“Picking on the Paddles”

by ESP on April 20, 2013 · 4 comments

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Looking like Medieval instruments of torture the hooks on these

Opuntia ellisiana


paddles (spineless prickly pear) have been keeping someone very busy this week.

First comes the paddle selection…


…there is no shortage to choose from,


then the picking,


and removal of ‘select’ hooks.


“The beauty of suffering.”


Like little voodoo dolls I keep finding them all around the house, dangling where ever there is a free nail.



They are like Cactus Man’s…

 Moving Less Disturbingly Along:


Plants are very happy after our rain and sun.


My post oak has finally leafed out and stopped raining its catkins everywhere.


Inland sea oats are quick on the rise, and one of my favorite tropical-looking shrubs,

Nerium oleander

Nerium oleander, 


‘Hardy Red’ is putting on a, well…red show on the edge of my Hell-strip.


‘Hardy Red’ tolerates temperature extremes better than the white and pink cultivars, it blooms sporadically through most of the year.


Prefers sharp soil and good drainage,


as do most things in the Patch, like this


back-lit sotol, and these barrels:


I contemplated picking off last year’s old blooms, then decided better of it. I will wait until I have my pliers, besides there is that stubborn piece of Bermuda grass that I always have to work on, (bottom-right) but I do not want to talk about that.

herbert lom dreyfus 

With the discovery of the first tadpoles of the year, the netting began.


Not so little fingers went fast to work,


their catch and release policy even included a few baby goldfish which is a good thing considering recent events.



My landscape design portfolio finally outgrew the page that it once inhabited in here, so for the past few weeks I have been busy learning Thesis 2 and building a new home for it in here:



Stay Tuned for:

“Test of Courage”


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intergalactic reproduction strictly prohibited, and
punishable by late (and extremely unpleasant)
14th century planet Earth techniques.


Feel better soon Dad!



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1 Bob Pool April 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

First comment on a new post. I feel strangely accomplished.

When I see the posts by Austin bloggers, I am always reminded of how far behind my plants are just being 30 minutes north of town. My Inland Sea Oats are only 6″ tall.

The new web site looks awesome.(for lack of a better word)

2 ESP April 24, 2013 at 11:30 am

Hi Bob, and I always seem to be behind other people in Austin :-)
Thanks on the new site, I now have another two pages of log-ins and passwords to remember!

3 Gail April 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Interesting to see “strangely” and “accomplished” in the same sentence. Leave it to Bob to be just that.

Always enjoy Bob’s comments.

Your new website is awesome.

4 ESP April 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Hi Gail.

Yes indeed. Bob also speaks all four dialects of ancient Naboo…now that is an accomplishment, (and an awful lot of clacking).

Glad you like the new site.

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