Below, is another picture of these amazing red flowers on this lovely fuzzy Cleistocactus plant.... And you can see that the whole top section is a slightly different color than just underneath it....that whole top part is all the new growth for the year....And in fact, that is often how one can tell the age of certain plants----by counting the sections of growth starting at the bottom.....Gee, I so love the look of this plant.....it is so sculptural, as are most cactus and succulant plants. I think that is what always attracted me to them....they are natures 'works of art'. And above, another shot of these luminescent flowers....the detail of the design is fascinating to me....and then that one little stamin coming out as if reaching for the light and the sun. The Hummingbirds love these flowers and it is glorious to watch them stick their beaks right into the flower and drink the sweet sweet necter....The magic of nature, once again.....
More To Come.....
They look so human like! Those pink blossoms are like fingers! Extraordinary! (great pics too)
Deana has a much more g-rated way to describe those blossoms, but I'm with you Naomi, they look like male appendages to me...lol!
Great photos, Naomi! Your macro pictures are amazing and breathtaking! You did a good job!
Thank you for sharing your garden.
It is a pleasure to see and read about your artful, colorful and beautiful world.
All I see outside is a white blanket. I am ready for spring.
Have a wonderful day!
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These are gorgeous and they look so soft, although I know in my head that this is not a plant to "hug". Your macros are beautiful. I am going to have to get a macro lens for my new camera to get the best shot... maybe on my wish list for later.
ROFL! Well now... that's TWO plants I've heard called "penis" plants -- one is yours and the other is an Hawai'ian flower -- and if I'm not mistaken the OFFICIAL name for it means "little boy flower"... That's funny! I can SEE why you would nickname it though! They sure ARE beautiful! I have learned more about cacti from having discovered your blog than I could have EVER hoped to learn on my own! Without you sharing the JOY of them, I would just never have been that interested!
The macro shots are great. Those pink flowers look alien to me. I think I like the rostrata's the best; they look as though they have their pretty feathered hats on!
I want to come see these beauties in person:-). I just love when you share these wonderful species. Have a good evening!!.
I love these as you know Naomi! Just amazing flowers. The pink ones remind me of fingers with one little flower sticking out of each one!! These have really grown well for you over the years. So nice that you have been there that long and have gotten to see them go through all this growth, a treat you would have missed if you had moved! Love your garden!!!!
I think cactus bring forth THEE most unusual flowers I've ever seen. I'm just captivated by them. Gorgeous photos!
I've told you in the past that Gord loves cacti. He's going to freak when he sees these pix!
Want some snow? We got more today :(
Cacti are amazing plants - so speacialised and also so beautiful. They really are sculptured to look at and their flowers are always colouful and bright.
It's amazing how much yours has grown. In the UK we have to keep them indoors adn they don't grow nearly as much! I love the close up photos of the flowers and I am desperately trying not to think of what you call them when I look at them! LOL!
BTW - you did get what my post was about :-) Basically I suppose I could have said, knowing the result of something allows you to change what you don't like and accept what you can't change :-)
Lovely photos as always, have a great weekend.
Hi my dear! You certainly have got the right plants for the right place - which is half the battle and they do you proud. I know nothing of cactii and wonder if you have to water then at all?
Michele sent me.
PS I'm glad male appendages aren't quite like that.
This past blooming season, there were probably about 800 or more flowers on this plant That's amazing!!!! it's a beautiful cactus and the blossoms are incredible! the nickname you gave to the flowers probably attracts many lurkers to your site, lol!
Some of those pictures look like some kind of alien has taken up residence in your (amazing) garden.... Envious as always....
I had NO idea these had any blooms or flowers. Makes me want to head over to Huntington to see if they're blooming. Amazing.
Those red blossoms are so phallic! But they are so beautiful. You are such an inspiration to use gardeners. I just love to look at it.
Michele says hi.
OK, I'm a little scared of those red things. ;)
Gorgeous photos as always, my dear!
How beautiful, I love cactuses, of course I live on the wrong side of the U.S. to have any really, but they are really fascinating, I especially like how you've got them all over like that, the shapes look like art.
Here from Micheles.
Bwaahaahaa! I've always thought of most cacti flowers as being somewhat phallic. Beautiful, but phallic. That you wrote that about your "penis flowers" cracks me up. :P
They are lovely....such brilliant colors!
Very nice shots. The first one almost looks like a tarantula... or at least its legs. It a beautiful day today,
Michele sent me - this time,
Once again, I see beautiful flowers. I imagine myself being surrounded with all of these. It must be pleasant to wake up in the morning and see all of them blooming.
That's such a unique plant. It didn't matter if you mentioned penis or not, I was already thinking it.
They are beautiful - How clever of you to see the beauty in quite stark plants...
WELL, I'VE CAUGHT UP ON ALL THE DAYS I MISSED WHILE I WAS UNDER THE COVERS AND JUST LOVED ALL THE WONDER OF NATURE'S GLORIOUS AND COLORFUL DESIGNS. YOUR GARDEN IS TRULY LOVELY AND MAKES ME WISH I STILL HAD ONE TO TEND. I ONCE HAD A LARGE CIRCULAR GARDEN CENTERED BY A LITTLE JAPANESE TREE THAT BLOOMED IN RICH ORANGE COLOR EVERY SPRING AND ALL AROUND IT FLOWERING PLANTS OF EVERY SIZE AND COLOR. BUT I SHALL NOT BE CONTRARY... NOW I'LL BE CONTENT WATCHING YOUR GARDEN GROW.
beautiful flowers. longtime lurker and I just want to tell you I really enjoy your writing and personality! have a great day!
I like the close ups of the "private parts" more than the wider framed shots, Naomi. The pink things are pretty--and slightly penis like, I guess. They are genitals, after all, so I guess some similarity to the human style isn't surprising.
Looking at plant private parts...we're so bad!
Michele sent me over to look at your...I can't say it. LOL
What can I say? I get a big kick out of seeing your wild things. They make me laugh out loud with surprise!!
I happened to hit this post randomly as I wanted to go back in your archives. I love this cactus you have posted photos of. About a month ago I was walking in Claremont, Ca by the colleges and came across this same plant and took photos. I never knew what it was called, so thank you!!
I love cactus - I just visited the Living Desert in Palm Desert a few weeks back - gorgeous place.
Hope your day is great - we are starting to get just a few heavy gusts of wind but not much so far.
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