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HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

I prefer romantic gardens.  I never considered thorny, prickly plants as romantic… that is until we bought a house, in Southern California, with a large happy cactus in the backyard.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

Window of Bensimon Concept Store in Paris

The cactus was several feet tall and appeared to have been planted decades before.  It was one of the first things I intended to get rid of, but then it blossomed and I decided to wait until its beautiful and gorgeously fragranced flowers were gone.


I didn’t realize that even though our first gardeners brutalized the plant with their weedwacker and I never watered it or gave it plant food, it would prolifically blossom for all of the years we lived there.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

Accessories in W Hotel room, Paris

I began to adore that cactus and tried to capture the beauty of its flowers by photographing them, in spite of the fact that they almost only appeared at dark.  I tried cutting the blossoms and using them for arrangements in the house, but they would wilt before the day’s end.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

A beautiful fragrance to freshen the bathroom air!


At night, the cactus flower fragrance would waft through our open doors and windows, serenading our senses as it wove its way through the house.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

I began to have sympathy for the ugly duckling plant with a beautiful heart (the flowers).  Eventually, I started weeding and feeding it.  I regularly stuck and stabbed my hands on its thorns, in order to keep the grass and debris from over taking its base and gave it a good watering from time to time.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

Accessories on display at W Hotel, Paris

During the past year, I have noticed a cactus accessory trend in two places I would least expect.  I saw cactus figurines and pillows in Paris and Hong Kong.  I also spotted a girl in Hong Kong wearing a tee shirt featuring a cactus screenprint.

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Hong Kong department store, home decor department

Potted Mini Cactus ~ HeyGirlfriend.Net

Arizona Souvenir. A gift from one friend to another.

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

Fragrant prolific cactus blossoms in our backyard

HeyGirlfriend.Net ~ Happy Cacti

A not so attractive prickly cactus with glorious flowers

Moral of the story:


You can’t judge a book by it’s cover!


9 thoughts on “Happy Cacti

  1. Nancy P says:

    Oh my gosh. I’ve never seen a cactus flowering like that! How beautiful!


    1. During the day, the flowers would be closed and this is how it looked, much of the time, at night. The fragrance was amazing, I would wear it in a heartbeat if a parfumier would bottle it!


  2. Nancy says:

    I love how the ugly duckling turns into the swan!
    Now you know… I live in the desert and love every cactus out there that blooms! But there are some that I dislike!
    I think you may have an Argentinean Giant.


    1. Nancy, I thought of you when I wrote this! I don’t think anyone has ever told me the name of that cactus. It did turn out to be the swan.

      We have had a house in Chandler for over 10 years and lived in Chandler for 18 months, so I am familiar with the landscape of AZ! I do think it is beautiful. The thorns are treacherous, but somehow make sense to me!

      I have a funny picture of a cactus that I will send to you.

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      1. Nancy says:

        Oh My Gosh… You use to live in AZ! Whoa!
        The cacti are great but it’s our weather that is phenomenal! Ha ha ha ha.
        I am tickled pink that you thought of me when writing this post! 😃

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    2. Nancy, Check your email!

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      1. Nancy says:

        I just did! Hilarious!

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  3. Janea says:

    I love cacti! In Mexico they say that it keeps away bad energy.
    My husband always has to have one in his office. It’s a tradition that he inherited from his dad.
    I used to have one outside my door that looked like a giant pickle stuck in the ground. Once a year it would have an incredible, fragrant flower that lasted just one day. It was amazing!
    XO, Janea


    1. Janea, I love your description of the cactus outside your door. I can see it in my mind’s eye! Thanks for sharing Mexico’s take on cacti and your husband’s tradition!


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