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  1. Pastel Tortie

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    @Yvonne G Do you know where the dirt (with the mystery seeds in it) came from? Do you have any pictures of the hours / melon vine? I'm wondering if you wound up with an invasive plant, perhaps.
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    Yvonne, your cacti and succulents are gorgeous! Making me drool again... :p
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    I'm voting for the tall, tree-like plant being an aloe, and the spiny bluish ball beside it (to the right) being an agave. :)
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    Yes. It will be the City's responsibility to move them. I have in mind that I want one on each side of the entrance to the driveway. The agave had two heads and one broke off a while ago, so I have a pair to do that.
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  5. Yvonne G

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    We do have a wild melon that is sour and not edible, but I don't know if that's what this is. I don't remember where the pile of dirt originally came from, but I put it there (old age memory).
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    Here's a picture of the vine. The tomato plants have really taken over the planter, so it's hard to see the squash (?) vine, and the second picture is the tiny flower it puts out - much too small to be a squash of any kind:
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    It hasn't set any fruit yet, so I still have no idea what it is.
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    That's good. Any idea on how long they will be out of the ground before they will be replanted. Hopefully they will get enough soil when dug so as not to disturb the roots to much.
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    The large aloe will have to be dug by a tree-mover, and in that case, the receiving hole will have to be ready and waiting. All of the smaller ones that are in the way I'm going to ask to have them just set aside and I'll replant them later when it's not rushed and I have a chance to think about it. Cacti are very forgiving. You can practically leave them laying on top of the ground and they'll sprout roots.

    The city is still in the money-offering phase of the project. I have received my preview contract and I've made my changes and sent it back. Construction is scheduled to start spring next year, but it's taking SO long taking care of each phase, that I'll bet it won't start that soon.
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    I don't know what it is, either.
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    Most opuntia produce blooms on the edge of the pads like the first pic. fullofbloomsPicture 009 copy.jpg I have this one group that throw out blooms from anywhere on the pad like this second pic fullbloomPicture 007 copy.jpg These blooms have more petals the other plants. Then there is this group that doesn't produce many blooms but does great with new growth. newgrowthPicture 008 copy.jpg
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    I hope all goes well if and when your plants need to be relocated. :cool:

    Very nice! I am quite jealous!
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    This morning, my husband saw a monarch caterpillar on our milkweed. I checked on him this afternoon, and he was hiding on the underside of a leaf, probably looking for some relief from the hot sun.

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    I don't remember ever seeing a monarch caterpillar before, except in pictures.I did get a pic of this guy earlier today resting on a red bud tree. Picture 008 copy.jpg
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    078041A0-4017-49E2-AB18-D96090EA6550.jpeg Have some large squash this year.....
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    Holy Big Fat Gourd, Batman! That's one mighty big zucchini!
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    I don't know why the bees never show up. It must be because they're moving. The stationery ones in the flowers show, but not the 50 bazillion of them flying around the flowers. There were also 6 or 8 big black things. I don't know if they're bees too or not.
    cactus 6-28-19 a.jpg cactus 6-28-19 b.jpg cactus 6-28-19 c.jpg

    This particular plant only has three or four stems out of the ground and is about 5.5 feet tall. I have another plant just like this one out in front of my house that is about 15' tall. It is COVERED with buds, but not quite ready yet to bloom. I'll get a picture of that one in a day or two.
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    The cactus out by the street has started to bloom, however, it looks like it's going to bloom in stages. I was hoping all the buds would open at the same time. How beautiful would that be?

    cactus 7-2-19 a.jpg cactus 7-2-19 b.jpg cactus 7-2-29 c.jpg
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    I love the colors on those. :)
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    Some of our purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the evening sun. The butterflies have been stopping by quite often this year!

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    A cocoon/chrysalis we recently found on the wall of our house, just behind our butterfly garden. Does it look familiar to anyone?

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