So I woke up the other morning and as I was walking downstairs into the great room I looked outside in my backyard. Look what I saw!!! I ran to the slider and went outside and stood for about 5 minutes with my mouth hanging open. When I closed my mouth and came out of my sense of shock I have to admit that I said a few cuss words! LOL In other pictures you will be able to see that this 8 or so year old Optunia has started to rot in the center of it's main base. I'm not sure about the other two standing and may pull them out cause they are just standing without the center for support! Boy are we in for a lot of work!
Not really sure why it started to rot. We have had a lot of rain lately but nothing out of the ordinary. We did have some great weather for a few days before it started to rain but neither of these large optunia's had started new pads or buds. This optunia is 8 or 9 years old and maybe it was just it's time. Not really sure.
A closer view!
This is the broken off base of the large optunia. You can see the dark brown in the center is rot. This picture was taken after it had been down a couple days. Around the rot was very healthy looking when it first fell and this rot really stood out.
This is the base of the fallen optunia at the ground. You can see how a lot of old dead dried out pads were around it. This plant was so thick that I could not get in there to pull them out. And you can clearly see how the center has rotted out. My kids asked me if I cry'd. I laughed and said Nooooo! It's just a new opportunity!
So this scene will look a lot different in a few weeks when we get this all cleared away. I am going to take this opportunity to plant something new and different in it's spot. I want it to be something that get's tall. Should be room for a few things!!!