Thank you, bees and hummingbirds

I live in my own little world

I thought I would share some pictures from my gardens this past week to cheer us up in these dystopian times we seem to be living in.

Of course, cactus are my specialty, and this is cactus-blooming season. I have included the name of the plant if I know it. The ones that are unnamed probably are species of Mammillaria, Rebutia, Sulcorebutia, and Notocactus since I know I have some of those in my gardens.

Ferocactus wislizeni


Notocactus uebelmannianus







White flowers never have been my favorite colored flowers, so it’s obvious that I did not know the color of the flowers on this plant when I bought it. However, the flowers are gigantic and beautiful nonetheless.

Trichocereus grandiflorus (Thai hybrid)
Trichocereus grandiflorus

There is a microclimate on my property in the corner where the garage attaches to the house. Temperatures are about 10-20°F lower than elsewhere. It’s so cool and shaded from our hot East San Diego County boondocks sun that I can grow geraniums, begonias, fuchsias, and ferns in that corner. Here are a couple of my geraniums that are starting to bloom.



I love mass plantings of flowering plants but at this stage of my life, I have decided to live without the room required for mass plantings. However, I do have fifteen Aloe striata planted in a row in front of a fence. They are awesome when they bloom with a billion orange flowers on top of tall stalks (inflorescences).

Succulent garden

My Aloe striatas  started throwing up inflorescences in early March. It takes a couple of weeks for them to reach height and start blooming. Then it takes three or four weeks for all the flowers to bloom and green dohickeys (fruit) to show up, providing that the bees and hummingbirds have been doing their jobs.

Aloe striata Thank you, bees and hummingbirds.

9 thoughts on “Thank you, bees and hummingbirds

  1. lecox

    Nice photos! Flowers are great to shoot because they’re pretty and they don’t run away before you click your camera! Keep the beauty coming! We’re going to beat this pandemic thing one way or another.

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  2. TamrahJo

    NICE! If I could figure out how to plant cacti on all perimeters and such AND not get behind on things or get in trouble from locals for planting the cacti that invade their grazing fields – I would – that said – ta-da! Have 6 wild rose offspring to dig up and get transplanted elsewhere on the place – – signed – “I bought a few, in order to get a nursery started outdoors, with no supplemental water or protection, to build out the ‘perimeter’ barriers to discourage those who like to walk through place and drop their soda bottles and candy wrappers – – ” LOL

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Plants of one genera generally don’t cross-pollinate but plants of the same genus but different species certainly do. And the hybridists sometimes have difficulty controlling pollination. It’s no different from dogs and cats. Felines won’t cross-breed with canines, but cross-breeding is how we got labradoodles (labrador x poodle).

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