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Four new members to the family

I live in my own little world

Yesterday at the Holiday Party of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, I was rewarded for all my volunteer work and plant showings with four free plants.

One for outstanding volunteer,

one for outstanding plant exhibitor throughout the year,

one for outstanding plant exhibitor at the Fall Show & Sale in October, and

one as a paid member.

As if I needed more plants.

Alas…..

There were over 100 plants to choose from. Here are the ones I chose to come live with me, Jim, and Zoey the Cool Cat:

Sanseveria

Gasteria 'gGeen Ice'

Mangave 'Bloodspot'

Crassula muscosa 'Big Form'

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Come to papa, mama!

I live in my own little world

Jim, Zoey the Cool Cat, and I moved into our new home in July 2017, which coincided with my retirement.

Retirement sucks.

So in my quest for things to do in my retirement years, I have gotten heavily involved in landscaping, especially with cacti and succulents. I have gotten involved with several cactus and succulent societies, of which the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society is my favorite.

At their monthly meetings, they provide an opportunity to bring in plants to show off — their “Brag Table.” Plants get categorized into Cactus or Succulent; their owners get categorized into Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced; and plants are awarded first place, second place, and third place in each plant category and each owner category.

Normally it takes something like 10 blue ribbons before one advances into the next category. There are exceptions, though. I’m an exception.

After just two months in the Novice category, I was asked to move to either Intermediate or Advanced. I moved to Intermediate, but after one month there, I moved myself to Advanced.

We had our monthly meeting yesterday, and I took in four plants to show off, one dish garden, two cacti, and one succulent. My dish garden took first place in the Advanced division:

Dish Garden, first place, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

My Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea, won first place in the Cactus, Advanced division:

Opuntia polyacantha var erinacea, first place, cactus, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

My Sedum morganianum won third place in the Succulent, Advanced division:

Sedum morganianum, third place, succulent, advanced, Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society, November 2018

Sedum morganianum is a very common plant, and common plants rarely win anything, so this was a nice surprise. The judge did tell us that the staging was exceptional and that he really liked how the sedum trailed over the edges and down the sides.

My Mammillaria magnimamma is feeling sad and depressed because it did not win anything.

Mammillaria magnimamma

How can one discriminate against a plant with such a great name? Mammillaria magnimamma. Come to papa, mama!

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Exhibiting cacti & succulents at the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Show

I live in my own little world

My last post was on October 21. It’s been a long three weeks, most of it having to do with gardening.

The big event was October 27-29. I was getting ready for the Fall Show & Sale for the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society.

These shows are heavy on succulents and short on cacti. The main reason for that is because cacti are difficult to move with all their spines & thorns pointing every which way. Not paying attention, not being careful, can result in some serious and painful skin punctures.

My intent was to exhibit a lot of cacti to make sure that the cactus side of the show room was full. I spent the month leading up to the event cleaning and repotting show-worthy cacti.

I was hoping to enter 50 cactus specimens. Ultimately, I only entered 44 exhibits – 31 were in the Cactus category, twelve in the Succulent category, and one in the Dish Garden category. My Dish Garden, though, had five thorny cacti in it; of the twelve in the Succulent category, six had spines; and of the 31 in the Cactus category, one did not have spines. So it’s not always about those pokey pokey things. My intent, though, was to fill up the Cactus category, and I definitely helped do that.

I exhibit in the Advanced class now, and won….
     12 first places,
          9 second places, and
               13 thirds.

Ten of my plants weren’t appreciated by the judges. Sad and depressed those plants are.

My Mammillaria parkinsonii, below, received one of the two Judge’s Choice awards, and tied for second for the People’s Choice award.

Mammillaria parkinsonii, Judge's Choice & People's Choice second place

…..was awarded the Granddaddy of them all, BEST IN SHOW, my Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’.

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' Best In Show

I created a video of all the plants I exhibited in the show, although I didn’t find out about the second place People’s Choice until recently, so although it’s in the video with its Judge’s Choice award, it’s not in the video with its People’s Choice second place.

Here’s the video:

Russel’s 44 exhibits 

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SNIPPETS (6-10-18)

Snippets

SNIPPET 1

A+R POTTERY Designer Pot #00111Sorry I missed last Sunday but I was heavily involved in the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Summer Show & Sale all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I was a vendor with A+R POTTERY and got many comments. I was so tired after last weekend that I still haven’t unpacked the inventory to see what sold and what didn’t sell, so I won’t know how many sales I had until Wednesday night when I get paid.

SNIPPET 2

In order to be a vendor at the Summer Show & Sale, I had to have eight entries into the show. I entered eight as a vendor and four as an individual, ten plants and two succulent pictures. My entries garnered one first place, five second place, and three third place. I’m particularly happy with those results because my best eight entries actually are on display at the 2018 San Diego County Fair from June 1 through July 4 (see SNIPPET 5). The first place was an educational exhibit on Pereskia grandifolia:

Pereskia grandifolia

There are three plants in that dish garden. I had ordered them from Uruguay on May 10. They arrived on May 31, just in time for the Show. They were a little ragged after not seeing sunshine for three weeks but it looks like they are going to survive.

The genus Pereskia has nine species and is the only genus in its family. It is more like a rose than a cactus, with non-succulent leaves, spines hiding on the stems behind the leaves, and rose-like flowers. Pereskia is considered the mother of all cacti & succulents because it is believed that the original cacti & succulents were very much like Pereskia.

One of mine even bloomed yesterday. Check out this rose-like flower:

Here is the educational flier that accompanied the dish garden.

Pereskia grandifolia

SNIPPET 3

I’m working on getting the San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society to take on renovation of the 1935 (Old) Cactus Garden in Balboa Park as part of the Adopt-A-Plot program. This is a significant garden, planted under the direction of Kate Sessions (aka “Mother of Balboa Park”) for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. It’s severely neglected right now. Here’s my video presentation to the SDCSS Board of Directors. They won’t get it until Wednesday, June 13.

SNIPPET 4

I tortured Zoey the Cool Cat on June 6. I didn’t really torture her, but if you were in the house for 10 minutes today while I was giving her a bath, you would have thought I was torturing her. This cat can howl better than any wolf on Earth. She’s so mad at me that when I found her after drying her off, she turned around and wouldn’t look at me.

Zoey the Cool Wet Cat

Zoey the Cool Wet Cat

SNIPPET 5

Here is a video of all the plants in the cactus & succulent exhibit of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society at the 2018 San Diego County Fair. The exhibit won first place in its category, and I have eight plants in the exhibit, including one awarded a “Noteworthy Plant,” the Peanut Cactus at 2:34 in the video.”

SNIPPET 6

Fires do not “break out.” Fires are caused by something or someone. The fact that Fire Season started June 1, and there were a lot of fires the first weekend in June tells me that quite a few someones were out starting fires.

Fire

SNIPPET 7

There were lots of dogs at the Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale last weekend. Here are my two favorites:

Dog in a backpack

Dog in a backpack

SNIPPET 8

I’m so happy.

Twitler pardons Russel Ray

SNIPPET 9

In 1966, while my wise old grandmother was helping her 11-year-old grandson start his very first business, she told me,

“Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be positive. Surround yourself with successful people and you’ll be successful.”

She was right.

SNIPPET 10

She also was right when she told me to treat every day the same. That way there are no bad Fridays because of weekend anticipation, no bad Mondays because of the weekend being over, and you can make a lot of money on holidays when most of the people don’t work.

SNIPPET 11

Are sports teaching our children to steal? I mean, they steal bases in baseball, they steal the basketball from the opposing player. So much stealing going on…….

SNIPPET 12

A little squirrel in Balboa Park last week. First one that didn’t scamper away when I said, “I’ll put you in my blog!”

Squirrel

SNIPPET 13

I bought my first skateboard ever this past week. Walked out of the shop with it, got on it, and went zooming down the street. Cars were honking and swerving, yelling obscenities, flipping the bird. Weird.

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SNIPPETS (5-20-18)

Snippets

SNIPPET 1

I scored a Trichocereus bridgesii at the Palomar C&SS meeting in Escondido yesterday. It poked me
when I picked it up off the table,
when I set it by my other stuff,
when I picked it up to take it to the car,
when I put it in the car,
when I got it out of the car,
when I set it down in my “to-be-planted” collection,
when I picked it up to take it to a spot to get this picture,
when I set it down,
and when I picked it up to take it back to my “to-be-planted” collection.

I’m thinking it doesn’t like me

I did get the last laugh, though, because it tried to poke me when I set it down for the last time.

It missed!

Ha ha!

Trichocereus bridgesii

SNIPPET 2

When I get depressed, I go talk to my plants. They listen to me. They don’t talk back. Sometimes they do say something to cheer me up, like this Rebutia krainziana did earlier today.

This little dish garden won 1st place plant-of-the-month dish garden at the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society meeting yesterday. Created by me in Designer Pot #8 by A+R POTTERY (also me!).

Left to right: Rebutia narvaecense, Rebutia marsoneri, Rebutia krainziana

Rebutia krainziana

Rebutia krainziana

SNIPPET 3

I have had 8 of my beauties selected for inclusion in the C&S display at the San Diego County Fair.

The first one, Echinopsis chamaecereus (Peanut cactus), will be replanted into a Designer Pot by A+R POTTERY (that’s me!).

All except the last one will be in Designer Pots by A+R POTTERY.

Here they are.

Echinopsis chamaecereus

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

2018 San Diego County Fair entry

SNIPPET 4

I have found that, if your plants are not blooming, a magic stone placed near them often helps.

Bloom dammit!

SNIPPET 5

Costco is selling their Kirkland brand Premium Golden Margarita for just $6.99 for a 750mL bottle. Ready to drink. That means it already has alcohol in it.

I understand why.

This stuff is nasty, nasty, nasty.

I’m going to have to eat it down with some extra jalapeños.

SNIPPET 6

I always thought this sound was some kind of bird.

Recently, I had a wildlife expert inform me that it’s a ground squirrel.

Here’s one on YouTube

SNIPPET 7

I had to choose yesterday between a San Diego Cactus & Succulent Society Coffee-in-the-Garden or the monthly meeting of the Palomar Cactus & Succulent Society (PCSS). Although the Coffee-in-the-Garden was just down the road from me, I chose to drive 40 miles to Escondido for the PCSS meeting, mainly because I’m helping them create their C&S display at the San Diego County Fair this week, and will have 8 of my cactus creations in the display, so I needed to get Fair credentials and such. This will be the first year that I have gone to the Fair FREE since exhibitors get 2 free tickets. Yahoooooooooo!

2018 San Diego County Fair tickets, FREE!

SNIPPET 8

Many decades ago I was on my way from College Station TX to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I stopped at a religious bookstore in Shreveport LA. They had 48 different versions of the Bible but the most interesting one was a Bible that had 8 versions on each 2-page spread so you could compare them. That was the final straw that convinced me that the Bible was a bunch of hooey.

SNIPPET 9

First picture is Meatball, employee of the month at Ottavio’s Italian Restaurant in Lakeside CA, my favorite place to get barbecued chicken pizza. Second picture is Meatball doing what Meatball does best in her favorite spot.

Meatball

Meatball

SNIPPET 10

I can definitively tell you that old age does, indeed, come, and it’s not kind to your ability to clean the house, so get that cleaning out of the way while you’re young.

SNIPPET 11

Tumbleweed growing season is in full swing.

Field of growing tumbleweeds

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