September is an odd month here in the desert. Yes, the heat of summer is beginning to give way and temperatures aren’t quite so intense but while everyone else seems to be pulling out sweaters and watching the leaves change, here we are still a long way from fall.
Most of the cactus blooms that have enchanted me all season are pretty much gone but the barrel cactus waits until September, when she has the stage all to herself, to start blooming in fall-like colors of pale to bright yellow, orange, peach, watermelon and red.
So this is fall in the desert. It may not be cool enough for sweaters and jeans, we may not have changing leaves or frost on our pumpkins, but we can count on the barrel cactus to provide plenty of fall color at just the right time.
What is your fall looking like?