Posts tagged succulent

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Two more cladodes are emerging from the Opuntia littoralis.

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After missing the bloom in early June, I was quite disappointed, but it appears the Trichocereus lobivia hybrid, commonly called a flying saucer cactus for its massive blooms, has decided to give me another one.

After missing the bloom in early June, I was quite disappointed, but it appears the Trichocereus lobivia hybrid, commonly called a flying saucer cactus for its massive blooms, has decided to give me another one.

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…and with these last two non-cactus shots, our tour of Timberline Gardens has come to a close.  I felt like I took many more photos than I apparently did.  Now, I need to sort back through them and my mental notes, and decide what cuttings I would like to add to my collection.

For those of you in the U.S., you couldn’t find a nice guy to buy from - seriously.  And if you’re not exactly sure what would work for you, email Kelly and he would be more than happy to assist you in choosing the best species for your locale:

http://www.coldhardycactus.com/

http://www.timberlinegardens.com/

(This is a completely unsolicited plug for him.  Visiting and touring his gardens only reaffirmed the encounters I have had via email and previous online orders)

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Echinopsis subdedantum ‘Dominoes’

Echinopsis subdedantum ‘Dominoes’

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More cacti in the back greenhouse at Timberline Gardens.  See anything you’d like to take home?

More cacti in the back greenhouse at Timberline Gardens.  See anything you’d like to take home?

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This greenhouse is furthest west on the Timberline Gardens property (just behind it, a small pond with a locally threatened fish that is thriving).  It is used for several purposes: it houses plants that aren’t quite cold hardy in Colorado, owner Kelly Grummons conducts cross-pollination experiments, and it is used to raise seedlings and immature plants.  

This greenhouse is furthest west on the Timberline Gardens property (just behind it, a small pond with a locally threatened fish that is thriving).  It is used for several purposes: it houses plants that aren’t quite cold hardy in Colorado, owner Kelly Grummons conducts cross-pollination experiments, and it is used to raise seedlings and immature plants.  

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Once the Opuntia reach gallon size, they are transported to these long rectangular beds across the street from the main commercial side of the Timberline Gardens greenhouses.

First, just take in the beauty of so many prickly pear and cholla in one place.  Ok, now, do you see those plastic pallets in the background?  It turns out, those cottonwood trees past the field behind them are a real nuisance (as they are most places), so every fall they must choose the right time as summer temperatures begin to dissipate and the cottonwood leaves begin to fall.  They can even cover the plastic pallets with cloth with pallets preserving air flow around the plants.  Once the leaves have fallen, they remove the coverings and let winter takes its course.  Pretty low tech and effective strategy.

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Sedum species at Timberline Gardens (Arvada, Colorado)

Sedum species at Timberline Gardens (Arvada, Colorado)

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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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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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Monday duo

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Disocactus flagelliformis / Rat Tail Cactus
Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

While touring the grounds, owner Kelly Grummons mentioned a few of his favorite plants, including this rat tail cactus, which he has had since his youth.  He said it is like a mascot for the nursery - and it is quite beautiful.

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Tropical cacti have big competition when it comes to pollinators …

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Succulent planter / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

Succulent planter / Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

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Agave ‘Kissho Kan’ / Lucky Crown Century PlantTimberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado
This sport agave grows to just over a foot tall and wide with great symmetry - and the color combination of white, blue-grey, and cinnamon is something special.

Agave ‘Kissho Kan’ / Lucky Crown Century Plant
Timberline Gardens, Arvada, Colorado

This sport agave grows to just over a foot tall and wide with great symmetry - and the color combination of white, blue-grey, and cinnamon is something special.