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Cactus blooms in the Rockies


When I and my family were up at our Glacier View mountain property over Memorial Day weekend I brought my cameras up, as they pretty much go everywhere with me now, especially up there to our lot. With all the moisture and late snow storms we’ve had the last two to three months the foothills were the greenest I have seen them in years. When we got to our lot, above 9,000 ft. elevation even the wildflowers were already in bloom. One of the types of blooming plants we have up there is this kind of mountain cactus that thrives through all kinds of weather. This one bloom and others like it are at their best right now, with the colorful pretty shades of pink, lavender and yellow. Many years ago I dug up one of our large cactus plants with beautiful yellow blooms on it and transported it back home to Loveland in a bucket with its own soil, then transplanted it with the same soil and mixed in some fresh potting soil. Because these cactus plants have very sharp needles and are too prickly to handle with bare hands I put on leather work gloves to work them carefully down into the soil and large clay pot. The cactus thrived and lived for years, blooming every late spring with beautiful yellow blooms. I took pictures of it in full bloom, but have misplaced that photo and did not have it handy to scan and upload it to this post, so am using this photo to show one of the cactus types that grow in our Colorado Rockies. We have many other wildflower plants too that grow up there and are in full bloom by July. Last year when our mountains suffered so terribly with uncontrolled wildfires that burnt thousands of acres our lot came close to burning too in the High Park fire in June, 2012, but it was spared. That was definitely an answered prayer and when we were able to get back up there again three weeks after the fire was contained I spotted some of our faithful, hearty little wildflowers blooming among the dried, scorched pine needles like these Daisy type blooms. It is sometimes the little things we often overlook because they are/were always there, but in the midst of all the burned areas, a single flower or cactus plant thrives through all, and green shoots come back to remind me to never take any of it for granted.



Joyce E. Johnson

Spring Planting

Spring Planting

Although Earth Day has come and gone, it is the season to enjoy God’s great earth with all its rich soil and resources. When I was a child I loved to dig and play in the dirt in our back yard, mix the water and soil, pat it all down into mayonnaise jar lids, then bake my ‘mud pies’ or ‘tarts’ in the hot sun. I carefully unmolded them onto a cardboard box, my make-believe ‘kitchen table,’ or ‘counter.’ I would then pretend to serve them to my little play friends (real or imaginary) and my pet dog, Tiny. I pretended my ‘mud pies’ or ‘tarts’ were as good as any real pies my mother could make. At that time I had no problem eating my baked goodies. Well, I didn’t actually eat the whole thing, but rather tasted it. I enjoyed playing in the dirt back then.

Today, as one belonging to the ‘baby boomer’ generation I still enjoy playing in the dirt. Filling flower pots with handfuls of soft, cool potting soil, digging around in it to create little pockets to carefully tuck in a new flower, seedling or plant. A little drink of tepid water, and it is ready to be taken to a place or section in my yard, or house where it gets just the right amount of sun or shade. April and May are months I go to garden centers or nurseries to pick out new plants and flowers for spring planting when all danger of frost is over, safe from late winter season snow storms. It is a beautiful thing to observe all the colors of red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, pink and hues in all shades that come with a new season each spring. Trees are filling out, leaves and grass turning green. Even the birds enjoy the new season, singing, chirping, and looking for a new tree to nest in. And, my perennials begin to bud with new life, keeping their promise to return again. A season to plant, to enjoy and care for what God has given us on this great planet, earth. “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” (Psalm 24:1).


Posted April 25, 2012 by Joyce in My Photos, Photography, Seasons, Spring, Writing

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