Florence Low Bee file, 2008

Sac Connect: Barrell cactus

Published: Saturday, Jul. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 9CALIFORNIA LIFE

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings: sacramentoconnect.com.

• Davis gardener Gerhard Bock, author of "Bamboo, Succulents and More," tackles barrel cactuses big and small:

"Out of all the types of cactus, barrel cactus are my favorite. They don't have the most impressive flowers (and many don't flower until they are 10 to 20 years old) but I find their symmetrical shape and often fantastical spines very attractive. Since many species of barrel cactus grow quite large, they are at their most impressive in their native habitat (as at the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum or in Joshua Tree National Park). But when planted in a pot, you can get up close and personal, and possibly appreciate their beauty even more."

Read more at: www.bambooandmore.info

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