Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Easter,Thanksgiving or Christmas?

~Close-up of flower and leaf~

This cactus has given us the most beautiful flowers- the first blooms arriving during the holidays. They made such a nice addition to our other holiday decorations. I kept it on the dry side and really didn't pay too much attention to it. This plant was a gift from a very dear friend and each time I tell her that we have flowers, we go back and forth on which cactus it is. Is it an Easter,Thanksgiving or Christmas cactus? Now, mind you I was a gardener for several years and after that I worked at a gorgeous destination garden center for 14 years...I should know what cactus this is.

I'm looking for help from you, all of my very faithful visitors. Do you know what cactus this is?
I hope I have captured the leaves and flowers so you get a good idea of just what this little beauty looks like. She is lovely isn't she?

Do you have a plant that someone special gave you- a constant reminder of friendship, of things shared, gifts that have been passed on? I would love to hear her story.

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  1. This is a "Christmas Cactus" - Sclumberger xbuckley
    which you can see on

    My Grandmother had a "Night Blooming Cirus" and we would go to watch it bloom. I remember it being her pride. Loving bulbs now and preparing to plant seeds for outdoor herbs and veggies.

  2. Thank you- I had a hint you might know exactly.
    We have a Night Blooming Cirus- gift from PC.
    We have stayed up late many summer eves waiting for her heady, scented flowers. I bet your veggies and herbs are a mealtime treat for your mod squad.

  3. I had no clue. Thanks for the days lesson.

  4. I believe it is a Christmas Cactus! Beautiful!

  5. Kwana~ Thanks for stopping by.

    Karena~ Thank you- the holidays just go on and on....

  6. Deb, I have not a green thumb so I would not have been much help in this department. It is a very pretty plant.

    The only plant I have, well actually two that have managed to survive my lack of watering. An Aloe plant from when my parents lived in Texas. I think it is about 17 yrs old. The other one I only know the slang name, a mother in-law's tongue. This plant, Gary gave me in an arrangement (the other plants didn't make it) when we were dating and has survived on being watered once a year for the last almost 19 years.

  7. I've always called that plant a Christmas cactus. I had one once and loved it - so beautiful! I had a spider plant as a child that I kept for probably a decade - almost as satisfying as a pet :)

  8. This is the most gorgeous Cactus Debra and one that I am not familiar with. So spectacular, xv.

  9. Just a note, to wish you a happy friday, a fab friday.
    Hope your week full of less, turns out to be so much more this evening as you celebrate coming off your fast. Hope it involves a sip of something sweet and nourishing.

  10. Joyce, Lecia, and Vicki~ Thank yo for coming by. Your sweet visits mean so much to me.

    Patricia~ Thank you dear for yor wishes. Joyce's recipe almost did me in-yum!

  11. I have no clue what kind it is so I'm happy to see some other ladies have already given you their advice. I only wanted to say that I think the plant looks amazing. I never knew a cactus could flower like that! Just beautiful.

  12. Your Christmas Cactus is beautiful! I have one that my sister-in-law gave me. It is a slip from our husband's grandmother's Christmas Cactus. Ours didn't bloom for several years, but now it's blooming at Christmas AND Easter (now anyway). Making up for lost time.
    Hope everything is "clear" and that you toast your successful day!!

  13. xmas cactus...i know nothing about it.

    i have a couple of friends here in boca raton that have them.

    they are so pretty.

    xx btw, which dry cleaner ?? lol

  14. This is so beautiful, Debra! This looks like a Christmas Cactus my grandmother sent us one year. Have a terrific weekend!

  15. Just stopping by to say hello and wish you a happy weekend! I have no live plants, too much going on to add plant care to my life and I would hate to ruin a beautiful thing. Our fake white lighted Christmas tree is still in the living room though.... xo

  16. I once took a pink hydrangea to a friend who was hosting our book club meeting that evening. She planted it by her front door, even though I told her it was a florist hydrangea and most likely would not flourish there. Well, cut to several years later and that thing is enormous and gorgeous. She named it Pamela's Pink. Who knew?

  17. I kill every plant I glance at, so I'm grateful for my husband's green thumb. He has that very plant - a Christmas Cactus - in our living room. When it blooms it's stunning! It always confuses me though, because it doesn't just bloom at Christmas. Just like yours, ours is putting on a beautiful show!

    Here's to a most excellent weekend!

  18. It is very pretty whatever it is... ENJOY your weekend!


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