Luckily, this barrel cactus decided to put out flowers a few weeks early, otherwise, I would have nothing to offer this week. The usual bloom period starts sometime in July--usually mid-July, so it was only by chance that I saw this flower. This barrel is in my front yard, one of the few cacti I have there. I saw the bloom from a bedroom window, so grabbed my camera and got this shot.
This is a rescue cactus that I purchased for $5 from our local Cactus and Succulent Society. It it a mature barrel, but it hadn't bloomed in the two years I've had it--until this past weekend. I have several barrels, and all have slightly different colored flowers. This one has less orange or red in the center than my others, which you can see here.