where did you grow up that your parents had a cactus bed?
In the Netherlands ;-) It was in our hallway, that had big windows like a conservatory. My father used to sneak baby cactuses home from vacations in Spain and we had some really big ones. If you didn't fall into it once, you didn't visit us often ;-) (we used that hallway to play a lot)
ha! :)ben brought maddie a cactus from colorado this summer. he cut open a disposable water bottle, stuffed it in, and taped the water bottle up. we put it in a pot of sandy soil and it's growing!