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...

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...