Pretty in Pink

I was knocked out by all the pink that greeted me in the greenhouse this week. Pink is not unusual in cactus blooms; my Wyoming pediocactus are an early pink display, the outside cactus garden is splattered with pink in May from the echinocereus reichenbachii blooms,...

Another Busy Weekend-Books and Cactus

Not only did I just finish two busy weekends, those weekends were back-to-back! I told you about my adventures the weekend of March 30th. The next weekend, April 5-8, I sold books and bought cactus. This is what happened on that trip. My book, The Bright Lights of...

Not Much Going on in the Cactus Garden Right Now

You might have noticed I haven’t posted a cactus blog for some time now, not since January 15th. Besides having some other deadlines to meet, it’s still winter out there, ya know! Cactus gardens are pretty sad during the winter and on days like today when the...

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...