Echinopsis subdedantum ‘Dominoes’
A recent cactus fiend
After missing the bloom in early June, I was quite disappointed, but it appears the Trichocereus lobivia hybrid, commonly called a flying saucer cactus for its massive blooms, has decided to give me another one.
…and with these last two non-cactus shots, our tour of Timberline Gardens has come to a close. I felt like I took many more photos than I apparently did. Now, I need to sort back through them and my mental notes, and decide what cuttings I would like to add to my collection.
For those of you in the U.S., you couldn’t find a nice guy to buy from - seriously. And if you’re not exactly sure what would work for you, email Kelly and he would be more than happy to assist you in choosing the best species for your locale:
(This is a completely unsolicited plug for him. Visiting and touring his gardens only reaffirmed the encounters I have had via email and previous online orders)
Opuntia species / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
cactusmandan, this is one you’d love, right? Owner Kelly Grummons received this from a friend, and wasn’t exactly sure on the proper ID. He doesn’t have it listed on his site, but I’ll be asking him for a cutting of this one for sure!
This greenhouse is furthest west on the Timberline Gardens property (just behind it, a small pond with a locally threatened fish that is thriving). It is used for several purposes: it houses plants that aren’t quite cold hardy in Colorado, owner Kelly Grummons conducts cross-pollination experiments, and it is used to raise seedlings and immature plants.
Once the Opuntia reach gallon size, they are transported to these long rectangular beds across the street from the main commercial side of the Timberline Gardens greenhouses.
First, just take in the beauty of so many prickly pear and cholla in one place. Ok, now, do you see those plastic pallets in the background? It turns out, those cottonwood trees past the field behind them are a real nuisance (as they are most places), so every fall they must choose the right time as summer temperatures begin to dissipate and the cottonwood leaves begin to fall. They can even cover the plastic pallets with cloth with pallets preserving air flow around the plants. Once the leaves have fallen, they remove the coverings and let winter takes its course. Pretty low tech and effective strategy.
After touring me through his specialty prickly pears, Kelly Grummons took me across the street to view some other growing areas. Here are a few more shots of the Opuntia mother plants from which Timberline Gardens and www.coldhardycactus.com collect their cuttings.
Opuntia Eli’s Purple Cholla / Timberline Gardens
This one is a nice shade of deep green and forms dense clumps. This species was found by Timberline Gardens’ own John Navant. As the name suggests, it has purple blooms.
Opuntia 'Coral Carpet' / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
I visited just an hour or two too early to see these plants in their full glory with blooms open - quiet a site nevertheless.
Opuntia whipplei 'Snow Leopard' / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
The shimmering, silvery-white, dense spines of this cholla are exceptionally beautiful. In June, it is covered in yellow blooms. It can grow up to 36” high by 60” wide. Zone 5. It comes from Don Campbell in Grand Junction, CO.