This lovely cactus is located on a side of my house (west) which has almost no windows.
I planted it to enhance someone else's view. Our neighbors had invited us for dinner, and I happened to stand at their kitchen window, which looks across their yard at my blank west wall. The view had nothing to recommend it.
My Darlin' and neighbor Donna were talking on the ramada, while Dick and I were making coffee.
"Donna," I called, "your neighbors haven't given you much to look at from your kitchen window. I'll have to see what I can do about that."
That's how this little xeriscape garden came to be. The desert is not devoid of either color or beauty. Here's proof!
photo copyright Mike in Tucson