Sunday, 14 October 2012

Christmas in October

I bought a small Christmas Cactus at Home Depot a few years ago. Each year it gets a little bigger. It stays in my south window all winter and really does nothing much except enjoy the winter sunshine, and then in the spring it goes outside. I don't water it, I just leave it up to Mother Nature to look after it.
And then as soon as it starts to get colder at night I bring it in.
And I noticed that it was covered with tiny pink buds.
Obviously spending the summer outside and being ignored agrees with it.
Only a week later, the whole plant is covered with pink blooms. Just gorgeous.
It's giving me my Christmas present a couple of months early.

18 comments:

OldLady Of The Hills said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love these "Christmas Cactus"...I have one planted outside in a protected area---it seems pretty happy there and Blooms each year....Yours is obviously Very Very Happy with the care you give it, my dear...!

Anns Art said...

Wow!...we have one, but it has never bloomed like yours. Absolutely gorgeous.

Anvilcloud said...

What a treat! I remember my dad getting an amaryllis to flower in time for Easter.

Rock Chef said...

We have one that flowers at Christmas and Easter.

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madretz said...

it's gorgeous! Merry Octobermas!

Noriko said...

I used to have a christmas cactus until squirrels ate them. By seeing your photo I feels like going out and getting a new plant.

LeenaH said...

Mine was flowering just before yours :)
And my house is not burning but the fireplace is giving extra warm already !
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EG CameraGirl said...

So pretty. This may actually be the variety known as the Thanksgiving cactus. Yes, there really is such a thing. :))

Red Rose. said...

Hello,
My one has not started flowering. Here, it starts in the middle of November.
Green Tomato

Ginnie said...

WOWSER! Gorgeous is an understatement.

Suldog said...

Wow! Startlingly nice color!

Ash said...

Gorgeous!

Dave said...

That's a nice plant Shammickite. Did you know that you can propagate it by snapping off a segment of leaf and planting it? - Dave

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photowannabe said...

So pretty. You are so fortunate to have so many blossoms.
Maybe I need to ignore mine too. It sure hasn't given me many flowers.
Have a great weekend Shammie.

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Wendy said...

Just beautiful! My Christmas cacti always die. I'm glad yours is blooming so gloriously!

Xtreme English said...

My friend Cathy has a Christmas cactus like that. Takes almost no care, spends the summer outside, comes in and blooms gloriously! Just like yours. I think Xmas cactuses need something other than just basic care. The owner has to be one of those Green Thumb people. When I leave my Xmas cactuses outside, they die.