I love your love affair with cacti -- mostly because you not only share them with us but that you educate us!
I can say no more Naomi.. they are Spectacular!
and you always have a story to go with the pictures..I love that you are such a wonderful story teller (and photographer!!!)
What a wonderful thing you did to save Woody's life work and passion from the chopper.
I always feel so sad when I go past an abandoned home and see the remnents of a garden trying to survive the weeds.
What a lovely way to pay such a sweet man back.
I love those pictures, Naomi. I think cacti and succulents are fascinating, probably because they don't grow in the wild here in Canada, too cold. But I visited a huge cactus garden in Las Vegas once, and also I stayed in Israel on a kibbutz that was full of various huge cactus, some of them really tall, and covered with flowers. Incredible!
It must be quite a job to transplant a cactus... all those spines! I wouldn't like to try it.
That is amazing.. Just amazing.. I have seen cacti myself and never thought of it that way. It would never survive up north up here but where you are its perfect..
Beautiful photo's.. I never knew cacti i had flowers on them. I just thought they had thorns..
What a marvelous way to share your friend's work.
I love this post. It is heart warming experience to have somebody so passionate about cacti sharing their knowledge and love for these plants. I think it is great that you could take some of his plants over.
How great that you came up with a way to save his (and honor) his plants!
Your garden is truly amazing!
I love this post (partially because the narcisist in me loves the reference to my birth year). But also because when I used to go for rides on the back of my dads bike through Davis when i was VERY little, we'd ride through putah creek and emerge at the other end of the city and how you knew you were getting back to civilization was cactus corner. Basically a knook between a left yield and the cross streets that was and is covered in cacti, albeit the varieties have sadly dwindled. And it was always then that we got to discuss how cacti could flower or be soft or could be so many different things and often a discussion of a fabulous great aunt oh so far away.
I concur re: Cacti. They really do make a great garden, though they can be a real pain when one is hiking through the desert. One or two cholla spines in your thigh are enough to ruin your day.
I also love Cactus and Succulents!
They have a desert atmosphere and I love it. Your garden with cacti and succulents are really beautiful! And you took great photos too.
Love also the story of the love of your friend for his garden and the way you honored his work.
Here in my garden, the hungry ants fortunatelly don't eat my sycculents and Agaves.
Have a pleasant week ahead.
Many hugs to you and to lovely Sweet.
Good Morn, Thank you once again, for the great pic's. and sharing of your friend. I noticed the Lockheed Martin, thing, and thought to myself, he needed something to sooth his soul putting that much time at a stressful place. I have been here a LM, for 31 years so know what happens to folks, grateful he shared his great plants, with others. Have a couple of cacti; they are the only plants I do not kill these days.
Pat from NY
What a wonderful living tribute to a kind man. I'm glad you were able to find a new home for his plants. I really like that one shot that looks like there's a yellow wreath in the middle of the cactus. How unusual! I'm not a fan of cactus either, but the pictures I've seen on your blog today and other days, have definitely given me a new appreciation for them. They really can be beautiful. Can't wait to see the next installment!
Been away for a while but I'm glad to be cheered by beautiful cactus and a tour of LA too :)
Hope you & Seemah are fine & well...I hope to find some time for blogging soon :)
I love getting this history on your passion for cactus and am looking forward to part 2. I would pull over for a cactus garden and am sure I'd be amazed at all the types, so exotic and not a part of my life here in the mountains.
I always wondered how you came to have such a cacti, succulent plant variety after I first found your blog only a few years ago. The blooms are so beautiful and the photos you've shared here are quite stunning. I enjoyed the few years I had in a couple different time periods in AZ. The "Man of the Mountain" has always impressed me as so majestic. I recall seeing in mid-twentieth century the most attractive dead Saguaro wood inlay table top. Currently, I'm exploring putting native plants appropriate for the desert area in my parkway to eliminate watering. Wanted to do this many years ago, but my husband was unwilling to give up grass.
I look forward to more of your photos in the future.
What a brain wave that was Naomi - to think of the Hospice. Lovely to think of the pleasure it will give patients - in memory of Woody.
I also love cactus for the reasons you mentioned. They don't work up here but in Tucson, I appreciate their beauty whenever I am there. What a great idea you had for his plants to be saved
I have been fascinated by cacti since I was a child and had a small indoor cacti garden on my window sill. Unfortunatley our climate is too cold here to grown them out of doors. I love their geometric designs and the beauty of these plants when they flowers is breathtaking.
Woody sounds like he was a wonderful man. How wonderful that you knew him for those years and learnt so much from him. I am looking forward to seeing photos of the garden his plants made :)
You know the thing I love most about our home in Arizona? The cactus. We don't have any in our garden but the whole area is full of these beautiful plants, and to me as a Brit, it's just amazing, because you just never see them here in the UK!
What a lovely story.
As always I love the stories that go with your beautiful photos. And that is a neat way to look at cacti, as living sculptures! I will always remember that.
I have learned, through you, Naomi, about the many varieties of cacti, and I never would have known it if not for you! Thanks for educating us.
Nobody caputes the inner beauty of plants like you do. You simply honor all your photographic subjects.
How wonderful that such a nice man as Woody was there to help you along. He sounds like a wonderful guy that truly loved his plants!
I'm off to read the rest now!!
What a lovely and interesting post. I do not know much about cacti because I have never been in a place where they could grow well. Woodie sounds like a wonderful person. I found out that people who love plants are usually gentle souls. When I moved to Georgia I belong to the Rose Society and found many persons like Woodie – willing to teach and share. What a truly great idea you had about the hospice. I’m going to read the next installment.
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