Friday, July 21, 2017

Echinopsis melanopotamica



Echinopsis leucantha
Echinopsis melanopotamica aka as Echinopsis leucantha

Echinopsis leucantha
Echinopsis melanopotamica aka as Echinopsis leucantha - A cactus from Southern Argentina lived happily in my cactus garden for several years but following a cold spell of 16 F degrees quickly folded, maybe not from the freeze directly but it seems often times cactus become vulnerable to other pathogens once the cold has challenged their hardiness. 

Echinopsis leucantha
Echinopsis melanopotamica aka as Echinopsis leucantha


Echinopsis leucantha
Echinopsis melanopotamica aka as Echinopsis leucantha


Lindheimer's Fairy-Sword
Myriopteris lindheimeri or Cheilanthes lindheimeri depending on which school of botany you belong to.  Better know simply as Lindheimer's Fairy-Sword grows in dry rocky conditions in places where few people would expect to find a fern.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Ferocactus wislizeni

fishhook barrel cactus
Ferocactus wislizeni (fishhook barrel cactus).  This Texas native also know as Candy Barrel can be found growing in far west Texas, it can live as long as 100 years and grows as much as 6 feet tall, and at that height would weigh about 500 pounds.  That's a big Texan.

fishhook barrel cactus
Apparently in Mexico the cactus is sometimes sliced into bite sized chunks and soaked in sugar to become a sweet chewable candy for children....yum..?

fishhook barrel cactus

fishhook barrel cactus
Flowers appear to me to be on fire.

fishhook barrel cactus
Ferocactus wislizeni

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mammillaria wrightii

Mammillaria wrightii
Mammillaria wrightii
Mammillaria wrightii
Mammillaria wrightii



Astrophytum ornatum
Astrophytum ornatum

Part of what makes cactus flowers so beautiful is the layers of translucent petals.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hello_Yellow

Yellow stonecrop
Sedum nuttallianum (Yellow stonecrop) prior to full bloom.
Yellow stonecrop
Sedum nuttallianum (Yellow Stonecrop) now in full bloom note how the succulence of the leaves is expended as the plant puts energy towards flowering.


Pineapple cactus
Coryphantha sulcata  (Pineapple cactus) - Found in Texas growing in harsh limestone outcrops often where nothing else can grow.

Mammillaria sphaerica
Mammillaria sphaerica


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Bit of Everything Today

Echinocactus horizonthalonius


Polanisia dodecandra

Clammyweed  (Polanisia dodecandra)

Coryphantha robustispina
Coryphantha robustispina
Blue-ringed Dancer
Argia sedula - Blue-ringed Dancer


Mammillaria sphaerica
Mammillaria sphaerica below a forest of spines.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lace Cactus Candelabra

Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii, Lace Cactus




Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii, Lace Cactus


Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii, Lace Cactus


Lace Cactus
Echinocereus reichenbachii, Lace Cactus

Monday, May 8, 2017

Black Swallowtail Twins

Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes - Black Swallowtail - I really like the green jewel like quality of this chrysalis.


Black Swallowtail
Freshly emerged "eclosed", this is when the wing colors are the most brilliant.
Black Swallowtail
I find it interesting how birds, flowers, and butterflies have good years and not so good years.  This year Black Swallowtails were everywhere I looked, more so than any other year I can remember before or since.


Black Swallowtail
Papilio polyxenes

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pretty in (Multiple Shades of) Pink

Echinocereus armatus
I have been calling this cactus Echinocereus armatus for sometime now based on the long thin straight central spines, but the dark red in the center of the flowers indicates parentage perhaps from a different species.






Friday, April 14, 2017

Echinocereus fasciculatus - Strawberry Fruit

Echinocereus fasciculatus
Echinocereus fasciculatus - Strawberry Fruit


Echinocereus fasciculatus
My son was keen to give the edible fruit a try.  He had previously tried (several) Dragon Fruit smoothies on a recent trip to South East Asia.


Echinocereus fasciculatus
Looks and tastes like the larger Dragon Fruits that are becoming more popular in grocery stores.  A mildly sweet white meat with a seedy crunch like a strawberry.


Purslane
Another edible in the cactus garden, Portulaca oleracea, Purslane, eaten as part of salads in the Middle East, Greece, and India.  Has a mild tart flavor that was apparently loved by Gandhi and it even appears as a food in some translations of the Bible.

Ice Plant blooming happily in Spring, the heat of a Texas summer will prove too much for this plant.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017