Thursday, March 21, 2013

JEWELS IN THE CROWN OF THORNS

It is worth the once a year show. The claret cup cactus, Echinocereus coccineus, has a bloom that shines like a ruby jewel in the garden.


Unlike many delicate petaled cactus flowers, this one last several days. The first ones to bloom are in the sunken garden but this year the big show will be in the front courtyard. I counted no less than 20 buds. I can't wait for the show.


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  1. Do the deer eat the flowers?

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    1. The deer don't get the chance but as these grow out in the wild then I have to assume not. They don't eat the flowers of lace cactus.

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  2. Wow! That is going to be beautiful!

    Such beautiful blooms, on such an unwelcoming-looking plant.

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  3. Pretty flowers, so nice to know this one looks so good as a friend has offered to bring me one. Now I can't wait.

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  4. Cactus have some of the prettiest flowers and those are gorgeous. Do you ever find any unusual pollinators attracted to these blooms?

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  5. I hope you'll show us again when in full bloom.

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