If you're a regular on my blog, you know that I love the ephemeral beauty of any cactus bloom. Of course, I live in the desert southwest, and no one's surprised that Tucson is home to a wide variety of cacti.
Nick Pappas lives in Huntsville, Alabama, but he used to live in snowy Wisconsin. The cactus seen here in bloom was a native of Wisconsin four decades ago!
What a beautiful world we all live in!
Mike In Tucson
The Prickly Pear All The Way From Wisconsin To Huntsville Alabama And A Few Stops In Between
Some forty years ago a Prickly Pear Cactus growing in Wisconsin in the wild was picked and replanted at my first house in Illinois. I've had several homes since that first one and for each new house I would take a little of the original cactus and plant it at my new address. Most are spread out in northern Illinois, but this last move was to Huntsville Alabama and along came the Prickly Pear. These cactus stay out in cold Wisconsin and Northern Illinois winters to return each year.
I was inspired by Mike Jones cactus post and it's certainly worth a stop for his beautiful cactus.
I went out today hoping to get a good shot, but they are already starting to fade.