No groceries in that bag - just some spiny goodies from the UTEP plant sale - these are mostly additions to other species of cacti I already have here, which laughed at 2/11's "death storm"! (sorry Pam/Digging) I could have bought these locally, sold through a few nurseries in Abq by Rio Grande Cacti, but I was already here, so I could benefit both they and UTEP's Centennial Museum.
You can see some related Echinocereus chloranthus budding up in the ground. Even a compact form of "Queen Victoria" pulled through the arctic invasion of Aztlan, with only minor bruises:
Left - (3) Fendler's Hedgehog / Echinocereus fendleri; middle - (2) Horse Crippler / Echinocactus texensis; upper right - (1) Claret Cup-White Sands form / Echinocereus triglochidiatus ssp. Gurneyi; right - Spiny Star Cactus / Escobaria vivipara; lower right - another Fendler's Hedgehog:
I bought all those E. fendleri to replace casualties of the mega El Nino of 2004-2005 and the mega Monsoon Season of 2006. Both wet weather events rotted out some badly-placed specimens of this beauty (my fault). This cactus grows among the lower canyon slope to my south, creating magenta to pink spots lining its rocky ground. And I miss it's mid-spring contribution to the unirrigated courtyard.
And also from last weekend, a Banana Yucca flower emerging:
And finally, last Saturday's sunrise, the sun's light flooding over the canyon, dancing on the tops of Nolina and Hesperaloe. Perfect for breakfast tacos and good java out there; a new Saturday AM tradition!