Monday, November 28, 2016

Because of the warmer November (first half) weather I was able to do some rebuilding on the creek bed.  A couple of years ago I started widening the creek bottom, digging it wider, and setting bigger foundation stones in place.  Even though the bottom was widened, do to the steeper walls it has created more growing space and a few new cactus beds to be filled.    

Showing how I cover some plants for winter.  Wood stakes, wrapped with clear plastic  
Yucca faxoniana

Agave havardiana 

A few "finished" covered plants for the season.

The start of what will be stairs leading into the creek bed for easy maintenance. 

New cactus beds on the canyon rim. 

The warmer weather has brought on a few spring flowers.

Agave utahensis x neomexicana

Sclerocactus parviflorus seedlings, going into their second winter. 

An unknown cactus that sprouted from soil of a different plant I bought.  Not sure what it is, but it looks like a form of Basilaris, turns red in hot and cold weather, and has shown some degree of cold-hardiness.  I have left it out until mid December most years.      

A couple of new trials for next season, Left- Opuntia  phaeacantha var. "Tahiti Sunrise" and Opuntia cacanapa.  Both of these I bought from "Okiedreams" on E-bay     

The next two I bought from "Plantasia Cactus Gardens"
Echinocereus engelmannii, I have tried this one before with mixed results.

Echinocereus viridiflorus var. weedinii

The next several I bought from "Stoney Creek Cacti @ Gifts"
Opuntia chlorotica

Ferocactus wislizeni "Hardest Form"  I will be impressed if this lives through the winter. It will be covered for the next few years.

I think this one was Echinocereus roetteri

Opuntia lindheimeri

Left to right.
Echinocereus roetteri, Echinocereus cannus x russanthus, Echinocereus lloydii 

Nov. 28, 2016
The first snow of the fall/winter season.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A couple of pics from Plantasia Cactus Gardens, Twin Falls Idaho.  

Stopped by for the last time of the season and bought of a few cactus, snapped a few pics.  I think maybe the first part of October?  Not sure but I think we have been warmer the first half of November than the whole month of October.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The last of warm weather performance.

A few pics of summer growth, before winter droop and or winter loss.  Many plants never out grew the damage from last winter.  Overall, last winter was fairly normal or on the warm side, but had a damaging early cold spell that killed or set many plants back in the spring.

  Other than the slow growth in the beginning of the season, the hardest thing(s) the garden had to endure was a mob of voles that over ran the garden.  Voles are an animal that has little respect for it's surroundings.  They don't just eat parts of the plants, no they kill the whole plant even if it is not palatable.  Plants seem to die without reason.  They chew everything at the base until it simple brakes off, or they eat all the roots until the plants rolls across the yard like a tumble weed, and people wonder why I like snakes in my garden.   

" Mini-Rita"
Cylindropuntia imbricata, garden volunteer  

One of the coolest yucca I have.
Yucca thompsoniana x elata or is it elata x thompsomiana?


Yucca rostrata, three crowns on this one.

A bad pic of  E. trig. "white sands"


Eriogonum Ovalifolium var. eximium 

Opuntia basilaris x englemanni 

Echinocactus polycephalus 

Opuntia basilaris, made it through last winter barely.  Nice blue color. 

Echinocactus polycephalus, going into it's first winter.  It will be cover with the rest of the Echinocactus. 

Yucca rostrata/thompsoniana

Agastache sp. Smells like bubble gum.

Yucca brevifolia

Quercus gambelii, an amazing plant!

Yucca elata, bloomed this year, will take a few years to get back in shape. 

New mexico privet.  A small wonderful xeric tree/bush.  Wont out grow a smaller landscape.  

Petrophytum caespitosum

Agave newmexicana x utahensis 

Escobaria vivipara

Escobaria vivipara, this one could be dying.  

Escobaria vivipara

Yucca baccata

An old filamentosa, the first yucca in my yard.

Yucca hybrid  

Sclerocactus parviflorus, E. albispinus   

Yucca brevifolia, grew very little this season.  I might cover this one through the winter.

Agave parryi "Flagstaff"  

Yucca brevifolia

Escobaria vivipara

Cylindropuntia echinocarpa, I think.

Yucca baccata

Shepherdia argentea, testing well in the garden.  No irrigation this summer.

Vole cages 

Desert holly

Opuntia marcocentra, Cochise County

Pawnee butte sand cherry.

Eriogonum sp.

Unknown, a little over an inch and not sure it's a wasp, even though it looks like one. 

Yucca hybrid

Escobaria vivipara, volunteer seedling. (lots of seedlings this year)