Do YOU make the best of the good times and the worst? Do you hang in there knowing that life is a continuous cycle of ups and downs?
We could all take a lesson from the hardy Ocotillo cactus, found throughout the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts from southeastern California to western Texas and south into Mexico.
After a good soaking rain, the Ocotillo will be covered with small oval leaves, but as soon as the soil dries out, they fall off. Fortunately, the stems of the plant can take in chlorophyll for photosynthesis, allowing it to survive during the dry seasons in its environment. That’s making the best of a bad situation.
Ocotillo (pronounced oh-koh-TEE-yoh) means “little torch” in Spanish. In full bloom, this lovely, graceful cactus makes the desert glow brightly.
In southern Arizona, blooming coincides with the northern migration of hummingbirds.
What I love most about the Ocotillo is its tall, lanky but graceful structure. It’s a beautiful contrast against the round, pudgy shapes of barrel cactus and the flat ovals of the prickly pear.
And, because I have a bias for orangish flowers, it’s my Design Inspiration today.
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