Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cactus flowers to brighten a hot Tuesday

Work’s been keeping me busy, cutting down on the time I have available to spend in the garden. But even on a hectic day like today I found a few minutes to putter around. Look what I found:

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My Parodia magnificus, a ball cactus from southern Brazil, has two flowers! I love how delicate and fragile they look.

Most cactus flowers don’t last very long. However, the rebutias in this shallow bowl have been blooming for a full month now:

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I first posted about them on May 21. Here we are, on July 1, and there are still flowers.

I hope your garden is rewarding you with unexpected surprises!

6 comments:

  1. The flower on the Parodia magnificus lives up to its name.

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    1. I agree! So beautiful. I find this is one of the easiest cacti to grow in our climate.

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  2. The flower of the Parodia is certainly quite something, and as you've said it looks so delicate too.

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    1. That delicateness surprises me year after year :-).

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  3. The fuzzy caterpillar-like things behind the Parodia magnificus blooms -- is that what the blooms turn into? Really nice combination!

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    1. Those are the unopened flower buds. By now almost all of them have opened up.

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