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These Opuntia Fragilis (fragile prickly pear) lived up to their name. I purchased the original "nuggets" 7 years ago and they were always getting kicked around the garden as the roots aren't deep enough to hold them in place. Finally I gave up and tried them out in a terra cotta pot. Apparently that is what they needed, at least in my not-so-peaceful garden. They thrived last year, survived a very cold winter, and finally bloomed this year! The blue rocks are from Catoctin Creek in Virginia on my dad's property.
The bitter cold winter of 2012-2013 didn't affect the cold hardy cacti this year. In fact, the blooms this year are the best yet. Look at the number of flower buds still to open on this gorgeous opuntia.