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Relic

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The cactus I'm showing you is the one up against the house, not the one in front of it. The tall blue one. The cactus has been growing in that bed for about 25 years and I think this is the first time it's ever bloomed. What a small insignificant flower for such a tall cactus (Pilosocereus pachycladus). Please disregard the old, junky house behind the cacti. It's the original house that was built on this property many, many years ago, used only for storage now:

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Magnum cactus!
 

Turtulas-Len

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The cactus I'm showing you is the one up against the house, not the one in front of it. The tall blue one. The cactus has been growing in that bed for about 25 years and I think this is the first time it's ever bloomed. What a small insignificant flower for such a tall cactus (Pilosocereus pachycladus). Please disregard the old, junky house behind the cacti. It's the original house that was built on this property many, many years ago, used only for storage now:

View attachment 292605 View attachment 292606 Blooms or no blooms it's still a beautiful plant. I wish I could grow cactus like that here in the mid atlantic east coast area
 

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Just want to share a few flowers blooming in my yard. Have to move the clematis but the cactus are looking good. 20200428_151636.jpg 20200428_151731.jpg 20190504_115040.jpg 20190428_163915.jpg
 

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I am wanting to grow some dandelions for my Hermanns tortoise. I am wondering if it is safe to use bone meal for fertilizer? Any other tips for planting, please comment!
 

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I just never get tired of the beauty of this bloom:

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the first picture is for perspective, so you can see the size of the plant. Also, notice the smaller cactus to the left of the tall one, the small one with the yellow buds on it. That's one that our member, Len, sent me a couple years ago. It was just a pad.
 

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We had a warmer than normal winter and this spring has been very chilly, this morning when I woke up it was 38 degrees outside but it warmed up nicely pretty quick into the upper 60s with full sun. Even with the chilly temps things are coming along. This is my most colorful 3 cactus plants patch when they are blooming. Picture 020.jpg This is my favorite winter time feeding cactus. It's what I sent @Yvonne G Picture 013.jpg The banana plants are doing good, I have given more away this spring than any spring before. Picture 018.jpg This is the begging of my garden plants, yellow squash,cucumber, and zucchini squash Picture 010.jpg And this is the prettiest time of the year for this maple Picture 021.jpg To the left in the back, the fig tree is full of small figs already. We are supposed to be in the 80s this weekend.
 

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Wow, Len! Even with your harsh winters, your growing season is much longer than ours. The banana trees you sent me a couple years ago aren't nearly as big as yours yet:

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One of my problems is watering. I need to set up drip around them because I forget to water them.

And so many buds on your cactus. That's going to be a beauty in a few days!
 

Turtulas-Len

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I think your banana plants are doing pretty good considering how small their root balls were when you got them. I wouldn't be surprised if you get some new sprouts around them soon. The squash and cucumber plants were hot house grown by the Amish in southern Maryland and already had fruit on them when I go them.
 

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So I asked my friend, Google, how to get rid of horseweed. He told me that Round-up would only kill it if you sprayed when it was cold. I went out very early one morning, when it was about 45F degrees, and sprayed both horse pastures. Every other weed in the horseless pastures was killed but the horseweed was still growing strong.

I asked my friend, Google, once again how to get rid of horseweed. This time he told me that horseweed has an anti-herbicide coating on the leaves, so weed killing sprays don't work. Besides seeds, the plant sends roots along underground that sprout new plants up above ground every so often. And if I want to spray it with herbicide, I have to do it when the plants are very young, as the young leaves don't have the anti-herbicide coating. So I took my handy dandy 40v ion battery operated weed whacker out to the pastures and spent a couple weeks knocking the horseweed clear down to just below the surface of the ground, then I mixed up a strong batch of Round-up and sprayed both pastures, paying special attention to the little stub stems just below the surface. Didn't make a bit of difference. Stupid weed just keeps growing.

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These two images are from my friend, Google. I just wanted to show you what it looks like.
 

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I had my camera with me as I walked down to get my mail this evening, so I snapped a few pictures of the cactus blooms. I love the color of the second one: cactus 6-1-20 a.jpg cactus 6-1-20 b.jpg cactus 6-1-20 c.jpg cactus 6-1-20 d.jpg cactus 6-1-20 e.jpg

The golden barrels are about a foot across at the widest point. The picture doesn't do them justice.
 

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