Yesterday I headed up to Hill Country Gardens in New Braunfels to retrieve my cuttings from the propagation class I attended in November. I took the back way along a series of two-lane roads which is much more interesting than I-35.
A recent post on Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear at Las Adventuras had piqued my interest and I wanted to stop along the way to take photos of some I had previously seen in a pasture.
While taking the picture above I began looking around and....whoa, what's this?
It's a Desert Christmas Cactus like the one I picked up from Jean on Saturday. David of The Desert Edge blog provided additional information in his comments. The Cylindropuntia leptocaulis is also known as the Christmas Cholla or Tasajillo in Spanish.
Here are more photos of Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear and Christmas Cholla in a pasture less than 20 minutes from my house.
Little by little, I'm adding to my knowledge of native plants and learning to recognize them in the wild.
The young Cow's Tongue cactus pads on this one are quite round.
So how did those cuttings turn out, you ask? Excellent results as you can see below. The 80% success rate was twice what I typically get on my own. A big thanks to Andrea at Hill Country Gardens and I would do this again in a minute.
The 'Grapes' Gomphrena is already blooming up in the top right.
Oh, and I snapped this shot of Yucca Rostrata, a silvery standout on a cloudy, windy day. This one is a permanent part of the gardens, but Andrea plans to have smaller ones available for sale in the future.