I walked out to the cactus bed while the sun was shining just right on this echinocereus, a claret cup hedgehog. The sun’s rays gave the blooms a lovely shine and iridescence. It almost looked surreal. I grabbed the camera and tried to capture the glow, but was not as successful as I would have hoped. Timing is everything when it comes to capturing the effects of sunlight.
That’s why you just have to appreciate the flowers in person. And it is such a nice surprise to walk out to the cactus bed and discover a bright, unexpected splash of color. I may have already talked about this cactus or shared pictures of it, but it is worth revisiting.
Another good thing about echinocereus is that the petals of the blooms are waxy and thick and last for several days. Many varieties and I think most of them are cold hardy, so they make a good choice for an outdoor planting. Keep them in mind next time you go shopping.