When we moved into our house 15 years ago the cactus stood up straight one single stem. It was not quite the as tall as the house. On the other side of the driveway we had a cactus garden that also had Prickly Pear, and century plant. We had to move it when we put in our new heavy duty carport and driveway. Anything new has to be up to hurricane standards.
Soon it became taller than the house and we were going to take it down. It was leaning and was right next to the driveway. The flowers stopped us from doing this, they are so awesome. They bloom at night and the blossom will close in the morning and that's it.I the summer months if we get up early enough we might get to see the unexpected flowers.
In 2001 when just about "hurricane" Gabrielle (she was about 2mph slower than a hurricane) the eye came through Sarasota and our yard looked like a war zone. She was on us for some time and one of our big Oak trees came down. People that walked by would laugh because our cactus still stood tall.