new hardy cactus garden
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.
existing hardy cactus bed
cactus bed as continuation of rock stairs
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.
indoor cactus cuttings -- opuntias that are not hardy
As we hunker down and deal with winter, I’ve been looking back over photos and videos of our 4 ducks — Hewey, Lewey, Dewey and Clyde. Born on mother’s day, we have 2 girls and 2 boys, we didn’t realize until they’d almost hit adulthood just what the gender mix was.
what gender are we?
We thought we had 3 girls and 1 boy (the all-black Lewey).
still looks like 3 girls and a boy?
Then we realized that 2 of the girls were boys when they began to change colors (Hewey and Clyde).
Some male/female differentiation occurred in August.
Then we realized that Lewey is a girl. Dewey was always a girl in our minds. Girls don’t have curls in their tail feathers.