Posts tagged prickly pear

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Last fall the garden extension was prepped, ready, and empty. Now, it is quite different - and Opuntia engelmannii has made a quick comeback after losing more than half it’s mass in the winter storms.

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cactguy:

Opuntia phaeacantha var. mohavensis / Mohave prickly pear


This one has picked up some traction again. (And isn’t it peculiar that “picked up traction” means something has become popular rather than the opposite.)

cactguy:

Opuntia phaeacantha var. mohavensis / Mohave prickly pear

This one has picked up some traction again. (And isn’t it peculiar that “picked up traction” means something has become popular rather than the opposite.)

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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! 

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! 

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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.

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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 '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.

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Opuntia 'Coral Carpet' / Timberline Gardens

According to Kelly, this is a lovely carpeting form with light, coral pink flowers in June. 6” high by 36” wide. A very unusual new color. Zone 4.

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Opuntia polyacantha 'Crystal Tide' / Timberline Gardens

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As I mentioned previously, much of the magic at Timberline Gardens occurs “behind-the-scenes”.  This is where you find all of the parent plants for the prickly pear and cholla cuttings sold both on the retail garden center side as well as online.  Here are just a few of the gardens that I will be highlighting in more detail this week.

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Opuntia selections / Timbeline Gardens in Arvada, Colorado
It is surprisingly fascinating to see such a variety of unique prickly pear hybrids in such a small space - and shocking in retrospect, having seen the parent plants from which these all come (and the amount of space they take up).

Opuntia selections / Timbeline Gardens in Arvada, Colorado

It is surprisingly fascinating to see such a variety of unique prickly pear hybrids in such a small space - and shocking in retrospect, having seen the parent plants from which these all come (and the amount of space they take up).

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The transplanted Baby Rita, Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, is finally putting on new growth for the season.  Looks like it accepted its new locale.

The transplanted Baby Rita, Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’, is finally putting on new growth for the season. Looks like it accepted its new locale.

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Opuntia engelmannii / end of day

Opuntia engelmannii / end of day

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Roads Water-Smart Garden III / Denver Botanic GardensImmediately 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.

Roads Water-Smart Garden III / 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.

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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.

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We’ve been in the Dryland Mesa garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens for over a week now, so here is a final parting shot (and one of my favorites from the entire trip). How about we move on to a few more spots in the gardens?
Did you miss some of the posts from this garden?  Visit the Dryland Mesa tag for all of them.

We’ve been in the Dryland Mesa garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens for over a week now, so here is a final parting shot (and one of my favorites from the entire trip). How about we move on to a few more spots in the gardens?

Did you miss some of the posts from this garden?  Visit the Dryland Mesa tag for all of them.

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Prickly pear bloom / Denver Botanic Gardens