AJ and I Build a New Cactus Garden

My son AJ asked me to help him design and plant a cactus and succulent garden requested by a customer of his Green Dude Organic Lawn Care business in Kyle, Texas. I had helped him with a similar garden in 2017 (A Succulent Garden for Kelly, May 17, 2017) so of course,...

Succulents and their Flowers

I have learned that one way to distinguish between succulents is by the differences in their flowers. I’m still learning, but here are some differences that might help you distinguish between a few popular species. Aloes and haworthias are easy to confuse, but not if...

Flowers in the Greenhouse

It’s brown and dreary outside; it’s green with spots of color in the greenhouse. Here are some of those spots of color. Pleispilos nelii Royal Flush is an odd-looking little plant with a gorgeous flower. This particular variety has the purple petals, hence the name...

Three Different Crown of Thorns Plants

My three Euphorbia milii plants, commonly called crown of thorns, have all been blooming lately. I have also heard this plant called the forever flower because it flowers off and on all year, not seasonally. That makes it a nice plant to have since it provides color...

The Argyroderma Testiculare Blooms

I have written about Argyroderma roseum  before, but A. testiculare is smaller and this particular group just outdid themselves blooming, so of course I had to share.You can see the bud forming in the one plant and the beginning bud coming out in the one next to...

Pachypodium Lealii Saundersii is Full of Blooms

I’m a little late sharing this with you, but my two Pachypodium lealii saundersii  plants outdid themselves this year with flowers. They started blooming in October before I had to bring them in for the winter, and the flowers continued even after I brought them...

A Look at Several Stapeliads

I have talked about stapeliads before, but I’ve gone through a dry spell with no flowers lately. The spell was finally broken the other day, and I just had to share again!Stapeliads  can be found in a variety of countries, but this one, Stapelia lepida, is native...

The Cluttered Cactus Garden in Winter

The cactus garden looks a mess in winter. The poor cholla and prickly pear do their sad droopy thing. Boxes, gallon cans, and five-gallon buckets stand upside down over plants needing protection; blankets and comforters do the same. Plants that are truly cold-hardy...

Stapelia Grandiflora Puts on a Show

I’ve written about these stinky flowers before-“The Stinky Flower,” August 4, 2014, but that’s been a while back, and this time the plant just outdid itself with blooms, so I thought I’d share again. I realized the plant was loaded with buds the end of October. One...

Agave Utahensis is a Little Different Agave

When agaves bloom, we expect the bloom mast to look pretty much like the one on my Agave harvardiana that bloomed in 2019, like this:Agave utahensis is a smaller agave and its inflorescence looks like this.I’ve had this little agave for maybe fifteen-twenty years, and...

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