Something Different


Prickly pear is a cactus-type flower that seems to grow many places. I’ve grown mine in Pennsylvania, west Texas, and now in the mountains of Virginia. The  ones I have produce yellow flowers. My sister, Julie, sent this picture from Arizona. Aren’t the magenta flowers beautiful and different?

In the winter in Pennsylvania and mountainous Virginia, prickly pear shrivels up and looks dead; however, when spring comes, pods fill up and looks healthy. Prickly pear cactus is drought tolerant. Generally, flowers bloom when it is very hot and after a rain. Mostly, flowers only last a day or two; but while they are in bloom, there is nothing more beautiful in a garden.

We are like prickly pear cactus. Although at times–especially when the environment is harsh–we shrivel up. Yet, we have the potential to produce breath-taking beauty in our lives.

Copyright: September 5 (Labor Day), 2016: Carolyn A. Roth



2 responses to “Something Different

  1. Carolyn:

    Just want to say how much I enjoy your God as a Gardener blog. It is enlightening and informative. I just noticed on your latest blog with prickly pear that the sign off date was labor day August 5 rather than September 5. Things at UTEP are doing well. The campus has become quite beautiful with all the new buildings and grounds. Continue your blog and have a blessed week!

    John White

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Droid

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