lies in rolling woodlandsoak and mesquite and what folks in these parts call cedar,
but its really a juniper.
And everywhere the sun can shine through, theres a cactus
least one cactus, usually more. Some are fat barrels. Some are tall, graceful cylinders
called silla de la suegra, or "mother-in-laws seat." Some are
prickly pears, with their big round ears.
In the spring, all the cactus bloom. The
barrels produce huge, waxy yellow flowers with bright red-orange centers. Rows of slightly
smaller, more intricate yellow flowers appear on the ears of the prickly
pears. And each
slender silla de la suegra brings forth one gorgeous purple bloom for just one day
each year. Then, in 2000, an imported Cereus brought forth huge,
spectacular night-blooming flowers. And spring 2001 brought an amazing
floral bounty to our oldest and largest cacti, giving them a fresh new
look. For 2002, barrel cactus demonstrate their variety.
Take the cactus
tour, and see for yourself. On each page, you will have the options to continue on the
tour, view thumbnails
in the Gallery and select one in particular, or return to this page.