Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday....More Succulents

Pretty and Pokey

Blooming Gymnocalycium altagraciense with Euphorbia and Mammillaria gracilis fragilis 'Thimble Cactus'

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We didn't do anything. We did make some lists of things to do before our vacation. You know things to do or bring. Otherwise I always forget something.
Every year my husbands family get's together at an awesome condo at Oceanside, CA.
It's a beautiful place on the beach. We have relatives in Toronto, Canada, Oklahoma, Denver, CO, Texas and California. We all drive or fly and converge at the condo. We have a great time. The 8 grand kids are all getting so big now. The oldest is 24. But no matter what, they look forward to this time together! We have been doing this twice a year since they were babies.
This summer is extra special. If you remember my husbands father
Vane Suter passed away rather unexpectantly on February 10th. So we chartered a boat and have an honor guard from the Navy and a bag piper meeting us at the dock. We will have a small ceremony then go out to sea and scatter his ashes. Ought to be quite an emotional day.

So Soft

Gymnocalycium altagraciense blooms up close!

I Don't Bite

I Don't Bite

Make a Splash!

Aeonium 'Voodoo'

The white dots are damage done by the hail this year.

Shed a little light on me

Opuntia macbridei 'Red button cactus'

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Now I need to get started on that packin!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Joyful said...

Beautiful photos. So very pretty. I hope you have a fun time though I'm sure when you go out to sea to scatter your loved ones ashes, it will be a rather emotional day. It sounds like a fitting tribute you will have with the pipes.

Mandy said...

Those are some gorgeous blooms! I might could be tempted to try a prickly cactus if I too could have blooms like!

Enjoy your vacation, I'm sure it will be an enjoyable and emotional day at the same time.

Cindy said...

Those little thimble cacti are cute. They almost look edible, in a donut-y sort of way.

Your family plan for Oceanside sounds very nice. What a wonderful way to honor your father in law

Evelyn said...

Wow, great pics Candy. I love them - gorgeous flowers!

Have a great holiday. I have never experienced scattering of ashes, but I can imagine it can be quite emotional. Maybe even a relief to free the ashes...(?)... Take care, Evelyn

Gerhard Bock said...

Awesome photos, Candy. You take the best succulent pictures of anybody I know. My aeonium Zwartkop has hail damage, too. It's so annoying :-(

machelle said...

Hi candy...its Machelle! I found your blogging excited. Hopefully you can help me grow my succulents strong and happy!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wow Gerhard that is the best compliment I could get! Thank you sooo much!

Hi Machelle! I hope I can too! Thank you for the comment. I will see if you have a blog!

Diane AZ said...

Hi Candy, I hope you're enjoying the get-together with family. I think it's great that you all do that twice a year.

Your cactus pictures are looking more beautiful than ever!


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Succuland said...

Hi Candy
First I have to say I was off for a while as I moved my all plant collection to my greenhouse from İstanbul to Bodrum. It was hard but my plants are happier now than before. During this period I could not checked the blogs so I missed a few subject but I return now:)

Now I see your page in colorful and like a garden in heaven. Your plants doing very well because of your greenthumb! Lovely plants in lovely place. Keep in well my friend.

Rohrerbot said...

Gosh! Your plants are so beautiful....they look great. The dedication sounds wonderful and hope it was for your family. That's a great way to remember the important people in our lives.

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

"I don't bite!"... ya right! :)

Lisa said...

Wow! What a lovely collection of cactus flowers. I love it's colors.

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