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Holiday Blooms: GBBD, December 2017

December 15, 2017

red Christmas cactus Winter has arrived in my part of the world, where the morning low temperature today was –10F. Out in the garden, all is white and frozen. In this holiday season, I depend on indoor houseplants for holiday blooms.

I have two holiday cactus (Schlumbergera) plants in bloom. The one that began blooming at Thanksgiving is almost done, with a few unopened buds and one pale lavender blossom. The smaller red one, received as a gift from a friend last Christmas, began blooming two weeks ago and is still going strong. The flamboyance of its layered red and white flowers always makes me smile.

lavender cactus bloom red and white cactus bloom

Streaked pink cyclamenFor the past two decades, I have depended on my cyclamen plants for flowers at the holidays and throughout the winter. But last year all of them were infected with mites and had to be thrown out. Two weeks ago, I stopped at  local farm that was selling flowering poinsettia and cyclamen plants for the holidays along with their Christmas trees and wreaths, and I picked out two new cyclamen. One is a hot pink similar to one of my old plants. The other has flowers streaked in pale pink and white. I love them both and hope to enjoy them for many years to come.

hot pink cyclamen flower streaked cyclamen flowers

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to find out what other bloggers have blooming during this holiday season.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2017 6:50 am

    Hello Jean. I’ve always liked cyclamen from temperate country posts, so when i first saw it dwindling at my sister’s house in NZ i took care of it for almost a month. So it recovered and it flowered when i already left. They just sent me the photos, so elated.

    • December 18, 2017 7:09 pm

      Andrea, It must have been very satisfying to get those photos from your sister. I’ve never tried growing cyclamen outdoors here, although there is at least one species that should be cold-hardy here.

  2. December 16, 2017 10:19 am

    With that much cheer indoors, who cares if the world around you is frozen… Happy Holidays, Jean!

    • December 18, 2017 7:14 pm

      I agree! The frozen world outdoors has its own beauty, but the colorful flowers indoors provide the warmth.

  3. December 16, 2017 8:44 pm

    I love how your Cyclamen catch the light! While I grew these plants in my former garden just 15 miles from my current location, my attempts to grow them here have repeatedly failed. Perhaps I should try growing them as indoor plants too!

    • December 18, 2017 7:16 pm

      Kris, I have never tried growing them outdoors here, although there are one or two species that should survive our winters. The keys to growing them indoors seem to be a cool house and not giving them up for dead when they go into dormancy the first time.

  4. December 17, 2017 10:20 am

    Jean, Thank you once again for sharing your winter blooms! They are always so cheery and appear just at the right time…the approach to the shortest day of the year when I need to see some gorgeous flowers in bloom. Happy Holidays to you!

    • December 18, 2017 7:17 pm

      Happy holidays to you too, Kathy — and may you have some flowers to increase your holiday cheer.

  5. debsgarden permalink
    December 18, 2017 12:49 am

    Minus 10 degrees?! Yikes, I will take my temps occasionally plummeting into the twenties, thank you very much! Your blood is definitely hardier than mine. I do love your Christmas cactus and your new cyclamen, however.

    • December 18, 2017 7:20 pm

      Deb, The same blast of cold air that brought you all the snow has been bringing us unusually cold temperatures for December. We don’t usually get the below zero temperatures until January or February — although I can remember one Christmas in the late 1970s when the high temperature on Christmas day was -15F. By mid-February, a day in the mid-twenties feels downright balmy here.

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