“Earth Laughs in Flowers. ” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
And the Birds Take Notice
The saguaro cactus are blooming here in Tucson. I see them everywhere I look these days.
This slow-growing cactus can reach heights of 40 or more feet, but it takes a long time to gain that height. If you see a saguaro that’s over five-feet tall, you can pretty much count on it being at least 50 years old.
This plant is often not much taller than 2 inches at age 10.
Saguaro cacti have one tap root that reaches down through the soil 5 feet or so to find water, but most of this plant’s roots sit barely three inches below he ground.
It’s an amazing plant, and one of the many things I’m coming to like about living in the Sonoran Desert — especially when they attract the birds I love to watch.
Birds, by the way like this plant, too.
Bean Pat: Enchantment http://tinyurl.com/ka2bxnw But then I love the magnolia trees, too, which don’t grow in the dry desert. They prefer the humid South.