Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IT'S CACTUS FLOWER SEASON

I was fortunate to pick up this cactus for a couple of dollars at a garage sale. The lady told me she didn't know how to look after it. Well she must have been doing something right because it bloomed today.


It is still in the pot, in which it came, because I could see flower buds forming and I didn't want to disturb it by repotting. I will do this as soon as it finishes flowering. Although the flower is a paler yellow I think it may be the same as the cactus as the one I have growing in the front gravel. If so then it is a native cactus to the Edward's Plateau. The flowering of the potted cactus gave me reason to go out and check this one. It was flowering too. In fact I had already missed some of the flowers.


A solitary one nearby was also flowering.


I also have this cactus which I bought at the recent cactus and succulent sale. Who could resist the cherry red flower of Gymnocalcyium baldianum.


Of course the prickly pears are flowering sending out one or two new blooms each day.


I hope to pick enough of their fruits, this fall, to make prickly pear syrup.

12 comments:

  1. Lovely flowers. My wavy opuntia is flowering too. Have you read the cactus article by Scott Calhoun in the Wildflower Center's magazine this month?

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  2. Just lovely. We've got a bumper crop of flowers on our prickly pears this year (finally!) and are similarly hoping to harvest enough fruit to make sorbet or syrup or both. I've never done that before however - do you think you might be coaxed into offering some advice on techniques when the time comes? (including WHEN the time comes - I'm not sure about when to harvest, much less how to do so safely or how to process properly). No matter - I'll be watching here and keep my trowels crossed you blog about it.

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  3. What pretty blooms.
    Our prickly pear is blooming...a lot. Last year the 'tunas' were eaten by something. I blamed the deer. I blame everything on the deer...lol

    What is the name of that first cactus, with the pale yellow blooms?

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  4. Very nice blooms! Have a great weekend!

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  5. Pretty blooms, love the red one. Like Linda our local wildlife make the pears disappear and I rarely get one.

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  6. My cacti are still blooming, and some not even there yet...had to water them in, as some are still shriveled! Your yellows are similar to the ones here right now, too. Wish I could ID what you have!

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  7. You always have such great success at garage sales!

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  8. I've seen some prickly pear blooming around the Houston area too. Cactus blooms always seem very special to me :-)

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  9. Gorgeous! Look forward to your post about how to make prickly pear syrup. And I volunteer to bring the tequila for prickly pear margaritas.

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  10. Jenny, I enjoy you cactus blooms. In regards to your question on my last post about the white mallow. I don't know yet as it is new to my garden, and I will answer that at the end of the summer. I had my son pick up some pads of spineless prickly pear while he was in San Angelo.

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  11. Why is that one of nature's most formidable plants has some of the most inviting flowers?

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