I have this Christmas Cactus. It is extremely prolific, generous with its blooms. As you can see. It blooms several times a year, dozens of flowers each time. It’s almost casual in its exuberance. It requires so little care, and provides such rich rewards.


(I have another one, too, scrawnier and sadder, which has never bloomed. Never, that is, until last week, when I noticed several buds ranging from tiny to large and almost ready to burst into flower.  I have no idea why it finally decided to bloom, and it certainly won’t be as spectacular as this one, but it hardly matters. I tried to photograph it, but it stubbornly refused to be photogenic. You’ll have to take my word for it.)


I’m not the photographer I wish I was – my hands shake, my eye isn’t as good as I wish it was, I’m often too rushed going from one thing to another to take the time to get a good picture, and frankly my camera (phone) doesn’t make the job a whole lot easier. But sometimes I get pictures I really like. A generously blooming Christmas cactus helps.

By the way, did you know that the botanical name for the Christmas Cactus is Schlumbergera? I didn’t, but now that I do, I can understand why hardly anyone calls it that.


(Post inspired by the WP Discover Challenge One, Two, Three!)


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