We, of course, have gone so far beyond good weather that we’re a living example of “be careful what you wish for.” Sun! Warm temperatures! Yeah, right.Okay, to get me off that track, let’s look at flowers. The cacti start doing their thing starting in March or April, and then the different varieties bloom at different times through September or so. Here are some of the beauties we’ve had in the cactus collection so far this year.
|Santa Rita Prickly Pear (Opuntia violacea var. santa-rita)|
|Cow's Tongue Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii var. linguifomis)|
|another species of Prickly Pear|
|Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)|
|Mammillaria troharti? Not sure about this one.|
|Lady Finger Cactus (Mammillaria sp.)|
|Another mystery: I thought it was the famous Organ Pipe Cactus, Stenocereus thurberi. Now I don't know.|
Interesting flowers on the other succulents too:
I think I might have missed the big barrel cactus flowers this year, but I hope not. I'm watching them closely.
This is a far cry from your daffodils and cherry blossoms, isn't it?