Friday, December 12, 2014

Fun in the cactus garden

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Happy from y'all's enthusiastic response to my cactus posts earlier this week, I revisited the cactus garden on the side of Meitar's central hill.
I gingerly walked around each plant looking for unusual, photo-worthy phenomena.


Like this all-natural bowl of fruit!


They had fallen from the top and the pad caught them.


A single drop of liquid!


Here is the back of that same big plant.

I never realized cacti and succulents could be so much fun.
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An interesting fact from Wikipedia's article on  Opuntia cactus:

In the fall of 1961, Cuba had its troops plant an 8-mile (13 km) barrier of Opuntia cactus along the northeastern section of the 28-kilometre (17 mi) fence surrounding the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base to stop Cubans from escaping Cuba to take refuge in the United States. This was dubbed the "Cactus Curtain", an allusion to Europe's Iron Curtain and the Bamboo Curtain in East Asia.
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5 comments:

William Kendall said...

They really are very pretty plants. My mother tended to have a soft spot for them, so there were always two or three cacti plants in the house.

Petrea Burchard said...

I love that fruit bowl!

VP said...

A few years ago I had many cacti and succulents on my terrace. Now I have only succulents: guess why?

Peter said...

Fantastic research, those crazy Cubans using cactus against nukes.

Kay said...

I've always loved cacti because they are so low maintenance and don't need much water. With my brown thumb, this is a good thing.