Sunday, October 25, 2015

The end is here!

The end of the warm weather is upon us and the cold weather seasons begin.  I always laugh when with the coming of Fall because, I always get a new boost of garden inspiration.  Now is the time of year I finally decide to buy all those plants I was going to buy in the spring.  I can't help my self, I buy a few and shove them onto a window seal barely keep them alive until spring.  And when I do plant them it's way too early and they either die or struggle to push up new growth by summer. lol  Trees (most) on the other hand seem to do better for me when planted in the fall.

I will try and fill in the blanks later.           

Pic. was taken from a top a mound I made.  

End of the season flowers.  The American Gold Finches have moved on time to clean-up.

This is a reminder for myself "not to let gaillardia grow in and around the hardscape", they take over.  

Before and after trim, I was already into the trim before I thought of before and after pics.
(Cercocarpus ledifolius) Amazing trees that can grow high in the alpines or even in the hot deserts.  They have an appearance of a Mediterranean olive, very exotic looking with time.  I suggest people look up imagines on their computers.  I first saw them as a kid back-packing and wanted one ever sense.       

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Year end yucca and cactus review...and a few other random things.

Had very little growth on the yuccas this season.  last fall we had another warm/cold spell.  This has been what I found kills or damages my yuccas the most.  I did not lose any yuccas, but growth was slow to come out of the damage areas and I did lose one Yucca brevifolia branch, even though it was the warmest winter I have seen here (Shoshone).   

Yucca brevifolia

Yucca torreyi 

Yucca elata

Yucca rostara

Yucca faxoniana 

An amazing hybrid Yucca thompsoniana x elata
Thank you Tim! 

This could be the most awesome yucca ever, only time will tell.
Yucca gloriosa x elata, many thanks Tim.

Yucca torreyi

Echinocereus triglochidiatus "white sands"

Trying this one again, survived one of the coldest winters here, but died during the second warmest.
Echinocereus ledingii 

Yucca elata

Echinocactus polycephalus "love this cactus"

Echinocactus polycephalus I bought this year. 
This is what happens when planted without temporary shade, cactus sunburn easy.
Always plant in the same direction as the were in the ground, or use shade for a couple of weeks.     

Yucca rostrata or thombsoniana

Coryphantha sp.

Agave parryi, central AZ mountains.  Takes cold, but not wet cold. 

Yucca brevifolia, I removed one branch that had cold damage. 

Echinocereus inermis

Yucca elata

Yucca baccata

Yucca faxoniana

Hybrid, Agave utahensis x neomexicana 

Y. flaccida x reverchonii-thompsoniana.  I think? 

Yucca baccata
This is what happens when you remove to many leaves from a yucca.
Desperately needs to be moved.   

Agave palmeri 
Finally starting to grow now that the weather is cooling. 

Yucca brevifolia 

Yucca thompsoniana or maybe rostrata.

Yucca angustissima 

Yucca baccata 

Agave parryi "Flagstaff"

Found in garden, many good people have given me seed over the years that I have broadcast out into the garden, so it could be anything.  But I believe it is a form of Opuntia phaeacantha.   

I should have paid attention when I bought this, forgot what it is?

This is either Y. faxon or Y. austrailis, I got some of them mixed up when I grew them.  This one not as cold hardy as the others, could be austrailis   

E. reichenbachii 

Yucca gloriosa verigata

I believe this is going to be one very interesting yucca when it grows up.
Yucca arkansana "freemanii" x reverchonii-thompsoniana

Yucca neomexicana

Y. gloriosa, I think?  I got it from Tim.

Y. rostrata

Opuntia unknown, Tim was also kind enough to give me this also.

Y. brevifolia

Opuntia spinosibacca, many thanks Judy in Kansas.

Agave havardiana, why not try it again.  Hope you freeze you wimpy plant! Tough love. lol 

OMG, how cool is this yucca from Tim.
I think it is a rostrata cross of something.  

Agave palmeri, not doing well, but alive.

Yucca elata

Yucca brevifolia

Yucca elata

"Big Mama" Y. "filata" grown from seed.  Thanks Tim.  

This handsome guy and his 6 girl friends.  

Greasewood, Sarcobatus 

Yucca brevifolia, side sucker.  Going to try and move it in the spring.

Yucca glauca 


Opuntia basilaris x engelmannii