I’ve had a little Hoodia gordonii for a few years and I’m never quite sure if I am giving it what it wants. Shortly after bringing it home it turned sort of white. I thought for sure it was dead and then last year a little green offset grew. Which also eventually turned sort of white.
Yesterday I was potting up some seedlings and as I walked toward the backyard I startled a flock of band-tailed pigeons. As they took to the air I heard a crash and discovered the little Hoodia had been knocked over.
On the plus side now that it is knocked out of its pot I can see that it has some new growth forming. I potted it up into a slightly bigger pot and moved all the succulents off the top shelf where apparently the pigeons like to roost. I’m not sure if it is exactly thriving but at least it is alive.
And here is one of the culprits at my ground feeder. As far as I am concerned band-tailed pigeons are only one step better than regular city pigeons which are only one step better than rats. They are similar to mourning doves but nearly twice as big and dark grey with a green and white band around their neck. I try to love all the birds equally but these guys are kind of annoying. They usually come in a big flock of a dozen birds and when they get frightened (which is all the time) they take off at once and their big beating wings sound like a jet engine. Not only do they greedily pig out on the ground feeder but they are incredibly agile and I have seen as many as three of them at once clinging to my little hanging bird feeder. But I guess you have to take the good with the bad. If I want to attract the quails I have to put up with these big clumsy creatures that knock over little clay pots.