We get lots of snow in California. Or in parts of California. Like Lake Tahoe. They get lots of snow. Not us. Apparently they don’t get lots of snow in Yucca Valley, CA either, but enough snow that it sometimes snows there like when CNN reports on the snow covering the cactus in Yucca Valley.
They held a race and called it the Cactus Derby. It was a derby insofar as it was an off-road car race, interstate paved roads being somewhat rare. And cactus as it was a race through the desert from LA to Phoenix, which couldn’t have been a very big city back then.
Avid racing fans line up along West Gurley Street anxiously awaiting a glimpse of the first racer into Prescott on Nov. 11, 1914.
Wow! How about that. And I checked, so you know, and Phoenix’s population in 1910 was 11,314. It has grown by 23,332% since then.
You can read more about it here, in Part 1. More to come.
You can help restore cactus wren habitat! But only if you happen to be in Irvine this weekend, or are willing to drive there ASAP.
Cactus Wren Habitat Restoration
Saturday, Feb 2 9:00a to 12:30p
Help the recovery and movement of the cactus wren in the City of Irvine and surrounding open space areas. The project area is one of several that have been arranged in a line-of-sight fashion in an attempt to facilitate a rebound of cactus wrens. Volunteers will plant cactus using special tools. Bring water, snacks, sun protection, long sleeves, long pants, a hat, and good shoes. Tools, safety equipment, will be provided by Irvine Ranch Conservancy. Pre-registration is required.
They’re so cute! Those cactus wrens….
Want to know how to grow succulents indoor in New Jersey? Well if you want to grow them outside you are out of luck and not just because of the weather. Also because the class listed below is only for people who like to grow their succulents indoor in New Jersey which is also everyone who likes to grow succulents in New Jersey. Except for Sempervivums. Those you can grow outside too.
Barlow’s Flower Farm & Garden Center
Sea Girt, NJ,
Saturday, February 9, 1:00 PM
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in our tropical greenhouse while you discover the versatility of using succulents as houseplants. Although many people don’t think of them as houseplants, they are extremely forgiving of under watering and forgetful plant owners. Their ease and variety of shapes and sizes make them ideal accents for the home. In this class, each student will create an 8” succulent dish garden to bring home, while learning about care, soil requirements, design, and maintenance.
Sounds like fun!
Clearly I was wrong yesterday when I said I was all done with Tillandsia photos for my Tillandsia Weekend of Tillandsia photos all weekend long.
I have one more Airplant to share.
A Tillandsia Wreath made all out of Tillandsia ionanthas and a couple miscellaneous others too. We didn’t make it. I saw it and took a picture, just like you would have if you had seen it. If you had been at the Tropical Plant Show in Florida last week. But you weren’t and I was so I got the picture to share with you here now.
In Palm Springs, there’s something called a cactarium – billed as the world’s only cactarium – which makes sense if you think of a cactarium as something with a sign out front saying it’s a cactarium because this is definitely the only one with such a sign. On the other hand it looks like a greenhouse with cactus and succulents in it to me.
An interesting large and lumpy small form of the Myrtillocactus geometrizans Crest.
This is an interesting creature, a Walking Kalanchoe, or Kalanchoe synsepala. I see aerial roots in abundance. I wouldn’t pause under that for too long… Hahahaha!!!
A small carrion flower in the Stapeliad subfamily of the Asclepiad family (Asclepiadaceae). known as Huernia pillansii. They attract small ground insects.
It’s a giant stapeliad bud.
The flower opens and it looks like it’s probably Stapelia grandiflora.
That was fun.
Here are a couple really nice desert plants from the same Tahquitz Canyon Trail in Palm Springs as the cacti below.
But they’re not cacti! Not even succulent. How do they survive?
Honey Mesquite – Prosopsis glandulosa
Chuparosa! (Justica californica) I love that name! And winter bloomers in the desert are especially welcome. It’s in the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae) along with such popular plants as Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) and Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes). Hey – we just got some Hypoestes in for the houseplant room for winter. Nice!
Palm Springs has some nice desert trails.
This is the story of one of them, the Tahquitz Canyon Trail.
Opuntia basilaris – Beavertail
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa – Buckhorn Cholla
And another Opuntia basilaris! Beavertails for everyone!
I’ve never seen a crested Ferocactus like this before.
In case you were wondering where I found this, it was Indian Canyon, above the Murray Canyon Trail. Nice! If you are going there and want a more precise location so you can find it too, you can probably check the data associated with the photo. I don’t know if the data survives the posting, so if not you can email me for the location data.
Apparently this is a real photo and the lighting for this garden this year is tonight. In Las Vegas.
Light up the night: Ethel M gets the holiday season going with its annual cactus-lighing party on November 13. Photo: Christopher DeVargas
Ethel M Holiday Cactus Lighting A garden of cacti, colored lights and chocolates awaits. Admission for a family of four costs just one new, unwrapped toy, to be donated to KLUC’s drive. November 13, 5-8 p.m.
Sounds delicious. I regret not being there tonight.
Plant succulents in a container of your choice. Don’t know how? Join some other people in or near Detroit (Troy is near Detroit, maybe?) with succulents to plant and you too could end up with a succulent container garden of your own. If you’re in Detroit this Saturday. If not, then nevermind.
Succulent Container Workshop: Bring your own container or choose from a variety of different pots. 10 a.m. Sat. Telly’s Greenhouse, 3301 John R, Troy. Workshop: $5 plus materials. Register. 248-689-8735. www.tellys.com.
This is a pretty garden indeed. Mature! Probably been around a few years and tended carefully and often.
THERE are some excellent gardens in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, one of which belongs to Susan Lancaster and houses a series of installations that she has created, often out of found objects. Her collection of succulent species also fascinates, however; they provide a perfect foil for the architectural form of the works of art.
Influenced by South American designer Roberto Burle Marx, the 0.75ha garden has been designed as a series of winding paths that lead visitors past collections of bromeliads, cordylines, agaves, yuccas, strelitzias, tiger grass and bamboos. Blocks of plants are repeated throughout the garden to great effect.
Wonder where this “Sunshine Coast hinterland” they speak of is? Let me show you.
Wow! That garden is a regular oasis.
Not me for, no, god forbid. But if you were in Bakersfield yesterday maybe you caught the cactus and succulent show at the Golden State Mall? In the past it had been held at the East Hills Mall, but this year they moved it, so I hope you didn’t go to the wrong mall yesterday and miss out.
That wasn’t you? Oh, nevermind then.
Anything else about Bakersfield we should know? Well there is a Bakersfield Cactus, aka Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei, but that’s not actually from Bakersfield.
Hahaha! Yes it is from Bakersfield! Nice! It’s the Kern County native Beavertail cactus, so you know it’s good, if a bit endangered by development.
We stopped off and visited Trey at his Golden Gecko Garden Center in Garden Valley.
Trey gave us these lovely and ginormous Armenian Cucumbers he’s growing behind the nursery.
We ate a part of one with dinner, not a whole one since they are gigantic. We got some new seasones sea salt recently, so that was good with the cucumber pieces.
How stupendously big are they? 18-20″ long. That’s big! We did not carry them a the nursery this year. Maybe next year.
You can also visit Trey’s blog The Blogging Nurseryman.
It’s my brother Dave’s robots in New York.
Photo sent by Steve.
It’s the cactus and succulents tables at Redwood Barn Nursery in Davis, CA.
An impressive specimen of an Adenium socotranum, or Adenium obesum ssp.socotranum, in Yemen.
From National Geographic:
Desert Rose, Socotra
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett, National Geographic
A desert rose anchors itself on the Maalah cliffs, in the company of more than 300 other rare plant species on Socotra. In the distance lies Qulansiyah, one of the island’s largest towns.
Not just an impressive specimen, but also an impressive photographic feat. And a little bird!