Endurance and Survival

Life lessons from the garden.

We dug up a stand of cactus a few weeks ago, intending to immediately replant them in a different location, but life happened in the form of my son’s emergency surgery and my torn retina  –  and the cactus patiently waits for its journey to a new home.

Surviving and thriving.

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Anticipating its release from a hostile environment.

Blossoming in spite of life in a barren, derelict wheelbarrow.

Hopeful.

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Ruby Red Moon Cactus

I’m in love with this bright red little guy. 

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The Gymnocalycium cultivar — sometimes called ruby ball cactus or moon cactus — is actually two cacti in one.

A pure red cactus seedling lacks the ability to produce chlorophyll and will die unless it’s grafted onto a green one. The green feeds its mutant mate sugar molecules produced from water and carbon dioxide.

Once established, the two parts grow together so you can’t even see the seam.

I’m going to try and graft the babies on either side of the main ball onto other types of cacti in the garden. Wish me luck!

Wordless Wednesday. Turn Right at the Teddy Bear.

(Or mostly wordless…)

Our our recent trip to Mexico, my tugboat man would leave at first light to get in an early surf sesh.

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I walked to the beach after a leisurely cup of coffee on the patio with the resident cat to keep me company.

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Here kitty, kitty, kitty! Crawl in my suitcase and don’t make a sound – I wish we could have brought her home with us, but that would be called stealing and I’d still be languishing in a Mexican jail.

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I don’t have a good sense of direction, so this little guy was my marker, helping me remember which way to go.

Turn right at the tedddy bear. Adios!

Eddy bear cactus

A wintry day in Southern California

It’s a cold and rainy Saturday. I’m baking an apple pie and my captain is making yet another shelf for more seashells. Good times, y’all.

We don’t have snow on the ground, but some trees do lose their leaves and change color, like this fruit-bearing mulberry.

yellow leaves on treeI snapped a pic of a super active yellow finch in our artichoke plant.

yellow finch in artichoke plantTake the steps up to the second level

steps to the second leveland more steps to the highest point of our yard planted in California natives-sages, buckwheat, sumac, and cactus.

up to the third level

A view to the east of Calavera with Mt. Laguna further in the distance.

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Check out our lawn and house from the hill. It’s a work-in-progress.

looking down from the hillI hope everyone is enjoying the last Saturday before 2013!