The Cactus Obsession Begins

The Cactus Chronicles – Episode 1

Welcome to the first episode of the Cactus Chronicles – The Cactus Obsession begins! If you would have asked me 2 years ago how I felt about cacti – the response would have – nothing, I feel nothing about cacti. Fast forward to July of 2021 and now if you asked, I’d have to say OBSESSED! I’m obsessed with these prickly little plants – some are not so little and some are less prickly than others. I’ll share a few daily video shorts on Instagram, so if you prefer short bits of info, please follow me there.

My cactus obsession began when we started landscaping our new home in Wickenburg, Arizona. Our goal was to put in landscaping that required low water and minimal maintenance. In Arizona, that means cacti.

I started with a few cactus plants and the idea that those were the only plants I was going to put into the yard. LOL, that didn’t last long. The video below will take you through the transition of the yard and the beginning of what is now a full-blown cactus obsession!

Welcome to my madness!

If you love cactus or you just like to watch the craziness of someone obsessed with something you’re in the right place. My obsession is a “learning as I go” situation, I’ve already made a few mistakes, I’ll be sharing more about those in future episodes. One piece of advice – save the buckets your plants came in from the nursery. If you have a fatality, many of the nurseries will replace the plant for a limited time.

Side yard – before
Side yard – After
Arizona Landscape, Cactus, Pool
Back yard – before
Arizona Landscape
Back yard – after

Thanks so much for stopping by today to see the transition. I’m looking forward to sharing my cactus obsession with all of you and maybe inspiring you to become obsessed as well!

From empty nest to final rest – I’m glad you’re along for the ride.

Ready to read next Cactus Chronicle, Episode 2 – Mom gets a saguaro? Read it now.


  1. Robin Bennett on July 27, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Loved your video!! Having lived in the AZ desert for 38 years, I still love my cactus. We have acreage down here in the town of Maricopa. My husband has a lawn and landscape service. He brings home orphan pieces of cacti and we re-plant them in our yard!! I love my cactus garden!! When you ever get down this way, stop by and you might see some pieces that you might want for your yard. By the way, I’m the one that messaged you about naming a bag after Stephanie – November of 2018. I still have the letter you sent me thanking me for the idea!

    • Tiffany_ Spaulding on July 27, 2021 at 9:03 pm

      Hi Robin –
      So great to hear from you again! I’d love to see your Cactus Garden!!! I love that you are giving a home to “orphans”. LOL.
      Do you have a Cow’s Tongue Prickly Pear? My neighbor has one, I’m hoping she’ll give me a paddle or 2 to add to my yard. I’ll definitely reach out to you when I head that direction. Are we friends on FB? – Not on Totally-Tiffany, but on Life in the Wick profile? What is your FB profile name? I’ll send you a friend request. T.

      • Robin Bennett on July 28, 2021 at 3:38 am

        I will check with my husband if we have one or not. He would know.
        You did find me on FB today and we are friends!
        I will let you know if we have that one.
        We have a couple of cactus that have NO stickers.

  2. Robin Bennett on July 28, 2021 at 3:40 am

    My husband wasn’t real sure of that name but we googled it and we do have several that look like that. So maybe we do!

  3. Theresa Banks on July 31, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Can’t wait to watch your garden grow!

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