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Summer Time is Growing Time

Our summer has arrived and with it increased growth and blooming of our cactus and succulents.  We are enjoying the daily flower shows as well as the offsets we see peeking out from under “mom”.  After several rains in early July, our plants are fat and robust.  After our fabulous field trip to Oregon, I […]

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Cactus Club Goes on the Road

Our club spent the weekend of June 15 & 16 exploring the cactus and succulent highlights of northwest Oregon.  We kicked off the trip with a visit to The Potted Elephant greenhouses, run by the highly engaging Cory and John.  These guys love plants and there was a definite vibe.  They set a high bar for […]

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Crazy Weather

After our one to several feet of snow in February, we are now spending what is usually a rainy April and May basking in the sunshine of 60-80 degree days.  Should we move the cacti and succulents out?  Will we still get some of those 45 degree rainy days?  It’s hard to tell at this […]

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Tasks of Spring

As a result of our last meeting, “The Great Frailea Repot” happened over two days in the greenhouse of one of our members.  Some years ago, he willingly took in a tray of Frailea that had been donated to the club and no one else had room to adopt.  Over the past several years the […]

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Spring!

We celebrated spring a bit early at our March 17 meeting.  The weather was balmy with a blue sky giving hope and promise after the deep snows of a month ago.  Our plants are showing signs of spring growth which is always exciting.  Many members are actively engaged in re-potting, propagating cuttings, and starting plants […]

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Got Snow?

The month of February was one to remember for those of us growing succulents in the Pacific Northwest.  We took a right to the jaw with 4 inches of snow fall, followed by a left to the jaw with another 5 inches, then a shot to the ribs with another 4 inches.  Once it was […]

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Starting a new year

As the daylight begins to return to our shady corner of the continental United States, there is yet time to reflect and learn from the past year.  Letting these reflections frame our goals, hopes and plans for the coming year provides a boost and an opportunity to adjust the rudder of our club’s direction. 2018 […]

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Transitions

The fall season is full upon us, with leaves glowing and blowing through the yard.  Not but a month ago, the spaces now claimed by fallen leaves were occupied by sunning succulents, sucking up the last of our sunny summer weather.  With the collections buttoned into greenhouses, moved onto window sills, and into basements under […]

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Our Big Sale

It takes a village to raise a child.  It also takes a village to put on a tremendously successful plant sale.  Our club is small compared to some of the clubs located in more succulent friendly climates.  What we lack in numbers we make up for in passion and energy. With a turnout of eight […]

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Exciting Monthly Meeting

Our club enjoyed an expanded picnic experience with a morning visit to Elandan Gardens in Bremerton, WA.  It was overwhelming with the amazing plants, ancient trees, and artistry of the creator, Dan Robinson.  Lovers of bonsai were bowled over by the trees.  Some of us have seen Dan’s work at the Northwest Flower and Garden […]