Fuzzy danger

Orchids may get most of the attention here nowadays, but I sill grow plenty of cacti and other succulents.

The hooked central spines of Mammillaria pennispinosa are as sharp as they look.

Pleiospilos nelii, above, and Hoodia gordonii are coming along nicely.

Token orchid: the little octopus, Prosthechea cochleata, is blooming again.

There are more pictures here.

California, December 2018

A novelty in Kansas, omnipresent in Anaheim

I made a trip out to California the week before Christmas, where I spent a couple of days in Disneyland. It was difficult to get good pictures of the attractions — 10,000 oblivious people staring at their cellphones got in the way — but I was more interested in the plants there, anyway. Many that are greenhouse exotics in Kansas were growing outdoors everywhere in Anaheim. This batch of pictures reflects that.

A few token pictures of the park:

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Spines and orchids

Mammillaria lasiacantha close-up. The plant is about 3/8″ in diameter.

Taking a break from looking at dancers to see how well my new, very cheap light tent works.

Mammillaria lasiacantha closer-up
Discocactus crystallophilus
Frailea asteroides. This is one sort of image that Helicon Focus has trouble with. See how many haloes you can find.
Phalaenopsis equestris
Phalaenopsis equestris

At six months


The cactus and stapeliad seedlings are half a year old now. These pictures are all stacked focus, with from 26 to 92 images in each stack assembled in Helicon Focus. They are all much enlarged. The Gymnocalycium above is the largest of the cacti; it’s about a half-inch in diameter. Click to see it larger; right-click and open in a new window to see it larger still.

Turbinicarpus lophophoroides
Copiapoa hypogea
Mammillaria bombycina
Mammillaria bombycina
Mammillaria huitzilopochtli