These are fishhook barrel cactus in bloom and we all photographed today in the desert.
During their sales events, they usually sell rescued Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii), like those pictured above. They also sell Hedgehogs (Echinocereus fasiculatus), Mammillaria (Mammillaria grahamii), and sometimes Chollas and Cholla wood and the occasional Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).
You will find the link to Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and other Arizona Plant and Flower Clubs on ArizonaPlants.com.
The Mexican bird of paradise plants are blooming, attracting beautiful bees and butterflies. Click here to see some of our photos. Also, we are starting to see some of them with the seed pods turning brown and falling to the ground. So, get your seeds and plant your own. And, visit an Arizona Botanical Garden today.
Arizona has some beautiful botanical gardens that include Tohono Chul Park, Sedona Botanical Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, Tucson Botanical Garden, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to name a few.
In Tucson, the Mexican Bird of Paradise are in bloom, some cholla and barrel cactus were still blooming last week (see flickr photos), and even some saguaros have been seen with open white flowers. As the monsoon rains come, the mountains will become greener and plant life even more lush.
For information on Arizona Botanical Gardens, Nurseries, and Arizona Plant and Flower Clubs, visit ArizonaPlants.com.