Friday, June 24, 2011

Ouchie......Bad Cactus!

Sorry I have not posted for a while. Been busy in the backyard and also just lazy! Taken lots of pics but know, tomorrow!
I will try to catch up with everyone's blogs as soon as I can.
It's amazing to me what we will do for our craft!
Well, I didn't really mean to do this it just happened. So I will start from the beginning.
So I was outside taking pictures of my blooming Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro'.
I was standing on the cement planter wall next to the cactus reaching with arms extended trying to get some great shots of the flowers. I was right next to the half moon in the pic below.

Beautiful but fading

To keep you in suspense I will show you a few photos that I got before IT happened. It was a beautiful day and the blooms were just starting to fade on my tall cactus.
This year for some reason I did not get as many buds as last year.
I think it had to do with our weird weather and some bug also poked some holes here and there in the cactus and laid some eggs. I found some a bit late and poked my fingers inside and used a hose to wash the little worms out. Very strange. So now it has a few holes in it but they didn't eat to the core. I should have taken some pics and shown Cindy at Bug Safari to identify. Darn!

Bee honey

Now this cactus is really tall now. It must be 8 or 9 feet tall. And of course these blooms were near the top. So I was reaching higher and higher!

Bee Bomber

I call this one Bee Bomber. Hahaha!
Ok so this is what happened. I was reaching up as far as I could taking pics standing on this planter wall when I just lost my balance and started to fall backward. The planter stands about 2 1/2 feet above the grass so I knew I was in trouble. My arms started flailing around but there was nothing but cactus to grab. My right arm wacked against the cereus cactus that is pretty tall planted nearby. I then made a very ungraceful fall on the grass below. Camera still in tact hanging around my neck. Pretty shocking I must say so myself. Landed mostly on my left butt and rolled on my back and arm. Believe it or not I did not hurt anything. Nothing except where my right arm wacked and scraped again the cereus. I had big long cuts on the underside of my upper arm. Ouch! And you know how those cactus have a bit of stinging juice of some kind in them. So here is my pic. Funny it is not out of focus because Stan couldn't stop laughing. After he knew I was ok.


As you can see I actually broke off this great branch of cactus. Really a bummer. I am letting the broken off part callous over and will try to replant it.


Such a shame! But it was interesting to see the inside and the vascular strands that help support the cactus and deliver water to the to plant.


So I know it's hard to tell from this pic cause it's mostly in the sun but I scraped up my arm pretty good. I wiped off all the blood for Stan to take this pics. Really strong needles on this cactus though so none stayed in my arm. But man did it sting!


So here is the broken off part of the cereus. I will plant it in the ground this weekend because it has been a week. Cross your fingers that it roots! Oh and after lots of benadryl cream and antibiotic cream my arm is much better. Don't want to do that again. I am glad I take Boniva or I may have broken a hip!

Have a great weekend!

It's Another Beautiful Day!


NotSoAngryRedHead said...

Holy cow!! That's impressively terrible and amazing. It could have been so much worse.

I absolutely adore the bee and flower picture - it really gives scale to just how huge the blooms are!

I'm glad you're relatively ok! Getting a busted up back-of-the-arm is horrible cos everything's so sensitive there.

Cindy said...

Ow, that looks painful! I always hate reaching up way over my head to take a picture, change a lightbulb, or whatever. Even if I'm just standing on the ground, I feel like I'm going to lose my balance.

Love the cactus flowers. We have them blooming at the Fullerton Arboretum right now, too.

And yes, you owe me a bug picture :P

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Red! It is definitely sensitive under the arm but is almost better now! Yeah!

The older we get the more problems with balance. Yikes! Wow I bet the arboretum is beautiful right now. Next weird bug I see I will take a pic for you Cindy!

Julie said...

Oh, man, Candy...what a disaster! That looks like a stinging wound for sure! Youch. So happy you did not break anything...Praise Boniva!!! YES!

Your pics are all so good, but I am noting that very sweet pink stone ring you have on! I have an orange sapphire, but now, I don't think I like it as well as your pink stone! I will have to go shopping!!! Hehehe.

kclily said...

OMG!! I am so glad you are okay. I must say you snapped some great pictures before the big fall. Love the bee bomber. Take care.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks Julie and yes thank goodness for Boniva!!!! Yeah! And thank you for the great compliment on my ring. At first I just had the band that you can see. It was my Mother in Law's first wedding band. After mine broke she asked if I wanted her old one. I didn't know what it looked like but said I would be honored. I was so surprised and pleased when it came in the mail. Then on our 25th wedding anniversary my sweet husband wanted me to get a diamond or something to add to this ring. I didn't want a diamond but a pink sapphire or topaz. I looked and looked till I found this checkerboard cut pink sapphire with 3 tiny diamond chips on each side. I had it attached to my band and whaaallla! I love it! Only cost a couple hundred on sale. And the checkerboard cut is so cool. It catches the light so cool!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

And thanks KC I love that at least I caught the bees too! They are so fast!

Stephanie said...

Oops Candy be careful next time. That's a bad one. Thank goodness they are not those fine needles. Once I got them in my fingers.

Anyway if I got those bruises that way, my hubby would have laughed also. My elbow was sprained due to watering using a big watering can recently. And my hubby teased me and said that I garden too much and told me to forget about my plants for a while and let them survive on their own... How can right?

Btw, that's a good shot of the bee and flower :-D

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

I get stickers in my hands all the time. I am used to coming inside and using my tweezers and close up reading glasses to pull them out! Haha!

Those watering cans can get heavy. You need to be careful. Hubbies just don't understand Stephanie. We just can't ignore our gardens!

Rohrerbot said...

I feel so guilty not keeping up with the now I'm catching up on the reading and finding out so many things. On top of that, I'm trying to get all my writing done before I forget all the info stored in my little brain. Has your scratch healed up? That's the one thing I hate the most about working with cactus. I had to go to the Doctor before my vacation because one of my cactus "puffed" out some nasty glochids into my was an opuntia of course...variety "Pin Cushion". Today I was outside cleaning up the bougainvillea.....scratches abound....our plants are so beautiful, but they can be tricky little buggers every now and again. Hope you're healed up. And you've got a new plant!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Don't worry I am the same way. I get busy and wish I could post every day but it is impossible. Also I am a freaky perfectionist so each post takes a bit. My owie is much better thank you. And ouchie on the opuntia in your eye. I hope that is better now. One of my greatest fears is doing that. And yes some of our prettiest plants can be so dangerous. My arm is all healed up now but still shows the scratches.