[align=left]This creature just appeared in my garden this summer.* After trying to move it, and spending the next hour removing the spines from my fingers, I decided it could stay.* I'm now quite fond of it and would like to protect it somewhat if possible from a great lakes winter.* Any ideas what it is and how I could protect it over winter?* Thanks, Bill Streeter firstname.lastname@example.org[/align]
You have a prickly pear cactus.* To transplant you should fold several layers of newspaper and wrap the plant with it.* You can also break off some of the pads and transplant them where you want them.* You can also use tongs, but be careful not to puncture the pads.
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