Six on Saturday: April 2nd

Joining the Propagator and other gardeners from around the world (see the Comments section on the Prop’s post) for another Six:

1. Mulching with spoiled straw. Used up my bale on the perennial fruits and vegetables after recent weeding. Hoping that the mulch will aid in moisture retention during the dry months to come.

2. Dragonfruit (Selenicereus sp.) moved outside. Maybe too early? But I’m prepared to move it back inside if freezing weather threatens. My hope is that it will wend its monstrous way up the porch.

3. Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) planted out, after getting hooked on my skirt and dragged unresistingly from its pot, where I had fondly and mistakenly imagined roots were growing. Now doused in root growth hormone, its soil amended with cactus mix, and thoroughly watered, it has been planted outside, and we shall see what transpires. There is still a greenish tinge to the trunk that inspires a measure of optimism.

4. Desert Museum Palo Verde (Cercidium x ‘Desert Museum’) planted out. This plant arrived in the mail in far better condition than its counterpart, the ocotillo, and has put out substantial new growth since being potted up. The question of where to place this tree was troubling for a time, but ultimately I settled on the other end of the big perennial bed from the olive.

5. Overview.

The garden May 2020
April 2021
March 2022

6. Restio transplanted. This year, my Giant Cape Restio (Rhodocoma capensis) suffered damage from the cold, with exposed foliage turning brown. After a little research, I ascertained that this restio is only hardy to USDA zone 9 (we are in 8). Yes, it seems like I should have determined hardiness before buying/planting the restio, but I was distracted by its beauty and incapable of considering mundane practicalities. The restio was accordingly transplanted with a degree of difficulty to a barrel planter next to the house, where I hope it will benefit from the added warmth.


14 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: April 2nd

  1. We really see the evolution of your garden from 2020 to today… well done! The opuntia has been moved, the plants have grown well and the overall result gives a positive look. I didn’t know about the ocotillo and had to google it to find out more. Not that kind of plants here…maybe further south.

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    • Can’t take credit – it arrived in the mail in more or less its current condition and doesn’t seem to have grown at all since. Cactus are indeed dangerous plants, but I can’t seem to get enough of them, to my occasional detriment. My spouse is dismayed by my proclivity for the pointy, thorny, and barbed.

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  2. The bricks around the beds give a nice finished effect. I thought I saw soaker hoses in one of the photos; are you satisfied with them as watering devices? I have six soaker hoses now and have come to trust them more after years of suspecting they weren’t doing the job. I think it’s important to space them out about 18 inches apart.

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    • Yes, I am using both soaker hoses and drip irrigation, as well as quite a bit of inefficient hand wandering. I, too, am very slowly trying to arrive at a place where I trust my irrigation system – that was well put.

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  3. I’m inspired by your brick edging. Thank you for including a landscape view of your garden. It’s nice to see how other gardeners set up and use their space. Yours is similar to mine. Big beds and pathways. I also had to look up the plants you listed. I live in the PNW. Its always fun to learn from other gardeners.

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