Posts tagged opuntia basilaris

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A few of the Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ pads are showing signs of life, but most are gone.  It was getting far too large for its space anyway.

A few of the Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ pads are showing signs of life, but most are gone. It was getting far too large for its space anyway.

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brittaniejonesphotography:

Might be anthropomorphism, but, this cactus cactguy sent me last fall looks very solemn and thoughtful. Probably very upset to lose all it’s breathren to frost…

Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ is such a photogenic prickly pear, but all the mini and micro ones are.

brittaniejonesphotography:

Might be anthropomorphism, but, this cactus cactguy sent me last fall looks very solemn and thoughtful. Probably very upset to lose all it’s breathren to frost…

Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ is such a photogenic prickly pear, but all the mini and micro ones are.

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The Coffin was completely overgrown, so today I trimmed with the edger and them came back in with hand shears to finish the job. Everything that I planted in the fall - including the Opuntia hemifusa which I thought were dead - looks great. I have a lot of new pads and even quite a few blooms growing!

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Been waiting for an update on a few of my favorites? Well, here you go: Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, Opuntia imbricata var. varidiflorus, Opuntia ‘Mesa Melon’, Opuntia fragilis (debreczyi) var. denuda, and Maehuiniopsis darwinii. Whew, that’s a mouthful!

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Coffin update: The Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, O. ellisiana, and the prickly pear that I removed from the planting spot amongst the flagstone area are all showing new growth. That means everything except the O. microdasys montrose are thriving! The Agave salmiana is looking strong, too.

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(New pads)



Crazy, Baby Rita.

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(New pads)

Crazy, Baby Rita.

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The prickly pears in my lower garden, The Coffin, continue to grow more quickly than those in my backyard. Several of the Opuntia engelmannii already have 1-2 inch pads! The weeds, however, are growing even more quickly. While the O. ellisiana and O. microdasys montrose look healthy they are not yet showing spring growth, and the O. basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ is a striking color of purple throughout - that I have never seen in either specimen in my backyard. Friday, after picking up the greenhouse collection, I hope to get back down there and clean it up a bit before the weeds take complete control!

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What is the old phrase?  One Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ pad in the hand is better than two …

What is the old phrase? One Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ pad in the hand is better than two …

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Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’

Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’

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It wouldn’t be a complete day without an update on the prickly pears. Feast your eyes on this - and Spring has only just begun! I can’t overstate my enthusiasm that the Opuntia ‘Mesa Melon’ is taking off and planning to double in size!

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ghost-of-hitler:

Look what came in the mail today !!!!
Had no idea how big the pads would be , so excuse the small pots . Getting bigger ones tomorrow .
I LOVE the Baby Rita and the pictures are beautiful.
Was stupid and didn’t wear gloves and am definitely paying for it now .
So so so happy !
Thank you Cactguy !!

Here is the swag from my first giveaway.  So happy they already arrived.  Enjoy buddy!  (I use heavy duty rubber gardening gloves to protect from glochids.)

ghost-of-hitler:

Look what came in the mail today !!!!
Had no idea how big the pads would be , so excuse the small pots . Getting bigger ones tomorrow .
I LOVE the Baby Rita and the pictures are beautiful.
Was stupid and didn’t wear gloves and am definitely paying for it now .
So so so happy !
Thank you Cactguy !!

Here is the swag from my first giveaway. So happy they already arrived. Enjoy buddy! (I use heavy duty rubber gardening gloves to protect from glochids.)

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brittaniejones:

The cactus that I got from cactguy came in the mail! It was a lot more than I was expecting, and so cute!

Did this one root and take off for you?

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The Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ has really perked up this week - I was a little worried a few weeks ago!

The Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ has really perked up this week - I was a little worried a few weeks ago!

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Last year I didn’t do any major cutbacks on the Opuntia in the spring - the summer resulted in constant trimming of pads encroaching the yard and no real fruit to speak of.  In fact, of the fruit that set, none of them ever ripened and most just fell off.  This, in conjunction with the Christmas freeze and snow that did some damage to a few of the Opuntia, led me to do a lot of trimming this morning.  This has resulted in a number of pads that will either go to my prickly pear garden in the Coffin or to friends, family, and followers.  I particularly like the shape of the Opuntia ellisiana, or tiger tongue prickly pear, now: it is large but doesn’t feel heavy, lets lights through, and helps to separate the patio area from the rest of the garden.

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We have had another string of multiple days well below freezing after dark, but today we finally reached back into the 50s (the mid-70s of last Friday seem so long ago) and I went out to removed the frost cloth and pots covering some of the more sensitive plants.  I decided to do an update while I was out in the garden:

Aloe vera
It continues to die.  The central pieces that were alive after the first freeze are gone now, with only a few suckers off to the sides still plump.  The rest feel like unfrozen Fla-vor-ice popsicle sleeves.  I’ll leave it to see what happens …

Bulbine frutescens
The orange bulbine withstood the first test, but it is now a mangled mess of mush (ohh, tongue twisters!).  I wonder if the roots will pull this one through the winter?

Mammillaria nejapensis
On Christmas day, it looked like this.  No wonder it is so damaged.  This is one that I’m testing a fair amount below its natural range, so we will see how it fairs.

Mammillaria hahniana
The M. hahniana is fairing much better than its neighbor with only minimal damage to a few tubercles.  The flowers that recently emerged show little to no progress.

Opuntia microdasys montrose
The crazy bunny looks, well, crazy: pieces are broken, rotted, or dangling, but it has been in the garden three winters and knows how to bounce back in the spring.

Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’
More pieces have fallen off the Baby Rita, but the pads still look quite fleshy.  I saw this one at the Dallas Arboretum, so I assumed they keep it out year round.  It was getting too big for its location anyway!

Coryphantha vivipara
These beehive cacti, as they would say in their native West Texas, have “hunkered down” for the winter.  I can’t wait until they are blooming again.

Ferocactus latispinus
The Devil’s tongue barrel has actually greatly improved in appearance since this summer - finally growing out of some earlier scarring.  It is nearly as deep a green as when I bought it in 2011.

Opuntia ‘Mesa Melon’
This cold hardy prickly pear is looking pretty wimpy right now in its first winter outdoors.  Hopefully a cold winter will encourage quicker growth in the spring.

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Danger Garden’s post has me thinking about the advantages of living through winter in the garden, so I’ll close this one with a quote from American painter Andrew Wyeth:

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.  Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.