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Magic At The Potting Desk: Positive Attitude For The Weary Soul

Mike in Tucson: a potting desk miracle ~ a bloom with no root, no soil

Mike in Tucson: blooming miracle!Your eyes don't deceive you. That's a purple cactus pad, laying there on top of my potting desk junk, and it's decided to BLOOM! No soil, no roots even.  It hasn't been potted yet, so it can't "bloom where it's planted." 

I went outside after dark to see the stars, and a yellow downlight was shining on my potting desk.  That's when I saw the bloom.  This purple prickly pear pad is a cutting from a larger plant that is dying.  I figured that I could cut a few pads, leave them to callus over, and plant them for next year.

I hadn't figured on the tenacity of this particular cactus!  Nothing was going to stop it from celebrating spring!  It's blooming! 

My first thought was to dedicate a post to Sally Cheeseman!  (You see, Sally's special to me.  She encouraged me during the very first month I joined Active Rain, and is responsible in large part for my sticking with blogging on AR through all the growth pains.  I don't think I ever told her.)

Positive Attitude For the Weary Soul

It was Sally Cheeseman in Hawaii who started this group and continues to moderate it.  In the time since I joined the Active Rain Real Estate Network a couple of years ago, POSITIVE ATTITUDE for the Weary Soul  has been a source of strength when things didn't go my way. 

If you're not a member, click the link and JOIN UP!

Thanks, Sally!

Comment balloon 19 commentsMike Jones • May 18 2010 12:02AM


Hello Mike and this is a great group and I use to be a member years ago and I think I will join again! Thanks for the reminder and Sally is one of my favorites!

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Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

Hi Mike!  Well, you know, about 15 years ago I bought this cute little ranch house that had a pool in the back, surrounded with these cacti--same beautiful yellow flower and all!  I had two little boys who inevitably would fall into these things as they were playing in the backyard and I would pick those itty bitty clear but, deadly (not really but, they thought they were dying!) pricklies out of their little feet, legs, arms and hands for HOURS!  I always said I was going to dig them up and the little yellow flowers would suddenly appear and I would say, "Gosh, I can't get rid of these things now!"  Finally, the boys stopped falling into them and we sold the house with the cacti intact!

Happy Tuesday...

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

That was sooo sweet Mke!  The cacti pictures are wonderful and your sentiments even more...I hug you!  (BTW...got here through Robert on FB :)  The power of AR to Fb and back lol

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Wow, I had no idea they did that.  Amazing how God's creation is geared for life!

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

Mike, it is totally amazing at the tenacity of some plants. Their ability to survive is amazing...

Helping you help others live their American dream...

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

HA!  I purchased some Aster tubers about 2 months ago from a vendor at a Farmers' Market in Leesburg.  They are there every Saturday throughout the year. 

I was waiting for the ground to get to about 55 degrees to plant them, but I completely forgot about them (sitting on my potting bench). 

A couple of days ago, while looking for apot to plant some Basil seeds, I discovered that the Aster tubors had sprouted on their own and had sprouts about 2 inches long.

I got them in a big pot in about 15 minutes. 

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


There's a business lesson there somewhere!  Thanks for commenting.




Thanks for commenting!  What do we have to do to get you blogging again in the Rain?!


Hugs back!  I'm just telling the truth...


What a great story!  I always appreciate seeing you on my blog.

Vegas Bob,

Thanks!  ...for being the first to comment, and for the feature too!

Mike in Tucson

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

Mike - that is so amazing - how that cactus made up it's mind that Spring is here and going to be celebrated!!!! the wonders of life itself!

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

That was very touching, what a nice gesture.  I have a palm tree that is flowering like it never has been before.  Makes me wonder what is going on in the world of plants.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 10 years ago

Your very welcome Mike and I love the catus photos!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

Nature is amazing!! I love this post...it's one of hope!!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Lovely photos (as always ) -- we have some cactus cuttings we are hoping take also -- all the best with your.

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

It just goes to show you that if you live in a tough environment, you either adapt, or perish. I would say the cactus is one tough plant.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 10 years ago

Mike, I've never had any luck with cactus, but I love that you do! Imagine, on top of the junk with no dirt. You really are good!!!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 10 years ago

What a wonderful post and so fitting for our economy and current affairs right now!  Tenacity, always prevails!

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike- thought I'd drop in for a visit- thanks for stopping by my blog:)

Love your cactus- I always associated cactus with warm weather climates- having grown up in Florida they are very prevalent. Then for a time I lived in Mechanicsburg PA and sure enough my neighbors had a huge cactus on the property line between their house and mine. I used to be in awe every spring when the snow thawed and the cactus survived and sure enough...it would bloom. What a wonderful treat.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago


Thank you for the information with regards to the AR group (I did not know about it till now).   I have just subscribed to the group!    Well it sure looks like we can learn a lot form the tenacity of the cactus an there are times in our lives where we also need to apply tenacity.

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 10 years ago


You're welcome; thanks for subscribing.  We do all need to be tenacious about what matters.


Wish I knew who you are...


You bet! Thanks for commenting.


No, it's nothing I did.  That's just one determined cactus!


There's a life lesson there, eh?


I'll be looking for some photos!


My thoughts exactly!  Hope all is well back on the east coast.

Vegas Bob,

I'll bet you have some growing in your yard.


It's a promising year for plants.  Now for people...  :)


Nothing is going to stop this cactus from celebrating spring!

Mike in Tucson

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

Hello Mike and yes I think I do!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

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