Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Cacti of South Shepherd and Succulents Farther Afield



Two shops on S. Shepherd sport cactus moniker and saguaro imagery, respectively. The one with the cactus component in its name is a purveyor of music (both live and take-home) while the other sells clothes and all sorts of gear. To admire some nice specimen of transplanted desert dwellers you have to head East on Westheimer to El Tiempo and Pistolero's, but the succulents there for not for sale either. 


CACTUS APPRECIATION OR 
MISAPPROPRIATION? 

Whole Earth Provision Co. Alabama-Shepherd Shopping Center  2934 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77098
Doing duty as a sign post: The Whole Earth Saguaro
at the Alabama-Shepherd Shopping Center
(Store located next to Trader Joe's and Maiko) 
Cactus Music Whole Earth Provision Co. Alabama-Shepherd Shopping Center  2934 South Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77098
Cactus Music at Shepherd Square 


Pistolero's desert plants 
Some nice exemplars of cacti on Pistolero's perimeter 
There are a few other places in the neighborhood where succulents are used ornamentally for arid garden landscaping. Most noteworthy: 3118 Richmond (Inventure Design), a building on stilts with parking underneath at ground level. that also stands out architecturally, and the residential complex on NE corner of Richmond and Edloe dubbed 36Sixty to make the street address memorable.



Those who grow succulents as a hobby do not include cacti within the definition, but the botanists do not draw that distinction among plants that thrive in arid conditions by retaining water in fleshy water-storing tissue.

... and then there is the Arid Garden in Hermann Park 



ARID GARDEN explained - on-site educational poster



Arid Garden in Hermann Park - Japanese Stone Lantern

Park Lane Tower overlooking Centennial Gardens - Arid Garden in foreground 




2 comments:

  1. The Cactus Records original location was in the West Alabama center, that's why the sign is there.

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  2. Thanks for the background info. Makes sense now.

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