Watching the birds and tending my patch of the Sonoran Desert
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Bloomin' Tuesday Cactus Blooms!
Most of the year the cactus just sit there, not doing much of anything. If there is a little growth, one has to look fairly closely to see it. There are no lush green leaves and sometimes the cactus looks discolored and shriveled and looking more dead than alive until....
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One bloom on this snaky cactus that seems to thrive but rarely bloom. I did catch a picture this time- the stamen remind me of those translucent rice noodles...
You have to look closely for the bloom in the golden barrel cactus. The bloom is the same golden yellow as the spines that cover the top of the cactus.
This "was" the first bloom on a new night-bloomer in my yard. I missed the actual bloom but even the shriveling bud is gorgeous.