Time will tell.....
How poetic is this? To be able to take one doomed plant and create life from it. How lucky are those that get to share in the gift - both literally with their gift of an arm and figuratively by reading the story.
I am so sorry about your saga of the twenty year old Euphorbia Amak Verigated. It looks very gorgeous and strong. So beautiful the 5 pointed star-like shape in the core! I think that the "sons and daughters" 's Euphorbia will grow up in another ground, around your garden.
...and rather sad........... I hadn't realised that they gre so fast (or SO big)
I'm sure that the 'cuttings' (or as I like to think of them 'tree's..') will do well - after all they must be incredibly well cared for.
Impressed as always..... Thanks for the pictures & the update.
So sorry about your long companion. But it will grow now in different gardens! I wish too there was a way I could plant one of those arms in my garden! I look at my Euphorbia with other eyes now. Is it good to cut some arms every year???
I think it is great that the arms could be saved, to live again in your garden or other's. I know it is a sad thing for you to deal with this, but perhaps the next thing you plant will become even more beautiful to you than the amak was.
The star-shape in the stalk is rather interesting; I wonder if that has any special significance?
OH MY! How sad! I was so hoping it could be saved...I had a lilac die last year, and that was enough to make me whine around for 2 days, I can only imagine losing this lovely thing! Great post, thanks for the update!!!!
Wow what a story. And so exotic to anything you'd see here. I love the star in the center. It shoud go in a museum!
I'm sorry you lost this old friend Naomi. Thanks for sharing all this with us. It was very interesting to read and to see those pictures. Kind of hard to visualize how heavy it was but your pictures and words tell it very well. That star in the middle is very unique looking! I hope you are able to give lots of the arms away so that others can enjoy what is left of it! You will have to keep us posted on what goes back in its spot!!
It is a sad outcome to the saga, but you have a lot of arms to plant and replenish the earth with the children of your euphorbia, so it's not all bad. I hope you find something to replace it with that flowers so you can get butterflys and birds.
Dear Naomi, I'm so sorry that your old friend didn't make it...I hope that you are able to create many offsprings from that one majestic Euphorbia! I found the 5 pointed star fascinating! Isn't the little details in God's handiwork amazing?!
It looks even bigger when you see the men clambering all over it! (I'm not very good a translating numbers into vision).
But 50, or even 70 new plants! This really is the start of something wonderful, not the end at all:-)
A happy outcome all round - nearly;-)
BTW, I come lurking every day, but don't always comment:-)
Sorry about your loss, but it is wonderful that all of those arms can be planted and start new stories of their own.
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oh lord So sorry..
Wow, that is one hell of a plant. I'd say you did your very best and it's nice to know that new plants can grow from the arms. This must have been a very expensive "operation"!
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ah Naomi, so sorry to see your Euphorbia couldn't be rescued, but Sevin and Luis sound very sympathetic! :-)
I look forward to seeing what you plant by your door - and of course, watching the baby Euphorbias grow big and healthy like their Mama.
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I really enjoyed this post. That was a beautiful Euphorbia.
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Sounds like quite an ordeal...
I'm back on my own and from Michele's
That IS one helluva plant! Wow!
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So sorry it couldn't be saved...and yet it will live on! I know how plants can become like children. Before we got our dogs way back when, we had plants and they were our babies. We still have the cacti and desert plants, but our attention has been divided with the dogs and the human baby. If we could we'd take one of the arms and give it a really good home here! Hugs and condolences.
Oh no so sorry to hear that the Euphorbia didn't make it. I am so glad you will be able to replant the arms and share them with friends though. I am sure they will florish in the LA sunshine just like their mother plant.
The star in the middle is amazing.
go forth and multiply.
Michele sent me back, and I'm still sad about this. =(
oh wow, the last picture!
I can't get over the enormity of that plant!
I love the star in the center. It reminded me of star fruit, and also when you cut an apple a certain way, there's a star. How cool nature is!
oh my wow! That thing is huge!
My goodness that plant was so much more than a plant! And how beautiful that it had a star at it's center. I'm glad you have all of this documented in photographs.
In MN we call plants that large trees...
Michele sent me this time, my dear, to thank you for your gardening tips :) Have a great day!
that is indeed sad, but I like that the tree lives on.
your comment made my day, because the display picture is totally new. :-) I love yours. very classic and has a gentlemens-club-but-not-for-gentlemen feel to it.
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*waving* Michele sent me again this morning (my morning)!
Holy cow, what a tree! Michele sent me, hope you have a good weekend!
omg you have such an interesting blog! that plant is so cool looking.. nothing like that here in ohio!
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Michele sent me back....I wish I could grow something like this where I live. We only have about an 80 day window in the summer time, so it would never last!
Incredible story. I can imagine how it felt to see it being taken away. I love the idea of you sharing the arms with so many people. And thanks for sharing this story.
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Naomi, Talk about synchronicity....I wasn't playing photo Friday! I had no idea that the assignment was pink when I posted the pink tutu! I make my case about cyberspace synchronicity!
I found myself thinking about this plant recently.
What an amazing story! It's awesome that your plant, as enormous as it was, can still live on in many others versions of itself. Beautiful.
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Wow... That's quite an adventure!! That's a neat looking plant!
Awwww ...I think it is so sweet and wonderful that you cared so much for that plant!! You had me so sad that it couldn't be saved :( But it is so good to know that you have little baby plants to be able to carry on the life of their mother. I've never heard of that type of plant before, and now I think I will go research it a bit as it sounds so big and lovely!
Thank you so much for sharing this story!! Oh, and Michele sent me today!
Thanks for stopping by. What a saga! Can you cut a slice of the star cross-section to keep? That is one wild plant!
Sad that it happened and good that there will be new plants formed from it.
On a much more modest scale I once had a tiny fir tree planted next to the house, which grew big and strong but started to threaten the house and had to be removed. Similar sadness when it was removed.
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Wow... I had no idea that they could grow to that size. Just called my daughter down to look at your photos. She's in landscaping and has been talking about how much she would like to plant some cactus... although ours would have to be indoors. I hope that you can root some of them!!
Wow, that's amazing! I am sorry it couldn't be saved, but the pictures had me captivated!
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How beautiful a story and a tale..and I love the way the mother will live on through the children..
And if ONLY you could send one over to me in London - might not like the climate though...
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I've never seen any of these large cactuses. Seeing your pictures and hearing your story has been quite amazing to me. I just love that you were able to save this "child" of yours in this way. It will be interesting to see how all these siblings grow together. I was really fascinated by the picture of the inside of the large cut piece.
Wow what a job.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I take my camera with me every where I go. It is kind of a joke with my family. They always say you better watch out what you do when Bozette is around.
I find beauty in everything.
No matter what it is.
so wow, i am not a plant type person. my mom can grow anything, but I, I kill plastic plants. i cant believe my children thrive, considering.
ok that said... WOW, its awful to lose something like this. i cant imagine my mom losing her willow or her verigated apple, both of which are her pride and joy senterpieces in her garden. But, how cool that you can grow the arms into baby ones! i just dont know stuff like that.
last thought... is your gardener the man in the white tshirt? hes very cute. good choice :P i know you didnt choose him for cute, but...
I love your photographic journeys. This one reminds me of some of the themes I've written about lately - specifically the defiance of life in the face of overwhelming destruction.
Somehow, life always manages to find a way to keep on going. It's nothing short of a never-ending miracle.
We're lucky that you keep reminding us of this.
Michele sent me (again), Naomi.
The pictures and description of your E. Amak plant are amazing. I had no idea of the weight involved with a large cactus like that. If that's the right term for that succulent.
I'm glad you shared the pictures of the cross section though I'm sure it was emotionally painful to take the pictures in the first place, and more so to post them. Even though 20 years is a long time for us humans, I'm astounded that a plant could gain so much mass in that amount of time in an environment like yours. Truly amazing, Naomi.
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