Monday, September 24, 2012

Cactus Inspiration

So do you know how to find your way if you are ever lost in the desert?

The Fishhook Barrel Cactus is often called the "Compass Barrel " because some of the larger plants lean toward the southwest.  One theory about why this happens is: the afternoon sun is so intense it slows the growth on the exposed side, causing the plant to grow unevenly. Older barrels can lean so far they uproot themselves and fall over especially after heavy rains when the soil is loose.
Fish Hook Barrel Cacti typically bloom in late summer (July - September) and produce a cup shaped bloom. Flower color is usually some shade of orange, but is occasionally yellow or red. The blooms emerge on the top portion of the cactus, and form a crown around the top. These flowers can be quite large (around 3 inches in diameter).  Cactus bees pollinate the flowers. The fruit remains on the cactus until it is removed by animals and may remain on the plant for more than a year. Birds, squirrels, deer and javalina are the main consumers of the fruit. 

The Fish Hook barrel cactus is one of the last cacti to flower during our summer time. When we see these bright flowers blooming, we know that summer is coming to an end.

I have a Fishhook barrel cactus just outside of my studio door.  It’s been blooming since late August and inspired me to make this necklace.

 Fine silver linked necklace with orange, yellow and crystal cubic zirconia stones.

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

The fishhook barrel cactus is a lovely inspiration for your gorgeous necklace. I am enjoying your blog and seeing your new work. Best wishes, Kathleen (the other Tucsonan who took Dora Schubert's class)