Sunday, March 8, 2015


SWMBO has a Christmas cactus. It's so-called because the edges of the leaves are sharp and spiny . . .

. . . and because the plant is supposed to be full of red blossoms at Christmas.

But hers is reluctant.  She may get one blossom at Yuletide or none.

I'm beginning to think it's a St. Patrick's Day cactus because as that holiday approaches, the plant is revving into high gear.

Keep in mind that is only one blossom, shot from several angles.

But a couple more buds are about to burst, promising more "Christmas" glory in March.

Happy St. Nicholas and St. Patrick's Days!


  1. Your neighbor whose good house is never doneMarch 8, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    I haven't had too much luck with these either and wonder if they are not unlike amaryllis that they need to be put in a dark corner to lie dormant part of the year. (No luck with amaryllis either.) However my 1 year old shamrock plant from Trader Joe's is in its white blooming glory!

  2. My dad keeps his Christmas cactus in the basement for a while to encourage it to bloom. He also says that some of those are Easter cactus - so maybe yours is actually early!

  3. Whenever it blooms, it is a lovely sight.

  4. Sounds like it prefers St. Patrick over St. Nicholas.

  5. I know someone who also has one of these plants and hers is just now beginning to bloom.


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