Visiting Arizona and going home without a few cacti would be out of the question.
I saw this bowl of cacti and euphorbias on sale along with a small pot of Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia millii, and Euphorbia tirucallii "firesticks" I may have to protect them in the winter but they will survive in our Texas summers with little water.
I had to work on the succulent bowl a little. The decomposed granite mulch must have been mixed with a sticky material to prevent it falling out. It was at least an inch deep and I had the feeling that this wasn't good for the plants, particularly as the plants had been recently watered. I removed all the granite with a big screwdriver ( no gardening tools with me) and broke it up before returning a small layer to the bowl. I have to believe that the grower knows what he is doing but just in case it couldn't harm to do a little doctoring.
Surrounded, as I have been over the last week, with saguaro, cholla and agaves, I am giving some serious consideration to creating a cactus garden in my front courtyard.
Over the years I have lost the A. parryi to flowering and the sotol became two large for the spot and was moved outside where it had more room to spread. Now I need to add some more permanent structure. Agave and cacti seem to be just the thing and with a mulch of decomposed granite should be easier to care for.
Just to see how tough members of this family are, look at these photos I took this week.
The skeleton of this saguaro had been exposed by some desert animal gnawing at the flesh. Even so the plant appeared healthy.