One of the first things I did after coming home from our North coast CA tour was plant small succulents and cactus in little pots. Amy inspired me. 😉 She has tiny pots of single cactus and succulents in window ledges inside, and sweet succulents artfully placed amid flowers & herbs all through her North coast CA garden.
Since I haven’t been home enough this summer to plant my own garden- others work makes me swoon and melt. We really enjoyed just talking & hanging out with Bob & Amy in their sweet garden backyard, soaking up the Zen-ness of it all. I so admire the hard work others do to create beauty in this world…
So once home, I planted a pot of small cacti, and placed them outside in the afternoon sun. The next day- they were scorched! Apparently not the hardy species evolved of the great American southwestern desert… I was informed by the nursery man that hothouse cacti must be slowly acclimated to sun. Wow, how odd. This never occurred to me.
I named a previous band “The Succulents” precisely because of the rich strength & vitality that pervades the desert- especially the rock solid flora & fauna of the American southwest. Hidden, but everywhere you look- the message of endurance in the face of all odds makes the desert an ocean of inspiration. And of course, there is nothing more inspiring than a desert in full bloom. Besides seeing the redwood forests of Northern CA, and the Autumns of the East Coast forests, everyone should visit the desert during its springtime bloom. As a child growing up in Arizona, I had to take the required preschoolers desert survival classes. They told us that there was really little to fear in the desert; that if it was really so inhospitable there would be no life at all there. And then there was the practical stuff; keep your clothes on; build a lean-to, and fashion tools to search out certain cactus for water.
Here are lyrics from “She’s so Succulent”
Smooth on the outside/ fleshy on the in
Oh you want to touch/ but the spines lay hidden.
Never thought you’d find her/ alone in this place
(With a few havalina and some tumbleweeds
And the lizards that roam the desert seas.)
In her element (She’ll weather all)
She’s so succulent (saguaro stand tall)
Little bit o’ truculent (but you’ll never mind)
Just listen, watch, wait.
And here is a necklace & bracelet inspired from those hearty, secretly fleshy, gems of the wild-at-heart desert world! Made of green quartz nuggets, amethyst, flourite, jade, & sterling findings and chain.