The African savannah is a harsh and foreboding place. Giant thick trees grow so tall even the giraffes can’t reach to the leaves. What will they eat? How will they survive? Look out! There’s a lion over there!
The concept of this new art series of photographs is to present a contrast in scales to make you rethink your vision of the scale and meaning of succulents. For instance, I may say that a particular succulent is 6″ across, and you would believe me, now wouldn’t you. Admit it. But what if I showed you a picture of that same succulent, but with a giraffe in the picture. Now then what would you think? Why you’d first think that succulent was 12ft. across! And then if you looked closely enough you might question the full scale and scope of the giraffe in the picture. You might think it was properly photoshopped into the job, or you might think it’s a gigantic toy giraffe or you might even realize that it’s playful nature has been fully realized in this wonderful portrait.
My new Giraffe series starts on the blog… right…. now!
Mestoklema tuberosum is a South African tree-like caudiciform mesemb. It has these swollen tuberous roots that are tightly bound together forming a nice thick caudex. The flowers are variable – our other specimen out has reddish flowers.
Green shoots actually start to appear in the Oregon Metropolis’ roofscape.
The City of Roses is being transformed into the City of Sedums as nearly 300 Portland rooftops are now blanketed in the drought-tolerant succulents.
And as rooftops in Oregon are going green, some of the businesses that design, build, and landscape ecoroofs are having an economic mini boom.
Don’t care for the economic benefits? Here’s another great benefit for your consideration.
In addition to stormwater management, urban heat island reduction and good looks, ecoroofs can provide habitat for various urban wildlife, particularly birds and insects. Soil and vegetation attract pollinators and other insects, which in turn attract birds. Multiple species have been documented feeding, resting and even nesting on Portland ecoroofs.
Now it’s true that this looks like an impressive and beautifully maintained collection of cactus. And at 97 Vera Norman is doing yeoman’s work keeping these alive and healthy. But what I like most about this is the fact that the Newark Advocate couldn’t resist a little cactus pun in the headline.
We have a large – 4-5 ft. – Euphorbia growing in a pot in our living room. Have had it about two years with no problems. Recently I noticed one of its arms is getting a black die-back at the very top. The die-back is dry to the touch and the plant flesh is slightly soft but dry. A few photos are attached. Any thoughts on what this might be and cures for it?
Possibly, I’m not watering enough. I give it about a gallon of water every 3 months or so. It gets about 5 hours of direct sunlight in Half Moon Bay
I welcome your advice and thanks!
It appears to be just one tip, the other branches look fine in the photo. I don’t know what has caused this particular problem. You might want to think if there’s anything different about that one branch – is it the only one getting direct sun? No sun? Is it touching a surface?
It’s possible it has caught an infection, but if the rot has stopped at just the tip it might be just cosmetic damage at this point. You can cut the branch off below the rot, at a slight angle away from the light source, making sure there is no evidence of rot in the branch below the cut. Whenever cutting Euphorbias wear protective clothing – long sleeves, gloves, eye protection – since the milky white sap is caustic. Spray with Hydrogen Peroxide to help the cut heal faster.
In general I would recommend watering every 3-4 weeks. These Euphorbias can handle being WAY underwatered, but only for so long before they start to show damage. Two years isn’t that long yet, but I would water more often. If you haven’t repotted it in 2 years you might also want to try that, into fast-draining cactus soil.