I spy with my little eye: This tiny cactus has 5 minute flower buds forming.
Two weeks ago, the Wrenaissance Man spotted this 2-inch tall cactus on the side of a neighborhood trail. Last Friday, we returned to check out its status. Thanks to recent snow and rain showers, there are now 5 itty-bitty flower buds waiting to bloom!
The great thing about walking with the Scottish terrorists every day is that I can scout out likely plants to paint, then return to photograph and/or sketch when the time is right. It helps to have the Wrenaissance Man’s sharper eyesight along for the scouting expedition!
Spring in New Mexico is a hidden season. With the exception of the spectacular white and pink blooms of the fruit trees planted by the early Spanish and Anglo pioneers, the landscape appears barren, wearing the same gray and brown as it did all winter. To discover spring, you must look closely at the ground around your feet. The early-flowering plants grow in tiny rosettes and clumps, huddled against the ground in tiny south-facing hollows for protection from the wind and increased moisture and solar warmth.
Welcome to visitors from Gail Eichelberger’s Wildflower Wednesday link party! Be sure to check out the Clay and Limestone trio of pink phlox, cadmium yellow ragwort, and scarlet-yellow bi-colored columbine. That’s a bold palette!
BTW, Blogspot garden bloggers–I’d love to leave a comment after I visit you, but it may not be possible. As a self-hosted WordPress.org blog, I have no OpenID, and the Name/URL option doesn’t always work for me (still haven’t figured why, maybe Safari vs. Google?). Certainly understand your need to have a defense against spam, though.