your arid beds

TonyJ
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Re: your arid beds

Post by TonyJ » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:13 pm

The Opuntia is a Phaecantha and tough as old boots. You can see the fruit resulting from last years flowers. A mean looking plant with a softer side.


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Re: your arid beds

Post by cheshirepalms » Mon Mar 24, 2014 9:53 pm

TonyJ wrote:The Opuntia is a Phaecantha and tough as old boots. You can see the fruit resulting from last years flowers. A mean looking plant with a softer side.
That's a brilliant arid bed, I have some Opuntia to go in mine when I do it later this spring. Whats underneath the gravel on the top? Soil or a mixture of things?


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Re: your arid beds

Post by Andy Martin » Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:24 pm

I'm an absolute Yucca fan and keep a good stock of Arids. Here's my main border
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In the pic are Yuccas Rigida, Rostrata, Queretaroensis, Linearifolia x 3,Thompsoniana, Pallida, Dasylirion Miqihuanensis, Serratifolia, Nolina La siberica, Nelsonii and Parviflora and a few Agaves. I have many more around the garden I also have four species of Beschorneria which thankfully are all still alive. The Aloe Polyphylla on the extreme right/front suffered a little wet damage from roof splashback otherwise all ok.


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Re: your arid beds

Post by dorothy » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:04 am

Great photo Tony? Optunia looks very nice but I wouldn't trust some of my cats to not stand on it and me end up with a vet bill :shock: my ginger cat stood on something spikey last year and had to stay on house arrest for three week. He was not happy at all and even though I work at a vets, the bill was still relatively high because he had to have X-rays..


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Re: your arid beds

Post by multim » Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:18 am

Agreed. Opuntia is deceptively prickley plant. Don't get fooled by the large spines as they usually have little brown almost hairy spines which truly get under your skin and are a devil to remove.
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