BLOOMING CACTUS AGAIN – Marilyn Armstrong

Blooming Red Cactus Flower – FOTD – 05/10/19

Just as the pink ones died off, the red ones bloomed. It’s been a really big year for cactus flowers. I don’t think I’ve ever had them bloom so frequently or so plentifully.

How about a few pictures? These are all macros. I got revved up and changed the lens!

Amazing, eh?

That’s some cactus flower!
A bloom and a big bud
The color is perfectly red. Or is it scarlet?

THE BRIGHTEST DAFFODILS – Marilyn Armstrong

DAFFODILS!

I took these the last time we had sunshine, so it must have been Wednesday. Since then, it has been cold and rainy … but at least I got the daffodils when they were at the finest.

There may be some sunshine next week, but I’m beginning to think we are living in a rain forest. A bone-chillingly cold rain forest!

Bright Daffodils!
They grow right in front of the old tractor
I should have gone inside and gotten my macro lens, but I couldn’t do the stairs twice in a row!

FORSYTHIA IN BLOOM – Marilyn Armstrong

Forsythia in Bloom – FOTD – 04/16/2019

Finally, something bloomed. Forsythia, always the first flower of spring (not counting crocus). Oddly, our enormous forsythia hedge in the backyard which we cut down last year doesn’t look like it is planning to bloom this year at all. But I had to cut it down. It was huge and taking up half the yard.

It stopped raining briefly, so I went out and took a few pictures. The Brown-headed Cowbirds are just a little added extra.

Forsythia by the fence
More forsythia
A lady of the Brown-headed Cowbird persuasion
Along the fence, it is flowering

BLOOM PINK CHRISTMAS CACTUS IN TIME FOR EASTER – Marilyn Armstrong

Pink Christmas Cactus – FOTD – 04/03/2019

Having just recovered from a major blooming of the scarlet Christmas Cactus, the pink one is coming into a heavy bloom of its own. Unlike the red one, it only threw a few flowers in season, but now it’s got a lot of buds, one flower fully in bloom and another about to burst for tomorrow.

Almost ready to bloom
Blooming!
Another bloom
Fat bud

 

FINALLY, FLOWERS – Marilyn Armstrong

Crocuses- FOTD – 04/02/2019

I thought the crocuses had bloomed and died under the snow, but I was wrong. When we went out today, there was also a batch of beautiful dark purple crocuses.

No yellow ones this year, but I was glad enough to find anything green and growing … or, in this case, purple and growing.

Even better, the daylilies are pushing up through the soil.

Clearly, I need a garden cleanup and as soon as there’s less mud …

MORE ABOUT THE CACTUS – Marilyn Armstrong

Christmas Cactus in Bloom – FOTD – 02/23/2019

I think I might be able to hoist the Big Lens tomorrow, but for today, it’s all about the Christmas Cactus which is blooming its heart out as February is ending. Maybe it will bloom continuously. It certainly seems able to do it.

Really, this little cactus has been blooming pretty much since last Thanksgiving. It bloomed through Christmas and most of January.

Suddenly, it’s blooming again.

Big bud, ready to bloom
Macro blooming

THE LAST OF THE LAST OF THE CACTUS FLOWERS – Marilyn Armstrong

The Last of the Last of the Cactus Flowers
FOTD – 1/10/2019

And these are the last of the pictures of the second of the Christmas Cactus. With a little luck, it will bloom again in the spring.

Meanwhile, the Christmas Cactus needs to sleep for a while. It must rest until it’s ready to bloom again. That’s the way of all plants, including cactus.

Macro Cactus Flower
Rose framed flower
The last of the last