Garden Update ~ Chilly Outside, Blooms Inside

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We’re down to just kale, collards, lettuce and mums outside, but inside, we’ve got happy plants and the first blooms on a Christmas cactus.

 

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  1. Posted by manyhahama1955 on November 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Laura, so lovely….the winds are howlin’ today here but not that cold…kinda strange. My Christmas cacti’s are starting to bloom too…they are so beautiful…they should call them Thanksgiving cacti’s instead…mine always bloom around now. Enjoy and wishing both you and David a happy Thanksgiving….there is so much to be grateful for. hugs!
    ps. BTW, I had an intense snake dream last night…hmmmm.

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    • Thanks, Sophia! I have been having the wildest dreams lately, too. I haven’t dreamed this vividly and this often since 2010. Something’s shifting. I hope you and Craig have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too. David and I are happy to have just a quiet celebration with the two of us this year … then Christmas season with various family members. 🙂

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  2. Those Christmas cacti are such a beautiful heads up for Christmas. There’s one at my bank that is beginning to bloom now, too.

    Wishing you and David a wonderful holiday season in your new home,

    Sky

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  3. Posted by Tracy Kruse on November 21, 2017 at 5:34 am

    Love those cactus…I have one but it seems to be on target for another holiday! Cold here too, first frost yesterday. Have a blessed week. xoxox

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    • Tracy, I’ve had my other “Christmas” cacti bloom anywhere between Thanksgiving and Summer Solstice, LOL! I think it depends on how many hours of light they get, because in Goshen whenever I would close off our Southern exposure curtains due to heat beating in, it would trigger blooms, hence the Summer Solstice display. We never got “Christmas in July,” but close! xoxoxo

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  4. Posted by Kieron on November 21, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Pretty flower just opening! My cacti are beginning to bloom as well after a long summer in the covered porch. I have 6 different plants, some of which came to me from my great-grandmothers. 🙂 One is an “Easter cactus” which blooms in the spring if I can mimic its preferred conditions. Here’s a great resource on rainforest cacti care. http://mattslandscape.com/home/ Look to the left for the category “Holiday cacti.” According to Matt, they are also known as epiphytes (Latin epiphyllum), because they tend to root themselves in nooks and crevices of rainforest trees where rain and nutrients like tree leaves and other debris can filter down to them. That’s why they do better rootbound in their pots, vs in a spacious container. Mine take up a lot of space, but it’s worth the wait. I think Christmas cactus blooms look like swan-diving birds when fully open.

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    • Thank you, Kieron! I approved this post from my phone while out and about and then forgot to go back to it. Many thanks for the link and additional info.

      One of my Christmas cacti came from the grandmother of an older friend in Madison. The other from my aunt and uncle who used to live in Kalamazoo. I don’t know the history of that plant. The one from the grandmother had been divided over 50 years ago, and mine is part of then new division. I do enjoy the history of plants! I’m thrilled that David has decided he needs some plants in his “Imaginarium” (office), as I thought we were out of room for any new ones! LOL …

      The only thing I don’t like about the Christmas cacti is that those blooms really drip sap unless I pinch them off before they’re finished blooming. The one in my office is over a mandala rug, though, so I’ll need to get on that!

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