After the less attractive photos yesterday and to celebrate the return of the sun, I thought I would post some of the cacti flowers form this year. I only started growing them last year and was not sure how they would cope over the winter and if they would ever flower again. I needn't have worried, and there has been a constant stream of flowers.
First to flower was also one of the best, gymnocalycium baldianum. Not the most prolific of flowerers but very pretty flowers, which lasted for a few days.
I kept leaving taking the photo until the evening, which is my normal photo time, only to find they had closed up for the night. Whenever I see the next photo it reminds me of an owl. Sadly lost the label for this one
The more prolific flowerers are the rebutias. This one is rebutia x aylostera 'Bo Jangles'. You get one set of flowers like this:
Then once those has all died back you sect a second flush. Sadly not all of them flower that dramatically. One of my favourites for the rest of the year is mammillaria bombycina, which looks amazing but has very disappointing flowers:
The latest to flower is another gymnocalycium this one with pink flowers:
There are plenty more in buds on different plants, so there will more more to come.