Welcome to week “P” of blogging through the alphabet, I’m so delighted that you have stopped by to visit with Amanda and I through this whole endeavor. How are you doing with it eh?
Anyways, recently my son attended the Project fair for our local homeschool co-op. His project was all about his cactus.
Part of the gig was for children to answer questions about their presentation, and one of the questions asked was “does Canada have any native cacti species.” The lad hadn’t researched that idea so had no clue, people offered guesses, most saying no it didn’t, but I did google and showed the lad the response.
Did you know we have FOUR cacti species? In British Columbia, Manitoba and in Ontario? I KNOW!!! A total shocker!!!
In Ontario we have the Eastern Prickly Pair Cactus…and low and behold guess what!
On Sunday we had a preaching engagement up in Kingsville which is REALLY close to Point Pelee.. the home of the Eastern Prickly Pear so we actually got to see some! I know! AH!!!! My boy child was SO delighted!!!
It could be found everywhere it seemed, but the lad did some research on it when we got home and found out that its on the Ontario Endangered Species list. Habitat loss and human interference play a big role in it’s demise, with invasive species NOT helping matters at all.
So if you see it growing in Ontario LEAVE IT ALONE!!! Don’t trample it, don’t dig it up, just enjoy it in it’s native environment and pull out those nasty invasive plants that want to crowd it out!
Let it enjoy the sandy dunes, and open sun, and let it flower. Let it fruit and spread it seeds (even if the fruit is edible). Just let it do it’s thing and help it along instead of hindering it.
Let other boys, like my son, be delighted in discovering cacti in Ontario!!!!
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