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.