This Cylindropuntia ‘Mini Cholla’ is always the last of the Opuntias to put on new growth, but this year took a really long time!
A recent cactus fiend
Roads Water-Smart Garden I / Denver Botanic Gardens
Immediately upon entering the gates of the Denver Botanic Gardens, you are greeted on the right-hand side by the Roads Water-Smart Garden. It features both native plants, as well as plants that come from similar climates to that of Colorado, including the Mediterranean, South Africa, South America, and Central Asia.
Many of these species are quite suitable for my neck of the woods as well - thus, the garden provided loads of inspiration.
Last May, I helped my friend Susan create her first cactus garden (http://cactguy.tumblr.com/post/50195257339/i-am-quickly-turning-my-good-friend-susan-into-a).
Well, we had one of the coldest winters on record - and in many cases we dropped from temps in the 70s or 80s in a matter of hours. On top of that, we had snow, ice, and sleet.
Both of us lost some plants. While I only lost agaves and aloes, Susan lost her Ferocactus, an Oreocereus celsianus, and several Agave.
Today, we redid the garden, adding two variegated century plants in place of the Ferocactus, replaced the mulch with pea gravel, added a lot of new potted cacti and succulents, and even a yoga cat statue that I picked up for her husband while in Austin. All that remains from the first attempt are two Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ and two Cylindropuntia. Quite the upgrade!
I’ll try to showcase the potted plants later this week.
The monsters once again outgrew their container, and with the addition of two new members to the crew - Echinobivia hybrid ‘Rainbow Bursts’ cristata and Cylindropuntia fulgida montrose (Monster boxing glove cholla) - I decided to make two groupings: the E. hybrid is in the rectangular pot along with Cereus peruvianus montrose and another no ID cristata, and the Cylindropuntia sp. is with Cereus forbesii montrose and another smaller monster Cereus in the circular pot.