Missy, love the cactus blooms! They are beautiful.
I need to get a current pic of the pond area, my Hibiscus has gone crazy and the stuff I planted around the pond has grown, it is starting to look somewhat finished! Of course it is raining right now, maybe it will stop soon and I will get a couple when the sun makes an appearance.
In the veggie garden, first staggered planting of corn is very close (I will likely have 40 dozen or so to put up this weekend) have done 35 qts of green beans (and more to do), 14 qts of carrots, 21 qts of tomato juice (going to be doing marinara sauce & beef veggie soup this weekend), 28 pints of peas, froze green peppers, shredded zucchini (for bread & pie), beets and we've been eating lots of cucumbers - they are really good with vinaigrette made with the raspberry vinegar I did. I've also been drinking cucumber/lemon water, so refreshing! Melons are getting big and it's killing me waiting on them to be ready.
On the fruit front, the pear trees are still looking a bit sad, the local ag agent told me to leave them alone and see how they fare come spring. He thinks that since they are such old trees that they may come out of it on their own. There is still a ton of fruit on them and they are growing, so fingers crossed they're going to make it. Glad they have fruit, DD has just finished off the pear sauce I made last year and is whining that it's gone.