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If Fences Make For Good Neighbors, How About Cactus?!

Mike in Tucson: Cactus Beauties

Each of these flowers is as big as your hand!  The cactus is on the west side of our home; I planted it many years ago when our neighbors on that side invited us to their home for dinner.  Standing at the neighbors' kitchen sink that evening, I looked out the window and saw that they had a pretty boring view of the side of our house.  Now it's a little more inviting!

Mike in Tucson: My Darlin'

That's my Darlin' to give you a little perspective on the size of these wonderful cactus flowers!


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Comment balloon 68 commentsMike Jones • May 15 2010 11:46PM


I love cacti and wish we had them growing natively in the Seattle area, but no such luck.

Posted by David North, for a rewarding real estate experience (Coldwell Banker Bain) over 10 years ago

Mike, your Darlin' is lovely, and so are the flowers!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

Reminds me of a house I used to own.  I was always worried about the bank of windows right next to a road that pedestrians walked in the evening.  A landscaper planted a row of shrubbery that had long thorns on the bushes.  After they grew to full size, I knew if anyone tried to enter the home through those windows, they would leave a lot of DNA...small comfort.

Posted by Linda Hinson (S & L Properties) over 10 years ago

Beautiful cacti and a beautiful "darlin".

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 10 years ago

Mike, what a great photo!  I had no idea cactus flowers could get so large.

Posted by Gary Swanson (Century 21 Harris & Taylor) over 10 years ago

Mike - That's beautiful!!!    And enormous!   What kind of camera do you have that gets such fabulous shots?

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Mike - Thank you for sharing a beautiful picture with cactus flowers.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 10 years ago

Mike, wow those are some large beautiful cactus.  I've been growing some Prickley Pears for severl years now...when ever I move I dig up a bit of the plant and take it with me to my new house.  The plant started in Wisconsin and so far has made it to Alabama.  It's about to bloom and I think I'll do a little post about it.

Your cactus look very healthy.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 10 years ago

That is amazing! If you have people in your neighbor hood out jogging or walking dogs In sure they sped some time viewing your cactus.

Posted by Randy Dodd, ePro, GRI, TAHS (Rosanna's Realty) over 10 years ago

Both the cactus and your "darlin" are lovely -- thanks for sharing.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 10 years ago


Thanks for saying so!


The cacti are a hit with the neighbors!


That's a great story; I'd like to see a photo or two.  I didn't know that Prickly Pear would survive the snowy winter of Wisconsin.


You're certainly welcome!  Thanks for stopping by.


It's a Panasonic Lumix.  Got it on sale at Costco for $135.  (Really!)


I didn't know it either, until we moved to Tucson.


Thanks!  I'm a lucky guy.


Actually, I didn't plant them for the thorns; I planted the cactus for the beautiful flowers.  There's a girls school (now a restaurant and resort) in Tucson called Hacienda del Sol.  The landscaper in the 30s planted Bougainvilla outside the windows to keep the boys from having access.  It's beautiful, even today, and the thorns are still there!


Thanks!  I appreciate your comment.


Thanks for being the first to comment.  See you on your blog.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Wow!  That is gorgeous!!!  And so is Ginny in the midst of them!!!  What kind of cactus is this?  The flowers are great! 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Mike, The blooms on some cacti are absolutely gorgeous. It almost seems like a freak of nature how a plant that is so mundane has such beautiful blooms...

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Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Beautiful blossoms and a beautiful story. 

Plant it today and you'll enjoy it for years.  I planted 20 "little" Azaleas this spring.  They're only 12 inches high today, small for an Azalea, but . . .

I know they'll grow and be more beautiful each year.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I"ve never seen a cactus this big. I've never seen a cactus in full bloom except in a store about 3 inches. WOW, thanks for sharing some of the beauty of your state.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 10 years ago


You'll just have to plan a visit!


The only azaleas we see out this way are sold as annual potted plants; we do miss 'em!


It is amazing, isn't it?  Our neighbor has some of the same variety that have yellow blooms.


I don't know.  Next time you're in Tucson, though, you have an open invitation to visit, and we'll take some cuttings for you to take home.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Just beautiful!

Posted by Ellen Dittman, #1 Stop for NE FLA-JAX/OP 904.535.1199 (TEXT OK) r (Watson Realty Corp.) over 10 years ago


Being totally unfamiliar with cactus flowers I am amazed to see how large and beautiful they really are. We certainly do not see them in this area at all.

You caught a fabulous portrait of your lovely Darling among the blooms.  Very nice.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 10 years ago

Mike, isn't it Cacti not Cactus for plural? I wouldn't know in the cold/warm/cold northeast! :)

Posted by Tom Larsen, We Shop, You Save! (The Larsen Protection Team) over 10 years ago

Who knew cacti could be so beautiful? They are gorgeous!

Posted by Kim Dove, Realtor - Jacksonville FL (Watson Realty Corp) over 10 years ago


I love your photos, and these do not disappoint. They are always so relevant to your part of the country!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 10 years ago

Those are amazing!  How long do they bloom for?

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 10 years ago

Looking forward to cactus flowers and sunshine at the CDPE conference in AZ starting Thursday...wow these are beauties !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

Look at those great flowers. A little different perspective of Cacti

Posted by Scott Baker, Realtor Homes for Sale Cincinnati/Dayton Ohio (www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell) over 10 years ago

Wow Mike..beautiful and the flowers are gorgeous too ;-) Have a great Sunday!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Mike, Wow! Those are some good looking flowers. How long do they stay in bloom? Great Photos!

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 10 years ago

Mike, great cacti, great photos. I live in Gilbert (Phoenix) in a sub division that has a lush green theme so we can't have cacti. I understand and support the theme, but sometimes i wish we could have some.

Our house is on the waterfront so we essentially have two front yards, so we can't have cacti in our "back" yard either because everyone can see it from the lake. But I'm not complaining - just remarking.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

That cactus is amazing. The flowers are spectacular. How many years of growth is this?

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 10 years ago

Truly BEAUTIFUL.  I'm sure your neighbors loved you for it.  And your Darling!  Priceless!!!

Posted by Lisa Stafford, Broken Arrow OK Homes For Sale (Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors) over 10 years ago

Well, your darling and the cactus are both beautiful! This is surely a site you would not see in Southern Maryland.

Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 10 years ago

The color of those flowers couldn't be any more beautiful. I want to come pick those oranges, too.

Posted by Kristen Correa, Broker, I love coffee & real estate. I am out of coffee! (Kristen Correa Real Estate & Reedy Creek Realty Services) over 10 years ago

Mike, all I can say is "WOW!"  What a treat.

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago


Thanks for the kind words.  The cactus (it's a single plant) is about six years old and surprises us each year with yet more stalks and blooms.  The flowers last for just one day!

Michael & Ginny

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike - those flowers are amazing... We have the prickly pear kind of cacti that grows here naturally, and I planted a few 'ears' of it yesterday in my garden.  I really miss the Arizona cactus though... Truly beutiful.  Oh yeah, and your darlin is just lovely.

Posted by Inna Hardison, Wordpress for Real Estate & Design, Print HaMedia Group (ha media group) over 10 years ago

Mike, awesome shot, I love the flowers that cactus produce, unfortunately here in Gettysburg Pa our winters do not allow for cactus to grow year round. My friend Wanda who blogs out of Utah has some great shots of cactus as well...thanks

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) over 10 years ago

Mike, very interesting. Sharp spiky beautiful things in the yard----are they a safety hazard?  :)  I suspect most people learn pretty quickly to stay a respectful distance from cacti.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 10 years ago

I didn't see you or any commenter mention the name of the cactus, so I'll tell you that it's an Echinopsis. Its most common, common name is Easter lily cactus. Another common name is hedgehog cactus.

If you want a cactus with equally magnificent blossoms, look at the epiphyllums. I believe they have the largest blossoms in the cactus world. Although they have no thorns, they look best in hanging baskets.

You're the type of neighbor that I like, one who landscapes for the pleasure of his neighbors! LOL

Posted by Not a real person over 10 years ago

Hi Mike~  Love your "fence"!  Did you really get your camera for that price?  Is it wide angled too?  Looking forward to working with you on our little campaign....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike, a fantasticwe photo.  I do love cacti, especially the ones that bloom. I only wish they would grow here.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) over 10 years ago

Beautiful photos of beautiful subjects!

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) over 10 years ago

They sure are p r e t t y!   Enjoy.


Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 10 years ago

Wow! What a beautiful plant! I wonder if I can get one to grow in snow banks?

Posted by Duane Murphy, Broker- Owner-Real Estate - (Expert Real Estate Partners LLC) over 10 years ago


They look great! And, they should impress anyone.

Sorry, we can't use your advice here in Ontario.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 10 years ago

You should get the Good Neighbor award Mike for even thinking about the view of your neighbor.


Posted by Cameron Wilson, The Short Guy - Murrieta,Temecula,Menifee Californ (Labrum Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Those are just FABULOUS and a living testimonial to the beauty of our desert. And your darlin's pretty darlin' too! :)

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 10 years ago

Great, beautiful photos ..... thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Rosalind Nicholas, Toronto Condo Real Estate Agent, Toronto ON (RE/MAX Condos Plus Corporation, Brokerage) over 10 years ago

My nickname in college was The Cacti, but I think that was because of the tequila I could consume. Great photos and my best to your better half.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 10 years ago

Wow! They are both beautiful.

Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) over 10 years ago

Wow, Mike, how lovely! Amazing how big they are, and the flowers so gorgeous! What a nice thought, thinking that your neighbors had a boring view! :-)

Posted by Marney Kirk, Towson, Maryland Real Estate (Cummings & Co. Realtors) over 10 years ago

Great pictures The cacti in the Phoenix area have really outdone themselves this year. I can't stop noticing how beautiful they are.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) over 10 years ago

Great photo and I think that cactus will make even better neighbors.  You must admit that some of them, as pictured, have very nice flowers.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Mike this is an awesome photo,  I had no idea a cactus could be that stunning.  I can also see how it could work to separate properties.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago

Mike, yes the prickley pear stays outside all winter and comes back in the spring.  I'll let you know when I post pictures.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 10 years ago

Your pictures and cacti are very beautiful and contribute to a stunning blog post. Thank you for sharing with us.

Posted by Jon Washburn over 10 years ago

I had no idea they could produce such incredible blossoms.  How long will they bloom?

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 10 years ago

Absolutely beautiful pictures!  I'm surprised the plants are only 6 years old.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Mike:  Sure... those pictures are fairly nice.  But... if you REALLY want to see a nice example of the beauty that is Arizona... try this.  No one touches the Shaqtus

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

Love them!!

Posted by Cindy Abel, Broker/Owner - Las Vegas Homes and Real Estate (Southern Nevada Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago

I love when the cacti start blooming. I do have to say, I have never seen flowers as large as yours though!

Posted by Heather Tawes Nelson, Associate Broker, ABR, CLHMS, CRS - Scottsdale, AZ (Realty ONE Group) over 10 years ago

Fabulous photos and it just shows that even some of the lower priced technology can produce quality.  Did I read correctly, the cacti only blooms that way for one day?  If so, how sad, I would love looking at that on a daily basis.  Your a great neighbor, hope anyone selling around you discloses that, lol!!!

Posted by Kim Darling, CRS,GRI, "Your Home Team" Fresno/Clovis Homes (Keller Williams Westland Realty BRE# 01864461) over 10 years ago

I'll take a cactus that looks like that anyday over a fence!  Simply gorgeous, Mike!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the photos.  I was born and raised in Arizona and I miss the desert blooms.  And some people think the desert is just brown and boring.

Posted by Kathryn Maguire, Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach (GreatNorfolkHomes.com (757) 560-0881) over 10 years ago

Mike - what beautiful blossoms - I have seen cactus blossoms but never any like this! thanks for the amazing photos!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Very Beatiful.  I love to see cactus in bloom.  I am sure your neighbors appreciate it.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 10 years ago

I'm taking the picture to my local nursery right now - WOW, what beauty.  Thank you for sharing.

Juli in Scottsdale

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike - Those cactus blooms are almost as lovely as Your Darlin'.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 10 years ago

I have never been a cactus fan but that thing is gorgeous!!!!

Posted by Charlotte Stilwell, Broker-Associate (Century 21 Hardee Team Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike, I'm posting the Prickly Pears that I told you about...as a matter of fact I'm going to put a link in my post back to this one if It's ok with you.  My shots aren't as beautiful as yours but they're still cool.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 10 years ago

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