Andy - Beautiful Semperviva! Where'd did you track it down? About the shovel? Put it away!
This afternoon I put 2 Opuntia's & 18" Cereus outside (in pots) in ground. They've been in 24f a couple of times this winter (on porch) and they're raring to go! Wheeled out the 14" grusonii onto deck, although covering pot is always there. Eyeing the terra cotta planters, but will wait till after this next "chill down" in a week. In past 24 hrs went from 4 or 5 pads trying to stand up on 3 humifusa"s to that many per plant this afternoon. Keeping fingers crossed but my dozen or so Echinocer's, Escob's, & O.'s all survived! I found 4 tiny new pups! Sometimes Nature decides to be forgiving!
I'm wagering on a rerun of last summer -- which for the cacti was outstanding!
Here's to hands in the dirt!