Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh No! Look What Happened!

So I woke up the other morning and as I was walking downstairs into the great room I looked outside in my backyard. Look what I saw!!! I ran to the slider and went outside and stood for about 5 minutes with my mouth hanging open. When I closed my mouth and came out of my sense of shock I have to admit that I said a few cuss words! LOL In other pictures you will be able to see that this 8 or so year old Optunia has started to rot in the center of it's main base. I'm not sure about the other two standing and may pull them out cause they are just standing without the center for support! Boy are we in for a lot of work!


Oh No!  Look What Happened!

Not really sure why it started to rot. We have had a lot of rain lately but nothing out of the ordinary. We did have some great weather for a few days before it started to rain but neither of these large optunia's had started new pads or buds. This optunia is 8 or 9 years old and maybe it was just it's time. Not really sure.


What a mess!

A closer view!


Rot

This is the broken off base of the large optunia. You can see the dark brown in the center is rot. This picture was taken after it had been down a couple days. Around the rot was very healthy looking when it first fell and this rot really stood out.


Bummer!

This is the base of the fallen optunia at the ground. You can see how a lot of old dead dried out pads were around it. This plant was so thick that I could not get in there to pull them out. And you can clearly see how the center has rotted out. My kids asked me if I cry'd. I laughed and said Nooooo! It's just a new opportunity!


Last look

So this scene will look a lot different in a few weeks when we get this all cleared away. I am going to take this opportunity to plant something new and different in it's spot. I want it to be something that get's tall. Should be room for a few things!!!

15 comments:

Julie said...

Oh, Candy...I really feel for your loss! I know you wre in shock!!! Well, I'm sure you will replace with something really gorgeous! Can't wait to see...hmmm...now I am wondering...tall....hmmmmm.....

Spiky Obsession said...

Always sad when something succumbs to rot, but it is good to see you are seeing it as an opportunity. Plus you are going to have quite a few spare pads to give away to friend!

Cindy said...

Bummer! What about that other similar looking opuntia in the background of the last photo. Is that one OK?

Succuland said...

Oh my dear,,,,,!!!!! I feel the same with you Candy.
I have a guess that ( it may be too much) watering grass in the garden can be caused the rot of the stem! But every bad thing has a good side. You can propagate from the leaf again and I believe it will be do easily.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Yes Cindy that optunia in the background is the same kind and it looks to be ok. For now! It is the same age but has always been smaller. I had noticed that this big one seemed to be leaning away from the fence and thought it was a bit thinner but didn't think anything of it.

I don't have a lot of local friends that grow succulents so much of the plant will go in the garbage.

Mandy said...

Oh no, I would have cussed and then cried and growled, yes, growled! It's sad that you don't have a lot of people to share it with, that's too bad. I'm with the rest of the commentors...looking forward to seeing what you put there too!

Stephanie said...

Oh dear! This is not a good sight. Could the top/tip be saved? Can try to take those solid and hard parts to try root for another wonderful plant.

sister said...

hey sister isnt there a cactus club that you could give the pads to? i got to see it and enjoy it before it croaked.

sister said...

ok sister cindy again. maybe
your friends coud help me with ideas for my back yard in phoenix. the yard is basically a rectangle with the inner part being grass for the 3 small dogs. however the outer boarder is rocks with a few plants that were here when we bought the house. the yard faces east/west. the east side/wal gets hammered with sun and in the summer the temps reach 117 degrees. there is a drip line but i do not know what to plant.anything prickly will have to be in containers. i do not have any imagination..that went to my sister candy..you lucky girl. so hoping for some ideas.it is already in 80's and time to plant..help

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Well I just bet you said a few bad words when you saw that. Sheesh, what a surprise to find. But as you said, opportunity to do something new, perhaps.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Good idea Cindy Lou! Take some pictures of your back yard from different angles. Email them to me. I will do a post on it and see if we can get some advise. I have a lot of blogger friends that live in Arizona. I can also map out some idea's of my own!

Joyful said...

I love this kind of cactus tree. I'm sorry to hear that it rotted away. However do you clear that kind of big cactus away without hurting yourself?

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

To clear it up we are breaking it up it pieces with a pruner or hand saw. Then we jam a piece of rebar into the larger pieces and put them in the green waste container. The smaller pads and pieces we pick up with large tongs. With the green waste only being picked up every other week it is going to take a while to get rid of everything.

But right now we have had a solid week of rain. My back yard is a marsh. More rain to come and then some much needed sun. Hope it lasts for a while.

Matt and Bobbie said...

Goodness! I guess it's the circle of life! Too bad, though, it looks like such a beautiful plant. I hope you find something just as great to put in its place!

Bianca said...

oh no! that is a major job to clean up. i hope you can save the big guy. gorgeous collection of plants you got going there!