Don’t Give Up on Your Ice Plant After Winter

Delosperma, commonly called ice plant, is popular for its mass of flowers throughout the warm months. During the winter, however, it leaves something to be desired. The flowers go away, the stems turn woody, and it looks pretty much dead. But wait! Don’t just pull it...

Echinocereus Reichenbachii Makes Stunning Flowers

May is the month for cactus flowers at my house, especially from the echinocereus reichenbachii, also known as the lace hedgehog, but I’ve never heard it called that. It is one of the most common Texas cactus found pretty much throughout a wide central strip of the...

The Hedgehogs are Doing Their Thing

I have shared hedgehogs before, but they are just so pretty again this year, it would be a shame not to let them bask in all their glory. Hedgehogs are of the genus echinocereus which has many species, this one being a triglochidiatus, as are most of mine. They are...

Burnet Lawn and Garden Show; Yucca Everywhere!

March 24th I traveled to Burnet for the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association’s annual Lawn and Garden Show. Bluebonnets were blooming, but not en masse as they do when rain has been plentiful. What was impressive was the yucca, the Spanish dagger. The cliff...

Mammillaria with Yellow Flowers

I now have two of these mammillarias with no identification on either of them! I even Googled images of mammillarias in hopes of finding it, and did, and wouldn’t you know it-mammillaria with yellow flowers was the only label I could find. Yellow on the bright green...

Succulent Blooms

The weather is still not cooperating, but I have few specimens that are determined to bloom, nice weather or not. So let me share a few that I am enjoying right now. I can hole up in the greenhouse, listen to wind howling outside, and take my time looking at the...

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...