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Nov 16, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Echinopsis

Perfect surprise in early spring.

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Full picture here. These flowers do not last more a day.

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Nov 16, 2017 6:09 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Great banner Baja!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Nov 16, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Texas (Zone 8a)
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Nov 16, 2017 7:22 PM CST
Name: Karen
New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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Lovely banner, Baja. Echinopsis flowers are a favorite!
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Nov 16, 2017 7:42 PM CST
Zone 5
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How delicately composed, sadly so short lived. Is that par for most cacti blooms? You've captured its beauty in the banner.
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Nov 16, 2017 7:45 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Baja will give you the scientific answer, Fleur, but in my experience I have maybe 50% of my cacti blooms which last for only a day, and then I have a lot of others that will open and close for up to 3 or 4 days. We have to really appreciate the single day blooms, and be fast to get photos!
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Nov 16, 2017 8:04 PM CST
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Yes, it's basically serendipity, and celebrating the thing in the moment. I stumbled across this plant in the park and fortunately I had my camera close at hand.

Flowers are tremendously expensive from the standpoint of water, which is often the limiting factor in hot, dry places. So a lot of cacti have short-lived and/or nocturnal blooms to compensate. Curiously though, they still flower in abundance, often synchrony, when they are doing well.

Thank You! for the kind words and the acorns, people.
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Nov 16, 2017 11:09 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Beautiful!
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Nov 17, 2017 4:43 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
I'm glad you got to see the blooms that day, and get a nice pic of them to remember them and to share with us.
Amazing how plants manage in such harsh conditions, and yet put out such pretty flowers.
I'll look for them in the desert here in San Diego County. Thumbs up
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Nov 17, 2017 9:24 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Thumbs up Thumbs up for a great banner!
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