To one and all.
Look ! Look what I've done ! I've managed to get my Christmas Cactus to flower on Christmas Day. Are you impressed ? You know how professional gardeners take years to master the technique of making plants flower at a certain time, well, truth be told, this was just a bit of a fluke. But for a minute there, you were impressed, weren't you ?
This is a Schlumbergera, more commonly known as a Christmas Cactus. It lives on the kitchen windowsill, and is growing in Seramis granules. A few weeks ago, I noticed that it was looking a bit sorry for itself, so I started watering it a bit more than usual, (usual being not at all.) Hence the flowers.
The sun came out this afternoon, which leads me nicely into the saying:
"Sun through the apple trees on Christmas Day,
Means a fine crop is on the way."
If the prediction comes true, we should have a frost-free May, because frost would damage the apple blossom, and a fine autumn to harvest the fruit.