Prickly pear cactus pads sometimes form hearts. I wonder what the plant is trying to tell us: "Be mine but don't touch me?" This last is a mammillaria. (You can call her Ma'am.) Here's a bit of trivia: I used to think that mammillaria got their name because they're rounded like mammillary glands. But no, [...]
Nature is astonishing, isn't it? How delightfully ironic that the flowers of many cacti resemble water lilies and the tops of some, snowflakes. Here are 18 examples to warm you this chilly season. Apologies to cactiphiles; I wasn't able to identify all of them. If you would like to provide one or more IDs, please do! -- [...]
Here in the far southwestern corner of the US, we have our own ways of interpreting the autumn garden---cactus, succulents, dry gardens, fruit and pumpkins all come into play.
Feel free to hum along. On the first day of cactus, my true love gave to me: A dove in a prickly pear tree. On the second day of cactus, my true love gave to me: Two agave pups and a dove in a prickly pear tree. On the third day of cactus, my true [...]