Sunday, August 24, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday- The barrels are a blooming!

In my travels around Tucson this week, it has seemed as though everywhere I've gone, I've seen barrel cacti blooming. The blooms range from a pale yellow, soft orange, to this fiery red like the one in my yard, pictured above. I am mostly drawn to the red ones, although the others are also beautiful. I think the one I have is a Ferocactus wislizenii. Barrel Cactus are very common here in Tucson, almost every yard has at least one, and in the foothills where there are still many open areas of wild desert they dot the landscape with their colorful blooms.
The little purple flower was a pleasant surprise- this is an Anacampaeros rufescens, "Love Plant" that sits on my front entrance area, just out of bright sunlight. Although quite a few flowers have formed on this little succulent, not many have completely opened up.

The last picture is one I hope someone can help me with. The main plant is a Philodendron but there is an impostor in there if you look closely. The little sprout came up a couple months ago, and I've watched it grow taller and stronger, but I have no clue what it is. Hopefully someone will ID it for me.
With August drawing to a close, the main monsoon rains are finishing up and the air is starting to turn ever so slightly. I have been working to tame some of the wild areas of my yard, pulling weeds, putting in stone perimeters around new plants and just doing clean up in general. There are still so many parts of my big yard that are wild, but I keep at it and bit by bit it is looking better.

Have a wonderful Green Thumb Sunday and for more wonderful pictures visit "As The Garden Grows" and join in yourself!


Lucy Corrander said...


I don't think I have visited here before - and I was attracted by your wonderfully dramatic header.

I've been cheating since I arrived on your blog and have been flitting through the pictures without reading the text - but it is so interesting to see plants with which I am totatlly unfamiliar.

Thank you.

Lucy Corrander

Tricia said...

Lovely. I envy you desert dwellers at times - especially when all the cactus are blooming!

The leaves on your mystery plant look familiar but I can't remember what it might be. If I think of it I'll come back.

i beati said...

quite lovely all the rich colors in another part of the states. I too love plants can't get enough sandy grasshopper surely does blend in sandy

FamiliaKhuletz said...

Oh... those are really beautiful cactus flowers! This is the first time I've seen something like that!

My Green Thumb Sunday entry is now posted as well.

Rosemary said...

really amazingly beautiful flowers on cacti

Northern Shade said...

I love the flowers on your barrel cactus. They are so striking, from the closed buds with their yellow to red gradient, all the way to the wide open red bloom. It's amazing all the beauty that develops from the rain.

mr_subjunctive said...

Erm, technically the "Philodendron" is an Epipremnum aureum. Same family (Araceae), different genus.

Dee said...

Thank you Mr Subjunctive for the ID on the plant! It is one of my oldest, purchased long before I became interested in knowing the real names of my plants. I very much appreciate your help in getting it right!