Cacti have not featured in the blog much, to date, but I had a few back here in the greenhouse in the UK and one had prepared for my return by producing four buds that opened yesterday, all together. It is an Echinopsis hybrid and, for those that need to know, I would guess its parentage includes E. eyriesii. Echinopsis used to be fairly uniform, rather globular cacti with little aesthetic merit until they bloomed when they are spectacular with their large, long-tubed flowers. However, the ‘clumpers’ among botanists have grouped together lots of previous genera into Echinopsis.
This plant is one of the Southfield hybrids, many of which are prefixed with ‘Bourne’ since the nursery is not far from that town in Lincolnshire. This nursery have done huge work to produce cacti with gorgeous flowers and plants that bloom freely and easily with the hope of popularising cacti as windowsill plants. If you want to be convinced, look at the link below!
Although these flowers only last a day, they are beautiful and lightly scented.