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Monday, April 19, 2010

Finally, After Five Years

About five years ago, we were given a non-descript little cactus in a medium-sized tupperware container. We were told the cactus had amazing red blooms. Although most of our front yard is landscaped with native plants, we didn't have any cactus, so we kept the little guy going in its tupperware for awhile, and a few years later moved it up to a much larger planter once the roots cracked through the brittle plastic container. Year after year we patiently waited for the fabled red blooms, wondering if we were giving the right amount of water, or if we needed to fertilize the cactus due to a lack of nutrients in the planter. Finally this spring, we were pleasantly surprised with what initially looked like some sort of parasitic growth on the cactus spines. The cactus is now in full bloom with nine red blossoms, and they are truly magnificent!

4 comments:

Patty said...

It looks like this might have been worth waiting for, eh? I love moments like this.

Dave and Amanda Orr said...

Yes indeed!

Kristen said...

Amazing show of color, and a good job of capturing it through the camera lens!

Dave and Amanda Orr said...

Thanks! I think I'll make prints of this one.