The photo below was taken last year, April 22, 2016.
A big, beautiful prickly pear that I would always pass on my walks around the neighborhood. And every Spring, I looked forward to the time when its yellow blossoms would appear. The bees liked them, too.
However, this year I noticed that the cactus was surrounded by lots of garbage that no one was ever clearing out. Then one day, much to my dismay, I found that the whole thing had been pulled up and thrown into a heap.
Amazingly, after a couple of months, despite being uprooted, discarded and neglected, I discovered that new pads had started to form.
And some of the old parts that were near the ground had started to root themselves.
Each time I walk now, I bring a piece home. The one above I left in my bathroom on the shelf over the sink and was surprised to find that it had sprouted a new little pad, too.
One of the bigger pieces I brought home had two buds on it and just this past week, I was blessed with one beautiful yellow blossom. It only lasted for a day and I'm still waiting to see what the second bud will do.
Fortunately I always have my crochet version that will forever bloom.
Pattern can be found at Paper & Landscapes.
Have a fabulous Friday!