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Xeric and stylish gardening in San Antonio, Texas

“Rita” is blooming!

Opuntia Santa-Rita 'Tubac' in bloomShe’s blooming – Opuntia Santa Rita ‘Tubac’ is striking when she shows her purple and yellow colors at the same time.  Nature tells us purple and yellow look good together!  Golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) in the bee-hive planter plays up the yellow further. up closerThis tough cactus sure has a delicate papery flower.'Blue Elf' Aloe in bloomMy ‘Blue Elf’ Aloe is also blooming for the first time, along with passed along Purple ice plant (Delosperma).  I am in love with the almost neon purple of the flowers!  Funky Kalanchoe luciaeFlapjack” is also in this pot providing wavy goodness.

Happy GBBD!  For more bountiful blooms see Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

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9 Comments

  1. Blooming on the porch too, very pretty vignette. Gee, if asked to name your favorite color I don’t think I’d need more than one guess.

    • You would be correct! ;) -xericstyle

  2. Desert Dweller

    Forget the cacti, those pots are perfect and then some. You’re my inspiration!

    • BLUSHING! I see now why you recommended a yellow pot originally, David! That would be beautiful right now! -xericstyle

  3. I’m not cactus lover but you use them perfectly! The pots are a fantastic shape to enhance the form of the plants too. Christina

    • Awe – thanks so much! I am a fairly new cactus lover (but I got it BAD)…when I first moved here I could not figure out why everything I touched wanted to hurt me. I love touching everything so that was a rude awakening. Now, I could not imagine my world without them – their beauty and form …their toughness…so much to appreciate… -xericstyle

  4. I love that first pic! I second what David said about those pots being the perfect shape for the plants. I covet Santa Rita, but then I keep telling myself NO MORE POTS. I guess I will just keep an eye on yours instead. ;)

    • Thanks! And no more pots? Really?! Like ever? You must do a pot post (HAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaa), do you have a million or something? ;) -xericstyle

  5. LOL, I HAD a million last summer that were way too much work to keep watered, and all of those pots had to be hauled in for the winter, and it was just annoying. So my new rule is that I can have 3 large pots with water hogs in them (mostly variegated cannas and a brugmansia), and everything else needs to be a xeric plant. And those are pretty pointy and thorny, so I moving those pots around can be challenging! I guess I will have to do a pot post once I get everything rearranged to my liking!

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