Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday.....Cactus gift!

Happy Cactus Monday

Isn't this the cutest thing! I got this cute little cactus bell (yes it's a bell) from one of my sons friends Cris. My son Jordan is 24 and still lives at home. He should be going back to college this fall. He already has an AA in Applied Art Design and wants to be a graphic artist. Soooooo, he has the greatest friends that come over like it is their second home. I love it. On Sunday night we all get together and Jordan cooks us all dinner. His favorite with everybody is his chicken rice bowls. Really yummy! We eat dinner and watch whatever is on HBO, Showtime or AMC. When one series ends there is always another that starts. We just finished the first season of A Game of Thrones and now we are watching True Blood. Soon it will be Dexter, Shameless, Walking Dead. We like the weird stuff. So we usually have about 8 or 9 kids and us. It gets pretty crowded so we have chairs all over and TV trays. So Cris is one of the sweet girls that always comes over. We call them the Sunday night crew.


The kids know how I love my succulents and Chris always finds the cutest things. So the other day she said she had a little gift for me. And then pulled this little tinkling bell out of her purse. I just about fell over. I love it! It is about 1 1/4 " tall. Pretty tiny but you could hang it to anything. For now it is hanging from my lamp that sits by my chair in the living room.


I am showing you the back so you might get an idea how to get one. Looks like they have a web site!

So hope everyone is having a great Cactus Monday!

It's Another Beautiful Day!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Latest look at SSS's!

Last blooms on my giant opuntia

It's the middle of Summer and usually we have some really intense heat here in
Roseville, CA. But this year has been really strange. It seemed like we would never get any warm weather and then it got pretty hot. But the last week or so the weather has been so beautiful. It's been in the 80's during the day and nice and cool at night. The state fair is on in Sacramento and usually the heat is so intense I only go at night. So I went the other day with my Dad, nephew and 3rd cousin. We had the greatest time. The weather was awesome and we saw some 5 day old baby pigs and a calf that was 1 1/2 hours old. I'll do a post on it.

Is it Christmas?

My Opuntia Robusta is doing great. After this shot I took all the old fruit off and now new ones are forming after flowering. I think I will try to taste those and see if they are yummy!

It sure is crowded!

I have so many pots of succulents now that my husband is getting grumpy that
we can't sit under our gazebo anymore. So I am putting them in groupings and some are kind of mushed together. It looks good though. In this shot you see Aeonium canariense in the foreground to the left. In the back is Donkey tail sedum hanging down and bringing your attention to the pot below. In it are two kinds of Kalanchoe. One is Kalanchoe baharensis "Fang" and the other is Kalanchoe daiergmontiana or "Mother of Thousands" I did not plant this here. It started from a baby of another plant and has grown huge.

Sunburst crazy

This is Aeonium Davidbramwellii sunburst f.m.a. cristata.
It was a cutting gift from my succulent buddy Cindy over at Bug Safari!
I absolutely love this little succulent and it is now one of my favorite's. I like the pink around the edges and the little brown stripe at the tips.

Pink, yellow and blue

All of my echeveria are almost done blooming. But a few are still going strong like this echeveria glauca. I love the color contrasts of this succulent.

Ok hope everyone is having a great summer and I will visit soon!

It's Another Beautiful Day

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Succulents at Oceanside

Succulents at Oceanside

Just got back from a vacation at Oceanside, CA. Every year during the summer
my husbands side of the family get together for a summer vacation. When the
kids were little we used to go to Catalina Island. Then because my
father in law's disease PLS had progressed so much he could no longer get on his boat the Erawan. So we started taking vacations in different locations. We've stayed in about 3 or 4 locations but the condo at Oceanside is our favorite. A small street runs along side the ocean called the Strand. It runs from our condo complex all the way to the pier. Along this street are little old bungalow houses that are pretty old. Most have been converted to vacation rentals. But a few are still privately owned and they are all so great. It is wonderful to take a walk down the strand (practically no one drives on it) to the pier. Along the way I found this awesome house surrounded by succulents. My kind of person. But darn they weren't home. So I took some pictures to share.

Brain Coral

Here is another shot of succulents at this house. It is a beautiful Crassula arborescens 'Blue Waves and behind to the left is a Stapelia gigantea!

Succulent House beauty

This person had plants in the ground and a lot in pots. Aeoniums, kalanchoes, crassula's you name it!

Trail of succulents

Anywhere he/she could put succulents they did. Along side the house where there was no planter was a row of potted plants leading to her small fenced in back yard area.

Me and the succulent house

Of course I had to have Stan take a picture of me beside my great find. This was taken on the 4th of July. They close down the street and all kinds of people are walking up and down the Strand. Tons of people swimming and camping out on the beach. Music was playing and vendors are out selling food and Hawaiian ice. The Strand is the street in the right of the picture.

Succulent frame

I snuck around to the back yard area. The fence only came as high as my stomach on the sides. So I peaked over and saw some wonderful things. Above is this persons succulents frame. They did a pretty good job but everything needed water. I wish I could have done it but it wasn't my house. Makes you feel kind of helpless doesn't it?

New ideas

Now this was very interesting. I don't know exactly what this was originally
for but she stuffed the nooks and cranny's with moss then added cuttings.
Hanging on the fence it looked pretty neat!

Succulent CD Tower

Check out this interesting idea! Looking in the back yard of this fellow succulent lover I found this long tall succulent thing. I finally figured it out and was so surprised. He/she had taken an old CD tower, put wire mesh in it and stuffed it with moss. They then stuck cuttings all around. I think it is a project in the making but I really like the idea.
So I may have to check out some garage sales to see if I can pick up one cheap.

Euphorbia with lots of babies!

Another house just down the street had this wonderful Euphorbia horrida.
It had a lot a new little ones at the base. The color is fabulous on this beautiful succulent.

End of The Strand

I wanted to leave this post with a shot from our condo balcony looking
out toward the right. You can see the end of the The Strand and the pier. There are a lot of little squirrels living in the breaker rocks. We see them peek out at us and they peep! Lots of peeping going on. So funny!

On the 6th of July we did Stan's Dad's spreading the ashes at sea.
It was an amazing evening! I will tell you all about it on my next post.

Hope everyone's 4th was happy and safe. Have a super week and will talk to you soon.

It's Another Beautiful Day!