After the Blue Northern

purple opuntia

It’s finally back into the 60s (Fahrenheit) here, so some of the tender plants can come back out into the sun.



Like this Opuntia. Not sure what species though. Maybe macrocentra or gosseliniana??


A Moby Jr. From Pam Penick’s famous and deceased Agave ovatifolia (whales tongue).



I did lose a couple of plants from the 50 degree drop we had last Saturday. Like the blue elf aloe below. I did pull up the biggest part of the plant that still had an unaffected portion. Time will tell if it survives.


This native Echinocereus reichenbachii is a few years old and used to stand up straight…🤔 #theMOSTphalliclookingcactus 😁


A couple more deaths: the gulf fritillary butterfly was hanging onto the dwarf papyrus after dragging it back up towards the surface. Beautifully preserved though. And I’m happy to report that I still have both my arms after having to pull up this and a couple other sunken bog plants.


The grapes gomphrena bit the dust but the flowers dried out nicely!

This Agave ‘Royal Spines’ got a visitor who luckily survived!



On Frozen Pond

frozen stocktank pond

It was colder than a _______. (My word choice would probably be inappropriate🤔)  The stock tank pond was frozen more than an inch solid after sub freezing temps for two days.


The Colorado water lilies are hardy here so should do fine although they’ll probably turn to mush for the rest of winter.


I sunk the marginal (bog) plants like Dwarf  Papyrus (above) and the native buttonbush (below).


And this Aquatic Milkweed.

Since we have some native Gambusias, I opted to pour hot water to help melt the ice versus using to some sort of tool to break it up.


Although you can’t really tell, that little chartreuse papyrus puff is still under a sheet of ice. Those reflections tho…

Before the hot water: “Mommy the ice is good for drawing on! See?!?!”