Prickly Pear Flower Buds

In February we had three days of temperatures that hovered at about fifteen degrees fahrenheit. These kind of temperatures just don’t happen in a place like Tucson, but this winter they did.

My city is still showing the signs of the freeze by the numerous palm trees sporting brown crowns, citrus trees which have totally died and thousands upon thousands of Beaver Tail Prickly Pear cactus which bent under their own weight and whose pads turned into slimy green bags of ooze. Some of us chopped off all the frozen pads within weeks of the freeze and spent the next three months looking at the pathetic remains of our once grand-scale plants. Others have left the mess and are missing out on the resurrection of their cactus during the spring growth period.

I’m happy to see my plants erupting with new pads and even sporting flower buds, as seen in the photo above. Now if the Tangelo tree from which I used to get about 200 fruit would just come back to life I’d be a happy camper!

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