The Cactus Fairy

The Leaning Saguaro

It’s a fair estimate to assume this mighty icon of the southwest is at least one hundred years old. This stunning giant once stood tall, but now has raised great concern as it’s noticeably leaning.  Considering its size, it would be more than just a shame if it fell; but most definitely a catastrophe to anything in its path.  Not to mention, it would cost an absolute fortune to have it hauled off the property. We’ve hemmed and hawed over some possible solution, but the fate of this cactus was a continuous uncertainty. Until…

A knock to the door from a man claiming he could stabilize and straighten the giant saguaro for $300. We agreed. The next day, the massive Saguaro had a support system complete with a crank and pulley secured in three feet of concrete.  We were instructed to crank the pulley one click tighter every week.  Over the next year we should see the cacti’s skeletal framework begin to straighten.

All it took was a steel cable wire, a pulley, an old tire remnant, and a visit from the cactus fairy.

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amy elizabeth, writer, author. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm. Raises laying hens.
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11 Responses to The Cactus Fairy

  1. Amy that was a wonderful story, love it!!! Let us know how the cactus is doing from time to time…would be interesting to know! Good luck, hope it works! : )

  2. tbnranch says:

    Me too, but I have my doubts… since the tooth fairy failed me a few months back.

  3. Who would have thought it! 😉 I hope the cactus fairy visits often and brings a miracle.

  4. OH my, what a great story! I can’t wait to see great uncle Saguaro standing tall. We share this planet with so many amazing life forms, it brings joy to my heart when we can, if only in part, help them to survive. Thank you!

  5. Bassas Blog says:

    Amazing! Great to know that this magnificent cactus will stand tall for a while longer.

  6. tbnranch says:

    True, but it’s better than $1,000 if it falls over right?

  7. Wow, that sounds like a lot of money for better cactus posture.

  8. Rita A. says:

    Save the Saguaro. Now that’s an ingenous entreprenour.

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