Cactus Catch-up

Back in March I posted about a remarkable cactus pad draped over the north fence that while disconnected from the mother plant still somehow managed to nurture five smaller pads that were thriving forth from it, even though the pad itself was dying.

Then in April I did an update about how so moved I was by such a survival instinct that I elected to free the five tiny pads from their dying source and give them some dirt of their own within which to grow.

By way of a follow-up, I’m happy to report that all are doing mighty fine, but the smallest of the quartet was struggling a bit because the soil level in the pot was so low, the sun’s rays hardly touched it. On top of that when I’d water it the little thing would almost get drowned and/or buried.

Since I’m a sucker for the underdogs of course I remedied that situation because that just would not do (cick for the bigger picture):

cact

As you can see the quintet is enjoying their digs and now the little tyke’s got a pot of its own — a booster seat, so to speak. And yes, the blown out thing in the bottom right of the pot  is the corpse of the pad that birthed them because I just can’t bring myself to throw it out. Tis is a far better thing that her remains enrich the soil and serve to continue her padlings journey, don’t you think?

Published by

Will

Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."