The Pincushion Cactus casualty I found in the driveway the other day had been growing behind the Ocotillo you see in the photo below. I’m amazed the Javelina missed the one you see in front of it because it’s out in the open. Pincushions (Mammillaria) typically grow under the protection of other cactus or shrubs so hungry Javelinas can’t reach them. I may end up having to rescue this one.
Here’s a close up of this tiny precious survivor.
I then went for a walk in search of more blooms and within a quarter mile, found this one.
It was full of bees so it was difficult to leave 🙂
I noticed a full ring of flower buds of this Mammillaria grahamii list night so I got a shot early this morning. In fact, I see more than one ring so we might be in for a spectacular showing! Mammillaria, aka Pincushion Cactus, bloom a couple of times a year so if you miss the Spring showing, look for them in early fall. Actually, I’ve seen them at all times so just keep an eye out if you know where some are!
I spotted this photo of the day under a Jojoba bush by the garage. I then checked the other Mammillaria in the yard but I had missed their blooms…darn. Mammillaria like the safety and shade of overhanging shrubs so that’s the place to look.
I’m hearing reports from all my photographer friends that poppies are showing up everywhere. Even this tiny Pincushion cactus (Mammillaria grahamii) is sporting new growth so Spring has definitely sprung! I’ll be out shooting as soon as I get back.