Just after I arrived home, one of the cacti in the backyard began to bloom... and bloom... and BLOOM. Normally this type of cactus has just a few blossoms, but at its peak, this one had over 60 flowers on it. I counted several times to be sure, and I still could hardly believe it!
Each blossom is about a handspan in diameter, and amazingly fragrant. With so many at once, the scent perfumed the air all around.
This was taken yesterday morning, at which time the blossoms at top left hadn't opened yet. The first count was about 25 blossoms.
My mom demonstrating some flower yoga. :)
A view from the back side - this shows why it was difficult to get an accurate count.
The bees loved the flowers and it was fun to watch them in the late afternoon.
Closeup of the center of the flower.
And here's a mystery cactus blooming nearby. I can't decide whether I find it beautiful or not, but it's definitely interesting in both color and shape. Reminds me a bit of sea anemones.