Beautiful Weather!

Moab’s weather has been beautiful for the past several days.  Today it went up to 70°F.  Yesterday, too.


For the last two days, we’ve been doing yard work.  As any of you with a sizable yard and lots of trees know, this isn’t a quick chore.  We’ve cleaned up most of the leaves, and I cleaned out the flower beds, where there are already tulips, daffodils and hyacinths poking through the soil.

Below is my back yard flower bed, where last spring, I moved as many bulbs from all other beds as I could.  What you see poking up in the first picture are bearded irises.  A lovely peach color.




I also gave this Juniper tree in the middle of the back yard a haircut.  Now it looks like a tree!  Yay!  Photos below are before and after.



I was happy to see that my little Mother’s Day rosebush from Chris made it through the winter.  I planted it in the ground last summer, and it’s been struggling, but it looks like it’s going to do well this year.


Here’s a view of the gorgeous day, looking toward our neighbor to the southeast.


That was all yesterday.  Today, we raked all the leaves from the front yard.  Whew.  Glad THAT’S over.  Oh, and check out my trophy blisters!



Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting!

– Katie


Big Rosettes

Howdy, folks.

I haven’t posted in a while again, and that makes me feel a slight twinge of guilt.

It’s going to be October tomorrow.  Tourist season is in full swing, and as always, this poor small town is pushed to its limits in every way possible.

Moab is receiving quite a lot of rain so far this Autumn, and I am not liking it.  My plants are outside shivering right now – it’s 54°F.  If the rain doesn’t stop soon, they will all be coming into the house prematurely.  Yesterday, we got hail.  Not huge hail, but a whole lot of little quarter-inch balls.  There was minimal damage to my plants, which is good.  Hail is pretty up close, even when it is jumbled with a bunch of dead leaves and mud.

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Here are some photos I have taken recently of my bigger rosette plants (i.e. Aloes, Gasterias, and Agaves).

Aloe wickensii is one of my favorite plants.  Its leaves are rough, like small-grit sand paper, and it’s a very fat, happy plant.  The second photo has lip balm, for scale.  I’ve had this plant since April 2009.

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Aloe aculeata has been in my collection for longer than A. wickensii (since September 2005 – wow, 9 years!).  It’s had a rougher life, and desperately needs a bigger pot.  It’ll get one in the spring.


Aloe hemmingii is blooming for the second time this year.  It has smooth, shiny brown mottled leaves, and is slightly smaller than the previous two.  It’s been part of my collection since May 2007.


This Aloe grandidentata is the grandchild (from offsets, not seeds) of a plant I received in 2005.  Its grandparents were some of the first plants I ever received in the mail from another generous succulent enthusiast.


Aloe ‘Rooikappie’ is a hybrid Aloe (I’m not sure of its parentage).  I bought this one at Lowe’s in southern California in July 2014.  It has grown a surprising amount since then.


Aloe striata, you may remember, was one of my acquisitions while living in St. George.  Since then, it has grown a bit long and leggy, due to lack of light last winter.  I’m hoping it will look better after more light this winter.


You’ve probably had enough Aloes for now.  I’m sure you’re DYING to move on to Agaves!

Below is Agave americana.  This plant was ‘rescued’ from a southern California re-landscaping project by a friend, and saved in a pot with minimal soil and lots of roots for me.  He gave it to me in January 2013, and the plant is STILL in the same pot, with minimal soil and lots of roots – and now there is a sizable Agave pup in the pot, too.  This will be one of my first re-potting projects in the spring.


Agave americana v. variegata came to me from my cousin in Pennsylvania.  It came when she came for my wedding last fall, and it has since been re-potted, and seems to be thriving in its new home.  It really seemed to love the hot, dry Moab summer.


Agave lophantha came from the same cousin at the same time, and it has taken a little longer to adjust, but it is now growing happily.  It’s a bit scraggly-looking as a whole plant, but its new leaves are healthy and lovely.

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Agave pelona has been part of my collection since April 2009.  It seems to be a slower-growing Agave, but it seems healthy.


The last individual rosette I’ll make you suffer through is what I think is Gasteria excelsa (or a hybrid thereof).  This one started as a leaf cutting from a visit to a friend in San Diego (that’s you, Jeff) in June 2006.  It had a really rough winter in 2012 when we lived in St. George.  It froze down to its core, and I thought it had died.  I did some careful surgery on it (removed ALL its leaves), and it has since come back nicely.  I’m happy that it’s still alive.


Okay, that’s all of the big rosette plants I had recent photos of.  Here’s a picture with several of these plants in it, including my big Agave neomexicana, which I didn’t discuss above, but is planted in the ground in my front raised bed, and has been there since summer, 2007.  It seems just fine with the cold winters.


Happy Autumn, everyone!  Thanks for tuning in, and commenting!

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