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MOST RECENT

Fish tacos were delicious! I battered the fish & fried them in a pan. Made a bed of cole slaw & topped with tomatoes, guacamole, homemade DF ranch and a little hot sauce. Why use a tortilla shell when you have beautiful purple cabbage?
#foodforthefamily #eatmoreplants #eattherainbow #cookingmom #cabbage #fish #guacamole #tomatoes #DFranch #fishtacos

When I think of salad, I almost always assume it is a lettuce based salad. Well... not today! This salad is simply a mixture of traditional salad "toppings." Cucumbers & avocado could have been added as well. Plus, this homemade ranch is an excellent addition to any salad & even some non-salad dishes like baked potatoes, sweet potato fries, & raw veggies.
#cookingmom #bakingmom #foodforthefamily #foodismedicine #eatmoreplants #eattherainbow #peas #quinoa #rice #chickpeas #tomatoes #radishes #DFranch

Blooming today in my #Arizona #desertgarden is a gorgeous #orange #pricklypear, probably a variant of #OpuntiaAlta which comes from Texas. The #chartreuse #yellow flowers are a Whipple #cholla, #CylindropuntiaWhipplei. The last week of April and the first week of May are usually the peak times for #Opuntia type flowers here at #dfranch.

Yesterday this beautiful #orange #Echinopsis #cactus bloomed in my gardens. I learned it is a variety called #ArizonaSunset, aptly named for the color. Commonly called #EasterLilyCactus for their first springtime bloom timing, these gorgeous plants tend to flower more than once a year, which is a bonus for such beauty. #DFRanch #desertlandscaping #cactusgarden #JoshuaTree

This #saguaro #cactus (#CarnegieaGigantea) fell over in my garden back in September 2014 after the remains of #HurricaneNorbert passed over the desert southwest and kicked off intense flooding thunderstorms that dropped a bit over two inches of #rain here at #DFRanch in #Arizona. But the rains were not actually the cause of death here, since the plant was dying as a reslut of #bacterialnecrosis caused by the #pathogen #ErwiniaCacticida. Erwinia rot is deadly to many #cacti. I have made a #blog post on how to #diagnose, #treat, and #dispose of cacti infected with #Erwinia. Read about it at #janemmingcom. Thanks!

Mais um fds de prêmios!!!
Dessa vez foi na vaquejada do Parque Bola Boi na cidade de São João do paraíso no estado do Maranhão, @gilsonsampaio123 montado o Craque Golias Roxo se classificou em 4 Lugar!!!
#ESSETEMFUTURO #GOLIASROXO
#DFRANCH
#TERESINAPI

Why did potatoes get such a bad rap? They are delicious & have lots of nutrients in them. They are plants, people. 🌿 Plus, you add a homemade DF ranch dressing & its AhMazing!
#potatoes #broccoli #beef #blackbeans #dairyfree #DFranch

I did not get much #rainfall out of the storms that just dumped a lot of #rain onto #California, but at least I got this small #consolationprize of a #fullarchrainbow just the #lastminute before #sunset. Better than nothing. #Arizona #DFRanch #metalsaguaro #saguarosculpture #saguaro #cactus

There are two species of #mammillaria #cactus in my immediate area of #mohavecounty #Arizona. One is #MammillariaGrahamii, which is near the northwesternmost limits of its range here. The other species is the pair shown here, #MammillariaTetrancistra, which occurs over most of the #MojaveDesert. The plants are typically found underneath shrubbery and are often very well #camouflaged amidst dry twigs and grasses, but sometimes they do occur out in the open like these two. Seldom common but not rare either, these small #cacti come as both singles and as small clumps, and usually remain under 6 inches tall and wide. #pinkflowers in late summer are followed by #redfruits the next spring.

#DFranch #yuccaarizona

I need a pair of #sealions for my #desert #floodretentionpond at #DFranch in #Arizona. I think they will be very happy there. They can eat #rodents and #cactusfruit, which is a healthy #dietarychange that will reduce their obvious #obesity. I have #Frankentrailer with me and plenty of #oldcarpet and #straps to #tiethemdown with. Who is up for a little #marinemammal #wrangling? #LaJolla #California #SanDiego #adoptaseal

Sadly, a visitor buying plants from me today #accidentally #ranover my #pancake #pricklypear #cactus here at #DFRanch in the process of leaving. They #uprooted it while backing up in their #truck and cracked off about one third of the main stem. I think they #neverevensawit. I had #replanted the #cactus by the time I took this #photo so that why only the #broken portion is seen laying on the ground. I hope the #cutting (if that is what we can call it) will root when I replant it. This is a particular #bummer since #OpuntiaChlorotica is a pretty slow growing #plant - this individual took at least 35 to 40 years to reach its size. Oh well, at least it was #unintentional. #Arizona #cactusgarden

In case people did not get enough photos of the #SuperBlueBloodMoon #lunarEclipse from a few days ago, here are some images I never posted. I took well over 100 different shots spanning nearly three hours, and cannot post all of them. But I can select for a handful of the best, like this one! Its handy having #cool #cactus and #succulents ever present in my #Arizona garden to serve as a #magnificent #foreground for whatever #celestial event might be happening, day or night. #dfranch #bloodmoon #lunareclipse2018

The #southerncaliforniabotanists group made this nifty #botanyisbitchin #tshirt a few years ago, and several of my friends have one. I determined that I too would eventually acquire one, and my #dreamhascometrue. ;-) Good #botanical things happen when you wear this shirt amidst your #succulents. Or at least I hope to not fall into the nearby #euphorbia.
#euphorbiaroyleana #boyswithplants #Arizonacactusgarden #dfranch #personofcactus

The #juniper #trees on my property here at #dfranch are randy this week. Lots of sexual activity (sorry not hashtagging that) as the #males release clouds of #airborne #pollen that spreads via wind over to the #females. Later in the year the females will have heavy #crops of #powderblue #berries. Yes, plants have sex too, which is the #crass term for #pollination. #Arizona #juniperuscalifornica

Here is another of my efforts at capturing the #superbluebloodmoon #lunareclipse. The plant is a #Nolinabigelovii (#desertnolina) flower spike from last summer, standing stately upon the ridge here at #dfranch in #Yucca #Arizona. The image was taken about a half hour before #sunrise.

The #superbluebloodmoon #lunareclipse was a grand success here in #arizona, where skies were clear and winds were calm, enabling reasonably comfortable #nighttime shooting conditions despite the winter chill. I took this image about an hour before #sunrise as the eastern sky was starting to brighten just a little. This is a 13 second #timeexposure which makes the moon look #paleorange as opposed to the #darkred it actually appeared to the #nakedeye. An #eclipse in a #desertgarden is a treat to behold. #Joshuatree #Saguaro #dfranch #Yuccaarizona

Today I was blessed to host a #visitor from #halfaworldaway, Kazu from #fukuoka #japan. Kazu was a fan of #cacti and #succulents, especially the #Joshuatree. I gave Kazu and his 10 year old son Kan the #deluxetour of #Dfranch, which includes a #riteofpassage through a #naturalarch located on my property and a #climb into my largest and oldest #saguaro cactus for photos in a most #unusualsituation. Things that are sort of hard to do in Japan, you know. I received a highly #appreciative email from Kazu a few hours ago telling me about how he was not expecting my #desertlife to be the way it actually is, and that he wanted to go back to #meditate on it since the day had been so #memorable for him. Duty done. Good job #personofcactus. #Cactusman #Yuccabrevifolia #Carnegieagigantea

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