Potted Cactuses


We have some cactuses growing in pots on our back terrace. They are pretty and harmless, unless touched … or, so I’d thought. I had never really looked at them up close until recently. Robin took some photos of them out in the sunshine, thinking that I might enjoy them, and looking at the results made me realise two things: firstly, that I really like the aesthetics of cactuses, which I’d never thought much about until then; secondly, that we are harbouring an alien colony, which may or may not be planning to destroy us.


Nevertheless, they are tiny, so I think we don’t have to worry just yet. Having said that, anyone who ever read The Day of the Triffids understands that all it takes is a random catastrophe to strike humanity, permanently weakening our capacity for self-defense, in order for botanical horrors to take over our planet. And to think that people have been worrying about  zombies all this time.


This one is pretty, I think …




And these little suckers are going to get us one of these days …




If you don’t believe me, look at the close-up …

Alien Colony Closeup


I’m pretty sure the one on the left is the Leader. He looks authoritative, even if he’s bit freaked out from being photographed.


Alien Colony Leader


So the next time you are admiring your favourite succulents, you might consider snapping off those creepy little ETs popping out all over them. If not, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Cactus Closeup


The classic survival guide to botanical world domination …


Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham


Furthermore, at the risk of sounding udderly paranoid, I think it’s best not to turn our backs on our bovine companions, either. I’d advise you to stop eating them, too. I think they bear a grudge, and who can blame them? Report here http://www.firstpr.com.au/show-and-tell/homeland-security/