Hello Folks, I'm a Mainer transplanted to the Mojave Desert. (I don't like being cold). I always assumed growing cacti was hard, until I tried. Now, I end up giving loads of pieces away every year, because the dang things grow so well. I'll have to see what the Nevada rules are for shipping cacti, so I can join in the plant swap. Now that I garden with cacti, my pain tolerance has definitely increased. I've also discovered the bane of Styrofoam peanuts. One time, though, I did find a five-dollar bill caught under one of my chollas. I'd like more debris like that!
The big cacti, and the ocotillo, were already there when I moved in about eight years ago. In fact, you folks helped me ID the fellow in the middle (a.k.a. Bob) as Echinopsis atacamensis
. He grows about a foot a year, and I'm concerned that he's too spindly. I keep waiting for a good wind to blow him over. Plus, he developed a nasty crack at his base last winter. Oh well... if Bob bites the dust, that will just give me more room to try something else.