The things you find on flickr are sometimes just achingly beautiful….now I am really really really (as opposed to just really really) wanting to make over sun porch to accommodate more plants (and especially cacti).
Cacti are so interesting…I thought I would share some little known facts about them….to go along with the cool pictures.
1) Cacti come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the more interesting ones take the shapes of chandeliers, curled snakes, starfish, and wrinkled human faces.
2) Peyoti – Heard of it? Peyotl (Lophophora williamsii), was chewed by Aztecs for its hallucinogenic properties and allowed the shamen to enter in trance. It is still considered sacred by some Indian tribes such as the Huiholes and the Tarahumara. Believing that while experiencing mescaline-induced hallucinations they receive messages from their gods, they pilgrimage to the region where it grows to conduct ceremonies that end with the picking of the cactus, which has previously been pierced by an arrow.
3) If in need – like if you find yourself a contestant on Survivor or something….it is true that cacti juice can be drank to keep hydrated….but also their thorns can be sterilized with fire and used as sutures.
4) Cacti are generally really easy to propagate…just snap off a part or an existing plant and let it dry or callus for a few days or weeks then plant, the dry end will readily root into a new plant.
5) Except for the genus Rhipsalis which is indigenous totropical Americas and Africa, the cactus family is exclusively New World (that is North and South America) in origin. Cacti can be found in other parts of the world as well but is the result of migration of the species… now they are especially common in the Mediterranean, South Africa, and in Australia.
Crazy Cool Cacti (say that 5 times) pics were taken by elly yap – see more on flickr.
Moonrise Kingdom’s trailer is such a ridiculous visual feast of a style that I simply adore. And so much of it makes me long for summer garden days. I am watching it over and over because it sparks ideas literally every single second. I wish I had a full set of stills to study. Oh…
Oh Friends — this is going to be one of those heavy posting days…..where I have plans to share a thing or two with you and then something just comes and smacks me in the face…..and it must be shared immediately. Like DanMala the flower mandalas that Kathy Klein creates. Kathy creates the danmalas (defined…
I am re-working a planting scheme for a commercial project that I want to share with you. It is a financially based move designed to accomplish three things. First, the beds currently get a full treatment of annuals for the summer. These have historically been mixed with the hostas and astilbe that are established throughout…