Sunday, August 26, 2007

Loads of Barrels

Ferocactus wislizenii
Ferocactus cylindraceusFerocactus wislizenii
I've featured Barrel Cacti previously, but several more bloomed this past week, so I thought I'd show the how the flowers vary within and among species.


For those interested in information on Barrels, see
this page or this.

18 comments:

RUTH said...

So pretty. I love that little tuft in the centre Happy GTS :o)

farmingfriends said...

The colours of this cactus flower are lovely sunny colours. Sara from farmingfriends

dilly dalley doolittle said...

Ohh. They are quite shiny as well as pretty. Unusual to my eyes. We have one cactus in our garden. It was planted by the previous owners but I have never seen it flower - how often do they flower? What brings it on?

Ann M. said...

What lovely and unusual flowers :) Thanks for sharing them!

Happy GTS!

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

So many Ferocactus so little time.
I envy your plant knowledge.
I really lke the creamy peach colors of the flowers.
There is something so wonderful about this thorny cactus producing these beautiful flowers.

maiylah said...

awww ... cute flowers shots! I used to own a cactus, but when we moved to the city it just kind of withered away ...

Ottawa Gardener said...

Gorgeous sunset colours.

Mark said...

Hi Aiyanna,
You are just showing off now with 3 lovely photos...Lol
Do you ever wish you lived some where else or are you pleased that you can grow stuff outside thet everyone else has to grow indoors?

Cheers Mark

CG said...

Really glorious flowers...

Jean said...

Great colors! Always amazed by your flowers.

Adam said...

Those are beautiful flowers. Do they bloom every year. My father had some cacti that only bloomed once in a few years.

Muum said...

I love those colors, too. thanks for visiting my blog

No Rain said...

Hi,
Thanks for the comments and questions.
Dilly and Adam,
The barrels bloom once a year, usually in late August. It just happens--the cactus just knows when it's time.
Mark,
In the summer, I'd rather live anywhere but here. In the late fall, winter and spring, nowhere but here.

Julie said...

LOL...in a perfect world...I feel the same being in South Florida!!! Anyway, these photos are autstanding...you put my little silly blog to shame!!! You are just amazing! Congratulations on your blooms!!!
Julie

Drew said...

those were really interesting flowers. they kind of looked waxy. They must be very cool to see up close.

Kylee said...

Mmmmmm.....nothing quite like cactus flowers! Very pretty!

kate said...

The colours of the flowers on the barrel cacti are beautiful. Each bloom is distinctive - the flowers look so papery.

No Rain said...

Thanks, Julie! You're doing a great job on your blog, so just keep it up.
Drew, the flowers are waxy. That prevents premature drying in the hot sun.
Kate, although the flowers look papery, they are actually waxy. They close in the evening, and as they wilt, they stay closed up, never to reopen again.