One of my neighbors has a collection of potted cacti standing on the gravel outside their apartment. I don't know how allowed this is, but they've been there a while without apparent problems. One of them produced a flower this morning -- fragile, vivid pink. It had three at once a few weeks ago, but they were already a bit wilted by the time I got to them -- not as ephemeral as the white cereus, but not designed for the long haul.
Forecast temperature today in Tucson is 108F. I'm glad I'm off to Colorado for a bit!
Prickly pear, at the far end of the flowering season. The campus is emptying out, and there won't be much flowering for a while; the saguaros don't seem very enthusiastic about it this year.
(Oh, and it turns out last week's flower was desert willow after all; it comes in both light and dark purple colorways, while ironwood is a different tree with light purple flowers.)
That shocking-pink beavertail on the corner.
(My other beavertail, the one near the grocery store, seems to have disappeared sometime during the year. Also, I should have taken my camera when I went out to buy a lamp today; there was a magnificent yellow-and-red prickly pear in the parking lot there.)
Originally uploaded by ellarien.
I don't usually expect much in the way of cactus flowers at this time of year, but there's this thing down the street from my office, on the same corner as the big night-blooming one, that's had buds for a week or two, and today I noticed a couple of open flowers. (This sort of thing, slightly above head-height, is where the pivotable LCD display comes in handy!)
UA campus, July 2008, 6.37 am
There are some compensations to being jet-lagged at this time of year; the couple of hours after dawn are the best part of the day, when the heat is still gentle, the shadows are long, and the night-blooming cactus flowers can be seen in their glory.