When my husband Dudy and I finished renovating our apartment we found ourselves with a small patch of soil in our yard-balcony.It wasn't really big enough for any serious gardening, but was suitable for growing cacti. That's how I started growing them, and pretty soon I got the bug.
The diversity of shapes and structures, the spines, the textures, the hues of green and gray really fascinated me from the beginning. Now when a lot of them are flowering, I feel rewarded.
I have about 500 cacti that I have collected since 1996. Some of them grown from seeds but my family and I never miss the opportunity on a sunny weekend to explore nurseries, in hopes of finding species I still don't have. The journeys to see them in their natural habitat are still to come when the kids have grown up.
It is really hard to say if I have any preferences. I would have say that in general I love the smaller species that combine interesting form with unique spination.
I photograph them when they are in bloom, and especially love the intimacy of macro-photography.
I see our collection as an investment for our retirement years.
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