Monday, February 20, 2012

I think I lost no more than one plant this winter.

My biggest Y. rostrata

This guy looks like he wants warmer
Opuntia basilaris, a nice hardy form that my friend Jay sent me from Canada. And no they are not native to Canada.

Echinocereus reichenbachii
I believe I have lost more of these in the summer than the winter.  Our summers are drier than the native habitat and so these do better with some summer irrigation. 

Do not plant any of your southern natives in low areas that are wet and muddy in the winter.  Our northern prickly-pears do just fine in places like this, but a hedgehog cactus even hardy will rot.   

Shots of the new crowns on the big Yucca brevifolia. If you look very close at some of the leaves you can see light yellow spots from the cold.  The older and bigger the leaves get the more cold resistant they will be.

Nothing too worry about on these new crowns, all of them will do just fine this summer.

This is damage from last seasons winter.

Smaller Yucca brevifolia, should take off this summer.

This was a cactus I bought off e-bay.  It was suppose to be O. bigelovii, but looks a lot more like a O. ramosissima too me?  I don't see how anyone could think it was bigelovii?  Very cold hardy, so I think I will keep it.

Yucca brevifolia, loves it new place in the world!

Opuntia clavata

 This is a hardy cactus and I think the only reason it is rotting is because it is in a low area.
Wet cold feet in the winter = root-rot!

Echinocereus triglochidiatus mojavensis
This is one of my favorite hedge-hog cactus.  They are very hardy and do well in our dry summers.  I love the flowers, and so do the humming-birds. 

Echinocereus triglochidiatus inermis

 A cool little cactus my friend Jay sent me from Canada, not sure on the id?  I don't think its O. fragilis? 
I do however see some weeds that are going too die as soon as I'm done with this blog! 

New cactus bed, just enough for one or two new cactus.  This was the place I pulled the Yucca nana out of the ground from the last blog.

Y. gloriosa
A hardy form, but never have done much of anything.  They may need more water than I give them? 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The race before spring.

  I hate winter, but I need too get done everything I can before spring gets here.  Hard too do hardscaping when I'm pulling weeds, mowing the grass and watering.

Uncovered a few of the plants that never needed too be covered in the first place. (mild winter)

Simple cover can go along ways.  No need to heat for most yuccas.  And no need to cover when older
(Most years)

Yucca faxoniana, one of the least cold hardy yuccas I have. 

Yucca nana, I wish I had a neighbor that liked cactus, and yuccas.

 Yucca brevifolia

Agave neomexicana x utahensis
Leaves burnt from last year's winter.

Agave parryi

Yucca thompsoniana, might be rostrata?

Recent pics of the drain, I need too keep picking.
Penstemons growing in the gravel, they love gravel.

Don't look like much in the pic, but I can say this will take all year to pic enough rock to fill in this burm.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Love it when the mountains get the snow and we don't!

I love too see the snow stay in the mountains and the valley with just enough to keep the wildlife going.

PS. More snow on the ground than it looks.