Thursday, July 5, 2012

My Blooming San Pedro!

My blooming Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' put on quite a show this year.  It has about six columns now.  It has been starting a new column about every year.  I have these cactus in three other places but this one is the oldest and hardiest.  One more near the house that has two and 1/4 columns put out it's first blooms this year.  But I will be showing you my oldest and favorite!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

Here is the cactus about 24 hours before the first blooms.  They start with these little fuzzy areas on the edges of the cactus.  Pretty soon the plant decides that some need to push out and develop these buds.  It happens fairly quickly, about a few days.  So you need to be ready if you want to take photos!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

They are just starting to open.  It's about 6 p.m.  It pretty exciting that so many are opening at once.  I asked my hubby to get the big lights out and put in the grass so we can be ready.  My son and some of his friends are over and said, "Let's go out every hour!"  They crack me up at their excitement over these cactus but I am glad!  We didn't go out every hour but at least every 2!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

Not quite open all the way but look really amazing!  They are like white lights in my backyard when I open the slider.  I see their brightness even before we turn on the lights.

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

View of the other side.  Almost open!!!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' blooms

There we go, creamy white with lots of pollen.  I love the outer petal color.  The contrast is so pretty!  It was after midnight and the outside lights were on of course.  The neighbors probably think I'm crazy.  The kids were laughing as I climbed up the concrete planter wall to take these photos!  Don't fall off!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' bloom

Check out the pistil on these flowers!  Looks like a crazy albino starfish!  And all the pollen on those stamen.  There are so many.  Wait till you see the photos I took the next day with the bees inside going crazy collecting that pollen!  And at the end of this post I have a video of the bee action!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

I should have moved the light a bit at this point cause that shadow looks kind of goofy!  But you can see how pretty and full it was!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro'

I thought this was a cool angle!  You can see how emaciated the cactus gets at this stage.  It has sent all it's juices to push these blooms out.  I give it extra water when it is blooming because this is only the first bloom. There will be a couple more and it needs the water and nourishment.

San Pedro bloom in the dark

All of a sudden the lights went out.  The kids and I tried with no avail to get them going again.  I was so grumpy.  We ran in the house and searched everywhere for flashlights.  We only came up with a couple and this and the following were the best shots!

Shine a Little Light on Me

I love this one!  Check out the little bug.  So the kids went home and I was about to go to bed when the lights came back on all of a sudden.  Very strange.  So I ran outside all by myself and took more photos!  Some of them are the ones you saw previously.

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

So this is the very top of the San Pedro the next afternoon.  The blooms from yesterday are fading  to nothing and the new set are just starting to open.  I guess the bees got the word out that there was a lot of pollen to be had.  Because it was really crazy.  The hum from the bees could be heard from our back slider.  So I ran out to take more photos and some video!

Trichocereus Pachonoi 'San Pedro' 2012

It's a bee party.....everyone make room.  What is interesting is that the bees don't fight with each other.  They each are just busy gathering the pollen and don't care who joins in.

Check out the video I was talking about.  I sound like a nut but I was very excited!

I hope you didn't get too bored looking at the same plant over and over.  I just had to share this with you.  Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July and enjoy the weekend ahead!

And always remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More) said...

I have NEVER seen so many flowers on a cactus. This is crazy! What a sight it must have been. I'm so glad you documented it all.

I bet you'll have lots of cactus fruit come fall!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you Gerhard, it was so amazing and there are still more to come!

Mark and Gaz said...

That's a beauty Candy! Always enjoy your updates especially on Facebook :)

Katie said...

I think that the pics that you took with the flashlight are beautiful!

gwenniesgarden said...

Waaw ! what a beautifull cactus !!!!

gaianursery said...

Love your blog, and this wonderful post is a great reason why! The night photos with the black background is superb, and the one with the bees is just amazing. They sure know how to put on a performance; the cactus flowers and the bees! :-)

Cindy said...

Wow, that's just spectacular! Loved the video :)

Mandy said...

Oh My Gosh!! These blooms are nothing short of spectacular and so many of them! Gorgeous the bees! Is this one prickly?

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

You all are so great! Thank you sooooo much for all the kudos! And yes Mandy it does have prickles but they are very tiny and not very many! No problem with this guy!

Dewdrop Gardens said...

Holy Cow!! These pictures are so beautiful!! I love reading your blog, and seeing all the incredible succulents you find! Thanks so much!
I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!! Check out the information on my blog. Congratulations!! :)

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Wow, how cool honey! Thanks, I will! You made my day!

jonahliza said...

wow. so beautiful! i love your blog <3

Rohrerbot said...

Oh.My.Gosh. I have never seen so many flowers on these beasts! I just did some photography on the San Pedro flower last week. Hands down, it's one of my favorite flowers in the garden. You plant looks healthy happy and full of love. I can't believe the blooms!!! Beautiful shots. Thanks for posting....and isn't it cool all the bugs they attract?