I thought I'd give you an update on a few things that I've been posting about lately. First, the super-crowded Mexican petunia that I divided and repotted:

As you can see, it's doing fine.


Here's what it looked like after I divided it, just two weeks ago:

The new divisions are fine too:

I tackled this at just the right time!  I never really doubted there would be problems, but I didn't expect new growth to already reach the edge of the pot!

Even the tiny piece that I broke off while dividing is growing, planted in a plastic cup:

What an easy plant to propagate!

Moving on to the next update... remember the cactus that developed the black spot? Here's your reminder:

Well, I was assured by commenters that this would just result in a hole in the stem, but the plant would be fine.

I think I'll agree with that assessment now.

The hole is not quite big enough for a cactus wren I think. Not that we have cactus wrens around here. Maybe the wrens we do have will nest there, as they seem to pick some weird places for nesting.

Finally, I just had to show you the pond:

click for much larger version

I've got a lot of the planting of tropicals done around it, and added more water plants. I'll post details about those soon, but for now, doesn't it look great?

Here it was back in April:

What a difference a month makes!


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM)  

Your pond is looking fantastic! What's that large-leaf plant in the upper right? Looks like a farfugium.

Glad to know your cactus is OK. The hole won't ever be pretty but at least the cactus is alive.

Alan  – (May 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM)  

That is the butterbur: Petasites japonicus. It's doing quite well. :)

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