It’s amazing what you find when you’re thinking about something else. I’d had the letter Z on my mind (yes, that book challenge) when these jumped out at me as I was going through some 2009 photo folders from an old (as in defunct) blog.
Z is for Zygocactus
also known as Schlumbergara
aka Christmas Cactus
They are hardy pot plants that seem to grow wherever you want them to
Break a piece off – pot it up in some dirt
and very soon you’ll have a new plant.
These plants were all started from cuttings
taken from friends or neighbours plants
I had them growing in containers that hung over the railing of the deck.
happy to be there most of the year.
though I did put them in the shade if the sun became too hot.
There were several plants in each of the long boxes
and if nature got the timing right
and they all bloomed together.
it looked like a ribbon of pink all the way along.
You know at first glance these plants appear to be a jumble of gnarly old stems
each with a flower at the end
But if you look carefully
you will see that the most delicate of blooms are growing there.
Up in the Northern Hemisphere they are often called Christmas Cactus
‘cose thats about the time when they seem to flower. Not so down here in Melbourne these photos were taken in October
right at the end of our Winter – beginning of Spring
These are beautiful plants often regarded as common and hum drum looking
What do you think?
Joining in with Elephant’s Child and others for Sunday Selections