It isn’t quite Christmas so it is no surprise that the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) is mostly fat pink buds. As usual my angelwing begonia has a very few pink blossoms. Along with my dependable and ever blooming abutilon these plants are now in our bedroom in the beneath the west window, but very near the south window. This room is very bright during the day, and very cool at night. We had to move plants from the guest room because we have been trying to fix a leak in the dormer roof for months. We removed the moldy plasterboard and the wet insulation giving us a view of wooden slats and the metal roof that is sometimes icy these days, even on our side of the roof. The roof only leaks when it rains hard and the wind comes from a certain direction so we cannot finish the interior until we are absolutley certain we have made a good repair and we are not. Absolutely certain. So the room is really too cold for plants and we keep that door closed.
My Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) is a very Christmasy color and it is still giving us quite a show. You can see the little ‘barbs’ on the foliage that give this cactus its common name, Crab cactus.
Even though I do not have many flowers blooming in my house right now, it is the season for friendships and good will to bloom throughout the family and the community with Tuba Christmases, Moonlight Magics, Nutcrackers and carolling. And latkes. I never like to forget the latkes. The seeds for some new friendships were sown this summer when I met 70 other garden bloggers in Buffalo, including the wise and funny Carol of May Dreams Gardens who hosts this Bloom Day. Please visit and see what else is in bloom around the country.
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