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    Post by Joy on Sat 06 Oct 2012, 3:02 pm

    This was a bit of a surprise for us. Why, I do not know, as it is the echinopsis seminudus's flowering season about now.

    The parent echinopsis seminudus has several flower buds. Some of its pups are also growing flower buds. It will be great if they do not fall off.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 06 Oct 2012, 3:03 pm

    The parent echinopsis seminudus is starting to soften at the base. It may be all the pups which are causing this or it may just be the natural order of things. I really must repot them. That may be a way to get rid of the pesky oxalis pest too.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 07 Oct 2012, 9:45 am

    These two echinopsis seminudus flower buds are growing very quickly. So is the dreaded oxalis weed.

    This is only one day on from the above pics.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 3:12 pm

    These two echinopsis seminudus buds are getting closer to opening their stunning looking flowers.

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    Post by Joy on Tue 09 Oct 2012, 2:22 pm

    The echinopsis seminudus flower buds are very close to opening. They nearly double their size in the day before flowering.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 10 Oct 2012, 3:56 pm

    The two echinopsis seminudus flower buds opened the morning but I missed them as we were going out. Remembered them when we returned, in the early afternoon, & they were already starting to fold up as they had finish with their magic. The wind was blowing a strong nor'easter which they seem to prefer as they always open on windy days.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 10 Oct 2012, 3:56 pm

    Echinopsis seminudus flowers.

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    Post by Joy on Fri 19 Oct 2012, 3:22 pm

    The echinopsis seminudus plants seem to be going to have a mass flowering of five flowers. That is, if all these larger flower buds continue to grow. There are still some more smaller buds biding their time.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 20 Oct 2012, 3:50 pm

    The five flower buds on the echinopsis seminudus plants are getting closer to opening.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:15 pm

    The echinopsis seminudus plants opened five flowers today. The perfume was beautiful & the honey bees could not resist it..

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:16 pm

    The honey bees were also attracted by the wonderful fragrance as well as the pollen & nectar.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:16 pm

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:17 pm

    A honey bee, with full pollen sacs, enjoying the echinopsis seminudus flower. There does look to be another one down in the depths of the pistils & stamens.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:20 pm

    There were so many honey bees visiting the echinopsis seminudus flowers, this morning, that they probably ran out of pollen & nectar. This may be why they had closed up shop by the late morning. Usually they start closing up late in the afternoon.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:22 pm

    A honey bee with laden pollen sacs.

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    Post by Joy on Mon 22 Oct 2012, 4:23 pm

    A hoverfly also enjoying the pollen of this echinopsis seminudus flower.

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    Post by granny on Tue 23 Oct 2012, 3:22 am

    Wonderful pictures Joy. :clap: Love the bees. granny[b]
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    Post by Joy on Tue 23 Oct 2012, 5:49 am

    Thank you, Granny. These echinopsis seminudus flowers are rather special & the bees, both honey bees & our small native bees, love them. :love:

    Could not believe just how many visited them this time. There must be some hives nearby.
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    Post by Dawn on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 6:29 am

    Joy wrote:Echinopsis seminudus flowers.


    Stunning pic Joy! the lighting is fabulous.
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    Post by Dawn on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 6:32 am

    Joy wrote:A honey bee with laden pollen sacs.


    Yes that is a lot of bees! Is this where they have all been hiding :D . I love this one, my mum always use to say "that one is flying around in his boots "
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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 7:31 am

    Thanks, Dawn. There were so many bees with the second lot of flowers, I decided to take a movie of them. I was so pleased to be able to capture them, especially, as we went out shortly after & the flowers were completely closed up, by the time we returned, 2 or 3 hours later. :D

    The light in the pic of the two echinopsis seminudus flowers was very fortuitous. We had been out all morning, until after lunchtime, & I had forgotten to look to see if the flowers were open before we went out. :blush2: When we returned, I was very pleased to see that the flowers were still partially open. By this time, the sunlight was filtering through the cocos palm fronds which were drifting about in the breeze. A light beam shone at the right time & voilà!!! :lol2:
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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 10:35 am

    Nearly missed this echinopsis seminudus flower!! It was starting to close up by the time I spotted in the mid-morning. This is from one of the small pups which hasn't flowered before.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 10:36 am

    This echinopsis seminudus flower is from the small pup in the top lefthand corner.

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    Post by Dawn on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 4:07 pm

    No doubt about it this is a great cactus plant. I cannot believe all those wonderful flowers you get every year, absolutely brilliant Joy! If I ever see one here I will grab it quick :)
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    Post by Joy on Sun 28 Oct 2012, 4:12 pm

    Yes, Dawn, I was very lucky to get this plant. Never really knew it flowered until it started happening to mine. This did take a couple of years, if I remember correctly, but now it flowers like clockwork each spring. It is great to see the pups flowering too. It is a very prolific "breeder" in that it has plenty of pups. :lol2:

    Really must give it a new home, one day. :blush2:

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