Around the same time last summer that I made this night-long timelapse of a nocturnal cactus flower opening wide, I dropped a couple fallen prickly pear cactus pads into a small pot of soil and commenced spritzing them with water occasionally through the subsequent seasons in hopes that they might keep on going.

I’m pleased to report this morning that I have found the largest pad sporting a tiny bud about half the size of a thumbnail and growing strong (click to triplify):


Plants are amazing!