Make Your Own Frost Cloth

I have a few outdoor cactus and agaves that require some protection in the winter, and I have used a variety of covers for them: five-gallon buckets turned upside down, the heavy-duty cardboard boxes that milk jugs are shipped in, used afghans and throws bought at the...

Woody Reminds Us of Tricks for Growing Best Plants

Woody Minnich from New Mexico gave a second presentation, the last presentation at the Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference this summer. Some if it we had heard before; some was new information; all of it was what we needed to hear. Repeats are always helpful,...

The 2018 TACSS Fall Seminar in Dallas

The Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies held its annual fall seminar at the Dallas Arboretum this year. Chilly and rainy outside, but warm and interesting inside. TACSS is composed of member associations throughout the state. Members from these...

Rob Wallace and Adaptations of Succulent Plants

The second presentation I want to share with you from the Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference comes from Rob Wallace, a botanist and biology professor at Iowa State University. The title of his talk, “Ecological, Anatomical, and Physiological Adaptations of...

Tracy Vymola and her Love of Adeniums

I promised to give a rundown on the instructive sessions from the Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference after we looked at the ones that shared their travels to exotic lands. I enjoyed those sessions, but thought I could also share  some of the things I...

Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference

The initial reason we traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, the trip that I told you about in my last Bright Lights blog was so I could attend the Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Society Conference. Well, here’s how that that part of the trip went. After we spent the first...

Quail Come to the Garden

Two years ago when friend Elaine and I visited Wimberley, Texas, we both went home with rusty metal quails to use as garden decorations. I don’t know where Elaine put hers, but mine went on the shelf outside waiting for me to decide what to do with them. And there...

Ferocactus Hamatacanthus

I am still working on identification skills with my cacti, but I am pretty sure this one is a ferocactus hamatacanthus. Alas, this is also one I can’t remember how long I have had  or where it came from, but I am sharing it with you because it grew and bloomed...

2018 Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference

I had the pleasure of attending my first Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference June 21-24 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The cactus meeting was the real reason for the trip, but since we had not been to Missouri, Bill tagged along and we had a great time. What we did...