Jade Plants

Was walking by the cactus garden the other day and noticed that both my smaller Jade plants are in full bloom. The first photograph is of a species commonly called Finger Jade. I’ve also seen it called “Gollum” on the Internet. I believe the Latin name for both is crassula ovata.

It’s one my many attempts to create a Bonsai tree. I think it’s actually going to make it.

Finger Jade - crassula ovate, 'Gollum'

Finger Jade – crassula ovate, ‘Gollum’

This second photograph is also a thriving sample of jade that was borrowed from the tip of a large plant in the neighborhood. I’m glad we got it, because they are about the totally mow down that property to replace it with condos. It’s in full bloom also and is ready for some serious pruning. Beautiful!

crassula ovata

Jade Plant

Borrego Springs Adventure

This past Veteran’s Day Millicent and myself decided to go somewhere we had never been before. We ended up in Borrego Springs, CA. Borrego Springs is a small desert town with a population of about 3500 souls. It’s also home to California’s largest state park, Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The location was out past Palms Springs and west of the Salton Sea by about 25 miles along highway 22. We stayed at a small little hotel called the Oasis Inn. The walls were painted cinder block.

We explored the desert by hiking and driving, and saw many truly astounding sights, including many wonderful species of cactus. It took all of my will power not to take of them home with me.

People were camping everywhere and we certainly intend to join them in the near future. Below is a quick video of some of our adventure. The highlight of the trip was the view of Borrego Valley and the Peninsular Range we enjoyed from the summit of Font’s Point off of Highway 86. Enjoy!

Below is a gallery of 48 pictures we took while on our adventure. Enjoy!

Fall Cactus Flowers

Hello, Everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted the goings-on in the cactus garden so I thought I would share a few photographs.

Oreocereus trolii and Faucaria tigrina

Old Man of the Mountains has surrounded himself with his own personal posse. Tiger Jaws starting to show off some late season blooms.

Oreocereus trolii and Faucaria tigrina

Oreocereus trolii and Faucaria tigrina

Mammilaria hahniana

I wish she stood up a bit straighter. I’ll have to prop her up with a stone at the next transplant.

Mammilaria hahniana

Mammilaria hahniana

Echinocactus grusonii

I can always count on this Golden Barrel Cactus to put on a new hat of fresh flowers every couple of months. Not sure why the bottom of her collapsed onto itself a bit. Anyone have an idea?

Echinocactus grusonii

Echinocactus grusonii

Euphorbia Mammillaris Variegata – Corn Cob Cactus

This is is really enjoying a recent transplant. It’s grown very much in the last month. I’ll have to remove some arms for new starters.

Euphorbia Mammillaris Variegata

Euphorbia Mammillaris Variegata

We recently transplanted the Pachypodium lamerei, Madagascar Palm, to its present position in front of the garage. It evidently loves it, because the head has never been this large before. We tried to face it away from the sunlight because it is starting to grow that way, but its not having any of that. Awesome!

Pachypodium lamerei, Madagascar Palm.

Pachypodium lamerei, Madagascar Palm.

I love my cactus. They are a bit like an extended family. More to come!

Veggie Surprises

One thing I really love about gardening is that you never know what unusual characters will appear in the garden. About three years ago we grew a tomato that could only be described as “rude”. I mean, this guy had no manners or decorum at all.

This year we have a few new surprises. The fruit in the photo below is actually a cucumber. The soda can is there for scale. I did not know a cucumber could actually get that big.

This baby weighs in at 2.2 pounds!

This baby weighs in at 2.2 pounds!

Looks like we’ll be having cucumber sandwiches. But wait: there’s more! The next ones are twins, joined along the side and growing from the same stem. Amazing!

Twins! Conjoined along one side.

Them comes my favorite: green peas. I love teasing them from their pods. Some pods have only three, some have as many as eight. iI takes many pods to get enough for dinner, but it’s worth it. They taste great right out of the pod.

Green peas in the pod

There’s more still on the vine.

Peas in a pod.

Hello little guys!

Green peas.

Enough for dinner or a salad.

Home grown vs. store bought - no comparison.

Home grown vs. store bought – no comparison.

Man, this is too much fun!