This Valentine's Day, we gave each other small gifts. Dakota left early for work that morning, so I put a fuzzy old man cactus decorated with a bow on the table when I left. That way, Dakota would discover his gift when he got home.
When I arrived home that night, I was confused, because there was a cactus on the table that looked just like mine, but it had curly hair. Had Dakota's Valentine cactus gotten a perm while I was at work?
Nope. It turned out that Dakota and I had purchased each other not just the same gift--a cactus--but also the exact same type of cactus (an Old Man Cactus from Mexico)! We are truly obsessed.
Both cacti came from this really excellent cactus nursery called California Cactus Center. It's basically a cactus-lovers dream store, or maybe a cactus-lovers crack dealer. They have so many amazingly cool cacti there. It's really fun to just walk around and be surprised by all the weird, alien-looking cacti around every corner. When we re-do the back yard, I suspect we'll be getting a lot of our plants from California Cactus Center. Perhaps they have a frequent shopper discount.
Here's a close-up, side-by-side comparison of our cactus' hair.