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If a person visits a place called the Desert Botanical Garden, they expect to see a cactus or two. You'll definitely find more than two at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix, and it's always a treat when they're in bloom. Cacti have some of the most amazing, most brilliantly colored blooms I've ever seen.
The blooming cactus I'm going to share with you today is called a Red Torch cactus. It's not difficult to see why. What is rather strange and unusual is the visual image those blooms put in my mind. (Not that my imagination ever runs away with me!)
|Red Torch cactus in bloom|
When I looked at the blooms on this cactus, they put me in mind of tiny hands reaching out of whirlpools... tiny hands reaching for help. Go ahead-- call me weird. I'm used to it!
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