Author Archive: Peter Lipson

Friday Whippet Blogging

Not sure what to get the Whippet fancier in your life? Well, there’s always kitsch. For instance, here’s a Foundry Bronze Whippet Sculpture w/Standing Female from<a href=";entry_id=1520" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;"> K9 Gifts</a>.<br /><br /><img width="216" hspace="5" height="347" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/whippets/whippet.jpeg" /><br /><br />They have a full selection of <a href=";entry_id=1520" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return… Read more »

Presidential Campaign Cactus Quotes

In an article about Mike Huckabee’s lack of humor, <a href=";entry_id=1521" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Slate</a> relates this classic campaign trail joke by Mo Udall.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">&quot;I’m Mo Udall and I’m running for president,&quot; the failed Democratic candidate said, walking into a shop. &quot;Yeah,&quot; replied the barber, &quot;we were just laughing… Read more »


The <a href=";entry_id=1519" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">New York Times</a> reviews literary menus at restaurants in Philadelphia (I don’t know why, just go with it) and comes up with this literary ode to the cactus:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“The cactus leaf is a bed with the tropical tamarindo sauce inviting the chile chipotle… Read more »

Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Quote of the Day

The man from Massachusetts in <span style="font-style: italic;">this</span> year’s presidential race said:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">“You know, I’m an English literature major as well. When we say, ‘I saw the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Patriots win the World Series</span>, it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there…&quot;</span><br /></div><br /><a href=";entry_id=1518" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Mitt Romney… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

The original article this letter is referring to was something about public art, but it’s hard to tell from the letter itself. From the <a href=";entry_id=1517" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona Republic letters page</a>:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">We need shade. The diaphanous flexible nets would probably work great for shade. But a blooming… Read more »

More on Peyote

As if yesterday’s Peyote posting wasn’t enough, in which we passed on everything we know about the cactus, and linked to an article about how tourists in Mexico were decimating the wild population, now here comes a story about the Texas variety of Peyote. <a href=";entry_id=1516" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">From Reuters</a> we find out… Read more »


People want to know about Peyote. So here you go, a blog entry with the word in the title, so you can find this information easily when you google the word Peyote. It’s an illegal drug in the U.S. We don’t sell it. We don’t have it. I’ve never tried it and wouldn’t know how… Read more »

Virginia Succulents

They grow them indoors in the winter in Virginia, so the <a href=";entry_id=1513" title="–gardening-greenh1210dec10,0,4856769.story" onmouseover="window.status=’–gardening-greenh1210dec10,0,4856769.story’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Daily Press</a> tells us.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Late February is a good time to get your seeds started if you want some maturity for a springtime display in your greenhouse, or want plants ready to go… Read more »

Republican Quote of the Day

&quot;After 10 full years inside the GOP, 90 days among honest criminals wasn’t really any great ordeal.&quot;<br /><br />Allen Raymond in <em>How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative</em>. Via <a href=";entry_id=1515" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Talking Points Memo</a>.<br /><br />


The <a href=";entry_id=1512" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Arizona desert perks up</a> after it rains.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">As a metaphor for hope and renewal, there’s nothing quite like rain in the desert. Just two weeks ago, after a string of brutally dry months, the cactus pads were shriveled. The virtually indestructible creosote had… Read more »


From the Smithsonian <a href=";entry_id=1511" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Catalog of Botanical Illustrations</a> comes this amazing plate:<br /><br /><img width="402" hspace="5" height="546" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/misc/smithsonian15.JPG" /><br /><br />© Smithsonian Institution<br /> Plate Number: 15<br /> Publication: The Cactaceae Vol. 3 Pl 22, Fig 1,2,3 and 4<br /> Client: Britton, N.L. and Rose, J.N. – Size: 11×14<br… Read more »

Apple Lemon

We had the company party last night and I’m still a little groggy. I made cranberry margaritas which were very popular with the young crowd.<br /><br />And on top of that the new Mac broke again yesterday. I hate Apple. But I’ll get around to some cactus blogging soon enough, I’m sure. We’ll just let… Read more »

Link of the Day

<a href=";entry_id=1509" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">jardinagens</a> has a lovely little succulent garden that looks newly planted. But I don’t read portuguese, so I can’t be sure.<br /><br /><br />

North Carolina Cactus

They like them their cactus in winter in North Carolina. So says Perhaps not enjoying the magnitude of poinsettia’s notoriety as a holiday symbol, a Christmas cactus in full bloom is no less stunning. A virtual heirloom, the long-lived plant is often passed down through the generations. Difficult to kill, even for this experienced… Read more »


What do Cactus and Asparagus have in common? Why, US Farms, of course. <a href=";entry_id=1507" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">The Resource Investor</a> recommends investing in a company called US Farms because they are diversified beyond food crops into cactus and aloe too.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">In the first quarter of each year, US… Read more »


We’re coming up on a week of rain, starting last night. So make sure your cacti and succulents have good drainage. If they’re in pots and sitting on a concrete deck, then for god’s sake lift them up on pot feet already so they can drain out the drainage hole in the bottom.<br /><br />I’m… Read more »

Christmas Cactus Questions

Everybody wants to know about the christmas cactus this time of year. How to take care of it, how to get it to bloom.<br /><br /><a href=";entry_id=1505" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Our secrets to your success are located here</a>.<br /><br />And then here’s the <a href=";entry_id=1505" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Ontario (CA) Daily Bulletin</a>, as… Read more »

Australian Cactus

Parkes, New South Wales has a blooming plant, and it’s a cactus! This is big news in Parkes, I’m sure. And it will greatly surprise you to learn what they are – cactus flowers! The cactus plants were put in by well known local native gardener, Herb Unger, now in his 90s. I’m getting tired… Read more »

Friday Whippet Blogging

Found this old picture of me and Benjamin and his littermate Waverly. I don’t know who took it.

Santa Cruz Style

There’s something brewing in the air in <a href=";entry_id=1501" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Santa Cruz</a>, if you know what I mean, wink-wink-nudge-nudge.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Thousands of cacti — many more than 12 feet in height — line Linda Martin’s home….</span><br /></div><br />Yes, it’s cactus in the air in Santa Cruz.<br /><br /><div… Read more »

Louisville Succulents

The <a href=";entry_id=1500" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Courier Journal</a> reprints an old column, seemingly every year now, that gives houseplant advice. Like this:<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Succulents. Most are pretty easy to keep going. There are lots of succulent desert-type holiday mixed gardens out there.<br /> <br /> The main succulents this year… Read more »

Staten Island Cactus

They have cactus on <a href=";entry_id=1499" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Staten Island</a>? You mean the one in New York City? Who knew such a thing was possible, certainly not me.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Each year Cacti and Succulents have become more popular as houseplants. The variety of unusual forms, their slow growth, their… Read more »

Link of the Day

<a href=";entry_id=1502" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Giant Gay Flesh-Eating Rats</a><br /><br /><br />

Plenty Magazine

Their motto is <a href=";entry_id=1498" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">&quot;It’s Easy Being Green&quot;</a> and here they demonstrate with news of some newly liberated wild lands.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">Nearly two dozen members of a New Mexico non-profit, three geologists, sundry guests, and one reporter bowed their heads to 30-knot winds last Saturday to… Read more »

Cactus on TV

Mythbusters used some of our cacti as set dressing for the episode where they tested chile pepper myths. Here’s a short video clip that we’ll leave up until they threaten to sue.

Cactus in London, take 2

I previously blogged about how you could now find cactus pads in fancy London groceries, but I was wrong. They’re in fancy London-based groceries in Arizona. Who knew. And yet, <a href=";entry_id=1496" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’′;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">the Daily Mail is telling Londoners</a> that cactus pads can cure hangovers. I don’t know how that will work… Read more »

Aloe Gum

It’s winter in the U.S. which means it’s aloe gum season in Kenya. The value of aloe gum is expected to double beginning next month with the planned roll out of a new policy allowing its export. Export of the medicinal products was banned in the 1980s, confining growers to the low-paying domestic market. Kavaka… Read more »


The <a href=";entry_id=1494" title="" onmouseover="window.status=’’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">SF Chronicle</a> writes about the new Sundance Kabuki Theater in SF and features a photo of the bamboo we installed there.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;"><img width="272" hspace="5" height="420" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/dd_sundance12069lh.jpg" /><br /> Tall bamboo stalks rise from rusted steel planters in the lobby, which is finished… Read more »

Old Photo

<img width="432" hspace="5" border="2" src="/blog/uploads/cactus/cacti-1working.jpg" /><br /><br />Cactus photo taken in Cuba in the 1950s by Harold Hollibaugh<br /><br />

Apple Problems

Well I’m late blogging today since I’ve been on the phone with Apple all morning trying to get some missing software for the new macbook pro. The 3-year-old ibook died completely last week, and the new macbook had a hard crash the first day and now it’s missing a whole bunch of software that the… Read more »


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