It never fails, does it? While I was busily writing the post below, something really important was happening--something I might have failed to notice. Fortunately, I had to go outside to put the recycling bin on the curb. And while I was out there, I discovered that the cereus--an amazing cactus that more or less hides in a corner of the yard--was blooming. This is especially remarkable as neither Sue nor I had noticed the bud.
Here it is: the first cactus flower of the season. If we're lucky, the plant will yield fruit--a mildly sweet, firm-fleshed thing that is sometimes called a cactus apple. Quite delicious.