Monday, June 22, 2009

Cactus Monday - Pink

Each of these pictures features something pink. And, since this is for Cactus Monday, you will find some sort of succulents as well.
Pincushion Cactus at Sabino Canyon ( June)

Prickly Pear on Sunrise Drive (March), Aloe in our yard (April)
Hedgehog Cactus (April), Chainfruit Cholla at Sabino (June)

left: Prickly Pear fruit ripening at Sabino Canyon (June)
right: my neighbor's Red Yucca blooming (June)

Tucson, Arizona Summer 1994

Christmas Cactus (January)

Do the rabbit's ears qualify for something pink?

The range of hues that can be considered pink is wide and includes some corals as well as magenta. Here is Wikipedia's Shades of Pink link.

If you like prickly plants or art, check out Cactus Monday posts at Teri's Painted Daisies. Happy Cactus Monday!

22 comments:

Icy BC said...

Oh the rabbit's ears definitely qualified as a soft pink shade to me. Beautiful pictures as always Diane..

Judy Butler said...

Just when I think your photos could not possibly get more beautiful there is today's post. Amazing colors and hues.. just wonderful. Judy

Margaret Ann said...

Your posts always put me "in the pink"! Nice collection of photo goodies! :) HCM!

Prospero said...

Your summer shot of Arizona is gorgeous. I like the pincushion cactus. I like it so much, I'll try to grow it from seed (which is actually a lot of fun.) Diane, do you ever grow any cacti from seed? Is the Fairy duster the desert Calliandra?

Diane C. said...

Prospero, I have never tried growing a cactus from seed, but that would be fun. The Fairy duster is Calliandra eriophylla. I don't know what it means, but I think the scientific name sounds just as pretty as the common name.

Teri C said...

What a wonderful and happy post, Who would ever put cactus and pink together?! Diane would, that's who and we all love it.

HCM!

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Jen said...

I knew I liked pink for a reason.
Great pink shots. :D

lisaschaos said...

How I thrill at a cactus in bloom!! Woo-hoo!

Annette said...

Arizona is Pretty in pink! Your photos reminded me of my grandmother's cacti. She had several varieties in her home and she even grew some outside in her flower garden! Another enjoyable post! Thanks!

Julie said...

What a great idea...who would have thought there would be so much pink in the cactus world! Great photos!

Outside In said...

Great photos and post, I wish I could live there.
Happy CM!


-Cathy

Gaelyn said...

The multi-colored flowers of the pincushion are spectacular. Never seen that. All great captures. And yes, I think the rabbit's ears are pink inside.

deedee said...

I love pink. Amazing how many pink flowers bloom on cactus :)

yoon see said...

Very beautiful pink blossom.
ilobe the super cute rabbit too:)

Phoenix C. said...

The white edging on the pink pincushion cactus flowers is stunning!

The chainfruit cholla looks interesting - very exuberant!

Dee said...

Awesome! I love them all- my chainfruit cholla is in bloom too, and I just love those little pink flowers. So do the hummingbirds.

Prospero said...

Diane, you can try this link for info on growing Plumeria (Frangipani) in your area.

http://www.phoenixtropicals.com/plumeria.html

Myth of the Cave is an allegory in Plato's The Republic.

I much prefer Plumeria to Oleander (a very unruly plant). Also, there is the scent of Plumeria ... it's just intoxicating. You can easily buy cuttings of Plumeria (a branch you just stick in the ground) on the internet. This way you know exactly what color and shape flower you are getting. The range is stunning. These are some of the most beautiful flowers around. Or, you can grow a plant from seed. This is what I've done. The benefit is a stronger plant than what you'd get from a cutting, and the chance that you create a new named variety. I find growing plants from seed very exciting.

Rajesh said...

Lovely collection of snaps around pink. Had never seen pink color in cactus before. The sky shot is awesome.

LisaNewton said...

I don't usually associate pink with the desert, but you really brought the two home together.

Love the sunset shot. Who could resist all the great color with the cactus in shadow. :)

Kevin said...

Gorgeous photos of the cactus flowers. I have always enjoyed driving through the desert and catching glimpses of vibrant color.

betchai said...

pink is my favorite color, and cactus always fascinates me, i so love this post (or these pictures), the pink blooms from the succulents are really amazing.