Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New addition: gymnocalycium

This little guy found a new home on my windowsill last weekend. My extensive web research (one Google query...) leads me to believe that this is a gymnocalycium (dear experts, please correct me if I'm wrong!).

It's fairly small, especially compared to those flowers. But I love cacti that grow flowers that are bigger than the plant itself. :) It already has two little babies growing on each side.

I took photos, of course.
We'll start with the documentary style ones...









And then we slowly drift off into my unavoidable artsy shots. ;)









And by far my favorite pic:

All photos above: Gymnocalycium on June 11, 2012

9 comments:

  1. Some real beautiful plants and flowers. Great pictures.

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    1. Thank you! :)
      Unfortunately I can't take credit for the plant this time. I only bought it. Usually I grow pretty much everything from seed here, so if one of my own plants looks good that makes me feel really proud.

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    2. I share that. I also grow most from seed - they always get a double check, just to make sure.

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  2. Lol. Great looking plant, and the photos are very good too, especially the last one! Seriously, it is very well composed, and the lighting and colours are very pretty and atmospheric. It reminds me abit of Daniel Sroka's ketubah works (http://www.modernketubah.com). The flowers on this cactus looks stunning, like most cacti flowers, but the spines are awesome! They look like mutant alien white spiders crawling all over the plant. Lol.

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    1. Thank you for your compliments about the pics! (... and these were just some quick shots without my usual ado...)
      I hadn't really thought about the thorns that way, but you're absolutely right, they look like spiders! Especially in the close up shot of the flower stems... kinda creepy. ;)

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  3. I have 2 G. baldianums- they are living outside right now and really seem to like it out there. Most of my cacti live inside, but they seem to like the extra sun and heat. They really have the most gorgeous flowers, don't they?

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    1. Yes, they have gorgeous flowers. I'm always drawn to cacti and succulents with big or otherwise impressive flowers. I'm a real sucker for visually extraordinary things, even in plants. ;)

      I wish I had the chance to put some of my plants outside for the summer, I guess that'd be healthy for them, but I can't. That's why it surprises me even more that they still flower... on my windowsills.

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  4. Never expected cacti flowers to be so beautiful. Must be due to your excellent photography or to a combination of both factors.

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    1. Thank you! :)
      I think, all nature is beautiful, the trick is to capture that! ;)
      I am a total fan of macro photography and once you get THAT close you can suddenly see whole new worlds unfolding in front of you. It's absolutely fascinating.

      I used to call myself a plant paparazza, always imagining how annoyed my plants would get with me if they could. ;)

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