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Wordless Wednesday: Flowering cacti

Barrel shaped cactus plant with giant cluster of white flowers with a yellow center.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Still waiting on that rain, but wandered across this eye-popping display in a neighbor’s garden.

Succulent garden with cacti of all shapes and sizes, including a barrel-shaped one sporting clusters of huge flowers. A scrub jay surveys the scene from his perch on top of a faded desert sand orange fire hydrant.
This neighbor is really upping the game when it comes to maintaining a succulent garden. Who knew cacti grew giant white flowers like that? That bird on the faded orange fire hydrant in back is a scrub jay, by the way. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Their prickly pear isn’t the largest one I’ve seen on my walks though. The thought of pruning this one gives me nightmares. (How do you trim a cactus?)

Prickly pear cactus of exceptional size
This sucker is taller than the single-story house behind it. (Photo: Shala Howell)

I mean, its base is basically a tree trunk. Just look at that.

There is no doubt in my mind that if Samuel Whiskers were ever to move to California, he and Anna Maria would shack up here.

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