For those of you who aren't familiar with this gem of a garden it's in Yakima, Washington, in Ron's backyard.
Yes you read that right. Yakima, Washington. Yakima is in the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain range,
Here's where that hobby got legs, in the small greenhouse in the right. The larger greenhouse, on the left, followed and only when they were both full did the in-ground planting begin.
Ron brings many of his greenhouse potted collection outside to vacation for the summer.
Cephalocereus senilis, the old man cactus
A variegated Agave 'Felipe Otero', I believe.
I forgot this cutie's name. Just prior to this photo she'd been half buried in my handbag, which I'd just dropped in the lawn when I arrived. I later remembered there was an energy bar in there, but she left it untouched.
This cylindropuntia next to the larger greenhouse is a spiky thing of beauty.
As are the tall Yucca brevifolia.
This green patch which is blooming with sort of white/yellow flowers is Maihuenia poeppigii.
There were many different Echinocereus blooming their beautiful red blooms when I was there.
Ron's crested cactus are meticulously maintained.
He's sure to cut out any bits that revert and don't display a crested form.
And as a result is left with only the best of the best.
Driving through a large swath of residential Yakima to get here, as I did, illustrates just how unusual this garden is. This is not the norm here; Ron is pushing the envelope and experimenting, it's paying off and he's sharing what he's learned.
There's the Hillside, in the Hillside Desert Botanical Gardens.
I wish I would have gotten the name of the thin cactus on the left.
Or maybe even begged for a piece of it.
If you only saw how many photos I took of this blooming Agave utahensis v.nevadensis. My camera was drawn to it.
Ron says: "It is obviously from Utah and Nevada primarily (utahensis v.nevadensis). It is VERY winter-hardy" He also reports that it's now in full bloom.
Ron also shared the fact that he knows by the end of April/beginning of May each year if an agave is going to bloom. They begin to send up their spikes on a very predictable schedule. Thinking about the three agaves I know are blooming in the Portland area (I discovered another via Instagram) that's about when they started sending up their spikes too.
To my eye the pink Echinocereus blooms will never be as lovely as the red, but it was nice to see something a little different.
Here's where I admit Ron told me a tale about this yucca, but I can't remember it. Ugh.
Another yucca bloom...
Backlit cactus are so dramatic.
Here I've started to walk into back into the corner of the property where things are for sale, but turned to take one last shot across the bottom of the garden.
Before I start to admire the plants I could conceivably take home with me.
Oh ya, this one wins.
Here it is at home. Oh and it wasn't until I took this photo and saw the tiny—blurry—buds on the right that I realized it's gonna bloom! That's exciting.
I'll have more from Ron's garden on Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to check back!
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Weather Diary, July 1: Hi 81, Low 60/ Precip .54" a new record rainfall for the day, and it all fell about an hour and 20 minutes. We also had a tornado,which traveled about a mile, touch down 10 blocks from us. It damaged trees, cars and houses but no humans.
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