This prickly pear cactus was a gift from a Michigan friend almost 20 years ago. When we visited her, she sent us home with a couple of small pieces, which turned into two large plants. This cactus produces these beautiful blossoms each year to welcome summer. We bring it inside during the winter and return the potted plant to a sunny spot as warm nights return.
Inspector Suki likes to use the edging stones as her personal path as she checks out the area. The plant is full of penetrating thorns, and she has learned to avoid close contact. We use gloves when we move it, but some barbs always reach skin no matter how thick the protection.
Another gift, this one from our friends the Berardi's, a pretty small iris, blooms each year in front of the house. Their purple-violet color draws many admiring comments.
Our oldest contribution to this medley is a 40-year-old bush rose which survives some 10 feet from the road and serves as a nice adornment to a pole that feeds electric, telephone, and computer lines to our house and barns.
Hello to Marcia and the NY gang! I looked at all the blog postings I've missed lately and see that you are working hard, growing beautiful things and making beautiful work! Looking forward to being in NY state this fall. xxoo, Terry
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