I blew all my current blooms on my last post, so I decided to show a couple of cactus photos instead. This prickly photo will probably scare some folks who are leery of cacti and succulents. The Agave in the background is Agave angustifolia ‘Marginata’. This Agave species freely produces pups which must be removed to help the original plant to maintain its shape. The problem is that the leaves have such sharp points that it's sometimes hard to get at them when they're young, which is what happened with this one. Now I have two Agaves growing into each other.
The prickly pear is an Opuntia phaeacantha. It is a double threat prickly pear--long sharp spines and glochids. Most all prickly pear species have glochids (small hairlike hooked spines that are at the base of the long spines) that are especially tough to get out if you brush against them.
This potted Echinocereus viereckii ssp morricalii is all wrinkled and flabby from lack of water. I don't water many cacti during the winter because of potential root rot, so they shrink up about 1/3 to 1/2 their summer size as they consume their stored water. I will begin regular watering of the cacti in a couple of weeks as the weather warms, and they'll all plump up quickly. You can see the summer size of the stems here.