Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sometimes Changes are Difficult

Goodbye Cactus Hill

I'm sorry I haven't been more active in the past several months but a major change is taking place for me and my mind has been on other things.  I am having a new house built and I will be selling the property I lovingly call Cactus Hill.  I really do love this piece of ground and it will be very hard to leave it, but it is just too big and too much work for me to maintain.  The property is now on the market, but it could take months to sell, so in the interim I'm going to take photos as a remembrance and post a few here. 

On the bright side, I will have a new house and a new, albeit smaller yard.  The new property is no far from Cactus Hill, about 55 km further south.  It was part of an old farm, which mean lots of sun for my cacti and succulents, but no existing trees, shrubs or flowers, only grass.  Cactus Hill was exactly the same when the land was purchased 22 years ago.  Now, Cactus Hill is very park-like, with many trees and shrubs and flowers.

The house and front yard of Cactus Hill.   The total property size is 1.2 hectares (3 acres) with about half of that lawn area.  The house sits on the highest elevation (the hill) and was the genesis of the name Cactus Hill.   I haven't even begun to contemplate a name for the new property.  

June is cactus flowering month at Cactus Hill so I can't post a blog without at least one cactus photo.  This is Cylindropuntia imbricata, commonly known as a Cholla.  It's one of the winter hardy cactus at Cactus Hill.  I've rooted a few cuttings of this plant and they will go with me to the new house and property. 

Cylindropuntia imbricata