Arizona is awash with pricks! Before you get your knickers in a knot, I’m not being bawdy. The reality is the desert is full of pricks. Perhaps, piercing needles are the first line of defense for smoldering summers, or perhaps, deadly burrs and barbs help flora survive. I don’t know. But Mother Nature early on forced me to employ a landscaper.
Of course, I, first, tried to control errant cacti by myself. Then an inch-long spine impaled my leg. A jumping cholla attacked my foot on my way to the mailbox in my flip flops. An agave ripped open my wrist when I tried to free a lost baby quail. I was so stupid to think I could trim a palo verde tree and survive–wrong, my arms looked like I’d been in a lion’s den.
Bougainvillea and other gorgeous flower plants also wreck havoc. When picking grapefruit, oranges, limes, and lemons, as most of the branches have razor-sharp needles. I’m glad I don’t take blood-thinner. I would need a transfusion for the amount of times I’ve been stuck.
So if you come to my house for dinner, don’t have one too many and end up with these pricks!