One of the major pitfalls of working with cactus and succulents is all the times you get poked by cactus spines. I am sure that there are many of you out there who can relate. So today I went out to play in the succulents and take some pictures. The echeveria 'black prince' in my succulent BBQ starting blooming for the first time. So I got out my new point and shoot and pulled the BBQ into the sun. As I bent over to take some photos.....OUCH! I had bent over right into my Teddy Bear cholla. Can you say Holy pain in the butt Batman? So I carefully limped into the house and yelled for my son Jordan. I had to yell quite a few times because he was upstairs. So he comes down and I tell him the situation. He was laughing his head off. NICE! I gave him the tweezers but the spines were too big. I bent over in the kitchen and he pulled them out of my pants and butt one by one with his fingers. Now these spines have a barbed end. So OUCHIE! I think there must have been 15. I think I will be moving that cactus. LOL
Close up view. You can't see but the spines have little hooks on the end.
Echeveria 'Black Prince'
This is the flower I was trying to photograph when I was attacked! LOL Check out the little white dangley things hanging from the flowers. I have not a clue what they are.
Sedum morganianum also called Donkey Tail sedum
The shadows looked so interesting this evening I had to take this photo. I have a few of these in different pots. They seem to like me. But don't give them too much sun.
I am not exactly sure that this is the correct name for this Haworthia. But in looking it was the closest. If anyone has a better guess please let me know.
I bought this baby Saguaro cactus when I was visiting my sister in Phoenix, AZ last year. Believe it or not it has grown quite a bit. Just think....it won't get it's first arm until it is 60 years old or so. Hope it lives that long, I know that I won't. LOL
Kalanchoe daigremontiana also call Mother of Thousands
This succulents came from Southwest Madagascar. It can get up to 3' tall. I think I have a couple that tall already. This plant can be quite invasive to some gardners as every part of this plant can grow roots and multiply. Even the thick stalk.
This is one of the strangest succulents in my collection. The leaves are all shaped very strange as you can see. It get's little bushy yellow flowers on the end of some stems. You can see the dried up ones remaining.
That's it my friends! Tomorrow I will be going to the Succulent Extravaganza in Castroville, CA Very excited but it will be a long drive. I'm bringing my camera of course and will let you share what I saw with you! So have a great weekend everyone!
It's Another Beautiful Day!