Our extraordinary new hedge!


Wednesday 01 July, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Quite a few years ago now, Uncle Baldrick and I bravely moved a rather evil single cactus plant from our tiny garden at the old apartment, over to the farm. It was a rather tricky affair as I recall, with each leaf proudly carrying the sharpest spikes one could imagine. Using an old blanket, a chainsaw and a long handled pointed spade did the trick though.

Part two came three years ago. At that point the single plant had had a few babies, and also grown pretty tall. Another session with similar tools enabled us to split the plant into eight.

Each plant, or chopped off part of the original was transplanted to its own spot, and literally dumped into a shallow hole. One of the drip pipes from the orchard was extended to run that line too as a way of ensuring the best chance of survival. The image below shows you the result about a year later.




Another two years on, and look what’s happened!!




Each one has become a mighty plant – so that worked then 🙂




The surprise this year was their stunning flower head displays!








Might even do another split this next winter…

It’d certainly make one heck of a good hedge! 🙂





16 thoughts on “Our extraordinary new hedge!

  1. Wow they must be very happy … ours flowered but only after several years.


  2. Dear Spike
    What you have there are yucca plants!

    Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae. Its 40-50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry (arid) parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

    🙂 m & jb

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  3. Colleen says:

    Wow ..amazing flowers, brilliant story about its journey til now. Incredible the amount of flowers…is this the first time it has ever flowered?


  4. AnnetteM says:

    That is amazing – look at all those wonderful flowers. A great success!

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  5. Celia says:

    Wow they’ve grown a lot in 2 years! Looks great!


  6. joannesisco says:

    Every once in a while you totally blow me away with something completely different. This cactus hedge is one of those!!
    It looks absolutely spectacular … and made all the more impressive by its humble origins 🙂


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