Mystic Whomp And Succulent Pomp

cactusmcharrisJanuary 29, 2012

Casual yet elegant plsnting on Christmas - one of my presents from my wife and Gay and Scott.

In answer to the questions 'What it was?', it wound up to be this in early January.

I associate Colleen with all windows into consciousness.

I like this one more than Victoria (admittedly I was there only on a grim, cold Boxing Day).

Satsu - satsu - no - matsu never fails to get a rise out of boys named Sue who are Haw collectors.

Yoko using the death ray to get rid of all the North Korean moles before repotting commences.

Just waiting for spting folks, that's all we're doing here.

It doth cause me to bleed, but no sharks were attracted.

One of Guadalajara's finest adjusting to winter.

Agave nzidiensiopsis? (sp?)


Just to confirm that it's not all palm trees and drinks with umbrellas, Rags is admiring the Yucca.

Oldish cactus art print interlude

with the artist's / printer's chop

Because Zoe's diet is Beacarnea gracilis...

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puglvr1(9b central FL)

AWESOME Jeff...Love all the pots and plants.

Cute pics of your cat and dog too!

BRRR...great picture with the snow. Sure looks too cold for my bones. Please keep all that cold weather your way, away from Florida,lol.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 7:49AM
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Wow Jeff nice pictures! I was wanting to see what you collected since you moved. What was that first picture? Since I've been gone there seems to be all these little pink aloe hybrids out there now. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one whoe sits down on the floor for a big potting job with a cup of coffee and my "Cactus Cat" (his name changes when he enters the basement "conservatory". I just have one question...Does your wife know you repot on the rug, lol.

I believe the correct spelling for that agave is Agave nizandensis. I can't seem to get mine to have more than 5 leaves at a time, thats a nice one.

Thanks for showing the pictures, you have alot of great specimens there. I'd love to see your sleepers in leaf in the spring.


    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 8:05AM
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ctreeteac(Zone 8b; rain-spewing Oregon)

Wowee, you had a nice Christmas. :) And that Haw! I also really commend the character of the cats, because I think I'd have shredded Agave about the living room.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 11:45AM
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Love the plants - but really love the portrait - I did not see a date?? Looks old. I can see a place for it here!! LOL!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 12:48PM
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Stush2049 Pitts. PA, zone 6

Well, I am speechless. Thankfully I can still type. I have Agave victoriae-reginae but that Queen Regina Variagata is just beautiful. I saw one for $40 and thought that was just out of my league. Great picts to see on a winter day. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 1:27PM
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Great plants to look at,it's snowing here,and haven't seen the sun in days.needed the get great Christmas gifts.
Thanks for sharing

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 1:39PM
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After looking at these photos, I sure appreciate more where I live for gardening. No snow.

Those plants in your 7th photo look dead to me. That's the difference between someone who knows what they are doing like you, and a newbie like me. Out of curiousity, can those plants be tricked into thinking it's spring by lengthening the amount of time they get light by artificial lighting?

What are you going to do with those pretty china plates sitting on the carpet? or should I call them pretty plant saucers?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2012 at 2:41PM
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Dear all,

Please pardon the spelling - I suppose that's what I get posting at oh-dark-thirty.


It's not all that bad this winter (my sixth in a row of complaining about the weather and doing nothing about it) - it actually didn't freeze last night, but winter's not done by a long shot.


I used to be an Aloe snob and collected nothing but species, but the more things change...I can't have that many species here, but the hybrids fit in easily. That's Aloe 'Sunrise' and I'm finding that I was a foolish Aloe collector (in my defense, the hybrids back then weren't as showy as they are now, and I'm a sucka for the wow factor). She does know (I have a spread I use as a cover, and thanks for the nizright spelling,


It's but a temporary reprieve - let Yoko hang out for a few unsupervised hours and she'll put things to wrong.


I'm waiting on my f/c Atlanta-Capetown ticket to bring it to you - I don't know the date, either.


You're welcome. If you want to see something that will knock your socks off (and got a couple thousand dollars for the CSSA at the recent convention's plant auction) look for the white-variegated Agave victoria-reginae.


I was very fortunate this year - yes, that's all I needed was more plants (not ties!).


It's not that bad - I don't have to water outside in the winter. That plant that I think you're looking at is Commiphora abyssinica. Commiphoras are grown for their resin, which is used to make incense (remember frankincense and myrrh? Commiphora and Boswellia are their sources, tapped like sugar maples). Both of those genus of plants are Old World, their New World relative are the Bursera. Ummm, love the volatile oils! Anyway, it ought to wake up in about 3 months...

I wish we had the selection up here that's down there - I need these in 50 lb. bags, though.

The grit and some top soil, along with the right pot and music (wait, not that pot!)

, make for a happy plant.

Closeup of that sartorially splendid Aloe 'Sunrise'

Snow today

Opuntia rooting attempt - both of these are from a member's garden (thank you, Tristan!)

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 3:38PM
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Is THAT the view from your window???!
Great picture it could be a postcard.


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 5:16PM
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Nice plants as usual, Jeff! That thorny Aloe looks like my A. marlothii, is that what it is? Never big on Aloe until recently. Now I have a 'Pink Blush' thanks to someone here at the forums, and am growing to like it. As for your Agaves, nice specimens! How big does that one you called Guadalajara's finest get in a pot?

Oh, just FYI on the cactus print, that mark is not "the artist's / printer's chop," actually it is the seal of the paper maker, Strathmore, which still produces artist paper.

So that is the view out your window? Impressive, indeed, but tropical, as opposed to temperate, landscapes are more to my liking these days!


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 8:29PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

That is a lot of amazing pics and plants, Jeff!

I have the same question as the second to last pic a view from your house?!?! Crikey!

So, are all these wonderful plants spending their winter inside your house near windows? That is a lot of window real estate that is needed for that collection!

As I keep acquiring plants myself, I wonder if there ever is a saturation point where not another plant could possibly be integrated into my collection somewhere - window, sunroom, HID lights, garage...

With an Agave Blue Glow (I have hoovb to blame for giving me the jones for that one!) and a Leuchtenbergia principis (for that one I blame Keith) on the way (weather permitting), I guess I have not hit that saturation point just yet...

This forum is dangerous.


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 8:33PM
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It's from the edge of the back yard - beyond there there be dragons (or at least wild roses).


That indeed is Aloe marlothii - it gets a bluish cast to it in winter that's pretty. I'm glad they're growing on you. That's one of the nice things about Agaves (and Aloes, for that matter) - you can root prune and keep in the same pot for years. Geoff posted a picture of one he's kept in a pot and I saw it and thought that Agave guadalajarana would be a welcome addition, but a largish Agave can always be kept down, as it were.


I hope you can say that a year from now. That's exactly where they are. Yes, the salon has been said to be taken over by plants, but my response to that is the same as T. Soprano's 'Whaddya gonna do?'. You're talking about a collection limitation and you've got all that room? No borders, Tom, no borders. So you're taking the shipping chance? I had an Agave 'Blue Glow' but it went away. I guess I'll need to get another (I think it froze, and it was but a wee bairn). So you're saying you're not blaming Keith and hoovb, but it's their fault? Nothing wrong with that logic.

Oh, and here are two winter-growing succulents - I'm so happy the baby leafed out!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 9:23PM
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TT, zone 5b MA

"So you're taking the shipping chance?"

60 hour heat pack and a prayer...


    Bookmark   January 30, 2012 at 9:46PM
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How do those heat packs work anyway? Chemicals, like the packs we used in our boots during long flights on cold EP-3s?

Christopher, you're quite right - it's not the artist at all, but the watermark of the manufacturer. The artist is Andrew O. Gunn. (it looks like there's a period after the second 'n' of Gunn, so that might mean he's abbreviating it the painting equivalent of a stage name - whaddya know?

    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 12:32AM
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I agree with you about the Aloe marlothii, Jeff. Glaucous would be the correct terminology, right? This is mine. Needs a sunnier window, but my southern exposure is at a premium.


    Bookmark   January 31, 2012 at 8:31PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Jeff, the view out your window looks like a painting! Unreal!

As for your other painting, I believe the artist could be Andrew Simpson Gunn. Maybe the "O" is supposed to be a rock beneath the plant?

A bit of bio about him: Born in Glasgow, Scotland on June 14, 1879. Gunn settled in Los Angeles in 1911. He worked there as an artist and drafting engineer until his death on Jan. 22, 1947.

Do you recall where you got the painting?

As always, love your plants, wit & humor!! :D

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 1:59PM
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You like me, you really, really like me....

Thanks so much, RoRo! I got it from one of my succulent mentors (who started collecting in LA area in the 1960s).

Yes, the view is nice - I guess one has to like that sort of thing or go mad.

I think it's a print, Rosemarie, but it could be a watercolour, I guess. I don't really know. Do I have something I can retire on?

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 2:29PM
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rosemariero6(z10 /ss24 So. Calif.)

Yes, I do! :)

Can't have you going mad, now can we?!

Given that it is on handmade Strathmore paper, I'd say it's a watercolor original-not a print...and from the look of it...the area of signature. No, sorry to say, don't think you can retire on it. I don't think he was famous. Nonetheless, nice!

    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 3:35PM
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Nice haul, Jeff!
Is the Cylindropuntia pupping already for you!?! Wow - that didn't take long!

Aren't the Agave nizandensis gorgeous? The one I got from Gay & Scott starting getting purplish-red right on cue once it was planted with more sun exposure.


    Bookmark   February 1, 2012 at 4:02PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

In your first post, last picture with the cat, there's 2 plants towards the top with interesting looking caudexs. What are they? Do you have more pictures of them?


    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 6:44AM
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Loveplants2 8b Virginia Beach, Virginia

Beautiful Pics...

Love everything!!

Kamloops is one gorgeous place to live!! I remember my trip through your area and was taken by the beauty!! We were on our way from Banff to an area called Canim Lake.

A trip to remmember...

Thanks for the wonderful pictures!!!

Take care,


    Bookmark   February 3, 2012 at 8:45PM
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Ms. RoRo,

I had even thought today was the SDCSS Winter Show - I think I could be going a little SAD.

Hiya Tristan,

Lovely to see you here - no, it's not pupping yet. That's some unartful cutting. BTW, what are the names of my Opuntias? The platyopuntia one sure looks like a Brazilian.

Hi Rob,

Greg Starr says the one on the left may be a Calibanus/Beaucarnea recurvata cross. The one Zoe is chewing on is B. gracilis (what a whompingly thick caudex for such a small plant). The bare one is a Commiphora and the three in the front are Albucas. Does that cover them or am I missing one?

Hello Laura,

Thank you!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2012 at 1:46PM
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chaparralgirl(Sonoran Desert (CA))

Cactus: My husband is a boy named Su.


    Bookmark   February 4, 2012 at 5:13PM
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Hey Jeff,
The Cylindropuntia is C. (rosarica) californica.
The flat-padded Opuntia is paraguayensis.

Lookin' good!


    Bookmark   February 6, 2012 at 11:59PM
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