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...