That may seem quite a tall order-to come up with 51 reasons why to grow a plant. At this time of the year it's easy. I just go outside and count the buds on my Claret Cup cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus. They begin as tiny swellings just below the spines erupting through the tough, waxy skin of the cactus.
I have counted 51 in all but I will have to wait a while before the show begins. For most of the year the cactus grows quietly among the gravels in my garden before busting into bloom over a period of several weeks.
This year they are likely to have the whole show to themselves because there are few bluebonnets and blackfoot daisies where they are planted.
I just watch and wait for the show to begin.
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