Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
I didn’t have to travel far to find this beautiful blooming cactus. It lives across the street from me.
My life’s been a bit hectic lately. When my husband suggested we take a day and go explore the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, I jumped at the chance. For you see, I like springtime in the desert.
#4. I Like Springtime in the Desert.
I mean—I really like—springtime in the desert. I knew that most of the real showy prickly pear cactus flowers had already come and gone but I was hoping there would be at least a few other blooms that would be open. The garden did not disappoint.
I hope you enjoyed my blooming tour this week. Speaking of blooming, the final group of Blooming Quilters from the 2017 New Quilt Blogger’s Hop are getting ready for you to stop by next week. I will post their addresses late Sunday night. However, you still have time to enter this week’s giveaways. See my post here for details.
What I Learned Today:
Question: What season of the year do you like? Now you know my answer, what’s yours?
Linking to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color for her I Like Thursday party.
Catch my other “I Like” posts here.
#1. Tu-Na Travels: I Like the Saguaro Cactus Discover some interesting facts about the Saguaro and the crested Saguaro.
I am again linking with Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday this week. If you missed my first “I Like” post (Shopping at thrift stores) you can find it here. I had planned to link each Thursday but life got in the way. So I’ll leave it as I’ll link as often as I can.
This post may not be surprising to some of you since I live in Arizona in the winter.
2. I like the Saguaro Cactus.
I like — I mean I really like — Saguaros. From the first time I saw a Saguaro (pronounced sah-wah-roh), I was enamored by the way they looked: tall and stately, standing silently, just waiting for something to happen, just don’t touch since they do have sharp spines, after all.
I even like Saguaros on quilts. These two were at the Tucson Quilt Festival that I attended on Feb. 17th, 2017.
The movie at the Saguaro National Park Visitor Center near Tucson says that Saguaros look like people ready to march over the hills. At dusk, if you squint, you can actually see that might be true.
I’ve seen many Saguaros. It helps to live in this desert. Phoenix is in the upper part of the Sonoran desert—the wettest desert on earth which gets between 7-10 inches of rainfall each year. Saguaros are only found in the Sonoran desert. Similar looking cactuses (called Cardon) are found in Baja CA, upper Mexico, and a few have been transplanted in the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. Although they look similar to the Saguaro, they grow much larger.
Saguaros grow slowly. In the desert, it may take 10 years for them to reach an initial height of one inch. If they are lucky and don’t get eaten or trampled, they can reach 45-50 feet tall in their 150-200 year lifespan.
They start forming arms when they are between 50-100 years old. Some don’t get arms at all and some get many. I’ve seen some with arms on arms. You can’t tell the age of a Saguaro by counting its rings like a tree or by the number of arms they have.
The Saguaro has internal ribs made of wood. They can weigh several tons (an adult one can weigh up to 8 tons) after a good rainstorm depending on the source you read. Contrary to what you’ve seen in western movies, you can not save yourself in the desert by eating one to get water.
I see Saguaros in yards around my Arizona home and along highways. But my favorite place to see them is out in the wild or in the National Park. I hope you get a chance to see some too.
Some of the residents of my village decorate their Saguaros for Christmas. Some Saguaros seem to develop their own decorations.
These crested Saguaros are quite rare. Sources list their ratio as 1 in 200,000. I’ve seen two in captivity: one at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix and one at the Desert Museum near Tucson, and three in the wild: one on the Desert Belle Boat trip around Saguaro Lake, one just outside the Visitor Center at Saguaro National Park, and one took us by complete surprise as we walked along a trail in Colossal Cave Mountain Park near Tucson.
Question: Have you ever been to a desert or would you like to?
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Linking to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
Some of you may be wondering, what happened to Tu-Na? It’s been about a month since I published a real post. But there have been pictures, lots of warm Arizona Christmas yard decoration pics to prepare us for the Christmas season and then lots of pics of snow from North Dakota to help welcome in the New Year here on the blog since then.
I just have to include a pic of the cactus in our yard. It was a volunteer growing too close to our concrete driveway so my husband transplanted it last spring to this corner of our yard. When we left in May, it was only the size of my thumb.
I’ve been very busy with flying to North Dakota to spend Christmas with family and then flying back to Arizona to get away from all that snow. I had to enjoy those beautiful and unique Arizona Christmas yard decoration pics I posted on this blog each day from Dec. 13th-Dec. 25th like many of you did—from afar. We left AZ on Dec. 15th.
Christmas was a busy time with holiday preparations, being with family and getting more snow. My husband, myself, and all of our kids and grandkids (16 people total) were all snowed in together for a blizzard on Christmas Day and the following day. And then the digging out began. If you haven’t seen some of that snow and ice, I posted pics here on the blog each day from Dec. 26th to Jan 1.
We flew back to Arizona January 1st just in time as the snow was starting to fall again. They received another 10 inches after our take-off making their total snowfall for the season at 52 inches so far.
Since the first, I’ve been busy touring Arizona showing our German exchange daughter and her boyfriend all the wonderful Arizona sights from the Grand Canyon to Tucson. Once I am rested and caught up with housecleaning and laundry, I’ll be back to posting more regularly including the pictures of my recent Modernitional bear paw quilt finish and the story about our German exchange daughter and how she came to us and why we won’t let her go.
What I Learned Today:
Question: What are you working on today? I’m sure it’s more interesting than the laundry and housecleaning that I am doing.
Linking to Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social. Button on the sidebar.