It’s been a gorgeous weekend in Victoria and the weather has been outstanding. Sunny days & blue skies, I had a very nice Saturday spent in the garden, beach, and you guessed it, a CACTUS SALE! Every year the Victoria Cactus & Succulent Society hosts two sales, and so far I’ve haven’t managed to make it to one until yesterday. I might have died and gone to cactus heaven, what a selection they had, and at obtainable prices too. Victoria doesn’t exactly specialize in succulents (WE LIVE IN THE NORTH DUH) so having a sale dedicated to weird and unusual cacti was a real treat. I must have walked around the booth 10 times, I had to make sure I saw everything. Showing up right when they opened, I was surprised there wasn’t a bigger crowd. Bargain cacti unfound anywhere else in Victoria and/or Vancouver Island, shouldn’t I be fighting through the mobs? P.S I hate mobs, so a quiet sale is fine by me. Still I wish more people were interested as to keep the excitement going, a successful sale means more cacti next year.
As time goes on sometimes I think I live in the wrong climate. Not that there is anything wrong with the west coast of Canada, I LOVE IT, but I sure wish growing succulents and tropicals wasn’t such a battle with the weather. I digress.
I found so many cacti treasures, I was glowing all day. It’s strange how good I feel after a good plant hoarding adventure, I don’t even have to go to Madagascar or South Africa, they were brought all the way here via passion on the cheap. I love plant geeks.
I will admit I got a bit carried away, god help me I have no discretion in these moments. If I didn’t come home with as many as I did I would kick myself later, any self respecting plant hoarder would do the same. Right!? While I’d love to go into great detail on each plant, these specimens are all somewhat new to me and we’ll keep this post as a simple introduction.
Astrophytum asteria otherwise known as a Sand Dollar Cactus. This is a North American genus and is actually endangered in the wild. Most cacti found in cultivation are thus seed grown. This one came in a beautiful little pot for an added bonus. Bingo!
Although this photo does this very plant very little justice, this is an offset of a Haemanthus albiflos. Believe it or not I’ve been seeking plants in this genus for some time now and this was a real score. This South African Bulb is easy to grow and reportedly easy to get to flower. Often referred to as a paint brush lily due to it’s strange fuzzy flowers. I can’t wait to see this in action.
Frailea asteroides (What a cool name) is a miniature cactus from South America (Brazil). They stay small, and do well in indirect light. Flowers are only obtained at high temperatures so it’s unlikely I’ll ever see it in bloom. One can dream.
More cacti photos to come, the garden is certainly enjoying the autumn heat.