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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Some Remarkably Dreadful Pictures of My New Opuntia

I have two Opuntia plants, thanks to Loree at danger garden! She recently wrote a post about spreading Opuntia love, and offered to send some rooted Opuntia pads to a lucky winner -- which was me! Her post showed lots of different Opuntias around Portland, you can read it here.



Within about ten minutes of their arrival via U.S. Postal Service, I had planted them in one of the stock tanks in my gravel garden. I also managed to get some of its needles in my fingers, mistakenly thinking, Oh, they don't look that prickly.


The stock tank is a temporary spot, I just wanted to get them into the soil. They're sharing the tank with a Tetrapanax right now, which will probably eventually take over the tank. I may eventually move them into the culvert planters with the agaves and Mexican feather grass. But right now the grass is very floppy and frothing over the tops of the planters.





I am so behind on my blogging, there is a lot going on in the garden right now that I haven't even written about. We took two trees down, but that is a topic for a different post. I'm kind of in shock about it, it was unexpected, and I've been having a hard time wrapping my head around it. But now of course I have lots of room for new plants, in a large full-sun bed!

A couple of gratuitous shots.



12 comments:

  1. Love your succulents-the bottom combo really looks nice. And the mexican feather grass is gorgeous!

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  2. Allison, I like your garden, especially the steel grass combo! I think Opuntia is fab; so I bought a thornless variety...We'll see if it can survive 45 inches of rain each year!

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  3. I can't imagine trying to plant a cactus (Opuntia)...I would still be pulling out spines. Love all your succulent plantings. I need to be better with mine. Love how full your Pony Tails are!!

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  4. Alison your garden is looking fab! The pillar/culvert/grass/succulent combo is just wonderful. Glad you're enjoying your new Opuntia, I hope they cause you less pain in the future!

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  5. Alison, I am so sorry you have lost some trees, it makes my heart ache for you as many times I have feared that I might lose one of my beloved trees and the City House...So sad.

    It is funny how I never knew that we could successfully grow cactus here in the Pacific NW and especially Portland! I will have to go check out the link you gave. xo

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  6. Where do you buy the culverts?

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  7. I'm trying to find the dreadful shot. I can't see it. All your photos look great. I love the cute faux bird's nest "planter" too.

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  8. Oh Alison, it's all beautiful! Did you make the bird's nest planter or find it somewhere? It's especially sweet!

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  9. Oh oh oh that birds nest....oh. I am so in live with it. Never thought to do that to old nests.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  10. All of our gardens are going to wind up dangerous if Loree has anything to say about it. Yours is looking FINE.

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  11. Such great ideas! I really can't believe how good your gardens look.

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