Sunday, April 2, 2017

Warmer weather, but the damage is just getting started.

It's winters like these that weed out the weak.  More damage showing its ugly face daily!  April should be a real fright feast!   

Hardy!
Echinocereus inermis

Truly hardy.
Coryphantha vivipara

Normaly Hardy.
Echinocereus inermis

Hardy!
Echinocereus mojavensis

Covered
Agave parryi 

Echinocereus inermis

Hardy!
Sclerocactus spinosior

Not as hardy as they should be.
Dead all of them Dead!
Echinocereus albispinus

Hardy, but in a year like this it will get some winter burn.
Echinocereus mojavensis

Hardy!
Opuntia pheacantha

Covered, damaged.  Only time will tell.
Agave parryi "Flagstaff AZ Form"

Hardy (so far)
Yucca brevifolia


Covered small sucker.

Hardy
Echinocereus coccineus

Hardy!  I think I've killed more of these in the summer do to lake of irrigation.
Echinocereus caespitosus, I think?

Hardy, but covered. The hardiest trial agave to date.
Hybrid Agave, A. utahensis x neomexicana  

Very hardy!  This plant was completely covered with snow for have the winter,
Yucca baccata

Hardy!
Echinocereus caespitosus,

Normally hardy, but this year lots on damage.  Only time will tell. 
Yucca rostrata/ thompsoniana type.

Hardy, but covered.
Hybrid, Y. thompsoniana x elata 

Not as hardy as they should be.
Cylindropuntia imbricata


Hardy, but in a year like this it will get some winter burn.
Echinocereus mojavensis

Hardy, but covered.
Yucca gloriosa x elata

Hardy if covered.
E. ledingii

Hardy!
Opuntia basilaris

Normally hardy, but this year lots on damage.  Only time will tell. 
Yucca rostrata/ thompsoniana type.

Very Hardy!!!
Opuntia basilaris, from LaMar Orton Gardens!

Opuntia basilaris, this one not hardy enough!

A couple of Ferocactus wislizeni from Stoney Creek Cacti.
I bought and covered 3 of these, although they did not live through the winter, they may have if they were bigger.  I was impressed, may try them again when available.  


Covered, and Dead!
Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata

Hardy!
Echinocereus caespitosus,

Hardy!
Sclerocactus spinosior

Native to this area and county.  Just to show that even native cactus sometimes get frost damage. 

Freezes back almost yearly.
Yucca recurvifolia

Normally hardy, but not this year!
Yucca elata

Yucca unkown, but looks hardy!


Hardy!
Yucca nana


Hardy!
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Not as hardy as they should be.
Cylindropuntia imbricata

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Truly hardy.
Coryphantha vivipara

This was an awesome free gift, so sad it did not make it through the winter.

Time will tell.
Echinocereus coccineus


Covered
Yucca brevifolia

Very Hardy!
Micropuntia pulchella

Normally hardy form.
Cylindropuntia ramosissima





Covered, but rotted from the bottom up.  I cut the top off to try later.
Opuntia lindheimeri

Covered
Echinocereus roetteri

Very hardy.
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada

Not hardy.  Some of the bottom stems might have lived if I cut them off.
Cylindropuntia spinosior, from my property in AZ

Still alive, but major damage.
Opuntia "engelmannii type" 

Covered, with damage.
Opuntia macrocentra, from my property in AZ. 

Somewhat hardy
Opuntia engelmannii x basilaris

Opuntia polyacantha type 
I bought this from Oklahoma

This "died" after the last winter, but still some green even after this winter. lol
Agava harvardiana 

Hardy but not as hardy as I hoped for.
Yucca filamentosa x elata

Yucca filamentosa x elata

Hardy, but with damage.
Yucca gloriosa type

Hardy!  These two elata I planted in the worst two places I have and they look good!
Some just do better than others of the same species. 
Yucca elata


Hardier than the others, this is variety "Big Mama" 
Yucca filamentosa x elata

Hardy
Yucca Hybrid

Hardy
Yucca elata 

Not as hardy as it should be.
Yucca elata

Opuntia polyacantha type "dead"
I bought this from Oklahoma

I spotted two new birds in the yard this month.  A Horned Lark (sorry no photo), and this one.
Spotted Towhee


3 comments:

  1. You have so hybrids I've never heard of...are those for hardiness or a certain look? (Yucca filamentosa x elata, Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada, A. utahensis x neomexicana, etc.)

    A few of those look dead, but trying them out to find the bullet-proof plants is always good. So is planting enough of 1 species to really know...only time and money, right?

    O. lindheimeri was wrongly put into jobs where I specified O. engelmannii, and they seemed to not like even ABQ winters. Here 1 USDA zone warmer O. lind. are OK, but we're still too dry.

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