This is a rather long post, so take that bathroom break, now!
Amazingly beautiful plants....
The huge thin hairy-fuzzy cluster over to the right, is probably about 15 years old, and it was given to me by a friend.....it came in a tiny oblong planter, 3 inches by 6 inches and there were three teeny tiny stalks of these hairy people....here is a close-up of some flowers on this plant....it has had over 500 flowers in any given year....and they are most unusual....here is a picture of them....as you can see, they are tubular in shape and a deep red, in color....with a little stamen, that is yellow....
They do not open any further than you see in the photo....and as with so very many Cactus type plants, these are very sculptural and also, as you can see with this particular plant, very very phallic, too!
And then, this photo is looking up at the undernath of my house from the lower left hand corner, with a Sequaro in the foreground....these beautiful majestic plants are found in the desert all over Arizona...and this one, here in my garden is just a baby. Probably only 200 years old!
Like I said...More to come...
***FURTHER UPDATE: Saturday, Late Afternoon...They came; they saw; they have no answers yet! Hopefully Monday they will come up with two different scenerio's, after they get some prices on 'cherry picker's' and/or other types of "lifts"....it is completely clear, I'm sorry to say, that NOW, we'll be lucky if we can save more arms...Part of the problem is that very few people have worked with these kinds of plants....Virgin Cacti Removers...!
I hope I will know more by late Monday...one thing that Seven realized today and showed me is that the plant broke somewhat at the bottom...so besides being uprooted, the weight of the plant combined with these gale like-Tornado-like winds, snapped this poor dear at the bottom...Oh Nurse!***
Lovely garden. Here in the UK we can only keep cacti indoors, so it's an eye-opener for me seeing cacti so BIG. Wish we had your weather though!
My garden slopes, but I'll never complain again... yours is a magnificent slope.
I found you via blogger dashboard updates, (random clicking) and I was very impressed.
WOW Naomi just wow. I am truly impressed not only with your garden but with the fact you have picture documenting the "history" of it. I am also tickled I get to be the first over here from Micheles to comment :)
Good night dear lady !
That should be pictures plural, I am obviously tired lol.
Great pictures and great cacti. They are really something special. I have always liked them. People can always tend to put too much water on them if they are not careful.
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awesome green thumb you have there, naomi! the many beautiful plants in your garden reflects how much love and devotion you have placed into taking care of them. :)
Naomi, the photos of your garden are absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us. You certainly have improved the look of the land with your gardening, and the cacti are great to look at.
In ref. to your comment about depressed people: I know what you say is right for most people, but the woman of whom I speak has made it a career. She admits to being on antidepressants for 20 years, and she claims none of them ever works. I know that one can build a tolerance for certain medications, but I say if it proves not to work - get onto something else that might. Anyway, this woman just loves being depressed; it oozes from her pores. I am oprdinarily an empathetic person, but this one wears me out with her whining.
Would you believe that Michele sent me back so soon? I forgot to say before that I love those odd looking, fuzzy phallic symbols you grow! LOL
What an amazing property!
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Love those desert plants :) And the flowers - especially the night bloomers with those delicate delicate blossoms that only live for a few hours - I do understand why you love cacti so much! It's why we love the desert. :)
I have never been here but WOW! You have a very beautiful landscape from what it looks and sounds like. WE know alot of people that live in the foothills there and the homes are so beautiful- they way they can be built. I love your Rostrata's. It is awesome how they are such slow growers. I try to grow things all the time and they always die. I am soooo bad in the garden:(
Michele sent me here today:)
Lovely garden, Naomi! I wanted to go out today to post my cactus and the neighbors' but it has been raining. Can't compete with your garden but you have inspired one post, as soon as the sun comes back (not before tuesday, I am afraid, but we need the water!)
Keep us posted on your damaged cactus...
Naomi, do you EVER sleep? Michele sent me back this time.
BTW, I will be posting a series of California postcards soon; one shows the Hollywood sign, so maybe your house is in it....lol
Go to bed!
Good morning, Naomi!
Wonderful pictures! To say your garden is amazing is a gross understatement. Its truly incredible and I can see why you have so much pride and love for it. Keep sharing!!!!
Some lovely plants and photos there. I'm here from Michele's this time.
wow so many cacti & so big! You must be very proud & rightly so. I've only ever seen little cacti as tyhey don't flourish in the UK:-( But they are the only plants I don't kill as I forget to water them for months at a time:-)
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Well Naomi, it's just lovely. You have put so much work in over the years and showing the pictures of how things have grown and progressed over the years is amazing! I love all the cacti. I have grown a few small ones here in the house but I think I over-watered and they died.
I love the hairy-fuzzy things that get those blooms that look like giant bird beaks to me! Looks like you have a lovely view of the city there as well! You have put much love into your plants and it shows!
Very impressive.... I'm SO jealous. As various Anglo's have already said it's FAR too damp here for outside cacti so we have to make do with the little potted varieties.
They're my kind of plants... thrive on neglect and somewhat prickly if man-handled too much. Maybe I was a cacti in a previous life... (chuckle)
What beautiful pictures. You're clearly a very patient woman!
Michele sent me....this time!
Thanks to your extraordinary pictures and words, I now feel as if I've visited one of the loveliest places on earth. Thank you for taking us on yet another fascinating journey.
Feel free to add chapters as you see fit. I love your vision.
That is an absolutely gorgeous piece of property and I love what you have done with it.
That cactus are awesome, but then so is all the rest.
beautiful! and ideas :) i wonder how well cacti would grow in MS.
What a gorgeous landscape. Glad to see you treasuring all this wonderful diverse beauty.
It looks great! i love cactus..
Michele sent me..
It's stunning! I love it~when can I come for a visit? ;)
Hello, Michele sent me today!
Beautiful garden. Thanks so much for sharing a peak at it.
Here via Michele's tonight.
thanks for the numerous visits. Lovely vegetation. Sincerely. Looks like you make a lovely home & garden.
In regard to your query on your last comment, this should clarify.
wow your garden is beautiful!!!
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Phew! that was a long post!
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Thanks for popping by my site today!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos - it's great that you have managed to take photos over time just to see how much your cacti have grown. How amazing is that? Your block of land looks really steep but I love the fact that you've made it accesable(?) with the steps. Good one. And your view! WOW.
Length? No problem...I just looked at the pictures.
Oh, I just LOVE it!
But forget the garden; you must have one Hell of a view!
I love the pictures that you have posted.
P.S.~ I have update my blog and answered your question
Michele sent me back,you are my last visit for awhile I need to get inspired and actually blog something new for tomorrow !
after living in the south west my whole life, but the midwest for the past 3 years, it's so nice to see all your beautiful Cacti!!
I miss the hot, dry weather more than I can say...
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Hope they can figure out your cactus problems...and soon! Congrats on your green thumb...
Michele sent me back again....
I've kvelled before about how much I love cactus gardening and how nice it is to see in LA instead of dichondra and overwatered green lawns. By planting desert natives, you're saving water as well as making a beautiful environment. One question tho, when you have a lot of rains, how to you keep the hill from eroding. Cactus have such shallow root systems, how do they keep the dirt from cascading downwards.
Great garden. Sorry to hear about your broken cactus. They don't fare much better than pine trees with the high end straight winds.
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What lovely photos! It's quite amazing to see all that prickly sort. ;)
Hello, from Michele's!
OOLOTH, every time I come here and look at those fuzzy phalluses with the red extensions on them - I laugh!
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That's such a beautiful garden & cacti are so perfect for the Southern California terrain. Your garden would have been my dad's dream. He also gardened, built stairs out of railroad ties, made patios with hammocks...just for our yard.
You must have such a good eye for how things will look once theyr'e full grown. omgosh I never would have imagined the little place by your driveway would look so full all these years later.
Yes, that 1 plant is very phallic (and why do I stare?) oy vey
I adore little flowers that survive. The one I'm so amazed with is Edelweiss...it survives in snow, so tiny & beautiful.
I'm sorry about you losing your plant, but hopefully you can replant from the arms, so it will live on.
Bless you Naomi
That is amazing, what a piece of work.
Michele sent me.
Back again via Michele!
Oh, and the editor without html I was talking about in my post in the new version of WordPress. If you ever decide you'd like to migrate out of Blogger and into your own domain, let me know, I'd be happy to help you make the switch. :)
greetings from michele!
you are seriously cactus-y! i had a cactus in a pot in my room as a teen. my mom said it was the only thing she could count on me to keep alive. my prowess with plants has not improved. i did not seem to get my moms green thumb!
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Wow! That must be a full time job! Here via Michele's but I pop around on my own too.
Michele sent me your way this morning, my dear. Your Euphorbia (spell?) are beautiful, I haven't seen them around here so it must be your domain.
Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
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Have a great Sunday!
Hi there and thanks for visiting. I love the length of your post, it felt like reading a magazine article on hillside living!
Wow! Those cacti are fabulous! Thanks for stopping by, come back soon.
Michele sent me.
Lovely garden, Naomi! It's wonderful that you have picture the "history" of your plants!
I love the cactus family and your yard is just gorgeous!
And thank you so much for your kind words on my place. Love your positive and encouraging words about my "job".
You have quite a view there and some of those cacti look most unusual! :) Very nice.
What a beautiful and different kind of garden than what I'm used to. Exotic!
I'm supposed to be taking the day off from blogging...so I tell myself, but I had just one little photo I wanted to post. See you next week!
I love cactuses but I marvel more at how arrid it looks. I cranked today about snow, but I am not sure if I would like the alternative. Do not misunderstand, I love the garden and your cactuses...aw, nevermind...this isn't heading in the right direction. LOL I do marvel at your view too! Incredible!
What a phenomenal garden! I am so amazed by your hobby/passion! I envy you your beautiful yard and view. So glad I found your site!Happy New Year!
What a pretty sight to see! Especially for a gal living in the dead brown throes of winter in WV, lol! Your garden seems very peaceful, like it would be a serene place to just sit, think, and write :)
Oh, I wanna come visit!!!! Outrageously awesome!!
Naomi!!!! I don't know what's more amazing...your garden, or your photographic history of it! What an incredible array of cacti... I've never seen anything like it.
Thanks for sharing!!!
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My cacti pictures are posted, just for you sweetie!
I LOVE your garden...so exotic and just like I have seen on the movies :-)
And when are you going to tell us who your 'film/tv' neighbours are???? :-D
MSM - this time, my dear..
Michele says howdy!
Great cactus.... Wish i could grow some so big....
Hi OOL - here agin :-)
btw - my skiing trip is in a place called Sonthofen in Bavaria [gulp]
MSM - again!
Hey, OLOTH -
I replied to your concerns about the term you found offensive on my site, if you care for further clarification.
UNBELIEVABLE! I'm so jealous. You could actually have organized tours of your garden. I'd pay to see it! (But only if you were the tourguide!) The pix of the history of your garden are truly remarkable. Thanks so much for sharing. Michele sent me today. Hope you are having a good weekend.
Beautiful pictures. You've worked hard at making it so lovely.
Michele sent me.
Your garden has such variety and interest. It's great that you've kept pictures and can see how things have changed over time. That tiny flower is so perfectly beautiful. Sometimes we miss the wonder and beauty of little things.
The thing I love most about that post is after all the majestic cacti and views....the single flower eclipses them all for sheer beauty :-)
MSM - again
I was telling an elderly friend today about your garden. She loved the pics and was seriously moaning about the SNOW we had this morning. California looks so inviting on a day like today.
Gorgeous, though that one picture looked kinda rude in a funny way.
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Okay, you are making me jealous. When can I come visit?
I am impressed! You've landscaped your garden so beautiful that words are simply inadequate.
I am back from Micheles AGAIN, Naomi I love your plants but I have seen them now more then a few times HAHA.
The length of the comments area is even longer!
WOW! Your cactus are stunning. Just gorgeous. The pictures are fabulous. I can't even begin to imagine what they must look like when you are standing there next to them. Your guests must marvel at the beauty! They truly are beautiful.
And I'm also marveling at all your visitors here. Wow again!
OMG. I can't grow mold on the cheese in my fridge. Great photos! I'm impressed.
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I'm more into bamboo, but I might just have to get a cactus now. Great job!
Guess what: Michele sent me your way this morning!! to see you have many, many comments! good for you. Glad you liked my pics.
Boy, you weren't kidding when you said it was going to be a long post! LOL! You've got one heck of a graden there! Pictures are lovely too. :-)
I've never seen a cacti garden of that scale in person, in a book, or on the net. WOW! Fascinating.
I'm so sorry fungi destroyed so much and hope that the future will be more cacti filled for you.
Wow! I am a cacti lover myself, but my little window garden can only fantacize about growing to be a garden like that. WOW again. I am jealous.
I'm here to post my appreciation for the cactus garden. Can't say "invite me over" since I have no car, just a bicycle. Still, I can visit on the web, thanks! ;)
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