Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Barrels

Ferocactus cylindraceus


Ferocactus wislizenii

Ferocactus wislizenii

Ferocactus cylindraceus
It's Barrel Cactus blooming season, and all of my barrels have flowers now. Each cactus, even those in the same species have slightly different color flowers. The flowers are long lasting, and the Barrels will continue producing flowers until late September.
Ferocactus wislizenii Fruit/Seedpod
This seedpod was still on the cactus from last year's flower. It sometimes takes a whole year before the seedpods dry and drop off the cactus. I split it open so you can see the numerous black seeds inside the pod.

18 comments:

Claude said...

the barrels are great... I've been looking into them lately, as quite a few can survive in this climate, but they're very difficult to find here and too expensive when you do. If you ever want to get rid of those seed pods, send them to me!
I remember reading something -it seems one of the the colleges uprooted a barrel, F. wislizinii if I remember correctly, and stored it, on it's side on a shelf. It sat there for over 35 years, and it still had green living tissue. They were trying to see how long it would take for the plant to use up its stored water. Kind of interesting....

guild-rez said...

Wonderful pictures..
I love cactus, they look great and don't require a lot of waork:)
-Cheers Gisela

Deborah said...

I always love your cactus photos!

Deb said...

Gorgeous cactus blooms!! The seedpod photo is amazing - I have never seen a dry cactus seedpod and didn't realize how many seeds were inside!

Perennial Garden Lover said...

I love your Cactus Barrel blooms today Aiyana. I'm especially fond of the Ferocactus cylindraceus with deep golden petals & vibrant orange-red centers. Beautiful Bloomin' Tuesday blooms! :)

Sweetie said...

I feel wonderful if my Christmas cactus blooms. I never realized that bloomin' cacti were so beautiful.

Sweetie

JustinB said...

Those are soo cool!

Anne Fannie said...

Your cactus blooms are beautiful! When I first moved into this home there was an area that had lots of cactus plants. I dug them all up and gave them to someone because I didn't want cactus, after looking at your blooms and anothers these past weeks on Blooming Tuesday I am kinda regretting doing so!
Lovely flowers, thanks for sharing!
Love, Ann

Suzanne said...

Those pictures are stunning! Loved the seed pod too. That was really interesting.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Aiyana .. I always see something new with your posts .. cactus have such amazing flowers .. shapes, forms .. wonderful pictures as always !
Joy

Nancy J. Bond said...

Fascinating! The more of cacti I see, the more intriguing I find them, though I've never had any myself. Beautiful blooms!

Jean said...

I love these! I can see all the buds still to open. The centers and the hint of another color on the petals is amazing! Another awesome cactus post! Thanks! Jean

Carla said...

I cant have thorny cacti (one thing hubby says no too;) but I CAN ADMIRE others! Yours are lovely! Thank you for sharing!

beckie said...

I was interested to learn there are different 'seasons' for catus. With some blooming early and some late. The barrels have lovely blloms and rich colors-so pretty!

Julie said...

What a really cool seed pod! It kind of makes me hungry for papaya! LOL.

The Succulent Dish said...

amazing, breathtaking blooms. and i have to admit that that seedpod would have gone straight into my mouth. i would just have to taste it to see if it's as good as it looks. ;-p

WiseAcre said...

As always - great pics. If I had to chose one I'd pick the Ferocactus wislizenii

I think I did it before - read ferocious instead of ferocactus. But both would be correct if you were careless handling them.

chaiselongue said...

Beautiful desert flowers. You don't need a wet climate for colour! Thanks for the photos.