Friday, September 15, 2017

Cousins visit the cactus garden

Cinnamon Bunny Ears
Cinnamon Bunny Ears (Opuntia microdasys subsp. Rufida), this cactus is charming from a distance but working in close proximity to it you inevitably bump into the "cinnamon" which will then haunt you like fine fiber glass and is easily transferred from gloves or shirt sleeve weeks later to continue to irritate.





Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cleome

Polanisia dodecandra
Cleome aka Polanisia dodecandra grows well in the cactus garden (here looking like a small tree with white flowers).  This Texas native has interesting flowers that seem to be enjoyed by butterflies and hummingbirds.  It typically grows along sandy creeks in Llano County where I collect sand.
Flowering Senna
Flowering Senna, Cassia corymbosa
Echeveria runyonii



Thelocactus bicolor
Thelocactus bicolor

Astrophytum asterias
Astrophytum asterias

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Treasures from SouthTexas

Astrophytum ornatum var. virens
Astrophytum ornatum var. virens - Maybe the most reliable and prolific bloomer in my cactus garden.  I would say somewhere between 15 to 20 blooms a year.

Astrophytum ornatum var. virens
Astrophytum ornatum var. virens


Lower Rio Grande Valley Barrel Cactus
Lower Rio Grande Valley Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus hamatacanthus var. sinuatus, It shrinks a bit in winter time and changes color from a blue green to rusty red.


Ferocactus hamatacanthus var. sinuatus
Lower Rio Grande Valley Barrel Cactus, Ferocactus hamatacanthus var. sinuatus,


Fitch’s Hedgehog Cactus
Fitch’s Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus fitchii).  On a trip to McAllen, Texas I befriended an interesting lady named Juanita who worked as a grounds keeper.  We talked about the local cactus and the art work she made by mounting them and growing them on driftwood or in some cases cedar stumps.  She gave me this plant from her ranch out of a paint bucket in the back of her pickup truck. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Almost a Rainbow

Scientist say cactus flowers can be almost any color except blue.  I have always wondered if purple is the combination of red and blue, and if flower color shades are based on percentage combination of the primary colors, then why can't a purple cactus flower be slight less red and therefore appear blue...? 








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