More Spring Flowers

Found a couple of flowering prickly pears over near SurvivalDave’s place.


None of them around the Lair are flowering at all. Guess I’m not living right.

But I was clearing out some rocks in my yard this morning when I saw this on the other side of a little hillock hiding them from sight…


This is my favorite non-cactus desert flower. No idea what it’s called…


…but there’s normally only one or two that grow there. This year there’s a small field of them. Hope they spread further. I think they’re pretty.

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9 Responses to More Spring Flowers

  1. Anonymous says:

    My money is on some varietal of Indian Paintbrush.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castilleja

  2. Been a while since we had a SurvivalDave update.

  3. Joel says:

    😀 There’s never been a SurvivalDave update.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Exactly. I’ve ever heard of survival Dave. But would love an update o. The goat people. And am genuinely surprised there is no pic of the pear tree

  5. Anonymous says:

    The common name for the top pic is ‘strawberry cactus’. Prickly pears are of the genus Opuntia, the pad cactus.

  6. Anonymous says:

    They have tap roots to keep them alive in dry times, but they depend on surface roots to suck up dew and brief rain showers. The soil around them should never be disturbed.

  7. I dunno…..searching the website shows that SurvivalDave popped up ten years ago and that he is usually referred to in terms of his location “..out past SurvivalDaves”, “..down the road from SurvivalDaves”, that sort of thing. But the initial entries about him and the family drama he was having were interesting. I’m curious to know whatever became of this background character…is he still around? Did he ever upgrade the place? Etc….

  8. Joel says:

    Okay, I see. Well, it was a long time ago but I shouldn’t have said that. That’s a subject I’m not comfortable going into more detail about.

  9. Mike says:

    Commander Zero, you wrote: “Been a while since we had a Survival Dave update” and then you added to your social faux pas by correcting Joel, who was trying to steer the conversion away from interfering with another’s privacy.

    Did you ever stop to consider that Survival Dave probably reads this blog and will share updates if he wants to?

    Considering that you, Commander Zero, will not even share your real name, it’s ironic that you want more gossip about a person who also wants to lead a private life. Let’s respect everyone’s privacy or, to put it in a vernacular you, Commander Zero, may actually understand, mind your own damn business.

To the stake with the heretic!