Neon tetra v. Uncle Sammy
I’ve been searching my pics of Sammy with his outdoor Neon tetra tank. I know I took some. Can’t find them.
N. tetra is a tropical fish native to the lowlands of Central America It is sold as an indoor aquarium fish. Over many years, Sammy bred a variety that could thrive outdoors in Southern California.
I wish I could find those pics!
Sammy at 1, with his family. Circa 1926
I swear I don’t know how it got there but this one showed up on my phone yesterday. It was taken in Venice before we moved to San Pedro. ( Pre- 1993.)
Uncle Sammy’s Cactus Garden
Uncle Sammy collected and propagated cacti for half a century at his LA home. He knew a lot about them; he had notes and books. He knew their names.
Gradually, he got old. Forgot their names; misplaced his notes; couldn’t really take care of the plants any more.
I would visit a couple of times a month, and about 10 years ago I started taking a trunk load home at each visit.
I’m sure my life-long love of cacti comes from Sammy and Marie, and my garden is a daily link to them.
After they moved to assisted living, I assembled a cactus garden for them on their balcony.
So glad I saved the plants. Unfortunately, I didn’t snag much of the knowledge.