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.


  1. Your new cactus bed looks great...........time to fill it up :).

  2. Thanks, I have a few cactus inside just waiting for spring planting!