When there’s a Chihuly exhibit on at the Desert Botanical Garden, it’s easy to forget that his creations are just visitors and when they leave, the natives will still be there, patiently waiting for their recognition. If they don’t get their moment in the sun, well, let’s just say they can be a bit prickly!

The name “Creeping Devil” should give you some idea of how insidious this type of cactus is. You might say you’re looking at a plethora of cacti. Or would you be seeing a lot of cactuses? I decided to look it up online and found that either is acceptable. More than a few sources mentioned that “cacti” is the Latin plural while “cactuses” is English. See? You now know a little Latin.

This one reminds me of a plant version of a boa constrictor.

And then we have the cactus with the unusual shapes. Of maybe it’s more than one cactus. Hard to tell from this shot. But that’s it for this addition of the Cactus Chronicles. I’m sure you’ll be seeing more. In the meantime, enjoy the weekend. And since I was plunging into the morass of English/Latin/forms/etc., I began to wonder where “meantime” came from. It’s not, as you might think, related to Greenwich mean time but, long explanation short, comes from “mean” (in the middle or in a middle place) and of course “time.” Hence a time between now and later. 🙂 Aren’t we just learned as all get-out today (and no, we’re not exploring “all get-out.”) Sounds as if it should be related to the current “Shut the door!” (not meant in the literal sense.) But if you shut the door, you can’t all get out, so… 🙂

  1. restlessjo says:

    That’s definitely a plethora of cacti, Janet!

  2. Sue says:

    Fabulous cacti….that’s the plural I have always used

  3. renxkyoko says:

    Indeed. Cacti.

  4. ledrakenoir says:

    Had latin in high school and have always said cacti when there was more than one – didn’t know some of the english sometimes called them that. Maybe related to excessive tea drinking. 😀 😀 😀

  5. peggy says:

    It is cactus. After a total of living in Arizona 23 years of my life at 4 separate times – sorry it is cactus. Some are very wicked as I can attest to from experience. Hmm Latin in Arizona. I am not sure those Ar-A-Zona folks are real hep on Latin. Ha Ha Love your descriptions and your keen sense of humor. Enjoyed your post. Wish I was there to see a state I love.

  6. Definitely interesting, but I think I’ll leave it right where it is.

  7. Tom says:

    They do look nice all together like that, Janet.

  8. Dan Antion says:

    I prefer cacti. I also use ‘Jacki’ to refer to a group of people acting like jackasses, but I’m guessing that is not supported by facts.

  9. Good ones, Janet. I’m sure there are many more varieties of cacti than most of us imagine – especially we in nondesert places. Have a good weekend.

  10. Ally Bean says:

    That’s what *meantime* means! I love wordy details– or would it be details about words? Cool photos, not too prickly.

  11. scr4pl80 says:

    We have a few houses in our neighborhood that have cacti in the yard and I am amazed at all the different types. I’ve been thinking of getting some for our front yard too since I hate to garden and they seem like they don’t need much work.

  12. That’s a lot of cacti!

  13. JT Twissel says:

    Amazing plants no matter they’re called.

  14. Gradmama2011 says:

    I like cacti. I pretty much managed to kill the little ones I had under the grow-lights. The last picture, the odd-shaped ones, are best avoided….touching them will attach numerous prickly itchy stickers in the fingers.

  15. de Wets Wild says:

    The various shapes and sizes that cactusses come in really is wonderful!

  16. Dalo 2013 says:

    Wonderful photos, and even more wonderful sense of humor 🙂 A joy to read this Saturday morning (or late morning may be more accurate…).

  17. The cacti come in so many shapes and sizes!

  18. I say cacti. The draping its arm or tentacle over the other one made me smile. This is a lovely study of different cacti, Janet.

  19. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed our visits to the Desert Botanical Garden. It’s one of the first places we take our guests who are new to Arizona’s most interesting, yet thorny plants. 🙂

  20. LOL! I prefer either cacti or cactus plants. I enjoyed these photos. 🌞

  21. marianallen says:

    LOL! You kept me giggling until the out-loud-laugh at the end. Thanks!

  22. Josh Sanders says:

    What a bunch of unique plants! Thank you for sharing 😁

  23. […] You say cactuses, I say cacti. […]

  24. Resa says:

    Thank you, Janet, for these fab shots of very interesting, even lovely, CACTI!