Opuntia imbricata v. viridiflorus and Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’ / Cleon 2013
A recent cactus fiend
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.
Opuntia engelmannii / It is quite easy to tell when the tunas are ripe, they fall freely from the plant or with the slightest touch. Unfortunately, this variety is small and not very fleshy. They are sweet and have an intense pomegranate colored juice.