As near as I can find out (there was no one available to ask on Sunday), this is called an Easter Lily Cactus. I couldn't get near to it, so these were all zoomed as far as my camera would let me. It sat at the base of a much more imposing cactus - I went back two days later, and the bottom right was all that was left of the bloom. Things "come and go so quickly here"...I'm sure a lot of people missed this one!
The yellows are predominant in the garden now, with most of the pink and orange blooms having already made their showing.
And THIS guy...lounging atop a Purple Cloud Ranger, as I drove into the parking lot. Tried to get the shot through the car window, so as not to disturb him...too dark. Actually got out of my car - I was evidently a non-threat to him, as all I got was this "look" and a few shots before leaving him in peace. No nest - just laying on the bush!
The birds ADORE these gardens...it's a cheerfully noisy place to walk through.
Even the areas that aren't heavily laden with blooms are beautiful - just a smattering of soft purple against all these sharp spines is a show stopper. The barrel cactus are spectacular, if not menacing at the same time. Happy Thursday - off to paint some walls...