It's a flower most people wouldn't expect to see in a Zone 5 garden.
It's a cactus flower.
This is an Opuntia, Prickly Pear Cactus.
I was all 'big talk' about how I was going to cut these back earlier this spring. They were spreading and heading into the nearby Geraniums.
They are still spreading and mixing in with the Geraniums.
I am posting this picture to assure fellow garden bloggers that:
- I don't always follow through on what I say I am going to do, even if I proclaim it to the world on my blog. Though I try to do what I say I am going to do if I "proclaim" it.
- Not everything is all neat and tidy in my gardens. Far from it. I should have a big weeding class in my garden. I could invite all kinds of new gardeners over and show them the "proper" way to weed and use my own garden as their classroom. It would be a "hoe" lot of fun.
- Cactus does grow where it snows and gets cold.
Somehow, when experienced gardeners, like I think I might be at this point, post about things not going particularly according to plan or about not following through on cutting back plants at the proper time, it helps new gardeners feel better about their own gardens and gardening efforts.
I hope you new gardeners feel better now.
Vanillalotus is the lucky winner of the Ethel gardening gloves giveaway.
I asked Robin(Bumblebee), who was on Plurk at the same time I was, to choose a number between 1 and 40, and she chose 39. SuburbanGardener, aka Mr. McGregor's Daughter and RedDirtRambling aka Dee were also on that thread so they can vouch for the randomness of the pick.
For those who didn't win, you can still get 10% off an order of Ethel Gloves until July 22nd by using the discount code 'Maydreams'. Thank you to all who entered!