Several months ago, the whiskey barrel project hit a snag. A freeze killed all my transplants forcing me to go up to Phoenix for clippings from a friend's house. Today I am happy to report that the Whiskey Barrel Project is complete with some wonderful specimens for the El Presidio Cacti garden. Take a look at the pics below and the various arrangements. I look forward to watching these cacti grow over the years.
The one thing I enjoy about cacti is looking at them and their unique forms. When you put them into combinations with other succulents, they make a powerhouse of a statement in the garden. However, my rule is that cacti are used for security only on the property because we have children running around and I don't want them to get hurt. I love cacti so much that I was able to find a place where I could place them and meet that specific requirement.
So the question is......how do you do this without sticking yourself? No matter how hard you try, you will get stuck. Have the barrels ready before placing your cacti into the pots. Set out all your cuttings and plan what goes in what pot. Like a scientist, put on your thick gloves and have tongs ready to pick the pieces up and place into a container or large dish. With a gentle hand, place the segments/pads into the pots taking care not to press to hard or be stuck.
|These were all grown from pads. They have done well and taken root. They may become crowded, but for now I'll keep them there until I need to move them.|
|There are 5 barrels on each side|