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A recent cactus fiend
The Great Outdoors, in Austin, has planters unlike anything I have seen. They are mixing a variety of Opuntia, Mammillaria, Agave, and other genus in classic way, but are mixing it up by placing some of the specimens in natural, woven orbs. I didn’t poke around to see exactly how they are doing it, but it has the effect of the old ship in the bottle. They must be either soaking and stretching the orbs or cutting off the portion around the plant. Either way, they look quite intriguing!
Some new cacti and succulent cuttings I’ve gotten
Sorry I’m just getting to this request. The first one is an Opuntia species and the second is a Schlumbergera. There are so many of both that it would be difficult to know exactly which either is without someone more expert than myself. The third one is …. not my area of expertise. Anyone know?The middle shot on the last row is Aloe - again, not sure which species. Anyone?
Today we visited Turner Falls Park in Davis, Oklahoma and did some light hiking and climbing. I managed to find a few prickly pears and yucca. One prickly pear pad had fallen from a cliff above and was perched in the branches of a mountain cedar. I’ll post more shots of it in a separate post. I’m not sure on the yucca species either, but I collected some seed.
The Agave lechuguilla sent a pup out a long time ago (http://cactguy.tumblr.com/post/42930054223/the-agave-are-springing-to-life-unfurling-with). At the time, the prickly pear beside it wasn’t really competing.
Well, as you can see now, things are quite different! On one hand, i partially want to just let them “sort it out for themselves”, but due to the poor quality of the Opuntia, I kind of want to cut it back and give the Agave a chance.
Here’s another shot of the new garden extension including: two Opuntia species in the back, as well as Echinocereus coccineus, with Agave ‘Sharkskin’, A. americana var. medio-picta alba, and Manfreda variegata, or Texas tuberose, in the front.
I finally got around to planting the prickly pear and Shark skin agave, a hybrid of A. asperrima x A. ferdinandi-regis. Everything looks pretty small, especially with the new cobbles, but I want to take my time figuring this space out - and the prickly pears will fill in quickly (as their neighbor demonstrates).
I think I’ll be adding more cobbles, too.