Six On Saturday: February 15, 2020

Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla)

Hello everyone! I hope this Six On Saturday post finds you all well. We had another snow this week followed by VERY cold temperatures for a few days. It was 1° F when I went to bed Thursday night. Today is the beginning of a heatwave and the forecast says the high today will be 44°F (but cloudy) and 52 on Sunday and Monday. The rest of the week will be in the 30’s with a chance of rain on Monday.

#1 is a photo of the Cylindropuntia imbricata (Tree Cholla) that is patiently waiting for spring. It has been fairly mild, temperature wise, this winter so the Tree Cholla hasn’t turned a maroon color like it does when it is very cold.

I needed to go to town and I could hear geese from the park. So, I decided to head that direction.


#2. On the way to the park, I decided to take a photo f the front pasture looking toward the twin Mulberry Trees. A couple of years ago one of them started leaning… There is an old hedge post growing at the base of the tree that is leaning from an old fence. I think that is the only thing holding it up.


#3. There were a lot of Canadian Geese on the park lake which is still partially frozen. They were really squawking!


#4. As I drove by the hardware store, I saw one of the Amish horses tied up waiting for its owner. Their horses work very hard even in the coldest weather. When I was a kid, this used to be the Gerbes Grocery Store. After Gerbes closed it was Sav-More, then Wischard’s Grocery. There was a Gambles hardware store on Main Street when I was growing up but after the owner’s retired another resident bought the business and it became a True Value. Then it caught on fire… The owners bought the old grocery store and moved True Value here. When I moved back here in 2013 it was a Do It Best.


#5. The local Golden Valley Clinic, which is part of the hospital in Clinton, is building on. It is good to have a clinic for the community residents and the new addition will allow more services.


The above photo is another view of the clinic from Benton Street. The church I attend is next to the clinic and we share the parking lot. The church owns the parking lot between the clinic and the church, so the clinic bought part of it for this addition. It has reduced the size of the parking lot so adjustments will have to be made. When I was growing up, we had as many as five doctor’s offices in town. Over the years they have retired (a few died while still in practice) so it is great to have this clinic.

A lot of changes have taken place in this small community, not all good. Like most smaller communities struggling to survive. Industry closes up and people have to drive to work outside of town leaving businesses to also close. Many business owners were forced to retire that had stores for MANY years because they were starting to sink their hard-earned money into their business. New businesses would open only to not be able to make it. So, our once thriving Main Street is a mixture of struggling small businesses, empty buildings, and a few lots where old stores have been torn down. There are a few, however, that seems to be doing well, or at least well enough to be in business.


Echinopsis mirabilis (Flower of Prayer)


#6. R.I.P. Echinopsis Mirabilis (Flower of Prayer). I brought this cactus home from Lowe’s on March 29, 2019 and it rewarded me with several flowers over the summer. Information says it is a fairly short-lived species but I was hoping our companionship wouldn’t have ended so soon. Not long after I brought inside for the winter I noticed it was ailing. I had put it in a new pot which I am quite sure didn’t lead to its downward spiral. I repot a lot of cactus in the winter and have never had any problems. In fact, I have lost very few cactus. Maybe I can find another one in 2020…


Sanseveria ehrenbergii ‘Samurai Dwarf’

BONUS! OK, I seem to always take an extra photo for Six on Saturday. This bonus is about the new plant I found at Wal-Mart on January 8. First, it took great debate about whether to buy it or not because I had very little money. If it had only been a few dollars it would have been no problem, but this plant was NOT cheap. I am not saying I haven’t paid more for a single plant, because I have when I had the funds. One time I carried around a magnificent Kalanchoe beharensis for an hour at Lowe’s when I lived in Mississippi debating whether or not I should pay the price. I had friends with me who said I deserved it, so I brought it home. Only to leave it with another friend, along with over 100 other plants, when I moved back here in 2013.

The thing with this Sanseveria that made it so irresistible was that it is so weird. It is the dwarf form of Sanseveria ehrenbergii called ‘Samurai Dwarf’. Of course, the label from Rocket Farms just says Sanseveria ‘Samurai’ which is incorrect.

While I was at Wal-Mart, I resisted other cactus that were available. One reason was because of lack of funds and the other were the labels… The labels just said “cactus” and they weren’t from Altman Plants. They were from some other grower that didn’t even remotely bother to have any kind of tag with a proper name, even if it was incorrect. I am not venting at all, in fact I am laughing as I write this. I am thankful the plants weren’t labeled correctly so I didn’t bring any home and decided to bring home the Sanseveria instead. 🙂

I did renew my domain name and my premium WordPress account will be renewed in March. I have to keep premium because I amusing to much “space” for a free blog. It would be interesting if I could figure out how to make some income through my blog but I don’t want a bunch of annoying ads, though. I go to a lot of sites I am trying to read and the page bounces around while the ads load…

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Well, that’s about all I have to say for now. I could keep rambling but I think I have said enough. All is well here and I hope you stay safe, remain positive, and be thankful. I know there is some bad weather where some of you live and some of you aren’t 100% well. I keep you in my prayers and hope I am in yours as well.


17 comments on “Six On Saturday: February 15, 2020

  1. gardeningheros says:

    I’m glad you’re back . I let my site go . I enjoyed posting but haven’t had time for a year . Too much going on .

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    • Hello Jean! Sorry to hear you let your site go. I understand how we get busy and don’t have time for everything. Hopefully, you will have time to restart again in the future. Take care and thanks for the comment!


  2. Lovely photos but it does look cold!

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  3. Jim Stephens says:

    Yep, I’d have bought the Sanseveria without even thinking about it, just for being the least Sanseveria-like Sanseveria I’ve ever seen. The tree Cholla looks like a little animal and a bit of a beast.

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    • Hello Jim! Typically, I am not a Sansevieria fan but this one was too strange to pass up. The Tree Cholla is definitely protective of its space and almost always bites when I try to tidy up around it. Thanks for the comment!


  4. Jim R says:

    #4 – Lots of changes in ownership for that building.
    #5 – Many states like IA are losing clinics and local access to doctors and health care. One of the hardest hit groups is women. The efforts to kill off any access to abortions by legislators has terribly bad consequences for women who are seeking care at those same clinics. They need info and advice about family planning, pre-natal care for unborns, delivery that isn’t 3 hours away, and help with care for their newborns.

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    • Hello Jim! It is a sad state of affairs for small communities that were once thriving. People move to find jobs and children move away to go to college and find employment in cities. It leaves small communities to the poor who are not capable or don’t care about the community or even their own homes. Revenue goes elsewhere, property taxes aren’t paid, and the community goes to pot. Education is an issue I don’t even want to get started on… Not to mention abortion. Those “in charge” who are well educated and have good incomes have no clue… Such a circle of BS. Thanks for the comment!

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    Are those mulberry trees native Morus rubra? I wanted to get cuttings from Oklahoma. Various mulberries were grown on the perimeters of orchards here to keep birds busy while the desirable fruits within the orchards were ripening. Varieties (or species) were selected to ripen just before the fruits of the associated orchards. None are native. They are all gone now of course.

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    • Hello Tony! There are quite a few Mulberry trees here. Most are Morus rubra but there are also a few Morus alba. Most of the trees are very old. If you want, maybe I can figure out how to take some cuttings for you or send seed. Thanks for the comment!

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      • tonytomeo says:

        Oh my! That would be EXCELLENT!!!!! I can easily get red mulberry cuttings on eBay, but that would be almost cheating. Getting them from a potentially wild (or planted from the wild) tree within the natural range would be SWEET! Even if they are Morus alba, it would take me a few years to figure it out . . . and they would still be from within the natural range of Morus rubra! I will go back to your blog to send you my mailing address. Cuttings would be easier to get, and seasonable while they are still bare. You would not be able to find seed this time of year. Besides, mulberries grow so easily from cutting. If you can not get to the tree, do not worry about it. It is getting late in the winter, and I was not planning on growing red mulberry just yet anyway. Thank you SO much!

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  6. Enjoyed you pictures! Even though the town has changed it looks like a nice quiet place to live.

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  7. bittster says:

    Nice to have a look around your town. I’ve heard the gees flying around, but we’re again back to cold here so I think they’re still mostly staying put.
    Hmmmm. I noticed my space is running out as well, and I’m already paying for an upgrade. Maybe I can reduce some of the photo quality or something…

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    • Hello Frank! We have a lot of geese that stay all winter. A bunch landed on a friend’s pond and have stayed all week. They make a lot of noise. 🙂 I am using 2.7 GB of space of 13.0 even though I have several thousand photos (7,599). If I didn’t have premium it would be very close. I have been working on the wildflower pages which will add ? more photos and about 130 more pages so I thought I better keep premium. Thanks for the comment and take care! Spring is right around the corner.


  8. […] Belmont Rooster posted pictures of red mulberry that really got my attention back on February 15. The trees are native on his farm, but not here. I only remember them as decoy trees that provided […]

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