Thursday, June 4, 2009

April 20, 2007

Working on the landscaping lately . . .

This is one of the plants we brought back with us from my dad's place in Arizona. It's a century, like in the picture I posted of his land after we returned. We have 7 babies, and I'm hoping they grow up nicely. They were real pretty.

Also brought back: a couple of aloe veras - they're struggling; a couple of (going by what Dad called them here) "drop barrel" cacti, because they grow in little balls that drop off and grow from there - not much happening with those that I can see; and a couple of "desert bird of paradise" - those are all but dead, look like dried twigs .

My biggest hope lies with the centuries.

We just picked up some bark mulch tonight to put around them, maybe retaining some moisture will help.

Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. Bobbi: I think since these are desert plants they will survive looking dry and dead for a while. Since you live in a much more humid situation, once they root, attempt to keep them from much of your rain. Your dad lives in a desert so you just need to give them that arid condition. Centaury plants are extremely resilient and will give you lots of growth and babies. We had 10 originally at our home in Highland; they took over over the driveway and had to be removed; that was a real trick with our powerful trucks. Give them LOTS of room. Like 10' each.
    Friday April 20, 2007 - 08:40pm

    Joansie: I love gardening/landscaping (used to own a business) but the climate here is so different that it's a good thing you are doing the planting with the aloe veras.
    Saturday April 21, 2007 - 08:03am

    Lizzie: I was gonna say...those are desert plants. Don't get them too wet. Watch the weather in the Sonoran desert and water them when it rains! :)
    Saturday April 21, 2007 - 07:44am