grusonii is the name of the cacti that my heart bleeds for, and
not only mine I know for sure. There is a roundabout between Alsançak and
Karaoğlanoğlu, there where the Bypass Road turns off, still in the area of responsibility of Kyrenia
Municipality, where on the order of the named municipality ….cacti were planted
to embellish the area and in the beginning - that is more than a year ago - I thought it a nice idea. Unfortunately the
cacti, among them respectable ones of 30 years of age and more have been
planted by people who have no idea how to prepare the soil for them and how to
take care of these rather expensive species of nature.
I love cacti and I have met the Father of
Cacti who lives in Lapta and who breeds them, Hikmet Uluçam, artist and
photographer, who has told me all about them and from whom I have got some
beauties from his collection for our own garden. I have written about his
lovely garden and Cacti families, and also about the Cactus Monument in front
of the Parliament in Nicosia I have visited.
Now these extraordinary specimen which cost
at least TL 300 per piece- I heard they were imported from Turkey, although we
have cacti nurseries here – are in a very poor state and overgrown with weed.
It is one thing to establish something –
that is praiseworthy - but it is more important to maintain it; just as it is
easy to have children, but to raise them, give them a proper basis for future life,
that is our responsibility.