...and tomorrow I give my explanation as to "why" I've been riding on my
Gorgeous Garden Gate posting!

The flowers in my garden are gloriously blooming and I definitely
want to share some close up photos of the prettiness
and show you my photo frame I've done using some of the pictures!

Just this morning, my Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus bloomed in
full regalia!  I'm so excited!
My sister-in-law gave me this lovely cactus several years ago when we lived
in our old house and I was amazed then at the fact that we could even grow
a "cactus" in this Southern Ontario garden that would come back every year!
Since being transplanted here at our new house three years ago, it hasn't bloomed until
this year and I'm ecstatic!  Check out this close up!
This was the one and only delicate bloom from yesterday...the first one!
Although these flowers are beautiful and amazing, they are lethal.
When you work with them, you need thick rubber gloves, because not only do they
have wicked thorns, but also millions of horrid little feather-like hairs that
will prick your skin in barely visible groupings of 10-40.
Can you say OUCH?

Please click HERE to see my variety of beautiful blooms in a FLOWER PARADE!
It's my Happy Place!
6/21/2012 01:19:23 am

What a stunning flower on the cactus. It's worth the occasional jab for that!

6/24/2012 08:58:55 pm

It truly is worth the occasional jab....I can give you a piece if you like?! It's so beautiful! xo

6/21/2012 11:59:15 pm

Wow that is beautiful! Makes me think of an old western movie "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" Throughout the story the "cactus rose" is referred to.

6/24/2012 09:00:31 pm

I know! And, how can something so prickly and nasty be so beautiful? Could be like some people right? Thanks for checking out the flowers! xo

6/22/2012 02:53:21 am

Don't you love the mix of textures with cacti! The blossom are so fragile and lovely, compared to its prickly host.

6/24/2012 09:08:36 pm

Yes! It's such an oxymoron of a flower...if that's possible! Thanks for stopping by! xo

6/22/2012 01:02:55 pm

thanks so much for linking up to this weeks garden party! love it! (finally just got my own post up) lol such pretty pictures of your garden cactus blooms.....i love seeing yellow in a garden ~ it's my new favorite color! xoox, tracie

6/24/2012 09:09:47 pm

Thanks Tracie for having the linky party! I love seeing the blooms at your parties...so beautiful. This is my favourite time of year! xo


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