Deck Oasis

Friday, August 26, 2011
Sentinel Photo by Joanne Glamm

A cactus plant on the deck of Ross and Linda Harden's Le Mars home is blooming with pastel pink flowers for a special birthday Ross celebrated Aug. 16. Linda said the plant has to be close to 70 years old. She inherited the plant from her mother, Nina Featherston, and it had belonged to Featherston's mother, Anna Gerdes. The Hardens hadn't given much care to the prickly plant this summer. They were traveling to help their children move for most of the month of July. "You know how hot it was," Linda said. "It's like it needs that stress to bloom." The final four cactus flowers opened the day after her husband's birthday.