Among the Rocks and Weeds

Now that the weather has jumped almost overnight from spring temperatures to summer ones, there are two times of day for activities outside.  One is early morning and the other is just before the sun sets.  If I do any gardening, it’s in the a.m.  Then we take out daily constitutional in the evening.  The following pictures were taken during an early evening walk.

verbenarocksJust love the way these Prairie Verbena look among the white caliche rocks.

pincushion4All my life I’ve heard the term Pincushion Cactus for this low growing, almost flush against the ground cactus.  But I can’t find that name in my books or on-line.  I do find Claret Cup or Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) which looks similar.  That may even be the correct name.

pincushion5If you have not searched the internet for types of cactus lately, you’d be amazed at how many different varieties there are.

pincushion3Since these Pincushion Cactus grow so low and are among many types of weeds, there are difficult to see.  The bright red fruit is what catches your eye.

pincushionLooks like strawberries in a basket, but too prickly to touch.

yuccaThis type of yucca never seems to have a stalk with blooms.  They grow close together, colony style.

indianblanketThis Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) doesn’t have much of a yellow tip on the petals like most do.  If it did, it would be obvious how they got their nickname.   They resemble the color and weave of the old hand-woven American Indian blankets.

I wonder if hand-woven blankets are still being created.

coreopsisbushI think this is a Thelesperma (Thelesperma filifolium).  But it could be a Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria).

yellowdaisyThis “stand up straight” stance gives a perky hello.

At this time of the year, it’s still possible to take an evening stroll without smothering heat.  One can enjoy the scenery, mostly without sweating.

“The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones that do.”  Unknown

1 thought on “Among the Rocks and Weeds

  1. I have seen a cactus which appears to be the same or very similar to what you refer to as a the pincushion or possibly a Claret Cup . HOwever, check out the “horse crippler” cactus, Echinocactus texenis. Depending on where yours was located, it may be E.texenis.

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