The above cactus is blooming on Mill Street in Greensboro above a cinder block wall in front of the Red Collection. Its flowers started out bright yellow and some of the newer ones have a touch of orange/peach. Cactus flowers are a sign that warmer weather is here. While taking this photo, we got several of those hairlike needles in us. The official name for those little devils is "glochids" and you can get rid of them by using tweezers, glue, or even tape.
Years ago, out in the country in Guilford County, people used to fill old car tires with dirt and cactus plants for yard ornaments. As a child, you knew to keep your distance. While not that popular any more, cacti do seem to grow well in Greensboro and make pretty blooms--even if they can irritate the heck out of you.
Happy Saturday, dear readers!