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Offline fouquieria

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« on: May 24, 2009, 01:31:10 AM »
I went on a four-day driving trip through southern Arizona, USA earlier this week.  Here is a pic I took of a Saguaro cactus at Saguaro National Park just outside Tucson.  This cactus tree is the dominant tree through most of southern Arizona.  They can get to over 50 feet tall.

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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 05:47:09 AM »

What a terrific picture Ron  :clap: :clap:

They look like sky scrapers with a roof garden - absolutely fantastic.  :good:

Thanks for sharing that bit of magic with us  :)
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 07:10:27 AM »
Wow thats awesome, you have to back when all those buds are in full bloom :good:
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 08:08:00 AM »
Beautiful picture, Ron!  :good:

They look like they've been to a hairdresser.  ;)  I guess this cactus is rather old.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2009, 10:04:09 AM »
That looks a lot like the Karoo!

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2009, 23:05:21 PM »
Awesome shot - must get to the US and see all these amasing plants live. Why isn't anyone growing Saguaros in the Karoo - we can make our own little cactus park.....

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2009, 08:47:06 AM »
Awesome shot - must get to the US and see all these amasing plants live. Why isn't anyone growing Saguaros in the Karoo - we can make our own little cactus park.....
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2009, 10:46:22 AM »
Wow, look at all those buds!!! Awesome!

Now how on earth did you get up there to take that pic???? You have me really wondering... ???
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2009, 13:21:07 PM »
Goodness!! Those are huge!!  I'm also wondering where you took the pic from  ???
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2009, 14:12:58 PM »
Awesome shot - must get to the US and see all these amasing plants live. Why isn't anyone growing Saguaros in the Karoo - we can make our own little cactus park.....
Obesa in Graaf Reinet.
http://www.graaffreinet.co.za/pages/cacti.html

The website looks interesting Michael, bet it does not do the place justice
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2009, 15:49:43 PM »
Michael

You are so right - Obesa is probably what comes closest to our local Sauaro Park and it is indeed impresseive. Went there in October last year and spent the better of two full days in the town nursery, which literally is a Jungle of cacti and at the nursery outside of town, which is so big that it takes hours to see everything. I filled my car up at Obesa and was not happy that my choice of car was not a bakkie or a stationwagon   LOL Anyway, I really want to go back and this time hopefully join up with two cacti and Haworthia specialists in and around Oudshorn on the way back. I'll see if I can find my photos from when I was there and post them onto this Forum.

And Abby you are so right - even photos of the place doesn't even justify the place - it has to be seen live....And in addition to that Graaf Reinett is an absolutely beautiful little town with lots to do for the outdoor people.

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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2009, 19:29:07 PM »
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Now how on earth did you get up there to take that pic? You have me really wondering...

Janet, as I was going along, I was looking for a nice example but one that I could take a pic from from this angle.  I finally found one on a hillside right next to a huge boulder.  So baically I'm standing on a boulder looking down at the plant.  I took tons of pics looking up but this perspective is much better, in my opinion.

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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2009, 21:16:41 PM »

Well done Ron

Thanks for that extra bit of climbing effort and giving us that great perspective.
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Re: Saguaro
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2009, 10:18:32 AM »
Awesome shot - must get to the US and see all these amasing plants live. Why isn't anyone growing Saguaros in the Karoo - we can make our own little cactus park.....

Claus, Claus, Claus ..... Really????
At both: Obesa Nursery and Soekershof you could have seen this very slow grower. Still very small; it will take us 20 years before it's a few metres high.
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« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2009, 11:58:28 AM »
What a gorgeous site! I am busy with a new succulant and cactus garden at the moment. This past weekend we had a stall at the kwena festival in Lydenburg and there was a guy called Koekies from cactus 4 africa.I had a feast and purchased a bakkie load of plants from him.My favourite is one  that look exactly like a persons brains - he had 2 diffrent ones of them - i will take a pic of it and post it later.