My friend and coworker Bryan is a man of varied interests and ferocious enthusiasm. One of these interests is gardening, so he's taken advantage of our building's high ceilings and wall of windows to transform the front office into a tangle of succulents and orchids, with a ceiling-high pencil tree as the centerpiece. Bryan's eventual goal is to have so many plants in there that there's no room to do any work. Presumably, at that point we could all just clock in and sit around for hours enjoying the lush beauty he's created.
Anyway, he knows how much I love Pointy, so he brought me some rabbit-gnawed succulents to rehab.
Bryan says you can train some of them into shapes by putting the pots in a window and turning them every so often. Like all plants, the leaves reach toward the sun, but the spines on these are rigid enough that the old growth stays in place. When you turn them, they kink as they grow, in sort of a solar bonsai technique. I'm hell on plants but these seem pretty hardy. I think they'll be fine.