Thursday, December 17, 2015

My husband went to New Mexico and all I got was…

A green travel soap container?

No, baby cactus! Twins....

A few weeks back Andrew was in New Mexico, to help his mom make a move. My parting words were "bring me something from her yard" - which was much easier said than done, as all that remains these days are a few trees (she is not a gardener and I'd already dug the few baby Yuccas that appeared). He'd mentioned my remark to another person who was helping out and she spotted these...

Quite the root system!

Since my mother-in-law now lives in California I won't be making any more trips to Truth or Consequences - these little guys will be my final plant "rescue." They join the previously mentioned Yucca and several Agave americanas, pups from plants my in-laws had removed - and/or -  they'd flowered and died. T or C was a hard luck little town, but I'm going to miss it...

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23 comments:

  1. I know you like naming special plants... is the taller one "Truth" or "Consequences"?

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    1. Or that's good...very very good. I guess the taller one gets to be "Truth" (thanks Alan!).

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  2. So you got out of helping with the move AND you got a present. Lucky you!

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    1. Hmm, I hadn't really looked at it that way, you're right!

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  3. Nice! I find those segmented cacti very appealing. I'm not extremely knowledgeable on Cacti taxonomy, but it's a Tephrocactus species, isn't it?

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    1. We thought it was perhaps an Opuntia, as there's a patch growing not to far away (maybe 50 or so feet). But I suppose it could also be a Tephrocactus. It's so hard to identify babies!

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  4. Oh my Loree, that flat made me snort. Love it! Twins. Hahaha. ~~Dee

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  5. I'm pretty impressed that Andrew hauled home plants that prickly and in such good condition!

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    1. Through airline security and everything! "Excuse me sir, can you open that soap dish..."

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  6. What a great souvenir of T or C. I've only been there once but I will never forget it--my brother had a chili burger that was so spicy, he had sweat running down his face.

    Do you know what species of Opuntia this is?

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    1. I have no idea. Andrew too a photo of the Oputia patch across the way, I shared it on Instagram awhile back. Purple edges and long LONG spikes.

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  7. Do you think they are Opuntia Fragilis? I bought such a plant (for $2) on the late season damaged table at my local nursery this late fall, I hope it will survive the winter. OF is supposed to be very hardy.

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    1. I don't, they're already starting to flatten out - so I'm going with Opuntia. Good luck with your Opuntia Fragilis!

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  8. They LOOK like they came from a "hard luck little town" but now they have landed in paradise.

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    1. Well I can only hope they feel that way, no more baking in the sun 360 days a year in silt soil.

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  9. OMG...they are darling little babies! I know they will do well in your care. Can't wait to see updates as they mature.

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    1. I hope you're right...I want them to grow up big and strong!

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  10. I was thinking along the same lines as Alan. We'll look forward to more updates on "Truth" and "Consequences." Your headline had me curious. Your hubby was very thoughtful.

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    1. He's a good one that husband of mine.

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  11. Impressive root systems! Soap containers are pretty good for cactus smuggling. Who would have thought.

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    1. Are you speaking from experience? (smuggling)

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  12. Somehow you made even baby Opuntia (macrocentra?) look cute. I remember pulling weeds at the old house, and running into some like that...hiding! Sunny, dry thoughts for their new spiky home!

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