Gloves For Handling Cactus | How To Handle Cactus Safely

Laura Eubanks

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How To Handle Cactus Safely


Its lower Eubanks up designed for serenity with your succulent tip of the day and day. Duh intestine. This is the end of day two, and it’s been really, really slow going because the guys had to pull these boulders one at a time from the street. Which is it’s a minute down there so yeah. It took all day to move. How many time, Greg? Seven tons seventeen folder. And but we did it, and I’ve got all the boulder staged. So I wanted to kind of walk you through and show you what we’ve done. We’ve got a combination of honey quartz. Baja Red and epic in Napa Canyon from Krc Rock. We cut a pathway right through here. So this is going to be a planting Island. I’ve staged my three pieces of driftwood from driftwood. Larry seafoam driftwood? They look amazing and remember. I’m working with bigger plants this time. I shopped at Desert Theater. Brandon Bullard’s place. And I got some really gorgeous, big cactus because this is a specimen garden. So check out the Pringle Eaj. How’s that for a phallus? Ah, right, yeah. We got three of them. So this to me is the middle of my installation. This is this to me is where the eye is drawn. First it would be the equivalent of a thriller in a pot, so I wanted to cream the eye to be staged in this area. These are going to get massive. They do not branch, they’re solitary, but they can get upwards of 25 30 feet or higher. So if you’ve got power lines or eaves. You might not want to plant this. This needs room. Take a look over here. This is how brands have packaged this plant to ship it. Zero, that’s how we do. Oh, you guys did. It wrapped it in shrinky wrap and there is actually a blanket here, so that way the plant can be manipulated and handled without. You know, poking yourself to death, so once you get it into place, it’s pretty easy to just unwrap it and enjoy the beauty, so what we have here is a completely unscarred, unmarked plant. Guys, anybody bleeding. No, no bleeder’s so no. Kevin, are you bleeding? You have a band-aid on your arm, no? I don’t even. Are you a big boy? Oh, all right, so we we, we are doing another. Pringle, Eaj right here. And then we’re gonna stage this magazine Magnificent piece of driftwood right here, and now once I get, you know, my thrillers in place and I get that stage. Then the rest of the installation opens up for me and I can begin to see where I want. Other things see where we’ve got the DG. This is very temporary because here’s a challenge. You know, this is a very long. This is 50 feet, long 50 or 60 feet long diorama. So I don’t want to segment it. I don’t want to cut it up with pathways, but at the same time, I want people to be able to get in and get close and enjoy the plant and I also want there to be accessibility from this side of the yard to this side of the yard. So I put down the DG just to kind of give me a sense of where my pathways are gonna go and I didn’t cut all the way down to the ground here. These pathways are gonna be mounded and we’re gonna be doing flagstone in lace and maybe they will be relatively narrow and from the corners of the garden. You won’t see them you. Won’t see the paths until you’re up on them and want to traverse through. So that’s my plan and I’m sticking with it. Quick, quick peek over here at the Drako under this low profile. I don’t want to take away from the beauty of the Draco. But at the same time, the plant has to have some bones and weight. I don’t want to put a little one-gallon plant under here. That would be ridiculous, so I have earmarked my agave folio and this is from water-wise botanicals. It’s gorgeous as one of my statement plants that will likely be planted right here. Then you know me once threes and fives so I will find a third plant to balance, and then I might do some secondary planting. If it looks like it’s gonna work, but we’ve got a lot of rock. We’ve got a lot of rubble. This is gonna be a heavily rocked garden. These are cactus! They are specimens, so I have to practice restraint. Which, as you know, it’s very hard for me, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight worrying about restraint, But I told Roz that if I plant things really close together, it would be job security because they’d have to have me come back every year to move things around. Alright, so that’s it for today tomorrow. We will be carrying on with our planting and you’re gonna start to see this garden really take shape. This has been. Laura Eubanks of design for serenity reporting from Tustin and data and your succulent tip of the day.