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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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And this Aquatic Milkweed.

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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.

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

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