I wanted to share my beautiful little cactus that I bought at the San Francisco Succulent & Cactus Society’s Annual Sale last week because it’s bloomed so intensely over the past few days… but I’ll be darned if I lost the stick with the name on it. Can anyone help ID it? Or maybe I’ll find it and append a note to this post. Sorry.
From a recent trip to Palm Springs: I was walking around in the blazing sun and stumbled upon this beautiful potting of… notocactus (?)
Honestly, it’s a fun name, but it also feels like you might accidentally be saying “no to cactus.” (And I simply wouldn’t do that now, would I!)
The Good & The Bad (Echinopsis Blooom Series):
My Lil’ Diablito’s blooms (see pre-bloom photo) are finally starting to fade. The only reason I haven’t posted more photos is because I’ve been sitting outside this whole time STARING at it. When you look out the window, or walk through the gate into the back yard, it’s the first thing your eyes lock onto. And they don’t let go. The colors are so intense. It makes me think of something I learned a few years ago: human eyes can perceive only a part of the vivid color spectrum that flowers reflect, not including the ultra violet range. Birds and insects are the ones luckiest enough to see the world in that way and think of how incredible it must be. (I could probably phrase that better, but I’m hoping you get the point.)
This is a mix of photos taken at different times during the past three days. A few people have asked how large the blooms are. The answer is: Each one is bigger than my hand, now that they’re fully developed!
The good news is that I see more on the way! Hoo-ray!
Wowee! I didn’t know if it would actually happen today, but around 6 this evening, the most anticipated cactus blooms in my garden began their arrival. Welcome, Echninopsis ‘Flying Saucer!’
It’s amazing that you can actually sit and watch it happen. ¡Que drama! And it’s just the beginning. I think the colors will develop even further as the flowers continue to fill out.
The sun is making everyone happy today! Here are some fresh blooms to love.
I’ll be taking (and posting) a bunch of photos of my newly revised back-of-house garden in an hour or so, when sun hits the sweet spots. Keep an eye out for those! Some extremely colorful things are on the way.
The Neighborhood Plant Exchange in Oakland
If you’re local to the East Bay and are looking for an opportunity to share plants of your own in exchange for other plants you’d like to have around the house or garden, then mark you calendar for the The Neighborhood Plant Exchange later this month.
This year’s event occurs Saturday, March 29th, from 12–4PM, in Oakland. Learn more here.
Also, Odette Pollar, who organizes the bi-annual event, communicated to me that The Exchange is seeking donations of succulent cuttings to use as plant material for making container gardens and other items to sell in order to pay for the non-profit’s costs. I have an abundance of sedum rubrotinctum, so I have and will be donating some more.
If you’d like to contribute to the event in any way, contact her through the website.
Just received some printed versions in the mail of this postcard I designed for the forthcoming Spring Opening & Plant Sale at The Ruth Bancroft Garden. If you’re local to the East Bay and want to check out an incredible assortment of plants and learn about planting a drought-tolerant garden, mark the date on your calendars and plan to attend! I’ll try and remind you again in April, just before the event.