Sunday, June 1, 2014

Update on Hill Side

Hill side - 5/25
Back in January, I posted wide shots of the back hillside for Heather's wide shot meme. You can see my pictures here, and visit Heather's blog at Xericstyle   for her pictures and more. The picture above shows the hill side as on 5/25. For reference, here is the same shot, about 5 months ago:
Same hill side - 1/20/2014
Opposite View - 5/25/2014 - more to see on this side...
There is definitely starting to be some progress. Some observations and notes:

  • Plants planted include a lot of Opuntia - including o. basilaris, o. macrocentra and an Opuntia NOID. While all of them have rooted, they do seem to need time - in some cases a year - before they start growing new pads. 
  • All the Gazania is self sown... 
  • The Centaurea gymnocarpa survived the winter and is going gangbusters. I'm on try 2 to get the same plant to grow on the other side of the hill.
  • There are also quite a few Agave (Agave salmiana var. ferox, mostly). They seem to like it up there, and are putting on a lot of growth for first year plants
  • Any and all attempts to get any groundcover to grow next to the steps has failed.   
  • The gravel path on the top of the hill is holding up nicely, and seems to make a significant difference in the number of weeds
Hopefully, by the end of the summer, there will be more progress! 


  1. That's a pretty steep incline, Renee. You've got my admiration for what you've accomplished thus far! Have you tried Myoporum parvifolium as a groundcover? That's performed surprisingly well for me in dry soil, even along a sloped pathway (although mine's not as steep as yours appears to be). It grows fast - and wide - too. It reportedly doesn't like foot traffic but I haven't tested that.

    1. It is pretty steep. I'll have to look at Myoporum parvilfolium - i had not looked at that yet! Thanks for the tip!


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