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Saguaro triptych / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Desert Ghosts II / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Desert Ghosts II / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Ferocactus wizlizenii / Arizona fishhook barrel cactus
Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Although not nearly as numerous, there were still a few patches of barrel cactus along my drive/hike in the Sonoran Desert National Monument, south of Maricopa, Arizona.

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uprooted / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

While Carnegiea gigantea, saguaro, have an extensive system of very fine roots just below the surface, check out how minimal their thickest roots are!

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yugimew:

cactguy:

botanicality:

Over the weekend, I saw large pumpkins planted with mums, so I decided to do a redo of last year’s pumpkin planters.

Quick and easy: cut and clean pumpkin and plant! The three succulents I used here are: Sedeveria hybrid ‘Blue Giant’, Crassula arborescens undulatifolia ‘Ripple Jade’, and Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’.

I had a thought tonight …

How long can you get the pumpkins to last?  I want to try this if there’s a way to preserve them for a reasonable amount of time.

It really depends on your weather, but at least a few weeks and up to or over a month if it is cool enough.

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botanicality:

Over the weekend, I saw large pumpkins planted with mums, so I decided to do a redo of last year’s pumpkin planters.

Quick and easy: cut and clean pumpkin and plant! The three succulents I used here are: Sedeveria hybrid ‘Blue Giant’, Crassula arborescens undulatifolia ‘Ripple Jade’, and Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’.

I had a thought tonight …

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Ocotillo sunrise / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Ocotillo sunrise / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Panorama II / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona
Ah – It’s the magical mystery kindAh – must be a lieBye bye to the too good to be true kind of loveOh – I could dieOh now I can die
-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “40 Day Dream”

Panorama II / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Ah – It’s the magical mystery kind
Ah – must be a lie
Bye bye to the too good to be true kind of love
Oh – I could die
Oh now I can die

-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “40 Day Dream”

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Panorama / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Panorama / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Sonoran Desert National Monument / Anyone still want more shots?

Sonoran Desert National Monument / Anyone still want more shots?

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cactguy:

cactguy:

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall Earth Sculpture

The Contest:

Create an earth sculpture in an area that you like to visit. All of the items must be of natural origin and found in the spot (i.e. You can’t bring outside objects in or purchase natural items for use).  Assemble the items in any manner that you so choose and photograph. Submit ONE photo to me along with any details that you wish to share. If you are unable to share via tumlbr, you may submit to botanicality13@gmail.com. 

On November 1, 2014, I will post all of the entries with the tag FALL EARTH SCULPTURE. Prizes will be awarded based upon the most likes and reblogs (only one per user). Prizes awarded: contest photos, seeds, and/or plant cuttings depending on interest drawn. If you are interested in sharing a prize for contest entrants, let me know!

By submitting their photo, contest entrant acknowledges their photo was taken using objects legally collected. They also give the right to print their photo for contest prizes and promotion, but they retain original copyright.

My earth sculpture:

It includes: Oklahoma flagstone, Mexican beach pebbles, Opuntia engelmannii (Englemann’s prickly pear: dried cladodes and tuna), Cortaderia selloana (Pampas grass: plumes), Sedum kamtschaticum (Russian stonecrop: cutting), Leucophyllum frutescens (Texas sage: foliage), Lavandula species (Lavender: blooms), Bulbine frutescens (Orange bulbine: inflorescence), Hesperaloe parviflora (Texas red yucca: seed, seed coat, dried leaf), Salvia species (blooms), Sempervivum species (Hens and chicks: pups), Yucca pendula (Soft-leafed yucca: dried inflorescence), Mammillaria mystax (Nipple cactus fruit or chilitos), Lagerstroemia species (Crepe myrtle: shed bark), and Festuca species (Fescue grass: runner).

flora-file, randomc, weedpullswomandirty-policeman, microtheca, batesnursery, woseph, notyourdaddy, sophiethompsondesign, sweetsucculents, sudcalvmx, yollopixqui, meanjeenie, kihaku-gato, weird-sheep,ponchvega this is for you. et. al.

Submissions have been coming in. Have you completed yours yet? Just a few weeks left to submit!

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Offspring / Sonoran Desert National Monument, ArizonaUltimately, this little guy probably doesn’t stand a chance, but he looks strong for now.
Anyone have any good research on (1) saguaro distribution patterns and (2) maturation rates (neurotransmissions: I’m interested in the answer to your question, too). Links anyone?

Offspring / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Ultimately, this little guy probably doesn’t stand a chance, but he looks strong for now.

Anyone have any good research on (1) saguaro distribution patterns and (2) maturation rates (neurotransmissions: I’m interested in the answer to your question, too). Links anyone?

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Ocotillo, cholla, and saguaro overlooking Table Top / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Ocotillo, cholla, and saguaro overlooking Table Top / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Living with ghosts / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

Living with ghosts / Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

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Mammillaria grahamii / Graham’s nipple cactus II
Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona

This colony of Mammillaria grahamii is growing amidst ocotillo branches littering the desert floor.