Friday, September 19, 2014

WWTT #16

Yes it’s been awhile since we’ve enjoyed a good WWTT post, here we go...

Zipping along one day I caught the sight of something out of the corner of my eye. Something that made me stop and turn around, just to make sure I’d seen it correctly.

Yes, yes I had. But the thing is it was a hot day and the homeowner (gardener?) was enjoying a cigarette on his front porch. You can't see him because the porch is hidden behind that big green thing, but trust me, he's there. So I manned up and asked “can I take a photo of your cactus?”… “Yes, you can” and so I give you opuntia row...

So straight.

So spiky.

So, odd.

But I love it. It’s his vision and he’s going for it, barberry and mini-rose included. I just wish I knew what he was thinking.

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33 comments:

  1. It has so much potential, and there is a bit of a theme : )

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    1. True, thorns all around. Maybe I'll need to keep an eye on it and see if he adds more!

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  2. Maybe he plans to build a moat around his property and this is just backup protection.

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  3. It's his very own version of a danger garden. Maybe he thinks it will keep kids off the lawn. You should have told him that he could separate all those pads and root them in the soil, and extend the line of pricklies all the way across.

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    1. In the first and second photo you can see a few pads laying not the ground, maybe he's going to do just that!

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  4. Haha so random! I like the weirdness too.

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    1. Why be normal? (I think I read that on a bumper sticker somewhere)...

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  5. A cactus hedge. Nothing weird about this at all, great idea!

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  6. Maybe "thought" is the wrong word in this particular instance.

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    1. I see where your going with this...

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  7. I wonder if he was thinking that it might eventually expand towards the front, near the paving, hmmm...

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    1. And then at Halloween trick the little kiddies into walking through the opuntia! Oh wait, that's my dream....(hehehe)

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  8. Hahahahahahahahahahaha, sometimes one has to wonder what spurs this type of creativity

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    1. I should have asked, I need to work on my interview skills.

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  9. There's one of these mini-Opuntia borders (rows, fences) a couple of miles from my house! I kid you not. I pass it regularly.

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  10. It reminds me of my own garden years ago. I'd discover something that would grow here that was new to me (just about everything,) buy it, run home and dig up a piece of lawn and plant it. No thoutht about design or combinations, it was all about growing plants. Oh wait, that's still the way I garden except now there's no grass to dig up.

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    1. I would have loved to see that version of your garden!

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  11. I know what they were thinking: "That danger garden woman is gonna love this!" And they were right!

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  12. There has to be a story there. Where did the opuntias come from? I love quirky stories like this.

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    1. They are not your run of the mill opuntia either, ones fairly hard to find in the nursery trade around these parts.

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  13. I could tell him he is going to be sorry. We had some of these very prickly ones growing in the middle of the septic field. Over time the grass and other things grew into them and it was just impossible to keep them looking decent. One day I gave the go ahead to pull them out.

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    1. You're right of course, there was a narrow channel dug in the lawn but without constant maintenance that will fill up in less than a season.

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  14. They look like they're all lined up ready to clap as you go by. What? He was right there and you didn't ask him about his master plan?

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    1. I doubt you would have either Ricki, some people just don't inspire conversation.

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  15. "That'll keep those damn kids off my lawn" might be what he is thinking.

    I would have loved to have something like this when I was in Michigan (I know, wrong zone, but bear with me.) It would have delighted me no end to zap the snowmobilers with this as they cut across my lawn and over my borders. Ha!

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  16. Wow, that "big green thing" might be Leyland cypress -- isn't there something better to plant for porch privacy? The spikes must be a doggie deterrent? (Rose and Berberis have thorns too....)

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  17. How does he avoid hitting them with his lawnmower? That's what I wanna know.

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