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Opuntias All Look the Same

It’s not really true, but it seems true.

One of my neighbors has a small planting of various kinds of Opuntia cacti at the end of his driveway, and at some point I should go down there and take pictures to show you how much Opuntias can differ from each other, but today I’m just talking about the ones on my property. Mine are boring, and they all look the same (to my grossly uneducated eye). And there are thousands of them.

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Blooming Barrels

It looks like the pictures are getting away from me. So here’s a group of barrel cactus photos. Read more…

More Good News About Dirt

So the next section in the Arizona Master Gardner manual is all about caliche, the local name for the limestone that’s so common here, just below the surface. Caliche is probably the reason that the southern two-thirds of my house is 10″ higher than the northern third. The little steps in two doorways makes it seem like I have a sunken living room, and that’s an interesting minor architectural feature of the house. But I’m pretty sure that the drop-off there is a result of the fact that the builder didn’t want to have to blast out a bunch of rock on the south end (or truck in enough concrete to support the north end). Read more…

Today Was Lughnasadh

For accounting purposes, I’ve been on vacation this week, and this was officially my last day of “work”, after which I can consider myself truly free of that company, that job. It won’t be true, of course, but it will be slightly more true than it was yesterday. Read more…

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