I only want plants that are really hardy so choosing plants that grow in west Texas is best for this garden.
This cactus, labeled Texas fishhook is really a Texas barrel cactus, Ferocactus hamatacanthus, but because of the conspicuous central hooked spine it is often referred to as the giant fishhook cactus. ( It hooked my shirt as soon as I picked it up). The bonus was that it had a flower bud.
I also purchased a clump of Agave victoriae-reginae. I say clump because there were at least 6 offsets growing around the base. Seven plants for the price of one. Me all over.
So off we went to Dallas and the plants stayed in the back of the truck. On Sunday morning D went out to the truck and came inside with the flowering fishhook. The delicate yellow flowers just look like satin and still look good on Tuesday.
This morning I separated the agaves, which was not an easy job. For now they are in pots.
I'm not sure what this plant is. I thought it was an ice plant of some kind but maybe it is portulaca. I took a tiny snip from a mother plant somewhere. It flowers after 1 o'clock and is spreading all over my sunken garden.