The Christmas Cactus…
The white blooms are from my sister Sue to her daughter, Danielle. Danny asked me to save its life when it was weak and dying. I mixed it with my half pink plant. It was half a plant because someone, not me, didn’t listen when I yelled, “STOP!”
By the way do you think men ask you to watch them back up and guide them just so you’ll get out of the way? Because they never do hear you yell “STOP!” or see you waving your arms in the air.
Anyway, my half a pink plant that my mother-in-law gave me when I moved here was very special to me and the half that Sue gave to Danny was very special to her.
At the time, that piece of white Christmas cactus would be all that I had left of my sister, Sue. I cried when Danielle trusted me with it. These two halves blended well and created a beautiful, full, gorgeous Christmas cactus.
I added a piece of peach cactus in thin areas and it bloomed in July. Really. If anybody has a Christmas cactus that has bloomed in July, even in Florida please let me know!
This Christmas cactus was dying, broken, and to the eye, worthless. I tenderly replanted these shattered, sickly leaves in one pot. I fertilized them with love, tears, Miracle Grow and prayers. It has grown and bloomed into a family treasure, just like my Great Nana’s gigantic Christmas cactus that we have passed through the family. (By the way whoever has custody of it now, I would love a piece to add to this new one.)
Merry Christmas to all the women in my family from me and the Christmas cactus. If I was going to dedicate a plant to all the men in the family, it would have to be a rose and they know why.
Love from all my Angels and me, Jeanne Marie
5 thoughts on “The Christmas Cactus”
Thank you for these beautiful photos. I take care of an old Christmas cactus after my mother and grandmother. When my grandmother died in 1982 my mother took over and after my mother died I take care. I don’t know how old it is, but I guess at least fifty years old. The colour is cherise
Wow, that is so nice…My Nana’s cactus is about the same age as yours but I think my niece has it now. I need to track it down. Thanks for coming by! Jeanne Marie
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Wonderful and stunning, healthy, beautiful plant. Wow! Merry Xmas and may your coming year be filled with wonder.
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God has blessed me with a nurturing touch for growing flowers and for soothing babies. Thank you and thank you for the words you share…I just wrote a comment about your blog and I open my mail and poof! Here you are! No coincidences…Love, Jeanne Marie
Thank you! You too, hugs, Jeanne Marie