Sunday, 25 December 2011

Seasons Greetings

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.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog. Welcome to the blogging world! I have looked at several of your posts, and really enjoy the way you write. I'm your new follower! Good going getting your cactus to bloom on Christmas day! My Christmas cactus is refusing to bloom, much to my dismay. Perhaps I should water mine! As for us having a fine crop, now I'm worried. It rained all day on Christmas day here!