Renée called me the other day and told me she had a great idea. "I want you to do a coffee table book of great cactus in Fallbrook."
People planted a lot of cactus here in the sixties and seventies and there are some magnificent specimens around. Many of them are blooming right now.
I appreciate her for alloting my time and the good suggestion but my plate is very full right now and I am not exactly a cactus expert. If the project gets done, I am afraid somebody else will have to do it.
But I started to think about the cactus on my property. They are all pretty, if you like that sort of thing. I wandered around with my phone this morning and grabbed a couple shots.
I have two types of opuntia, Luther Burbank's favorite. While I have a pretty vast lexicon of botanical names, my knowledge of cactus is practically nil. I call the picture on top my "Mickey Mouse" opuntia for it's round paddles.
The opuntia pears are beautiful from a color perspective.
I have a huge stand of San Pedro and columnar cactus behind my property but didn't even wander there this morning.
And a phenomenal rare cactus of the most intense blue variety.
It was buried beneath an echium but we trimmed it back to give it some light.
Nice to see, it has been a few years.
I've known people like that.
I'll keep my eye out if I get anything else worthy to share.