Monday, June 13, 2011

Happy Cactus Monday.....Buds, Blooms & Bee's!

We now have incredible weather!
I am so happy and so are all my beautiful succulents!
For this Cactus Monday I am going to show you three things, buds, blooms & bee's!

Opuntia Monacantha variegata

This makes me so happy! Cindy my friend from Bug Safari sent me some succulents starters. Among them was this pad of Opuntia Monacantha variegata 'Josephs Coat'. I am so happy to see that it is developing two new pads. Yeah! So far every plant she sent be is doing awesome except one that I lost early. Waaah!

What a sweet little baby!

Wanted to show you a macro of one of the bud pads. It is really cute now and fragile. One little bump will knock it off. So I am being very careful.

Hey Look at Me!

This is the first bloom on this cacti for me. The color is awesome. I know it is hard to tell but it has some purplish hue around the edges. This is called Chamaelobivia 'Rose Quartz' hybrid. Now where should I plant this one? So many decisions...hahaha!

Pink Headband

I love when the mammillaria's bloom like this. It makes me think of a pink head band. This beauty is called Mammillaria rhodantha. The cactus to the left I don't know but the one behind's nick name is Old Man of the Mountain.


Wait for it!

Now the bee's!

Three's Company

The bee's are going crazy around my large Opuntia in the back yard. I call this one Three's Company. They were so busy they could have cared less if I was there clicking away. I knew they wanted the pollen more than me.

I will show you more bee shots later and pic of the whole opuntia in bloom. It looks so pretty! But for now I hope that everyone has a bright and sunny week!

It's Another Beautiful Day


Megan said...

Gorgeous blooms, your bee pic is insane!!!!!

Teri C said...

Wowzers, your macro shots are awesome. Such different cactus and the blooms make my mouth water.
That bee is in pollen heaven.
Thanks for these beautiful and fun shots.


Julie said...

If that variegated opuntia was a succulent rather than a thorny cactus, I would definitely ask Cindy to send me a pad! I just adore variegated plants! These are the cutest little bud/pads EVER!!! That color is grand!!!

What a fantastic bee shot! They really were can feel there determination to get the job done, can't you???

Thanks for the tip about saving my X-mas cactus! Maybe I will try it. I replanted it a year ago, but only trimmed off a little, but will try a more severe trim and re-pot again and WATER! Maybe I need to keep them inside and water more often. I will try, OK???
Happy Cactus MOnday!!!

Patty C. said...

Beautiful photos - I do not own a single cactus - Which is kind of pitiful being that I live in Florida - But I am very taken with your blog - Your plants are sooooo beautiful - I just might have to get one :)

Enjoyed the visit - I will be back !!

Stephanie said...

Your first Opuntia (variegata) looks a piece of precious jade! Expensive looking opuntia hehe... Love the pink flower that's blossoming. Your have marvellous cacti and I really love how you plant and care for them. The bee gets to taste some of the sweet rewards your cacti are giving you :-D

marianne said...

Beautiful shots!
Love those bees covered with pollen!
Thanks for naming my succulent!


Purnima@a creative project said...

Beautiful!! Love th fresh..very summery!!!!

Cindy said...

So nice to know my cacti are flourishing under your care. They should call it having a prickly thumb instead of a green thumb when someone has a way with growing cacti. Your thumb is very prickly.
Love the cactus bees!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much everyone! I really appreciate your wonderful words!

How are the suc's doing that I sent you Cindy?

Diane AZ said...

Your opuntia is amazing! The new pads look like little sea creatures. :)

kclily said...

I have an varigated opuntia just like yours. I didn't know what it was called. Thanks for identifying it for me. And I LOVE the bee picture.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You are so welcome KC. It took me quite a while to get the name. I looked all over the internet till I found it. I'm glad I could help.

romance-of-roses said...

Hi Candy, You captured the picture of bees perfectly, wow! it's amazing. Of course the blooms are gorgeous but those bees really caught my eye. I have a granddaughter that we call Bee.
When she was little her sister could not say her name and named her Bee.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks for the great comment Lu! What a cute name for your granddaughter. She must be very sweet.

... said...

your pictures are a plant lovers bring out colors we just never imagine in the succulents...terrific site, I'll have to spend some time looking at everything...and "oh, those bees"!

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

I'd definitely be willing to do a swap for that Joseph's Coat prickly pear!! The new pad growth and variegation are spectacular!

Matt and Bobbie said...

That Opuntia is absolutely amazing. It looks like marbled taffy :) I've never seen one so verigated--stunning! Your bee photo is so nice. I love how we can see every little pollen grain--well done!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hey Red I just love my Joseph's Coat to pieces. When I get some more pads I will definitely give you a pad. Right now I only have this. And if I get a chance to find one or get more I will share!

Thanks Matt and Bobbie I am so happy it is growing! And that bee shot was pretty lucky thanks mucho!

thebluemuse said...

Gorgeous! My only question: Could those bees fly later or were they too pollen drunk. Funny photo!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

They did fly away pretty crazy! Hahahaha!

Cassy said...

This is another beautiful cactus monday. I truly love those photos.

Cassy from Rock Guitar Lessons

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Cassy! I love your visits!