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A High Desert Garden

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Postby John P Weiser » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:32 pm

Well the first day of summer has come and gone. It hit 90F and we will be very warm for the rest of the week. The cacti are loving it.
Here are a few in bloom.
Escobaria guadalupensis (syn. E. orcuttii )
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Escobaria sneedii var. sneedii
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Echenocereus fendleri var. kuenzleri
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Sclerocactus wetlandicus
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Sclerocactus pubispinus
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Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha (syn. rhodantha)
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Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
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Some times digital cameras cause vibrant colors to over saturate a photo. This can be distracting at times but there are exceptions that I find intriguing. Here are a few that show "The Fire Within!! 8)
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris
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Opuntia polyacantha var. polyacantha (syn. rhodantha)
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Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea/ursina
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From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and foot hills
of the Sierra Nevada Range
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
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Postby iann » Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:53 pm

Summer has come to the high country 8)
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Postby John P Weiser » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:10 pm

Hi iann.
Thought I'd post a few non cacti shots as well.
Penstemon eatonii
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Yucca harrimaniae var. gilbertiana
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Phacelia linearis and Eriogonum strictum var. anserinum
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Sphaeralcea fendleri
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And a hand full of Delospermas for added sparkle!! 8)
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Postby Andy_CT » Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Wow, all the colors made me dizzy!
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Postby John P Weiser » Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:48 am

Andy_CT wrote:Wow, all the colors made me dizzy!

Andy
Maybe you should set down in the shade catch your breath and consume a cold beverage. Your favorite brand of course. :wink: At ninty degrees I'll be tipping one myself. 8)
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Postby Andy_CT » Thu Jun 23, 2011 1:50 am

Yours is one garden I wouldn't want to get dizzy and fall into :shock:
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Postby peterb » Thu Jun 23, 2011 2:11 am

Just spectacular as always! Love the Sclero wetlandicus and pubispinus. Wonderful!

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Postby daiv » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:56 am

Great stuff as always John. Hope you send some of that warm weather our way. We are wet and cold here - more like April!
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Postby iann » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:01 pm

How much do you water those Delospermas? Mine in the garden can just about survive on their own but that is with several inches a month of rain.
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Postby John P Weiser » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:44 pm

iann wrote:How much do you water those Delospermas? Mine in the garden can just about survive on their own but that is with several inches a month of rain.

Iann
I have them on drip irrigation so It's hard to figure inches of rain in the standard sense. I have 1/2 GPH (1.89 LPH) drip emitters, spaced about 18 inches(45cm)apart. Each week during the summer I run them 4 times a week with a duration of 9 minutes each session.
A drip emitter can supply plants with moisture for up to a foot away as long as their roots are fully established.
I have to think about the water holding capacities and drainage profiles of the substrates I must deal with, before settling on emitter size, spacing, or scheduled operational times. The courser more well drained the substrate the less moisture will spread horizontally.
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Postby iann » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:05 pm

Sounds tricky. I know most Delospermas have deep roots and are drought tolerant once established (in England!) even though they thrive on just about as much water as they can get. I imagine they are finding a little water even when it seems very dry to me. A few species don't seem to have the deep roots and they are very thirsty.
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Postby John P Weiser » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:19 pm

iann wrote:Sounds tricky.

It does take getting used too. I just measure my water usage by the $ amount listed on the bill, at the end of the month. :roll: :?
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Postby Ken Shaw » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:17 pm

Andy_CT wrote:Yours is one garden I wouldn't want to get dizzy and fall into :shock:


So Andy, there are limits to your opuntophilia? :D

But seriously, this is a terrific garden!
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better than the squashy ones"
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Re: A High Desert Garden

Postby roddimmitt » Sat Jul 27, 2013 3:36 am

John: My name is Rod Dimmitt, and I live in Carson City. I am a fellow cactus affectionado, and I was up to meet Charles Barnum a couple of weeks ago. I would love to come by and see your garden. My front yard is a mix of Cactus, Yucca and Agaves, with the challenge of finding plants that will survive the winters in Carson City. Feel free to contact me (775) 771-1706 or via e-mail at roddimmitt@hotmail.com. I was gonna try to get up to see Charles one day next week, so maybe we could hook up, depending on your schedule. Thank you for your time. Rod.
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