We have been collecting and receiving hardy cactus for a few years and they usually pile up in the existing sand bed next to the pump house. While we will keep a few agaves in the sand bed because they are too large to move, we have finally built a small hardy cactus and succulent garden. The new garden visually completes a stair that previously just ended in a pile of concrete rubble.
We also have been propagating a few opuntias to replace scraggly plants inside the greenhouse and for sale at the lavender festival next year. The varieties are very low prickle, especially meant for eating. One variety, a ficus-indica opuntia Var.Burbank Spineless, has narrow leaves and looks like a saguaro. The other one, opuntia robusta, has big, round, blue pads.