Another Mammillaria in Bloom

I was surprised to find this mammillaria in bloom the other day when I went in the greenhouse, the first time for it to bloom. I’m afraid this is one for which I lost the identification tag. Or perhaps it was just ID’ed as mammillaria species, which happens, what with...

The Case Against Succulents in Terrariums

Once again I came across an article in a newspaper I disagree with-big surprise, huh? But once again I think succulents are being put in a situation where they are doomed for disappointment. The article I am at odds with recommends planting succulents in terrariums...

Let’s Talk Dirt!

A reader asked about the soil I use with my cactus and succulents the other day, and I casually responded that I mix compost dirt and perlite. Later I realized that really wasn’t a very helpful answer! I suspect he is not the only person who grapples with that...

A Few More Winter Blooms

Not much going on with the cactus and succulents these days. Thanks to our very cold, very dry winter, the outside plants are in really sad shape. Those in the greenhouse and barn are faring much better, not doing much growing yet, but here and there I find spots of...

The Little Poinsettia That Could

I am the person in charge of flowers at our Methodist church, which includes arrangements on the altar and the seasonal Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias. I make sure the arrangements are always on display Sunday mornings, then put them in the refrigerator to...

Another Mammillaria Halo

On October 28th as I was admiring the plants in the greenhouse, I looked down to find these two mammillarias beginning to form buds in their characteristic circle or halo on the tops of the plants. I checked my inventory list to discover I have had these two...

The Forgotten Yellow Flowers

I kept seeing these pictures I had saved on my desktop of pretty yellow flowers on this unidentified cactus. Then I started looking to see if I had indeed shared them before. Search though I did, I never found a blog spotlighting these flowers.So, even if you have...

Mammillaria Bocasana Roseifloria

Mammillaria bocasana is one of my favorite little cacti. I think I must have four or five of them and have, sadly, killed probably that many  overwatering them; they are prone to easily rot. My others have produced flowers that were light pink, white, pale...

TACSS Fall Seminar 2017 in Houston

I had the pleasure of traveling to Houston for the  2017 Texas Association of Cactus and Succulent Societies (TACSS) Fall Seminar on Saturday, October 7. I also had the pleasure of staying with old friend Jenice Williamson who now lives in Houston, and she ferried me...