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Comment by Vicky Myers on August 3, 2014 at 11:20pm

I only have around 16 houseplants left since the move. This house isn't set up well for them. Lack of light for so many windows in here for some reason and all the windows have the heat/cool vents under them coming out of the floor. I think I am getting to the point if I can't eat it I don't want it any more. I have a family living with me right now to help with the work too. They only eat raw whole foods except what he whips up to put into the dehydrator. Yummy flax tortillas, choc/mint cookies, plants and weeds from the garden, almond & walnut milks etc. Have a one week old girl and a 2 yr old boy, so much fun for an old lady who would rather be a hermit. My big plant is still at Marsha's house it is loving her upstairs, it gets lots of light and I water it once a week or two. Forget to get pics when I am there.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 3, 2014 at 11:23am

Hi everyone, this crested form of Euphorbia nivulia is making a lot of new growth, so I thought I'd share a couple of pics.  Let us know what's looking good, or not good, in your collection.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 3, 2014 at 11:21am

Agreed about the names, the common names really do vary so much, don't they?  I know botanical names change too, but at least less so, lol.  Fun that you shared some of yours, Mo, that's nice!  

I know a lot of people do NOT like grafted cacti, and that's fine.  Some of mine made so many of the non-green mutant pups that I had to graft them onto new under stocks.  Instead of using the Hylocereus that is the typical form, I grafted some onto Myrtillocactus geometrizans which is a VERY common landscape type plant here.  My hope is that I can move the plants outside and grow them outside all year since both the mutant part, and this new under stock part, love it here (Hylocereus struggles in our long hot dry summers outside).  Wish them luck, LOL.  

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 24, 2014 at 11:55pm

It is good to find out a plants real name, so many have the same common names. The common names change depending on what country you live in too. So when you like something that has been posted, its still hard to find.

Comment by mo puff on July 17, 2014 at 8:51am

Thanks for the name of the Mistletoe Cactus.. I never knew the real name and even sent some to Elizabeth Fowler. I just called it drooping pencil.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 16, 2014 at 11:47pm

The orchid is not flowering yet, I am in the coldest time, things are just holding and waiting. My plants don,t die from cold, but they are not growing very fast either for about a month in winter.

Love the pinecone cactus, have not seen one before. Does not look like it has spikes. I will keep my eyes open for one of these. Running out of room, I am sure there is something I,ve doubled up on, that could go.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on July 16, 2014 at 10:44pm

Hopefully those orchid blooms have opened for you by now, Keryn, LOL.  If so, we'd love some pics!  

Just for fun here's a pick of a flower on my dwarf plumeria, 'Divine' this week.  Neat, low-growing, heavily branching pretty plants.  Sadly they have very little fragrance, but they're still fun to grow and enjoy.

Here are some fun potted "pinecone cacti", Tephrocactus articulatus inermis.  I've planted these all over the place.  

And finally, a Rhipsalis baccifera that I grew from seed several years ago.  Sometimes called "mistletoe cactus" because it DOES look like mistletoe, and makes white sticky berries like mistletoe, and often grows in trees like mistletoe, although it's not really related and is NOT a parasite (which mistletoe is).  Fun plant for sure.

Happy gardening all!


Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on July 9, 2014 at 6:53pm

I have put it outside again and the spikes have grown even longer, but still no flowers open, they will just stay like that now until spring and some warm sun. My other orchids are the same growing spikes but not opening.

Comment by mo puff on July 1, 2014 at 9:27am

I like red brick...sorry Vicky.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 30, 2014 at 8:09pm

Too bad about the orchid timing, Keryn, but we'll definitely want to see lots of pics when it's in bloom, even if it misses your local orchid show.  Its' definitely full of promise!  

Thanks for the interior pic too, such a nice, cozy looking space.  So fun.

Happy house planting all,



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