Friday, April 19, 2013

Cactus flower: Careful what you throw away

Cactus flower, originally uploaded by RobinJP.

Cactus flower.
Steel magnolia.
Gloved fist.
Yin yang.
Such beauty in the contrast.

I walked out the door, heading to work right into this absolutely breathtaking beauty this morning.

These flowers bloom on two of the ugliest plants I've ever lived with. When we moved into our new home in December, two gnarly cacti were on the front porch. They are planted in old, wooden pots and kind of shoved into the corner.

I often look at them as I come and go, thinking, 'I should toss those old plants. What can I replace them with?'


Thank goodness I procrastinate. These plants are going nowhere! I'm told the blooms may be gone by the time I get home. And the plants flower very infrequently. I will gladly salute those ugly ass cacti every day until they bloom again.

Lesson to us all: Be careful what you throw away.

Robin, Sonoran Desert, Phoenix


Petite Coccinelle said...

Wow! Those flowers are gorgeous! I'm also glad you didn't toss them.

Kathy said...

Awesome! What a great and perfect reminder of how we can find beauty in unexpected places. Thank you for sharing! Wishing you many more perfect moments in the week to come!

Delenn said...

It is so true--sometimes with patience (or ignorance) comes beauty. I did not know the term Steel Magnolias (other than the movie!). Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Hawkes said...

What a great metaphor and reminder. Love it!

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Well, you just knew that with yin yang in it, I would love this post.

Such a striking difference between the prickly and the delicate parts of the same plant. Good to remember that people might be in possession of both traits, too, if only we are willing to watch, and wait.


Robin J Phillips said...
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Robin J Phillips said...

Thanks, everyone. These flowers were such treats. And they really did last for just one day.
By the next morning, they were soft, closed and drooping down.
I am sooooo glad I was home that day. And I wonder when they'll bloom again.

Anonymous said...

As I said, these flowers are just beautiful.I'm so glad you kept the old ugly cacti so this beauty could be seen and shared. Caroljune

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