Cath Goudouchaouri wote:
a wheelbarrow for you, photo taken in South Italy (Peschici, Gargano, Provincia di Bari)
I asked if the cactus was in the wheelbarrow or on the other side of it. Cath said it was in it. "The plant is called figuier de barbarie in french... (latin name : Opuntia ficus-indica : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia_ficus-indica) - you can eat the fruit but carefully : it has a very prickly skin !"
So, in English, prickly pear.
This is a good time to bring out a photo I took a couple of years ago in Austin. This one didn't seem to be planted, or art. The wheelbarrow's handles were broken, and I suspect it had been sitting there since a yard cleanup years ago, in which little cactus had been thrown in there to get rid of it.
It was out in the back with junk, but had turned itself to art, gradually, over the years.
That second cactus might not be prickly pear, and if anyone wants to ID the cactus, that would be great! Austin, downtown where the art studio tour was.
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