Whenever we purchase a house that we actually live in, we do and find things that will make our house a home that is uniqually "ours."
I'd like to share the gift that Uncle Eddie and Aunt Laura Belle have given to family members and friends. (While both of these wonderful people have passed, there's a reminder of them living at a few homes.)
When moving back to Indiana, this couple wanted to bring a long something special from their Florida home. While most of us would not consider Indiana or Michigan a place for a cactus Uncle Eddie and Aunt Laura Belle found out this plant would survive in this climate.
Once their plant became established, they gave a piece of this plant to Bob's Mom who passed it along to me. Each time I pass by my plant, these wonderful people come to mind. And, I'm the only one on my street that has this unique plant. (Can't say that about my neighgorhood, my in-laws live just a few streets over.)
Look at how beautiful it is when blooming. If one of the "ears" as I call them falls off, all I have to do is pick it up and plant a small portion into the ground. In the winter-time, the plant sort of shrivels up until the Spring time when it revives again and starts growing.
About the only drawback of this plant, it is a cactus and therefore has picky things that easily get into your fingers. It goes much better if you wear leather gloves when working with and around these plants.
(This was a very small piece that I brought with me when I moved from Michigan in November 2005 to here in Indianapolis, Indiana. The plant grows fairly fast.)