In addition to showing you pictures of my new landscaping, I want to talk a little about what changes I made and why. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
|Four bunny ear cacti were placed along the fence. If allowed to grow to full size, they'll fill this entire bed. But, they can be "pruned" to keep their size nicely. I want them to fill in along the fence and grow about as high as the fence. After that, it's pruning time. A purple fountain grass is placed in front of the bunny ears. Now, I need a couple of nice pampas grass, and a burgundy fountain grass, and I'll be happy, happy, happy (as Emeril likes to say).|
|Close-up of one of the white bunny ears. These are relatives of the prickly pear. Instead of spines, they have little fuzzy dots that can sting like nettles. I planted two white ones and two yellow ones. They should look really nice when they started blending together.|
|These will go at the front of the side garden. They aren't supposed to get very big, but they form nice clusters and have beautiful flowers. Watch for flower pictures next year.The next pictures shows them after they were planted.|
|Echinocereus coccineus Many species in this genus will form large, spiny, hemispherical mounds, giving them the common name "hedgehog cacti". This large genus has other body-forms as well, from thin, pendulous, rambling stems to solitary miniature species. They bear flowers in the whole range of cactus colors: white, yellow, pink, orange, red, purple and even green. Several species are good for cactus gardens at more northern latitudes, tolerating prolonged periods below 0 degrees. The cold-hardy species will dehydrate in the autumn, even when there is plenty of water; this allows them to take lower tmeperatures. They range through the southwestern USA and Mexico. Specifics about the particular variety shown here The individual stems of this species grow to 2.25" diameter and will offset to make hemispherical clusters up to 14 inches across. In late spring, light scarlet flowers 2" long appear, scattered about the plant. From New Mexico.|
|The front part of the side yard. Spike has been moved to the front yard. We added some additional cacti, including the big monstrose you see here. Botanically speaking, this is an interesting plant in that it is sterile (produces no seeds). As trunks fall off, they will root along the side to form new plants. This is also commonly known as a "totem pole" cactus. The little tiny things you can see forming a semicircle around the front of the grouping are lithops (living rocks).|
|These are the lithops in bloom. The little succulents are only an inch or so across, and the flowers are easily 2 inches across. They close up at night and then come open again during the day.|
|This is really something. Hardly any spikes, either!|