Tuesday, December 21, 2010

LOLCactaceae / Hiatus Announcement

Back row, L-R: Schlumbergera x buckleyi, Pachycereus marginatus, Echinocactus grusonii, Pilosocereus pachycladus, Astrophytum ornatum, Myrtillocactus geometrizans, Stenocereus pruinosus.
Middle row: Epiphyllum oxypetallum, Stenocereus thurberi, Isolatocereus dumortieri.
Front row: Cereus peruvianus, Rhipsalis teres var. heteroclada (?), Schlumbergera x 'Caribbean Dancer,' Browningia hertlingiana (?), Leuchtenbergia principis.

Not present: Selenicereus chrysocardium, Selenicereus anthonyanus, Hatiora salicornioides, Mammillaria spinosissima, Parodia microsperma, Hylocereus sp., Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa, Rhipsalis ewaldiana

I was hoping to make this, like, a regular thing, after doing the first one back in 2008 (when it was the Aroid Family with bows, rather than the Cactus Family with Santa hats), but for reasons I no longer recall, it didn't work out last year, so the tradition kind of stopped before it got started.

But a few weeks ago, I was thinking of Santa hats for some reason, and it occurred to me that I could make my own tiny, plant-sized ones from construction paper and cotton balls. One thing led to another, and a couple hours later, I was taking the above picture. I have no idea what I'll do next year. (Maybe I could knit a bunch of little Christmas sweaters?)

This also begins the winter hiatus. As in 2008, I wish my readers a (in some cases retroactive) happy Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, Gurnenthar's Ascendance, Festivus, Boxing Day Eve, Cephalopodmas, Monkey, mundane but not-unpleasant day of no particular significance, or combination of the above, in accordance with your religious beliefs and preferences or lack thereof.

PATSP will return on 26 December.


lynn'sgarden said...

Now that's a bunch of festive cacti! And knitted sweaters?...this I can't wait to see! :)
Happy Holidays and Happy Hiatus, Mr. Subj.

Pat said...

A Merry mundane but not-unpleasant day of no particular significance to you and yours! Have fun!

Agavaceae pulling crackers?

Ivynettle said...

Happy holidays, and enjoy your hiatus!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Happy holidays, Mr. S. Have a good rest. (Cute holiday photo, by the way. I like.)

Kenneth Moore said...

You, sir, are too good to us. Those are quite the festive cacti! I hope you have a wonderful hiatus and/or whatever happens to fall within/without of it in terms of holidays.

Anonymous said...

How cute!

Enjoy your holidays!

Sigonee said...

I hope the Santa cacti bring you presents, or at least do the watering for you! Happy Holidays!

Jon VanZile said...

ha ha! The cactus are great.

Have a happy holiday

Taylor said...

Is that E.oxypetallum the one you got in a trade? (from me?)
It is growing good!!

CelticRose said...

Too cute! :D

Sweaters have been done already:

Have a Happy Hiatus and a Merry Whatever! :)

Tom said...

Enjoy the break!

mr_subjunctive said...


It is. And it is.


Just as well. I don't know how I'd get them on and off. And I've never knit anything more complicated than blankets (K 1 row, P 1 row) before, so that's a problem too.

Jenn said...

Dude. That is hilarious.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

CelticRose said...

Wow, you knit?! Cool! Then I'm thinking little scarves! ;)

I knit too, btw. It's always nice to run into a guy who does needlework. Society really needs to get over thinking that needlework is just for women.

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

Oh, my favorites ... Santa cacti! They are great! Happy hiatus Mr. S!

mr_subjunctive said...


Well, society needs to get over a lot of things, actually, but yeah. I haven't knit anything in a long time, though, because the plants and blog don't leave time for much else.

Bom said...

I'm amazed at the work you put into it. Merry Cacti indeed!

Happy Holidays Mr. S!

Ivynettle said...

I have to agree with CelticRose, scarves are quite easy - no more than small blankets, after all.

I've finally started to knit again after almost a year, and it's so much fun!

paivi said...

Happy holidays, Mr S! Come back soon.

MrBrownThumb said...

LOL. This is the best holiday card I've seen this year.