great day at the international CSSA convention.

wantonamara Z8 CenTexJune 17, 2013

I went down to the public sale at the Cactus and Succulent society convention. As I approached the hotel, there was a woman resting by the wall with her drop dead gorgeous Boophane distichas. and some fat caudex plants. I complimented her on her plants. I told her about a forum that had info on boophanes and many growers of it for her to research their needs. She told me that the lectures were great. I mentioned that I didn't have money to attend the lectures right now. She took her day pass off her neck and put it on mine sense she was leaving. I saw 4 lectures and bought a bunch of plants. I am happy and broke. Might be broker tomorrow. I have a dentist appointment and I always buy plants when my mouth is numb from needles. LOL. My Bank is right across the street from the hotel. Dangerous territory.I went a little Echinocereus crazy.

Anyway, here's my haul . I think I need to take back the E, scheerii. It is only hardy to 25. I am building my outdoor cactus garden.

Echinocereus papillosus, E. coccineus "Pink", E. eanneacanthus

Echinocereus russanthus, E. bonkerae, E scheeri v. gentry, E. grandiflora hybrid

Astrophytum capricorne, Agave utahensis elborespina, A. striata v. karasbergensis

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Yes!!! I'm so happy for you, getting in like that! You must have some serious mojo, making stuff like that happen. Great story!

Nice haul too. That E. scheeri is my type of cactus - naked.

Did you happen to catch Mr. Hammer?

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 12:11PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I am one of those that talk to strangers when they are toting three absolutely knock dead gorgeous plants. Flys to honey and I am not a shrinking violet when I have plants in my sights.. No, I did not see mr Hammer. He was on earlier.

I went down there today and got a small haul , AGAIN.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 9:16PM
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Did you get that pot too? TDF!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 9:58PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

No, I made that pot in high school back in '69.A raku fired peice. Like it? Pottery was an old career of mine. My mother had this one. That is the only reason that I have anything I made from that EARLY period of my life..

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Excuisite. Yes, I like.

Also, doesn't surprise me one bit. You are a treasure.

Maybe your pottery days aren't over?...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:26AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

thank you. It has been decades. I still have a kiln, in pieces behind a cedar tree, a slab roller at a friend's . But I loaned my wheel to someone who I think sold it for elicits , Good artist but fell hard off the wagon. I could kick myself. He says he left it at a house when he moved out and it was gone when he came back.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 12:41AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Nice haul, they are pretty. I especially like the aloe, me being a aloe enthusiast

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 7:44AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hey Wanton,

Call me crazy but why not invite that guy to replace your potter's wheel? If he was that lax w/ YOUR wheel, he really does owe you a replacement (if it were mine, I'd at least ask, especially since you still have the kiln, etc). Exquisite turquoise interior glaze by the way, my absolute favorite color!!

(I still have several pieces of pottery I made in high school, by hand, slab construction, .etc. They're quite nice pots actually)

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 10:56AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I can ask all I like, but the last three times I saw him, he could not finish a sentenece. He is couch surfing when he is lucky. Maybe he will dry out and maybe years from now, a wheel will appear at my house. It was bad judgement on my part. And he is under a bridge along with the water for all I know.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 11:42AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

What a shame about him & the wheel, oh well.

At least you got the nice, lovely plants, enjoy!

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 11:46AM
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