No, not the Goldie Hawn movie, although I'm reminded of that every time I see a blooming cactus.
No, it's the time of year where I live when the prickly pear cactus puts on a dazzling show of bright greenish-yellow flowers. Especially when water has been plentiful and the sun is getting hot. Yes, we've had a very wet Spring.
You've seen the yuccas in out back yard. Well, in our desire to landscape with (mostly) plants native to this area -- which therefore need little special care! -- we planted some spineless prickly pear out at the end of our driveway. Here's what greeted me when I arrived home from work today.
Well, I just had to grab the camera and get some shots of the individual blooms. Here are four, side-by-side, all growing on one pad:
And here's a close-up on one particluarly pretty bloom:
Want to take a peek down inside the flower? Here's what it looks like zoomed in close:
And finally, a shot of a bloom that seemed to have more petals than most and was almost ball-shaped:
Lest I bore you, I'll stop there.