Thought you might like to know what is doing well. We did install drip irrigation to most of it.
Blue mist shrub
Japanese blood grass
Blue eyed grass
Rose of sharon
There are some others that are surviving and their fate is currently questionable. (Like daylilies, hosta, ajuga, purple coneflower, black-eyed susans, and lilies.)
I keep trying new things for fun. But I am continually amazed at what I can't get to grow here in Illinois that just grows like gangbusters there. Specifically the coreopsis, baby's breath, lavender and russian sage.
It's a big project and I keep bugging her for 'plant updates'. :)
I didn't know where else to stick these, so I'll stick them here - hope it's ok to be thread-napping. My Dad has his "dream" house in Santa Fe, NM. He was in the process of moving in when, on his 70th birthday, he had a stroke that left him paralyzed on the right side.
DH and I went to London in 2003 to bring this fancy British stove back for Dad - it had to be EXACTLY the right size blah blah blah. My husband was working for British Airways and so could handle the customs part. But that's how long and how precisely he's been planning this perfectly xeric house.
Well, thanks for letting me hijack this thread! He has an amazing view, or had an amazing view. Unfortunately we were only there for 9 hours and we didn't get to see the sun set out his windows or off his patio.
Beautiful views, sorry to hear your Dad can no longer enjoy them. The cactus looks very happy in that pot to me? It seems to have bloomed all over this spring, I can see the leftover blooms there. The "weed" is a native plant, desert marigold. Santa Fe is really overpriced and booming. He should be able to make a nice profit on his house when he sells.
Really? We Easterners have NO CLUE! The problem is he's got two house built on land zoned for only one. I don't think he can sell them separately. I wouldn't know a happy cactus from an unhappy one. (As was apparent.) I just have my greedy little eyes on the pot. (Hanging head in shame...)
Was one of the houses built without permits then? That could cause big problems if he tries to sell. He could look into whether it's possible to subdivide the land into 2 parcels, that way he could sell the houses separately if he wanted to. Assuming the lot is big enough that the two subdivided lots would still be decent size, and both houses could have access from the street, many places will let you subdivide your property although the costs and procedures probably vary from state to state. That won't fix the situation if one of the houses was built without permits though.
I know he got all the necessary permits; he even had to get a special permit for each toilets! It's just not zoned for 2 houses, I guess. He's not up to "looking into" anything since his stroke, I'm afraid. My brother is in charge of the financial stuff - he, after all, is a male, and therefore superior in every way.
I don't know about the zoning, but with land at a premium there I bet they can work it out. The small bush with yellow blooms I believe is what we call rabbit brush or chamisa. It is a very common plant in the fields in NM. That pot is pretty. The cactus probably had pink, yellow or red blooms in the Spring and that pot would certainly be a nice accent!
I don't know about it staying outside in the winter there? I leave many of mine outside here but they grow in my yard too. To be safe I would protect it from freezing if you keep it! Maybe put in a garage for the winter?
I don't think there are too many cactus that would be hardy in zone 6a, I'd post yours on the ID forum and find out which one it is, then you can decide if it might be hardy for you or not. Do make sure you protect it from too much water though--cold plus wet is a bad combo for cacti.
I can try to ask him... maybe he'll know, or remember. I'm not really into cactuses or cacti - an occasional jade plant is about my speed. I think I was going to ditch the cactus and keep the pot. Is that sacrilegious?
You might just offer the cactus to one of his neighbors. They are very tough and can be out of a pot for awhile. Or plant it outside in a protected area. If I lived closer I would take it! I about 4 or 5 hours from Santa Fe.
I don't know any of his neighbors - they're all like far apart from each other. He may decide to bring it with him; we (children) may think it's not worth the cost of shipping the stupid pot and why don't I just buy a similar pot here. Which I wouldn't do. Sigh. This daughtering has got me dottering, LOL.