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.

Cactus Flower (0132)

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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.
Ocotillo Bloom on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1625)
Ocotillo.

Kirk & Cholla on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1637)
Kirk next to a big, healthy cholla.

Encilia on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1632)

Kirk on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1660)

Cactus Flower on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1661)

Kirk on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1626)

Cactus Flower on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1662)

Flowers on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1622)

Kirk on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1650)

Cholla on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1628)
Cholla.

Cholla Flower on the trail to Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1664)
Cholla flower.

Kirk at Maidenhair Falls in Anza-Borrego (1645)
At Maidenhair Falls.

More photos from this hike with Great Outdoors San Diego.

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June 11, 2010

Bus Parking

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May 14, 2010

Cactus Flowers, Including A Couple of Virgins

Cactus Flower (5772)

Cactus Flowers (5790)
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.

Cactus Flower - First Bloom (5780)
The first bloom ever on this cactus.

Cactus Flower - First Bloom (5776)
And this was the first bloom this cactus ever had.

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May 5, 2010

Ambitious

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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.

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January 23, 2010

Wet Cacti

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:

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Wet Cactus (3810)

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December 13, 2009

The Cholla Gardens in Joshua Tree N.P.

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Cholla (2994)

Cholla (2993)

More photos.

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June 6, 2009

Cactus Bloom

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.
Cereus Bloom (2777)

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May 5, 2009

Cacti

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Cereus Cactus (0007)
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.

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April 8, 2009

Cactus Flowers

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Cactus Flower (2412)

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March 1, 2009

Barrel Cacti in Goler Wash

Goler Wash - Barrel Cactus (3190)

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December 19, 2008

Swelling Cereus Fruit

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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.

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December 9, 2008

"No...You Put Up the Lights."

Christmas lights on a saguaro

Photo by oybay.

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August 13, 2008

Microchipping Cactus

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.

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August 4, 2008

Cereus Blooms

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Cereus Bloom (0445)

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June 18, 2008

Cactus Around Town

Cactus (1146)
I transplanted this one from a pot into the ground not long ago and it seems to be very happy with the situation.

Cactus With Flag (0081)
Surprising, but I don't think it's in violation of any of the rules for respecting the flag.

Cereus Bloom (1142)

Cereus Bloom (1144)

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May 24, 2008

Cereus Blooms

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May 20, 2008

Currently Flowering Cacti

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My cereus, which has its first bloom of the year.

Cactus Flowers (0794)

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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?

Night Blooming Cactus (0762)Night Blooming Cactus (0763)

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Yet More Cactus Flowers

These started blooming while I was away in Saline Valley:
Cactus Flower (0760)

Cactus Flowers (0758)

Cactus Flowers (0761)

Cactus Flowers (0759)

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