Succulent and cacti garden progress in Houston, Texas

Look at the size of this Opuntia pad!!

This is a bonus post to show and tell the backstory to the garden featured in my latest video ‘How to Build a Cacti and Succulent Garden.

We moved to our new house in the summer of 2016. Not long after I settled in, I was given some big prickly pear pads from a lovely local Houstonian who has an amazing xeriscaped front yard. Seeing her accomplishment flourish inspired me to try my hand at a much smaller-scaled cacti garden.

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Where to Buy Succulents: Houston-area shops and online faves

Where do I buy succulents? I get this question so often, it’s high time for a dedicated post! 

Whether you’re from the Houston-area like me or looking online for the best plant-mail around, these are the shops I can refer you to based on my experience as a customer, or that others I trust have spoken highly of. Please let them know Andrea with Sucs for You sent you!

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Air Plants – Bringing Home Tillandsia

Plant mail! My order from Mountain Crest Gardens

Tillandsia aka ‘Air plants’ — what a weird and wonderful expression of flora! I regularly see them growing in oak trees, clinging to electric wires, and stumble across them on the ground with no effort. I’m talking about the epiphytic moss balls that form on branches and resemble birds nests of various sizes. It’s hard to resist scooping up a tangled bundle of what I now know is Tillandsia recurvata, and not moss at all. The long curly Spanish Moss ‘Tillandsia usneoides’ (also not moss) is a bit less common around here, and is also an air plant. I remember trying to jump up and pull some out of a tree on our farm as a kid, but it was always just out of reach.

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Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey info
HOUSTON: Hurricane Harvey – info and links

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Monetary donations – read this updated post for suggestions 

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Alcalde @SylvesterTurner-Ciudad de Houston: “Si alguien trata de deportarte, yo mismo te representaré” -Busque ayuda independientemente de su estatus migratorio

Mayor Turner- City of Houston:  “If someone tries to deport you, I will represent you myself.” Seek help regardless of your status.

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