Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, November 11, 2011


It is only two weeks to Thanksgiving which means that it's six weeks until Christmas.    One of our Christmas joys are the flowers of Christmas -- the cactus and the poinsettias and the amaryllis that add color and life to the evergreens on the mantles.

The poinsettias come from the store and the amaryllis are bulbs we've ordered by mail (if we remember in time!)

But the cactus -- the Christmas cactus is a year round resident of Linderhof.     We love it's green bracketed leaves and it's a favorite houseplant.     We have not one but two -- an old one that we've had for  a while and a "new" one that's four years old that was a room-warming gift when we added the breakfast room.

Last year, the little one bloomed while the big one did not!    I must admit that under my care they don't always bloom every year!

When I moved the big old Christmas cactus from the living room to the sunroom, I found . . .

The Christmas cactus on it's pedestal in the breakfast room.

this!     Full of blooms.    It's a lovely white cactus which is really my favorite.     Although it has bloomed before, it has never bloomed so madly as this year!     The reason?    I'm not sure.    We were gone for part of September and early October so perhaps the house was cooler (which the plant likes) and obviously since we were gone, the room was darker (which it needs -- a period of darkness in order to bloom).

Whatever the reason, we love our "confused" Christmas cactus!

I love the tinge of pink that each bloom has!

It's blooms certainly brighten our meals every day!    If only, the flowers had as much aroma as beauty.    It would be heady, for sure, in the breakfast room!

Sadly, I'm afraid that in six weeks when it is Christmastime, my beautiful blooms will be all gone!    This year the cactus was a little ahead of it's time!


Gisela said...

Wow - I can't believe it's only two weeks until Thanksgiving! How did this happen!

Blondie's Journal said...

The Christmas cactus is just beautiful. How nice to have two and one so old! They must enjoy living at Linderhof!

Have a great evening!


Mary said...

Wow! That's really special!

Chris said...

Martha, I love your casual attitude about your Christmas catus. I worried over mine, and I think actually over-watered it last year. I might find another to take its place this season... :)

On Crooked Creek said...

Perhaps it's "confused" is much like our weather this year on the Prairie! We'll keep our fingers crossed that not only does it stay...but that it continues to bloom, as well!

Sherry said...

Beautiful! I've GOT to have a white one too. My gorgeous red blooms between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is fully budded now.

megan said...

A truly beautiful cactus Martha.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Gorgeous! I had one years ago and wanted to replace it..and I will one day. This is the first white one I have ever seen.

Pondside said...

My Christmas cactus didn't bloom last year and it isn't showing any promise of blooms for this year. Perhaps a move to another location is called for!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I don't have live plants any more as we are not here year round but I used to have a beautiful Christmas cactus. Your white one is stunning.

I can't believe how close the holidays are and much I have to do!!!

Have a great weekend.


Kerin said...

How beautiful.

Yes.. the holidays are fast approaching.

Yikes! We have so many things to get done.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful Christmas cactus! So full of fluffy white blossoms! It's funny, when I saw this photo in its tiniest form, I thought it was snow!

Rebecca said...

OH! Where have I been? I don't think I've ever seen white blooms on a Christmas cactus. I absolutely love it!

Lottie said...

That is the most beautiful Christmas cactus I have ever seen!

Shelley said...

How beautiful. I never know if my flowers bloom because they are 'happy' or 'stressed'. Bill says flowering is part of the process of reproducing, dropping seeds, before a plant dies to it indicates stress...but he's no expert. Strange that a cactus would prefer cool to hot, their natural environment. Maybe he's right after all; except I'm so bad with plants they should all be in bloom non-stop!