Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Vignette, opuntia tree and background

This is the view across the street from my brother's house in Phoenix. The large lot is empty, and the owner repairs the fence as needed. Not always with the same materials.

The fence is interesting, but aren't we really drawn to the Opuntia? With actual woody bases?

I know I am...

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21 comments:

  1. I'm drawn to the ocotillo in the first photo. I bet it's blooming now!!

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    1. That's in my brother's garden, I'll have to ask him!

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  2. Instead of wood fencing, it's too bad that the property owner doesn't just plant more Opuntia wherever a gap develops.

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  3. Wonder why the owner keeps a fence around his vacant lot. Cool opuntia!

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    1. To deter illegal dumping? To make people wonder what's going on back there?

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  4. Love the folk art/casual quality of the fence. At least one gets to enjoy the plants outside the fence.

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  5. As a former victim of Opuntia, I can say without hesitation that I'm not draw to it at all. The only time I may feel tempted is when it is cover with fruit, and even then it would be with a 9 foot long tool and extremely safe distance :-)
    I had to Google the Ocotillo seen in the first picture; my jaw drop when I saw pictures of it in bloom! Has it bloom in your bothers garden?

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    1. Yes his Ocotillo has bloomed, they are gorgeous!

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  6. At least the guy repairs the fence. Better than looking at junked cars amidst some weeds.

    They are beautiful Opuntias. At the BG on Catalina Island, there were some Opuntias so old and woody the trunks looked like gnarled old oaks. You could just make out they were pads about 80 years ago

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    1. "Better than looking at junked cars amidst some weeds"...yes indeed. And I love that Opuntia description!

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  7. I'm drawn to the sunshine and warmth. Well, maybe all the plants first...and then the sunshine and warmth. I didn't even notice the fence. The warm winter climate calls me...

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  8. I'm with Kris... Why even have a fence, when Opuntias would keep unwanted visitors out SO much more efficiently...?

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    1. I think it would take quite a few years to establish an impenetrable wall...

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  9. Yes, even I'm drawn to tree-sized opuntias, especially if they're the spineless variety. Even if they're prickly, I like to look at them...from afar, that is.

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    1. Like maybe from across the street...?

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  10. I'm with Gerhard, the first thing I noticed was that Ocotillo in the foreground in your first photo. The woody bases on those Opuntias are cool too, it's so unusual I think to see any that are that old. And Hoover Boo must know my neighbors.

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  11. Good fences make good neighbors...never truer.

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