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Shady Characters

January 19, 2011


Caught in the act of impersonating some bad, bad dudes, these two specimens reach for the sky. They would’ve gotten away scott-free except for their penchant for striking retro footwear. When first picked up at a Bonnie Reynolds neighborhood container plant sale almost a year ago (see post here), Lefty was prickly but well-rounded … since then he’s stretched out in ways no one ever expected and now brandishes three new pointy arms! On the right …

Not so tough

… his well-coiffed sidekick has a few aliases, Opuntia subulata mostrose minor, to be exact. Part of a much bigger crested family (see post here), he recently broke away from them while I was moving things around in the garden. Lefty’s mean-green fluted container is original, while  Ol’ Opuntia’s craggy perch is a recent ebay acquisition I couldn’t refuse. Both will serve good long sentences in these perfectly complementary vintage holding tanks.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2011 5:54 pm

    i love it all. the containers are rad! and i checked out your previous post re these cacti and containers. geez!!! the chunky, funky pots, the crazy cactus creatures and the so cool concrete arrangement/planter/stands. not to gush, but GUSH!!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 19, 2011 6:09 pm

      Gee, thanks… and I didn’t even have to go anywhere to get them, either: Bonnie lives just a few doors down from the Rancho!

  2. Mrs. Monstera permalink
    January 19, 2011 10:01 pm

    I love it when cacti surprise me, and grow one way, when I was expecting another. They’re beautiful! Let us know if Bonnie Reynolds holds another sale– it sounds like a lot of fun!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      January 19, 2011 11:32 pm

      Absolutely, Bonnie always has a great assortment of unusual containers she gathers from everywhere from garage sales to ebay…

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