In the middle of it all was a prolific agave with jagged leaves. They're like a bouquet of serrated knives, daring you to take it out. The mother plant had a large cluster of "pups" that had grown around her over the last nine years. I removed one to a new location. We'll see if it survives. The rest were tossed carefully into the wheelbarrow for removal. Cactus care can be daunting and dangerous task. Most varieties grow fast and soon overtake the area. To keep them healthy, pruning and sometimes removal is warranted.
I took a whack at the bunny ears cactus a few weeks ago. It's a low growing cactus and the paddles have fuzzy, cottony looking tiny thorns. Unfortunately for me, I was wearing shorts when the wind kicked up and those cottony looking thorns blew onto my legs as I sliced back the little ears. Not fun. Of course, I should have been wearing jeans, but it was a nice day. That particular plant was trimmed back nonetheless and is now growing within its assigned boundaries.
It's getting close to blooming time for them, and they should have a nice floral display when our company arrives after the wedding. There are a few lessons to appreciate from our thorny flora, but I'll let you figure them out for yourselves.
Husband leaning on shovel, taking a break.
|Belligerent Bunny Ears|
|Painful Pencil Cholla|
Yellow pods are its fruit. Fuchsia pink blooms will come soon.
|Purple Prickly Pear and more Bunny Ears|