Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, your popular host, Mani the purebred border collie, here today to talk about some plants, and other stuff. You may remember me from such posts as “Dry Grass”, among so many, many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose.
It’s been really hot. Every day. Like, roastingly hot.
I’ve been enjoying the new swamp cooler, but I also like to lie out on the patio even when it’s hot, until the guy I live with tells me to come inside so I won’t roast to death outside. He’d have an awful lot of explaining to do if I roasted.
I guess, technically, it’s rained here every day for a while now, though usually only a few drops.
The guy I live with took some pictures of what you might call “post-rain clouds” the other night.
And it rained a little just this evening. Not a whole lot, but some.
So, anyway, about the title of today’s post. The guy I live with ordered some plants from Cistus Nursery in Oregon. Mostly cactus, but some other things as well.
He might be one of the only gardeners who orders plants when it’s like 95 degrees, especially considering the vagaries of delivery services these days, but the box arrived this morning and everything was totally fine.
The guy I live with is probably the only gardener who plants things when it’s 95 degrees, too, but maybe that’s another story.
He makes little flags, and sticks them next to new plants, to remind him that they need water. And every new plant is repotted into the special mix so that they grow more roots before planting.
The cactus are going in the front yard, so I won’t stick my nose into them, and believe it or not, there are even places for them.
However, and I know this from hearing all the stuff from the guy I live with about plants, even though I admit I don’t hugely care, except that plants make him happy, and I benefit from that, that you don’t just plant cactus into the garden unless they’ve been grown outdoors in an intensely sunny climate like this one.
The epidermis of the cacti need to be acclimated to the sunlight here, otherwise they’ll get fried. Like if you went outside without sunscreen and spent the whole day out in the sun.
So they’re going to sit out on the patio for a week or so. Maybe longer.