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.

The flowers made a nice backdrop for this picture of Peaches, too. I just couldn’t resist.

















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.