I think this time of year might be my favorite. And not because of the cold and snow. I could do without that. Probably not even for the reasons you would think. This time of year the Christmas Cactus blooms – and if theres one thing I
like love to take pictures of, its flowers.
There is a funny story behind how this cactus came to be.
A few years ago we had this customer who was always…attempting to pay her bill in weird random ways. One afternoon we came back to discover a rug in our office with a note – alternating every letter with a different color. The only problem was the door was locked – and she said no one let her in.
Another time she offered her car as payment. And finally…this plant.
I believe it was the last straw – this funny cactus in a weird planter. Since her character was questionable already, mom worried that there was more than a cactus growing in the planter – and the frustration of not being paid in REAL money – the cactus was thrown in the garbage.
Until a few days later – we took pity on the plant. It wasnt the PLANTS fault after all, and decided to see what would come of this weird looking cactus. It wasnt much longer – did it first bloom. And ever since it has held its own on the counter of important things – the coffee pot, espresso maker, coffee beans…and Christmas cactus.
A few days before mom left to see Amanda she pointed out the little tiny buds popping out on the leaves. I smiled, nodded, and moved about my business. And then last week – these little buds started turning into bright red blossoms.
Mom joked I was taking good care of it, and I confessed the only caring I was doing was forgetting to water it. Which is apparently just the way it likes it.