the cactus sale

I made it to the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society sale at DBG . This wasn’t for sale. (I think about seven of these Yucca faxoniana in my front yard would be just perfect.)


I brought my custom made box, filled it up, and then some helpful person said that they had a cart …… (cart=more plants) and I filled that up too. The lighting was pretty awful for taking pictures.

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Some of the vendors there, all have websites: Cold Hardy Cactus, Rio Grande Cacti, Stone Path Gardens, J & J Cactus and Succulents.

p.s. About the Yucca faxoniana. It was planted as a big plant, and certainly all the concrete make for a cozy microclimate, but small plants of the same species have been perfectly hardy in my yard and in my neighbor’s yard. Yet another plant that can’t read hardiness zone maps.



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16 Responses to the cactus sale


    • paridevita says:

      Wait til you see my haul. It was too dark to take pictures of it. I might have to go back tomorrow….
      And, to top it all off, I was forced to eat pizza because there was some extra in the kitchen. And breadsticks with marinara sauce.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    You poor fellow. Having to go to a sale full of sharp and pointy plants and then being forced to eat pizza. I’m so sorry and to help make you feel better and help you forget the whole ordeal, I’d be happy to come and take away all those plants that you were coerced into buying. Just trying to help the healing along.

    What a cool sale!

  3. Cliff Booker says:

    An excellent tour of a fascinating sale, Bob … but where’s the pizza?

  4. Loree says:

    Yowza! So many cool spiky things. I was going to ask about your haul but saw your response to Panayoti. I guess I can wait.

  5. anna says:

    I am so jealous. I collect winter hardy cactus but I live too far to attend the sale.

    • paridevita says:

      Try Cold Hardy Cactus, that’s Kelly from Timberline, and Rio Grande Cacti, and, of course, Mesa Garden. Mail order is pretty fun, though maybe not as much fun as buying in person.

  6. Diana says:

    Think there will be anything left by Sunday?

  7. Desert Dweller says:

    Nice stuff! I always like the cactus seller displays at the sales down here, too. (there are many yards in Abq with at least 1 or 2 Yucca faxoniana…some many more)

    • paridevita says:

      If only they weren’t so expensive. Funny, they aren’t popular here, but they’re expensive. Supply and demand must not work with yuccas. I guess most of them are dug up from the wild because they get in the way of cows.
      The one at DBG was pretty battered after the blizzard of March ’03 but recovered quite nicely.

  8. Anne Clark says:

    Did you leave any for me tomorrow?

    • paridevita says:

      Yep. There was still a bunch of stuff there when I left, around 1 p.m. Next year I’m bringing my own cart, motorized, with several shelves, and lackeys to help load it.

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