Jim, Zoey the Cool Cat, and I moved into our new home in July 2017, which coincided with my retirement.
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:
My Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea, won first place in the Cactus, Advanced division:
My Sedum morganianum won third place in the Succulent, Advanced division:
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.
How can one discriminate against a plant with such a great name? Mammillaria magnimamma. Come to papa, mama!