NOW, IT’S THE NEW YEAR’S CACTUS – Marilyn Armstrong

While I’ve been busy shooting the birds, the cacti have been happily blooming their hearts out. The red one is still blooming. Not as fully as it was, but it still has new buds and it is very much alive and well. I can’t remember ever having a blooming period this long.

New Year’s Eve cactus blossom
A matching finch?

The second “pink” cactus is blooming now. I don’t think it’s going to have a very big bloom. Only a handful of buds. One is fully in bloom and one is likely to bloom any minute.

Happy New Year from my pink cactus. It doesn’t look entirely pink, but it sort of is
New Year cactus greetings
Ironically, this is the big bloom on the red cactus which has become a little more pinks it fully opened

I took pictures today. I should have waited for a brighter day, but when the sun is very bright, it tends to give me a lot of excessively high contrast which doesn’t look well with these translucent flowers.

And a happy and healthy New Year to everyone!
He says Happy New Year too!

The pink flowers are only slightly less red than the red cactus. The buds are pink, but when they bloom, they look darker and not as pink as the buds lead you to believe.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

23 thoughts on “NOW, IT’S THE NEW YEAR’S CACTUS – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Those Christmas cactus certainly keep us going. I discovered a fallen branch this morning so stuck it back in the pot. That’s the way the plants do it when they are growing it seems. The just let their branches fall and if they are lucky, they root again in the branch of a tree – so I read.


    1. They do sometimes seem to be looking right into the lens. I think as long as I don’t come outside, they don’t get too weird about me. They are used to the dogs barking inside and see me moving around. I think they have really good eyesight.


    1. I noticed when the pictures went up. I realized “Gee golly, I have a matching bird!” How cool is that? So I matched the red finches to the red flowers. Right now, if it weren’t for flowers and finches, I don’t know what I would do.


  2. In England I had ‘my own’ red robin – so fearless and cute, he was actually sitting on my shoulder and/or waiting less than one metre (3+ yards) from me for the refill of the feeders! Sadly, here that’s not possible, too many cats from too many neighbourhoods claiming our garden as theirs and getting the upper hand around the feeding tables…. Together with two pairs of faithful (and frankly, annoying) lovebirds and some magpies they fight the place and if nothing helps, they throne IN the feeders on the grains!!!! They have no shame – so the little ones loose! ;(


    1. Well, yesterday was all woodpeckers. Today it’s mostly Chickadees, a few Tufted Titmice, and one bed-bellied Woodpecker. All the little birds are making up for lost time today. There are very few domestic cats around here. That’s because there are bigger predators and they don’t last long against the fishers and the coyotes. Or, for that matter, the Bobcats. It’s why we don’t have cats. If I can’t keep them inside, I’m not going to have them at all.


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