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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:12 PM

Post #8986957

Just some yard color from today. First up, M. spinosissima ssp. spinosissima

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:13 PM

Post #8986962

M. supertexta. Should have gotten this shot earlier in the day before the flower started napping...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:14 PM

Post #8986966

M. karwinskiana ssp. nejapensis has been going like this for months now...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #8986970

M. hahniana

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #8986971

More M. hahniana

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #8986975

M. azureus

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #8986979

Caesalpinia mexicana

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #8986980

Rosemary, always a strong winter bloomer.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #8986982

Eremophila maculata, just about to explode.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #8986988

Tetraneuris acaulis seems to flower constantly

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #8986991

Caesalpinia hybrid 'Sierra Sun'

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 29, 2012
3:23 PM

Post #8986995

It has been so warm, a Pomegranate is arousing from it's winter slumber rather early..

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Illig1
Redwood City, CA

January 29, 2012
9:06 PM

Post #8987498

Great pics. Your plants look extremely happy!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2012
12:00 PM

Post #8988248

M. supertexta

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

January 30, 2012
12:17 PM

Post #8988260

I'm so happy you introduced me to these Mammillarias that can grow in the ground here in AZ. I have Mammillarias but none of these. All the ones I have are in pots and seem to prefer afternoon shade. I'm definitely going to look for the ones you are showing.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #8988317

Thanks Nancy, happy to spread the joy! My method of finding these guys was pretty simple really. I just shopped nurseries in the summer for plants already out in full sun. Several of my Mamms come from Acacia Nursery in the Tucson area, where pretty much everything is in full sun. I also figure that any cottony cactus should take full sun, else what's the point of all the cotton? The problem for you may be hardiness, I'm pretty sure you're a tad cooler than Fountain Hills, and so many Mamms are borderline in that regard (9b & 10a), though once again, if they can survive Tucson, you should be fine, right? I now have 11 varieties, some are definitely experiments, but all are incredibly responsive to bright sunlight, so much so that flowers begin closing upon the passage of a single cloud. I suspect the reason Mamms tend to reside in the shade of thick brush and wedged under Chollas is for protection from grazers rather than sunlight.

Baja_Costero

Baja_Costero
Baja California
Mexico
(Zone 11)

January 30, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #8988689

Those are some very happy looking cacti. Smart idea to look for plants that have already been accommodated to full sun. I have learned the hard way that it can take months before a greenhouse-grown cactus will be able to handle real exposure. It's very frustrating. About the cotton, that's been my observation too in trying to get these plants into the sun. The quickest ones to tolerate Baja California rays have been the ones with the type of spines that act as natural sunscreen. Like M. plumosa, for example... totally impervious to daylong sun because of the feathery shielding. Or M. dioica, the local Mamm, which has a ferocious nest of hooked spines.

Can you leave these plants to their own devices in the ground in Arizona, or do they require irrigation?

Rosemary is an excellent plant in a xeric garden. It's quite popular locally, not so much because it's used in cooking, but because it requires so little water to thrive (and flower).

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 30, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #8988748

Thank you, other than native and barrel cacti, we have everything on a xeric drip.

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Little_things
Port Elizabeth
South Africa
(Zone 10a)

January 30, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #8988796

Great looking plants and I agree on the rosemary, I do need a new bush myself - its always fragrant and great for cooking - lovely plant to have.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #8989425

Melocactus flowers finally open!

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zone10

zone10
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 31, 2012
10:09 AM

Post #8989449

Beautiful plants GermanStar! What are your summer temps like?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #8989460

Thank you! Highs 102F-112F, lows 82F-92F through July.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

January 31, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #8989544

I think in 2011 we were in the 90's at night through most of August too. I just hope that won't continue this year. What is xeric drip? I water my cacti myself and have no drip on them.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

January 31, 2012
12:32 PM

Post #8989601

Xeric drip is a drip system that uses mostly 0.5 gal per hour emitters. And yes, last August was horrifying. I lost a few plants to that swell, though no cacti or Agaves.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #8994743

Just keeps getting better.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #8994748

M. hahniana cluster

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #8994780

That Melocactus is fantastic. It doesn't look like the top of a cactus, but rather the candy "noughat". I have 4 Melocactus that have lost their roots. They have a ball on the base but no roots and they look fine. Could that have been too much water? I put them in lightly moist soil surrounded by small rocks and placed them under the front porch so they won't get watered except as i do it. What causes this. The same thing has happened to some Notocactus ubelmannianus. Very strange. Xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2012
4:47 PM

Post #8994854

I wish I knew, but I'm certainly no expert. I know Melocactus need regular watering during the winter, i.e. do not go dormant.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

February 4, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #8994862

very curious indeed. thanks for the info. Xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 7, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #8998173

Mammillaria supertexta

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

February 10, 2012
2:21 PM

Post #9002087

Completely out of control.

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cactusloverlady
Menasha, WI

February 14, 2012
9:53 AM

Post #9006402

You sure raise a flag for mamms. They are beautiful!!!! cll

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #9046232

Today is a different day.

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ginger749

March 17, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9046303

[quote="GermanStar"]Completely out of control.[/quote]

It looks like although we are on opposite sides of the world.
Our cacti are blooming at the same time.
Yours late Winter, mine late Summer.

Lovely picture this one.
Thanks for sharing GS. ;o)

kell
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9046482

but what plants are the flowers from GermanStar? the deep color is fabulous. xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9046546

Pic 1 is Spanish Lavender, of course. Pic 2 is Echinocereus rayonesensis, and Pics 3, 4 are E. fendleri. Some other Echinocereus and Thelocactus are getting ready... I have a couple Mamms still blooming, but they're finally starting to wind down.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 17, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9046773

I couldn't resist and stopped at two nurseries today. The first had many cactus I wanted that were either in bloom and with buds or just with buds so I bought a handful. I am going to post the photos of my new ones when I find the time, hopefully soon. xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9051598

Echinocereus are singing!

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ginger749

March 21, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9051741

[quote="GermanStar"]Echinocereus are singing![/quote]

I must be too far away,
I can't hear a thing.





xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9052148

I hear them quite clearly . Beautiful :) Xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 28, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9060690

Theolcactus bicolor?

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

March 28, 2012
6:19 PM

Post #9061140

Nice GermanStar! I like the shadow effect making the center of the other flower look red.
Gary

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 29, 2012
12:58 PM

Post #9062127

Thelocactus bicolor -- wow!

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amanzed
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

March 29, 2012
11:59 PM

Post #9062771

I think the center really is red. Thelocactus bicolor "The Glory of Texas" lives up to its Latin and common names. There is yellow in there, but I think the bicolor refers to the stunning magenta and red hues.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 30, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9063819

Night photo, flowers are opening right now.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 30, 2012
8:41 PM

Post #9063880

Just about open...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9064507

And opened in the morning.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 31, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9064687

Earth tones, anyone?

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 2, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9067672

Oh, my goodness, where is the snake? At your house?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9068079

Not any more, but yup, that's my first rattler this season. Big, calm, dignified, I always enjoy the older diamondbacks, they're almost regal. The youngsters can be more of a handful. In summer, we get them coming through our backyard more nights than not. I don't mind them at all, but I do worry about one of the pups going up to say howdie do...

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 4, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9069576

I wondered if you moved the rattler out into the desert farther. They do so much good. I don't think I'd be walking around (or the dog either) in your yard at night in the summer!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2012
1:50 PM

Post #9069856

Rattlesnakes can move quite nicely on their own, no need to help them along. And no need to concern yourself about them, especially in open terrain, as opposed to high grass. They aren't shy about providing long, loud warnings announcing their presence, ignore at your own peril.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 18, 2012
4:31 PM

Post #9088052

Almost missed this one...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 5, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9112182

Something fun may show up tomorrow, but this is today.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 5, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9112183

Just one more...

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 5, 2012
9:58 PM

Post #9112191

Do you know the name of the beautiful yucca in picture 3?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 5, 2012
11:25 PM

Post #9112219

Yes, that is Y. pallida.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 6, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9112591

They're waking up...

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9114031

Monday isn't usually this bright...

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2012
4:57 PM

Post #9114631

GermanStar, What are the gorgeous yellow flowered cactus? That is an exquisite array. Xuling

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9114651

Nice! GermanStar. I love the yellow ones.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9114704

Thanks, that little guy put on quite a show, didn't he? It, and the one with the singleton red flower are Echinopsis hybrids from Altmans.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9120377

I have a similar Echinopsis to the yellow one but in red. It bloomed on May 6th.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 11, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9120395

Nice! And better yet, they both opened eleven blooms on the very same day!

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2012
7:11 AM

Post #9120835

Wow, that is amazing! After mine finished blooming, I took it out of the pot and planted it in the ground in the same spot it was sitting. They certainly are great plants!

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2012
7:44 AM

Post #9120867

Also, GermanStar, thanks for the name of the Yucca. I was at DBG the other day and saw them flowering there also. I love that they are smaller than a standard yucca and bloom as they do. I am definitely going to get some.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9120891

Y. rupicola is another to look for. They both (Y. pallida and Y. rupicola) look completely defenseless, but rabbits seem to leave 'em be, they're extremely hardy, and they manage full sun, so real plus-plus plants for our area.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2012
8:24 AM

Post #9120898

They do sound wonderful! I will look for them. Where did you get yours?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 12, 2012
9:12 AM

Post #9120947

I picked up Y. rupicola at a local nursery near Cave Creek and Y. pallida at the last DBG Fall sale, but YuccaDo currently carries both.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 12, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9121176

Thank you for letting me know. I'll check them out.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2012
1:57 PM

Post #9153472

Some late entries...

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cflowr
Davison, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 5, 2012
2:55 PM

Post #9153550

Hi everyone, I'm back to Daves Garden after several years away. Just thinking what beautiful cactus grow in Arizona where my brother lives. Would love to visit him and see his yard but am too far away & am afraid to fly. Thankyou for posting all these pictures. I'm starting an indoor cacti and succulent garden in my sunroom.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9210429

Mid-summer color. Would've been more, but the local Peccary family found another Echinopsis with six big buds about to open, and removed them. While they were at it, they flipped my Gymnocalycium saglionis upside down, and reduced my 20-head M. magnifica to 18. Grrrrrrrr!!

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kinym
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2012
4:16 PM

Post #9210540

So beautiful! I love that m. Hahniana.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 18, 2012
9:34 PM

Post #9210900

Wow! Lots of blooms on that Mamm. Here are a couple Gymnocalyciums that I just purchased in St. Louis. And my Echinopsis is blooming again.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 18, 2012
10:10 PM

Post #9210914

Nice! I really like the Gymnocalycium bloom. All I have is G. saglionis, which nobody keeps for the blooms. Thankfully, the Peccaries left it unearthed, but undamaged.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9211127

Were they purchased at the show Gary?

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 19, 2012
7:40 AM

Post #9211245

Thanks! The first one above was labeled G. fleichericinus (would not google?). The second one labeled G.euryplorum. Yes, Nancy, I bought them at the show. I also got these two, both unlabeled.
I just counted and I have 18 Gymnocalyciums. They are one of my favorites.

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amanzed
Los Angeles, CA
(Zone 10a)

July 19, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9211254

[quote="smashedcactus"]I also got these two, both unlabeled.[/quote]

What do you think about G saglionis for #1 (left) and Matucana madisoniorum for #2 (right).

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 19, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9211633

Thanks Dean! That looks like them. The second one is a very young plant ($1.50). I will go ahead and label it that and check it when it gets bigger (if I remember, LOL).

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9211643

Another day, another color. Echinocereus brandegeei seems an Echinocereus of a very different stripe. I can't imagine any of my other Echinocereus even considering blooming this time of year, but here we are...

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2012
5:07 PM

Post #9211802

This is a great thread with great plants. This question is for smashedcactus: What criteria, if any, do you use for deciding favorites (in this case you mention Gymnocalyicums). I find it very difficult and keep changing my mind. I do have a few different plants (disregarding the type of plants) that remain high on my list. This is kind of an idle question because probably in general it is just an internal feeling rather than being put through the gauntlet of criteria. My plant came with the name tag Submatucana madisoniorum, not Matucana m. They look similar. Do they go by two different names? Xuling

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 19, 2012
9:12 PM

Post #9212025

I know you asked Gary (Smashed Cactus) about what he likes about Gymnos, but they are some of my favorites also. I like them because they bloom often and with lots of flowers that are nice and big. Also, they don't have a million spines and I like that. I like seeing the green plant.

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2012
9:24 PM

Post #9212029

What a beautiful color NancySLAZ. Which G is that? And I don't care who responds to the favorites question, I only specified him because he made the comment :)
Xuling

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

July 20, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9212316

I like them for the same reason as Nancy, and also that they are small and easy to care for. I guess I have favorites in different categories. I like the Echinopsis for the large flowers and so many different colors. The Mammillarias for the spine formation. The Agaves for their leaf formation. And others for different reasons.
It doesen't look like the spines on my plant are going to get as big as your Submatucana madisoniorum. It is a very young plant. Only time will tell.
I think Nancy's plant is G. baldianum. That one and this G. andreae bloom all the time.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

July 20, 2012
3:20 PM

Post #9212687

Yes, Gary is right. It is G. baldianum. Love your G. andreae also. Here is my Mammillaria sphaerica with a very similar color flower blooming today.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2012
2:28 PM

Post #9269162

Today's color is orange.

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xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9269292

You are nasty GermanStar for posting beautiful photos with beautiful colors and not giving their names. Of course half of mine are probably mislabled, so when I give names they may be incorrect (probably are!!). Xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2012
10:16 PM

Post #9269532

Oh, it's just a couple Fero's. F. emoryi ssp. rectispinus and F. wislinzenii.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 9, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #9269948

How big does the F. emoryi ssp. rectispinus get? I love the color of the flowers. I have F. wislinzenii with yellow flowers.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 9, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9270042

thanks GermanStar :) xuling

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 9, 2012
4:08 PM

Post #9270117

[quote="NancySLAZ"]How big does the F. emoryi ssp. rectispinus get? I love the color of the flowers. I have F. wislinzenii with yellow flowers.[/quote]

I think they get about the same size as F. cylindraceus and F. wislinzenii. Really spectacular spinage is absolutely exotic-looking. I understand F. wislinzenii can have orange or yellow blooms, but I prefer orange, given the preponderance of yellow-blooming F. cylindraceus in the area.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9270926

Your F. rectispinus doesn't look like it has the really long spines on it. Are they just not in the picture with the flowers?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 10, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9270969

Here are a couple of broader angles.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 10, 2012
2:53 PM

Post #9271174

Well, now I see those long spines! That is a really nice plant and the flower color is so different. Is it heading into the sun in the afternoon or out of the sun?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 10, 2012
3:00 PM

Post #9271181

Doesn't really matter, they'll take full here. I have another, smaller example out in the middle of my front yard, which gets no shade at all.
xuling
Windsor, CA
(Zone 9b)

September 10, 2012
5:08 PM

Post #9271306

The flowers look like some of my Gymnocalyciums.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 21, 2012
6:24 PM

Post #9282570

[quote="NancySLAZ"]Do you know the name of the beautiful yucca in picture 3?[/quote]

I have to say, I like the Y. pallida even more than before. It sat and did nothing for months after flowering, then suddenly awoke, forming a new core and two pups. I hadn't realized a colony was imminent.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2012
11:31 AM

Post #9284006

Isn't A. pallida wonderful? I'm going to get some. Do you remember what month you planted yours? Or spring or fall?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 23, 2012
2:32 PM

Post #9284167

I picked it up one year ago at the DBG Fall Sale.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

September 25, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9286241

Oh, boy, I'm going to that this October! I'll be on the lookout there. Thanks. I remember you did say you got it a DBG. I'm still thinking of Y. rupicola too at the Cave Creek Nursery.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 25, 2012
3:02 PM

Post #9286258

The nursery on Cave Creek Rd. has (had) both, also Y. whipplei (highly recommended) and several others -- all 5-gal.
Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

September 25, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9286263

[quote="NancySLAZ"]Oh, boy, I'm going to that this October! I'll be on the lookout there. Thanks. I remember you did say you got it a DBG. I'm still thinking of Y. rupicola too at the Cave Creek Nursery.[/quote]

Look me up when you are there - I'll be volunteering in the C&S area on both Sat & Sun!! (Friday I'll be there, but I will be in shopping mode for myself early!)

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2012
2:51 PM

Post #9292612

Yes, I will be in the "shopping mode" also on Friday first thing! Maybe I'll see you then.
dahtzu
Henderson, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2012
1:12 PM

Post #9307237

Absolutely awesome pictures. I love all Cacti but have never had them bloom like these you show.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 18, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9309144

Today's colors are blue and green...

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GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 23, 2012
7:57 PM

Post #9313645

E. brandegeei at it again.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2012
7:50 AM

Post #9313928

Wow, pretty one!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 31, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9321274

Late blooming M. mystax. We also have an M. rhodantha budding up, so more Mamm blooms to look forward to in a few days.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2012
11:34 AM

Post #9331254

More Mamms. Admittedly, not the most exciting show, but until today, I wasn't sure my M. plumosa had even survived its first year out in full sun. It's just siting there, hiding under a wool blanket -- hard to tell what's going on under there!

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Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2012
12:20 PM

Post #9331288

Beautiful! Wish my plumosa had survived in full sun...it languished for a couple of months then died...

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 12, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9331302

I added it to the landscape late last winter, to give it the best possible chance to adapt, and threw a bucket of water on it once per week all summer long. It hasn't done much, but it is gratifying to see it's still alive!

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

November 13, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9332432

Beautiful German Star! I killed a M. plumosa in a pot. I need another one to plant in the yard. Yours is so pretty!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

November 13, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9332448

Thank you. It might take years for it to stake out an actual presence in the yard, the heads are soooooo tiny. But it's there and the spines are so tight, the critters who like to chew little cacti up leave it alone.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

December 7, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9352448

I was checking my plants today and found my M. plumosa booming. It has been inside and fighting for light on a shelf below a window for nearly two months. I also found this M. hahniana getting ready to bloom. It is about 8 ' across the room from the window. It had already bloomed earlier this year.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

December 7, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9352580

Nice! Turns out flowering was the worst mistake of my M. plumosa's life. The whole plant sprung to life, with head after head after head showing new growth, then budding and flowering. Unfortunately, this was more than enough to attract the attention of yard vermin, which ate the flowers, ate the buds and savagely attacked several of the heads. I dug it up and moved it, but the attacks continue. ;-(

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

December 8, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9353072

Nice! Those cacti look so happy! I especially like the plumosa so fluffy.

smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9353265

Thanks! I found it at Lowes earlier this year. It was one of the few cactus left. I couldn't believe someone didn't grab it.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 5, 2013
1:10 PM

Post #9439764

Spring -- she's-a-coming!

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 19, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9455036

Mamms doing their thing before Echinocereus steal the show.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2013
1:18 PM

Post #9456105

Thelocactus

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2013
5:42 PM

Post #9461842

The colors of spring!

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Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2013
7:35 PM

Post #9461982

Gorgeous as always! Really nice arrangements.
What's that golden-colored, short columnar peeking out from behind the rock in the third photo?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 25, 2013
8:09 PM

Post #9462016

Thank you sir! That is what's left of one of the most beautiful examples of C. tarijensis I've seen. It had several perfect 3' columns before our 2011 winter got a hold of it. I trimmed the dead columns, then waited two years for it to come back, before giving up and cutting the one remaining perfect column to start over. This is same plant 08/10.

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Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9462376

Thought I spotted a Cleistocactus! That's tragic...really looks like a great clump. Do you have a pic of the flower open all the way? My tarijensis have yet to bloom.
Glad you were able to salvage a nice-sized column!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2013
9:14 AM

Post #9462559

I do! How's this?

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Minime8484
Chandler, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 26, 2013
1:33 PM

Post #9462851

Beautiful!
; )

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2013
3:40 PM

Post #9464210

More, more, more

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smashedcactus

smashedcactus
Cannelton, IN
(Zone 6b)

March 27, 2013
4:39 PM

Post #9464260

This is M. hahniana from above photo. I decided to take it upstairs when I saw the bloom starting to form. Big mistake. It never bloomed. Now after a little water, it is starting to get buds again. Hoping it will warm up soon so I can get it outside.

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GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

March 27, 2013
6:13 PM

Post #9464407

^ Looks hopeful!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 12, 2013
6:43 PM

Post #9481952

A few random shots...

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hoteidoc
Penn Yan, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 13, 2013
6:17 AM

Post #9482244

So this is where you "hang", GS! See you sporadically on CF, then gone for "awhile". I haven't used DG near as much as I should, except for C & S data. Have been pretty much "living" on CF, but now that I've spotted other "regular" members -- & members of Yahoo groups -- I really need to check in here more often. That being said, I'm about to return to work @ ractrack -- with 14 hr days -- until Dec., with Wed. & Sun.'s to take care of yard, 300 C & S, veggie garden, etc.! I WILL be "lurking" tho. Great to see your stuff! Your 1st photo (of Mamm. spinoss.) is what caught my eye, because my Lowe's plant (of 3 yrs) is showing it's 1st (ring of) blossoms! Yeah.
Peter

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 13, 2013
2:05 PM

Post #9482696

Howdy hote! I don't know that I post here any more than CF, probably less. My main horticultural stomping grounds is XericWorld. Good to see you here, and good luck with the time management thing.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 14, 2013
3:33 PM

Post #9483853

What is CF?

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 14, 2013
3:44 PM

Post #9483863

http://www.cactiguide.com/forum/index.php

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2013
8:26 AM

Post #9484738

Oh, yes, I belong to that one too, but I don't get on it very often.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 15, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9485158

Really good group over there.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2013
9:21 AM

Post #9485964

I guess it has so many topics under Cacti & Succulents I feel like I don't have time!
hoteidoc
Penn Yan, NY
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2013
9:48 AM

Post #9486031

Nancy - Pick topics most useful to you. During the Winter when not working, I read many of them. About to return to work (14hr days) until Dec. & have to cut way down. Usually in Grown From Seed & Cultivation as minimum.
Peter

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 16, 2013
2:38 PM

Post #9486331

I'll have to try harder Peter. Thanks. I love the blogs but sometimes it is either go outside and garden or stay in and look at the computer. I am more likely to select the garden at this time of year. Soon it will be in the 100's here and the computer is the definite choice then!

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 19, 2013
7:11 PM

Post #9490192

Y. pallida getting ready. This is a great deal. I often have mixed feelings about my Yuccas flowering, since flowering is at the expense of actual growth. But Y. pallida offsets and form colonies, so while one plant is flowering, others are growing.

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NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
8:52 AM

Post #9491829

I just got a Yucca pallida and planted it in my yard. Can't wait for it to flower. I suppose it will take a couple of years to do so. I wanted Y. rupicola too but am still looking for it close to Sun Lakes. May be an impossible task and I may have to go to the places you have mentioned GS.

GermanStar

GermanStar
Fountain Hills, AZ
(Zone 9b)

April 21, 2013
9:50 AM

Post #9491897

Isn't much I like doing more than visiting new nurseries on Saturday morning. Where's your sense of adventure? ;-)

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

April 21, 2013
4:39 PM

Post #9492291

I'm afraid it disappeared along with my time!
kinym
Carmichael, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 22, 2013
9:49 PM

Post #9493983

Everything looks beautiful!

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