My Friday Delight: A Touch of Cacti Heaven

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Cactus Botanical Garden Nong Nooch, Thailand

I have a fondness for Cacti and Bonsai. So, I thought I’d share with you some really gorgeous examples of Cactii Heaven. Will be doing a similar blog post for Bonsai soon. Hope you enjoy my Cacti Heaven.

My search for Cacti Heaven took me to Thailand. Only kidding. I wish. I was in my little office in Cambridge, googling cactii.  These whoppers are from Nang Nooch in Thailand,  and  kind of look like giant melons with spiky intruder alarms.

This one’s extra precious so it needs three alarms!

 Its protecting its little pot plant neighbours.

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 A close up please.

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Then this cactus caught my eye with its stack of colourful toes.

Lots of them!

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Here’s more from the beautiful Nong Nooch Gardens in Thailand

What a serious collection of owls!

Very wise.

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Nong Nooch Gardens Thailand

Take A Look At These

Cactus Flowers Are So Beautiful

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Keep On Going The Best Is Still To Come

Don’t Disappear

Or Make A Cup of Coffee

There’s Blue Treasure At The End!

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Blue Treasure! It’s bluer than the sky above.

It kind of resembles a giant Sea Urchin that’s lost in the Desert!

Surrounded by lesser beings

Who worship its blue magnificence.

But Don’t Touch!

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This Fellow below is a spiky Golden Ball Cactus

OUCH!!!!!

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Links.

Discover the beauty of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Thailand: http://nongnoochtropicalgarden.com/

Information on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactus

Facts:

There are 2,000 species of our cacti friends which make their homes in deserts and bone dry climates. They are found in the Americas, from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada in the north—except for Rhipsalis baccifera, commonly known as the Mistletoe cactus, which grows in the Caribbean, Florida, Africa and Sri Lanka.

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Mistletoe cactus in bloom

So our Cacti friends have to be great water conservers to survive.  Cacti don’t like animals munching on their leaves or people touching, so they have sharp spines which aren’t fun to eat if you’re an animal, and cause pain to touch if you’re a human. Been there done that!  These spines also act as a way for the plant to gather much needed water. Water vapor in the air condenses on those prickly spines and then drips to the ground, where the roots thirstily suck, and slurp it in. Their ingenuity doesn’t stop there, the roots are smart too, they are shallow and widely spread out to make the most of condensation and the rare desert rain showers. Did you know that a cactus can be between 80 and 90 percent water? The thick walls of this clever plant keep its water from evaporating. In fact, a cactus can be a thousand times better at water conservation than a different kind of plant of the same weight. Given these abilities it isn’t surprising that cacti are found in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on earth.

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Hot, Hot, Hot! The Atacama Desert

RESPECT!

Do you like Cacti too? Or maybe Japanese Bonsai?  If so do drop a comment in my box and let me know, or else I might just:

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