Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Miscellaneous

Last fall I transplanted a Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia Milii) from a pot into my yard. It seems to be doing well, but the intense heat has not yet started and it is recommended that in the Phoenix area they get light shade. This plant will get some afternoon shade, but it may not be enough. We'll see.

 This Agave angustifolia provided an interesting view from my dining room windows, but soon my view will change. Once the stalk matures, the Agave will begin to die. Not a quick process--I'd say it will be ready to be discarded by mid-July. I don't envy the landscapers who will be attacking this chore.

This Desert Willow tree (Chilopsis linearis) isn't mine--it belongs to a neighbor who planted it very close to my back block wall. Although it provides a nice show of flowers this time of year and again in the fall, it might as well be my tree because of all the debris it drops in my back yard.

Several of my Prickly Pear cacti are now in bloom. I have seven varieties, and this is the only one that I can't name. I got a pad of it at a Cactus and Succulent Society meeting years ago, and it is quite large now. I've never been able to identify it as there are dozens of species and varieties. 

It was a good spring for my roses--large blooms but little fragrance. This was taken late April. Although they are still producing buds, the heat is just too much and they dry and fry quickly. It was pretty while it lasted. 


Ashraf shreif said...

Cool , many blooms and color....how old is agave ?

Aiyana said...

Hi Ashraf,
The Agave is now 7 years old. This species seems to produce a stalk earlier than many. In 2011 another one produced a stalk at 6 years and the plant was half the size of this one.

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

Looks like Opuntia engelmannii to me. I took a DBGenus class last night and it was a great one! We walked around the garden at about 7 PM. It was cool and the sun was down so the plants and flowers really stood out.

Nancy in Sun Lakes AZ said...

Oops, I think I forgot to say the DBG class was on Opuntias!

Aiyana said...

Hi Nancy,
The pads on this prickly pear are not shaped like the O. engelmannii. Hard to see how they are shaped in my photo, but they are quite large and very skinny. They may be a variety of the O. engelmannii, but they are completely different than the engelmannii I have in my yard.

Julie said...

Everything so beautiful, Aiyana!!! Nice to see you!
xoxo- Julie

Dee said...

my big old Century Plant is putting up a flower stalk. It must be 20 foot tall at the highest. Amazing to watch!

Julie said...

I like the term "Dry and Fry"!! :)

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