Sunday, April 6, 2008

Opuntia Basilaris ~ Beavertail Cactus Flower

Opuntia Basilaris ~ Beavertail Cactus


Just living is not enough.
One must have sunshine, freedoom
and a little flower.




~ Hans Christian Andersen

16 comments:

Mark said...

Hi Aiyana,
Well today I have 2 out of 3 so not to bad, when it stops snowing then it should all be tickerty boo.

Cheers Mark

Muum said...

OH, so that's what these are called! happy GTS.

Ann M. said...

What a great burst of color on these flowers! They can brighten up even the kind of very grey, wet day we're having over here :)

Happy GTS!

verobirdie said...

What a lovely sight. Really beautiful flowers.

sisah said...

What bright colours, so wonderful... if there only weren´t these ugly thorns.
LG
Sisah

Garden Wise Guy said...

Aiyana - thanks for sending my the tip on the Wall Street Journal article. Someone sent me the full link and I've wrapped up the mystery with my newest blog posting. Thanks again for doing the leg-work.

kate smudges said...

How true the words of Hans Christian Andersen, perfectly illustrated by your photograph. The flowers are beautiful - the cactus pads do look like beavertails.

beckie said...

Lovey bloom! The beaver tail looks a lot like the pear cactus to me, but they must be easy for you to tell apart. It's so great to see what is blooming in other climes.

Dirty Knees said...

The Opuntia is beautiful, Alyana! I can't believe spring is almost over in Arizona but I see the temperature is already 63 degrees at 6am!

Believe it or not, I have an Opuntia in my garden too...but it won't bloom for quite a while yet. Mine looks kind of dead-like but I'm told they look like that in winter here, and that I'll be pleasantly surprised in June. If it looks anything like yours, I'll be DELIGHTED!

nikkipolani said...

That is some showy flower! So vibrant and alive - how could the birds and bees resist!

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful bloom, quite exquisite.
I think cacti blooms are stunning. Can only grow them indoors here, with the English weather they don't stand a chance outside.
Nice post.

Ginni Dee said...

Glorious!

Tracy said...

What a beautiful flower. I just love some of the flowers from the cacti family. I am so glad to be back!!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

What a beautiful hot pink flower!

jocelyn said...

What a fabulous color! can you say fiesta?!

Nice article on the Desert Botanical Garden in the latest (April) issue of Garden Design. would love to visit...

Barbara said...

This beautiful blossom reminds me somehow to my tree peony when it blooms. Even the colour is similar.
You are spoilt with your climate so you can grow all these wonderful cactus.
Have a good time!