The summer monsoons make the desert come alive with color. We've been watching the barrel cactus and it just started blooming this last week. The first photos I showed you were the buds. You can still see some in the top of the cactus that haven't opened yet.
The flowers are gorgeous! After the very cold winter we had there was no way to know what would live and what would die. I'm so glad the cactus made it!
I'll be anxious to get a photo of the entire thing in bloom as this is by far, the most number of flowers I've seen on it in the 18 years we've lived here.
wow..very lovely pictures xxReplyDelete
Gorgeous Cactus - the flowers are such a pretty colourReplyDelete
That cactus is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!ReplyDelete
So pretty. I have a Barrel cactus that I have had for the 7 years I have been here in Arizona...never has bloomed---yet. One day------ReplyDelete
ooo that is sooo pretty ... it's amazing how hardy they can be isn't it ... can't wait to see it all in bloom :) love mouse xxxxReplyDelete
Pretty! Will this inspire some southwest charts/samplers; I hope so.ReplyDelete
Wow! Those flowers are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Oh, wow - it looks like sunshine in a flower! Amazing!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful bloom color. I used to belong to a local cacti garden group and was surprised to discover the many vibrant blooms of cacti varieties. How wonderful that you can experience them right in your own backyard!ReplyDelete