The end of a cactus
I have pictured this cactus in Sequim at least a few times on the net. The picture below is quite old, from 2003? perhaps. Since then it has grown huge and spilled out way over the walk. As one of the Northwest's most prominent large cacti, it has been pictured in at least a couple of books and magazines including Cliff Mass' Northwest weather book and Sunset. Now the new tenant of this building wants it gone. She is from Southern California where cacti are nothing too special. She plans to open up a cafe at this site and plant roses instead of the cactus. I didn't bother telling her she was committing a horticultural travesty since she seemed pretty decided on carrying out her plan and would probably not be all that interested in my opinion. Anyways, the good news is, she was in favor of distributing pieces of it to as many people as could come and pick some up. I got more than 400 pads which is probably way more than I can use. I may go back and get one larger piece, pot it into a large pot, and save it, just in case a future tenant wants to replant it (should have thought of that earlier - but I'll go back tomorrow.) The plant must have had - not kidding - around 2,500-3,000 pads and there's still plenty left for everyone. Jane from McComb Gardens was also there, and even passers-by stopped to pick up some cacti. I told the lady I'd let as many people know about it as possible. So now's your chance - go get some if you want it! It's just a couple miles west of Sequim, on the north side of the road just after Sunny Farms. You'd better hurry though, because I bet the rest of this thing will be gone in just a few days. Whatever people don't take "will just be thrown on the burn pile."
I should mention this plant produces loads of yellow flowers in July.
I wonder if this would make a good news story for the Sequim Gazette.