|It was made out of the type of cinder blocks and cement capstones available for very little money at any hardware store, and it turned a useless corner of my micro-yard into an inviting bower of sorts. In the past year, I have spent many hours sitting on that front bench with a good book and that black tea pot you see on the ledge to the right.|
|My husband called them "Phoenix flowers" because they look like they have risen from the ashes of this withered husk of a cactus. |
But the cactus is not nearly as decrepit as it appears, obviously. The secret lives of cacti: How is this thing even able to photosynthesize? I don't see a speck of green anywhere. It doesn't seem to have grown a single millimeter in the past year, but it obviously managed to gather sufficient energy for this riotous display.
|And it's positively other-worldly.|