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When people think of the desert southwest, images of snakes, tumbleweed and of course, the iconic Saguaro cactus come to mind.

It really is an amazing cactus.  I remember the first time I saw them…..I was driving along the highway from California into Arizona and as soon as we crossed the border, there they were.  They almost do not look real, but believe me they are.  And they do hurt if you happen to get to close to one of their spines…I know this from personal experience.

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What happened was that I was not careful enough with some young saguaro cacti that I had in my plant nursery and pricked my thumb – I confess that I am somewhat clumsy.  But in my line of work as a horticulturist, this had happened countless times with no ill effects.  

Well, a couple of days later, my thumb was getting huge and very sore.  It was hard to even use my hand.  We were visiting my parents in Los Angeles and so my husband took me to the ER, where I was put on antibiotics.  To be honest, I felt rather stupid having to take pills for such a little thing.  But, cacti spines can carry some harmful bacteria, so it is wise to be careful around them.

If you have driven around the desert lately, you may have notice little bumps covering the tops of many saguaro cacti.  Now, initially you may think it looks like they are suffering from a case of bad acne.

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But, these bumps are not a cacti’s version of pimples.  Actually these bumps are harboring a beautiful surprise….flowers!

In just a week or two, saguaros everywhere will be covered with beautiful, large white flowers.

I can’t wait to share them with you….

**We are celebrating our son’s 8th birthday today at the park and enjoying the beautiful weather.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and are able to spend some time outdoors.