School starts this coming Thursday and we have to get our adventures in while we can. Yesterday, Saturday, we went to Des Moines to the Mid -Iowa Cactus and Succulent Show at Merle Hay Mall.
Ribbons were given out to members who displayed a plant.
The plant in the foreground is a pine cone cactus – my friend Jane sent me one of these for my birthday along with several others.
Now I wish I had taken lots more pictures of the specific plants I liked the best. There were also plants for sale! I had every intention of downsizing this fall – haha!
Reed and I have been planning on this trip/sale since last winter – Reed has been saving his money to buy new and unusual succulents. A show like this is where one finds those rare varieties and you can count on them being strong healthy plants.
The plant Reed is holding is a terrestrial orchid- I did not realize orchids were part of the succulent family, did you?
I will have to break this into 3 posts because when the post gets too big it oftentimes crashes and I lose all my hard work.
Our next stop was the Des Moines Botanical Garden which was almost indescribable- we had the best time! Read about this next adventure in my next post.