Monday, April 20, 2009

"Buried Treasure..."

(Click on image to enlarge.)
...discovered at sunset Thursday
on the grounds of the San Xavier del Bac mission church
on the Tohono O'odham reservation...
just south of Tucson.
These blossoms...no kidding...
were are large as my hand...with all fingers spread out wide!
She was stunning...
simply stunning...in every way!
I now must find out the name of this exotic beauty...
Anyone have any ideas?
(She reminds me of an Argentine Giant...
but it's the amazing coral blossoms that are throwing me for a loop!
In the meantime...
have a great Cactus Monday all!
Hopefully, this day will
surprise you with a hidden treasure of your very own! :)

"Learning is a treasure
that will follow its owner everywhere."
~Chinese Proverb

20 comments:

Caroline said...

Spectacular!! Even more amazing in large format!! Thanks for sharing this one. Isn't blogland great? You get to see so many new and wonderful things!

deepazartz said...

Extraorinary! What a pink!
I think you also love the cactus blooms more than the cactus:)

It was indeed a nice discovery.

Happy cactus Monday!

For my cactus entry, pls visit:
http://deepazworld.blogspot.com/2009/04/blog-post_19.html

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gorgeous blooms. I would love to see such a hidden treasure. Happy Cactus Monday.

messyfish said...

wowowowow! this is a most amazing sight! I am loving the northern hemispheres cactus blooms at the moment. what a wonderful discovery of yours!

Leslie said...

Wow. Absolutely beautiful. I love seeing such showy cacti!

Outside In said...

Beautiful, thank you for visiting my blog on Cactus Monday.
HCM!

soulbrush said...

this is truly amazing. the beauty just 'blows' me away. WOW! HCM fellow cactuteer.

purplepaint said...

Wow! What beautiful big flowers! Sorry I don't know the name, I'm into succulents without spines. :) Marva

Julie said...

Is it a rainbow cactus??? (Just a guess). Sure is gorgeous!!!
What a neat thing to be coming out of a mission church! I adore mission buildings. How lucky you are to live in that part of the world!!!
Happy CM, Margaret!!!

david mcmahon said...

I have a major interest in horticulture, but I've never seen anything like that before.

Diane C. said...

Unbelievable find! I've never seen anything like it. The shapes of the petals are fascinating...outer ones pointy and gradually more rounded towards the center. And all the different colors, Wow! Happy Cactus Monday!

Teri C said...

Oh sure, you go out to my favorite mission (isn't it gorgeous?) and then a spectacular cacti bloom. It reminds me of an Argentine giant also. Maybe it is a variant.

HCM

Teri C said...

I just asked my favorite master gardner in Phoenix to come and help id your bloom. If anyone will know it will be Aiyana.

Aiyana said...

Hi,
Teri asked me to stop by and look at your cactus. I think it is definitely an Echinopsis, possibly Echinopsis 'Flying Saucer'. It has the color and characteristics of this Echinopsis hybrid. Check this website to make the comparison. http://tinyurl.com/c2n5wj
Also, I'm glad to know about your blog since we are 'neighbors'. Stop by some time.
Aiyana

Teri C said...

YAH! I KNEW she would know. Thanks Aiyana! Mystery solved.

yoon see said...

You have got an eye for this cute cactus. Blossoms are exotically beautiful and fresh.
Love your passion in making art for sure even I can't always comment on your other posts.
But I have a good time dropping by reading all your posts.
Happy Ccatus Monday dear sister Margaret:)

MuseSwings said...

What an amazing cactus! Those fowers look magical.

Flying Colors said...

Oh Aiyana is great! Those blooms are humongous!

I have a question for you Margaret... where do you get your fabulous quotes... I don't see the ones you find... do you use a book or a web address???
Please tel me they are just great. Luv coming here!

Have a HCM and a wonderful week! Hugs to you!

marianne said...

Wow what a giant blossom!
Must have been thrilling to find this nearly hidden beauty!
HBCM!

studio lolo said...

wow, what spectacular glorious blooms!!!!!!!!!
Just amazing!
I agree with Lisa at FC about your quotes. They're wonderful...and so are the ones that she finds. You're both genius posters and artists!