March 31, 2011
Well, that was fast
This cactus plant in my yard has sat patiently through all of cold November with literally dozens of flower buds arrayed across every pad like so many North Korean missiles. With the sudden improvement in the weather, it has lept into action, opening up about half a dozen blooms today.
March 20, 2011
Anza-Borrego Flower Hike
Yesterday I hiked on the Maidenhair Falls trail in Anza-Borrego state park with Great Outdoors San Diego. Flowers are peaking in Anza-Borrego right now.
June 11, 2010
May 14, 2010
Cactus Flowers, Including A Couple of Virgins
The orange blossom is a day older than the yellow one. I don't have any other cacti where the blooms shift color so nicely as they age.
May 5, 2010
In the photo above you see a little cactus that has amazed me. The main pad you see there, the one going into the ground, came from a well established very healthy cactus in my yard. It's been there several years. Flowers every year and grows well. So well that it extends itself into my driveway. The pad in the photo was one that reached too far and got broken off when I was rolling my trash bin in or out. That was only about a month ago. The pad already had new growth buds on it. I stuck it in the ground (there IS dirt right under those rocks), gave it some water, and look what it has done in about four weeks!
I've never seen such growth from a cactus so fast. It must have been packed full of growing/budding/flowering hormones when it got knocked off. I'm half tempted to pull it out of the ground to see if it has actually had enough time to root itself.
The usual behavior of a transplanted cactus pad, depending on the season, is to sit there quietly for weeks until it shows me a little bit of growth, reassuring me it has rooted. Then it can spend YEARS growing before it begins to bloom. What you see in the photo is the second bloom on this infant, with at least three more [four! upon looking more closely] lined up ready to go.
January 23, 2010
During some of the breaks in the rain this past weekend I would go outside and get photos of that rare thing in the desert: wet cacti. And then my hopes would be cruelly dashed as the rain returned. Here are a couple of the photos:
December 13, 2009
The Cholla Gardens in Joshua Tree N.P.
June 6, 2009
My cereus cactus has been concentrating on growing over the last year, so it seems to have suspended its flowering practice - until now. Got my first bloom in a long time a couple of nights ago, and it looks like another is on its way.
May 5, 2009
This is the cereus cactus that used to live on my windowsill in Boston. It's been in this spot for about 3 winters, and it seems to be happy. The obvious new growth has all occurred just this spring.
April 8, 2009
March 1, 2009
Barrel Cacti in Goler Wash
December 19, 2008
Swelling Cereus Fruit
Sometimes, when my cereus cactus blooms, a fruit (or very fruit-like object) forms after the bloom falls away. In a week or so, the small, dark, hard thing falls off and withers. The fruit you see above formed at the base of a bloom that popped up while I was out of town for Thanksgiving. It's stuck around longer than usual, and our recent generous rains have made both the whole plant and this particular fruit swell up obscenely. The bright red of it even attracted a hummingbird.
December 9, 2008
"No...You Put Up the Lights."
Photo by oybay.
August 13, 2008
An article in the L.A. Times saying that cactus thefts have become such a problem for the City of Palm Desert, they're going to start microchipping some of their plants. "'Each microchip has a scannable bar code that tells who owns it,' said Police Lt. Frank Taylor."
I'm pretty sure a microchip works as a transponder that sends out a code. If you had to actually dig around inside the cactus to pull out a microchip and scan it you would have defeated its purpose.
August 4, 2008
June 18, 2008
Cactus Around Town
May 24, 2008
May 20, 2008
Currently Flowering Cacti
May 14, 2008
Is This A Cereus?
This is a neighbor's cactus. The bloom is identical to the ones I get on my night blooming cereus, but the body of this cactus is quite different from mine. Simply another variety of cereus?