A Tree Grows In Cactushenge

I have two face-palming habits as a greenthumber. One: I will pretty much plunk any bit of severed succulent into a patch of dirt to see if it’ll grow (and most of the time, it will). And two: I will plant found seeds in pots in no organized manner and without making any record.

Illustrating both those bad behaviors is the above image in which something has successfully sprouted in the center of a circle of six recently amputated leaves from an unknown succulent who took an unfortunate tumble. I call the separated sextuplet Cactushenge because I’m a geek.

So far there’s been little movement among them but the surprising seedling that’s come up is most likely from any of several black walnut seeds from a neighbor’s tree that were dropped in our yard this summer by squirrels in transit. I’ve long wanted to grow a black walnut from seed because it is endemic to our state — Juglans californica, baby!

But! I’m pretty sure I dumped a couple other species of seeds into this pot — and others. So I can’t fully be sure what I’ve got, other than an obligatory desire to modify Spinal Tap’s “Stonehenge!”

Cactushenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Cactushenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan.

I’ll stop now.

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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."