A TIME TO BLOOM AND A TIME TO FADE – FLOWER OF THE DAY – Marilyn Armstrong

A Time to Bloom and a Time to Fade – FOTD – 12/12/2018

I thought, when I watered the cactus yesterday, the blooms would vanish quickly. And indeed, two flowers dropped — but two new ones opened up. So it lives on and maybe, if I am very lucky, it will make it through the holidays.

Still fully blooming!
Bigger and more beautiful.

A CREDIT TO YOUR BANK? – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Credit

Credit. That’s the money you don’t have that you spend anyway because look at that HUGE line of credit. I could buy a car with that kind of money!

Of course, then there’s paying it back which is so much less fun than spending it.

Merry Christmas from my cactus to yours!

With Christmas no longer the spend until you have topped out all your cards thing it used to be, we manage to survive. Financial credit is the best and worst thing in our lives. When you need it, you need it. When that chimney needs fixing and the carpenter ants are eating your doorsill and the window is falling out, it’s credit or waiting until the house crumbles.

Otherwise?

Let’s dream about money falling from the skies into our open arms … and not use a credit card!

THE COLOR OF CACTUS – Marilyn Armstrong

What color is YOUR cactus?


It’s a pink world. In Arizona, even the cactus are pink. Or maybe they are merely washed in the blood of tourists?

 

 

THORNY AND PRICKLY AS IN ROSES OR CACTI

THORNY ROSES, THORNY CACTI


Roses are thorny. Our roses are like barbed wire. Hedge roses were grown to protect property from intruders. You walk into one of these bushes and you won’t be going any further. They not only poke at you, but they enclose you and your garments in long branches that wrap around  you and are extremely difficult to remove.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

Remember the brambles around Sleeping Beauty? I’m positive these are the brambles.

And yet, they are lovely. Mean and cruel — and beautiful in pink and red and dark violet that is nearly red. I’m pretty sure there’s a perfect allegory in this comment.

If you don’t live around here, how about cactus? There are some cactus that grab you and won’t let go. My particular un-favorites are the ones with the very soft, fuzzy outside and each of those little fuzzy prickles digs into your skin. If you rub at them, they dig even deeper. It can be weeks before you find all the tiny pieces and pull them out.

Ever pick a prickly pear and try to skin it? While you are skinning the pear, it is skinning you.

All is fair with love and cacti.

CHRISTMAS CACTUS BLOOMING

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I know the holidays are really here when my two Christmas cacti bloom. I got both of them as cuttings from a friend years ago. The plants have stayed small, probably because I have not encouraged them to expand … but both of them bloom profusely from November through February … and often throw the odd flower all through the year.

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The secret to making them bloom is putting them in a bright (not necessarily sunny) window. Water them only when they are dry. And let them do their thing.

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The less you mess with them, the happier they are. If you have a window in a room where you don’t use much artificial light, all the better. These lovely cacti are sensitive the natural changes of light through the seasons. These natural changes in light will trigger flowering.

The reason so many people have trouble growing these is that they fuss over them. Cacti are not fond of fussiness.

FLOWER OF THE DAY | CHRISTMAS CACTUS