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The Prickly Pear All The Way From Wisconsin To Huntsville Alabama And A Few Stops In Between

 

Nick Pappas: Wisconsin TransplantIf 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.

Prickly Pear first one out  

Prickly Pear a couple of days later

Prickly Pear

I went out today hoping to get a good shot, but they are already starting to fade.

Comment balloon 11 commentsMike Jones • May 24 2010 11:12AM

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Mike, great reblog, I am a regular here at your blog too and always enjoy your outdoors pictures. We have had just enough rain at the right time here in Austin so that the Cactus flowers are blooming like crazy and it's beautiful!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Interesting re-blog. The only native cacti in this area are the prickly pears...

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 9 years ago

Mike, thank you for the re-blog...very kind of you and I'm glad you enjoyed my photos.  It's still a little amazing to me that this cactus will die off in the winter and to see it then you have no doubts that you killed it, but it comes back every year bigger and better...unfortunately the blooms don't last that long...thanks again.

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 9 years ago

Very interesting Mike and Nick is one of my "Buds" (get it)? Beautiful flowers and hows it going Nick!

VB ;-)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 9 years ago

Hi Mike!
Those are absolutely beautiful! Being a valley girl, I had no idea that a cactus could look like that!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 9 years ago

I guess prickly pear are one of those 'hearty' plants we hear about.  I didn't know they would survive the freeze. 

 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

those are really beautiful flowers! thanks for sharing these photos with us!

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 9 years ago

So now I have to ask, where is Mike from Tucson??? Haven't seen a new post in almost a week and am missing your fantastic 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 9 years ago

BarbaraJo,

Thanks for asking.  I've been working my tail off, and having the best month in two years.  I'll blog tonight, though.

Doreen,

Neither did I!

Paula,

Especially a cactus of that age.  LOL

Vegas Bob,

Got it!  LOL

Nick,

They don't last any longer here in the desert either.  Sure are pretty, though.

Michael,

I think Nick says that these are Prickly Pear too.  Maybe a different variety, tho.

Russell,

Thanks for being the first to comment, and also for your email.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike - The yellow of those flowers is incredible.  I especially like that center photo!  I'm wondering if part of your love of cactus and the desert, comes from having an overload of tropical rain forest in your youth? 

The color yellow reminds me of my dad, and happy joyful times!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 9 years ago

Myrl,

What a special comment!  Thank you; I love it when something on my blog makes someone else smile.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

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