This is my second Gymnocalycium baldianum. The first one - if I remember correctly - was done in by the supercold weather we had at the beginning of 2011. I did not like that plant as much as I do this one, because its flowers were not as well-formed and had some strange red color that looked like cheap red plastic. This one does have a very vibrant saturated red color and I bought it, when I spotted it at Lowe's. The color is so intense, that you fail most of the time, if you try to show the yellow stamens and anthers. The red petal color just overpowers them.
I hope, that this plant will stay alive for many years to come.
As for the Echinocactus horizonthalonius plants, I may get a few more, unless I spot something more exciting.
This coming weekend we are going to have our annual FloraFest at the University of Texas at El Paso. Cacti will also be on sale. Perhaps I will stumble on a few nice specimens there. The only problem is, they are usually not large enough to start blooming within a year. So I need to have patience and the skill to keep these babies alive long enough.