Monday, April 12, 2010

Making Friends at a Bar

Meet Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri. Her friends call her Spring Cactus. Whichever name you prefer to remember her by, aren't her darling iridescent daisy- like blooms darling?

I met her at my favorite bar in Pasadena- the NEW potting bar at California Cactus. Now at home in a Bonsai pot back here in Diamond Bar, she is resurrecting smiles where just a week ago, the skeleton remains of a juniper soured faces.

Along with a new bar, The sister proprietresses of California Cactus have added new products- such as the colored "mulch" sample displayed like a fancy drink poured by an experienced bartender.

Doesn't this picture of real cactus attached to wire mesh backing bring a smile to your face? Have you noticed that as few things are impossible in this life, it is impossible to smile and not be happy?

Info on California Cactus Nursery in Pasadena can be found at


  1. Lydia,

    Well! Isn't that just a gorgeous flower! I love the way you describe her! You make her sound like a living breathing pet. Yes, I know. You love all your flowers and it shows.

    Lovely and thanks for sharing!

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. Oh, Lydia, you have the most wonderful sense of humor: "Making Friends at a Bar!" Now really, that's just too funny.

    Seriously, your postings and great pictures of all things beautiful frquently make a day for me.

    Judy,the Seal Beach Cutie!

  3. Beautiful flower. Very much like my favorite Epiphyllum.... "upon the leaf" in Greek) is a genus of 19 species of epiphytic plants in the cactus family (Cactaceae), native to Central America. Common names for these species include orchid cacti and leaf cacti, though the latter also refers to the genus Pereskia. Are they similar? I have to grow mine indoors until summer. When it gets to the teens and twentys temperature wise, they can't take it, even on the porch.
    xo Oregon Sue

  4. When it gets to the teens and twentys temperature wise, I wouldn't want to be left outside on the porch!
    The flower in the picture is very much like a Christmas Cactus that got confused about when to bloom.


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