I ran across this shot while editing this morning - the light was just great, so I had to share it.
Just a few more weeks until I pick up my cacti that have been overwintering in the greenhouse.
A recent cactus fiend
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.
Austin has had some of the same winter weather that we have this year, but the Texas tuberose, likely Manfreda variegata, have fared much better than mine. Even though I lost all of the foliage, it should spring back soon.