” He finally found success with succulents. A secret pocket garden of cactus now thrives on the sunny side of his Boulder home. (Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

That is a very nice garden. No, wait, that’s not a strong enough word. To the thesaurus! Shall we try stunning? Oooh, I like stupefying.

In Idaho, the Idaho Statesman found the lovely backyard Alligator Cactus garden that we’ve all been looking for.

Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman
The garden of Roger Hankins and Dick Mallea. Within the sparkling combination of shade and water sits Mallea’s alligator cactus desert. Three stepping stones, set in sand, form the body of the alligator (just visible beyond the heron in the photo at top). The cactus came from the ranch where Mallea grew up in Shoshone.

Hap has some cousins who live in Shoshone. It’s a desert out there.

California Native Plants25 Jun 2010 06:43 am

Cylindropuntia prolifera

A shrubby California coastal native cholla grows 3ft. to 8ft. tall and blooms like you wouldn’t believe. Would you?

Misc24 Jun 2010 04:11 pm

Converse Memorial Library (Malden, MA)

Photography24 Jun 2010 07:30 am

Mammillaria compacticaulis

This mature specimen is only 1 1/2″ across. But it blooms up a storm. The flowers vary from pale pink to vibrant pink, with a touch of orange occasionally too. They say they will multiply, but it’s a slow process for these little gems.

These are a good Mammillaria for making undersea succulent terrariums. They are tiny scaled and will look a lot like a piece of coral with a giant pink mouth open to catch seahorses.

In the meantime, I’m sure many of you are jumping up and are ready to tell me this is not M. compacticaulis at all, and you may be right! I don’t know. That’s how the seed stock was labeled, but the photos you see online are, shall we say, varied. Amderson’s The Cactus Family has it listed as a synonym for M. matudae but no photo. I matched it up to the published photos in Cacti: The Illustrated Dictionary by Rod Preston-Mafham. So I am going with this name for now. Tentatively. Except of course once I publish this photo under this name on the Cactus Jungle website, everyone else in the world searching for this plant will decide that this is the plant that is matched up with this name. I have the effect on people, you know. Do I have this effect on you?

Berkeley Succulents23 Jun 2010 10:59 am

That’s a big gasteria in the median.


McKinley Ave.

Reader Photos23 Jun 2010 09:17 am

Hi Peter,

Back at the beginning of May you identified my Huernia macrocarpa. Yesterday morning I looked and this is what I saw:

Found 3 blossoms and by last night there was a 4th. It is such a dark red!

Thanks again for your help last month.


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