Friday, December 10, 2010

Blooming Friday

Schlumbergera buckleyi, Christmas Cactus Kalancho luciae, Paddle Plant
Schlumbergera buckleyi, Christmas Cactus, a native of Brazil, is an epiphytic plant (found in the upper canopy of the rainforest, relying on other plants for support) with flattened leaves resembling stems. This genus is named after Frederic Schlumberger, a 19th C French cactus collector. The first hybrids only available in red, are easily grown in bright indirect light and well drained soil. It thrives on neglect!

Narcissus tazetta, Paperwhite Narcissus, are those fantastically fragrant flowers that emerge from bulbs forced in water. And, here is a tip, courtesy of Dr. Bill Miller, Cornell University: to prevent the leggy look that often develops, give those precious bulbs a little 'nip'. Actually, a 4-5% solution of 80 proof alcohol (1 part alcohol - 9 parts water) will reduce the height of the plants by 1/3 - 1/2, resulting in a very well behaved arrangement. Now is the time to begin watering for a lovely Christmas display.

'The earth laughs in flowers.' Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) - May they bring you a smile!

I am participating in Katarina's Roses and Stuff Blooming Friday . At this time of year, as the hours of sunlight continue to shrink for another 10 days, I relish any and all blooms to brighten my spirits and home. Happy Holidays to all!

1 comment:

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Very pretty! Your Paperwhites will look beautiful once in bloom!
Thanks for stopping by for a visit and your very sweet comment! :)
~ Jo
p.s. Yes... that is a vintage chicken feeder on my fireplace mantle. I wanted to put some acorns in it for the holiday, but couldn't find any for sell. :)

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