When I first started growing Prickly Pear in the garden years ago, it was because they were given to me by a one of the mental health clients I worked with. He told me they would winter over. I can't say that I believed him. I certainly had some degree of skepticism. I was amazed that they survived and further amazed when they blossomed.
For years they inspired my annual "Cactus Blossom Party" where friends, neighbors and co-workers gathered for dogs and burgers, Tequila Sunrises and marvelous deserts.
We thought about a party this year, but just can't seem to muster the enthusiasm.