Monday, June 10, 2013

What's this?



My Christmas cactus looks dead in winter, then blooms in June.



Because in Altadena, we're stubborn and contrary. No one tells us what to do or when to do it. We play by our own, sometimes inscrutable, rules.

27 comments:

  1. Love your photos! U've got an eye, girl!. For the past two years my yard has bloomed when it should of been asleep. The seasons are all messed up, our weather isn't even somewhat consistent...

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  2. Personally, I prefer your "It's because we're Altadena" explanation over that wild talk about the rising levels of carbon dioxide.

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  3. Glass half full, folks. Yes, we're going to die of heat and thirst in 20 years, but those December plants look really good when they bloom in summer.

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  4. Gorgeous--your patience gloriously rewarded. I love Christmas cactus, but end up throwing them out, mid bloom, years later.

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  5. No one tells y'all what to do, and no one cares -- they're all fighting over condos at the beach, while you live in relative tranquility along those generously shaded tree-lined streets.

    Those really are beautiful images.

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  6. Wonderful photos!
    The weather is messed up here, too. But the Christmas cactus in my window bloomed during winter anyway.

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  7. I have a Thanksgiving Cactus. By Christmas the blooms are gone. I think I prefer a Christmas in June cactus. Such a beautiful flower and the photos are gorgeous.

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  8. Next trip to California I certainly hope I can find my way to Altadena ~

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  9. Maybe it isn't really a Christmas cactus after all. Does it bloom at night with a strong sexy fragrance? I have a night blooming Cereus that looks like that and is doing its thing right now. If I could get down and roll in a small [like Albert?], that is what I would choose. I do have a red flowered Christmas cactus that blooms at Thanksgiving. If you lack one of these, I can provide one or more from my nursery [Albert, watch your feet!]

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  10. Typo: smell, not small

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  11. My Christmas Cactus bloomed at Easter for a couple of years, and then decided it was time for sabbatical from all of this foolish flowering work. So I'm contemplating cutting segments off mine, starting new plants for my daughters, and hoping theirs play more nicely than mine has.

    Weather? Raining and under 60 for the past week. Global warming? Riiiight. Just not in my town.

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  12. Beautiful shots Ms Hiker!!! You're gettin' that macro bug!!! I love the idea of Altadena being contrary...it so fits your little community!!!
    Whenever they mention global warming I think of the theories of dinosaur extinction due to climate change and then there's the ice age...and the dust bowl in the thirties...we humans certainly have control over nature!!! There's also a theory floating around some New Age/woo woo circles that the earth is getting ready to flip on its axis... whatever the reason...changing weather patterns really are contrary!!!

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  13. Des, I can give you a leg of mine, and will take a leg for me from the Finch nursery.

    JE, yeah, there's not much in the way of condos and apartments up here in the wild north.

    Ms M, you're better behaved in Idaho.

    Bayside, I know, I like surprises.

    Sharon, let me know when you climb off the mountains of Maine and make it out my way.

    Marjie, I guess that's where our rain is hiding.

    Chieftess, hard to mess up that flower, but thanks.

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  14. Mine bloomed a second time a couple of months ago, too! Bonus.

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  15. The stigma fascinates me; it looks like a sea creature. Can't be a night blooming cereus because there's no scent.

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  16. Your flower photos are beginning to rival -K-'s.

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  17. Very nice flowers and photos. I do see the sea creature in the middle, maybe a starfish?

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  18. With that comparison, Petrea, a miss is as good as a trip to the moon. Wish we could trot this puppy to Kevin's and see the bloom in all its glory.

    Banjo, yes, me too, starfish.

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  19. Beautiful! Looks like a sea anemone.

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  20. Here in South Pasadena we follow rules and I am very disturbed by your northern anarchist ambitions.

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  21. Ah, Margaret, best you don't venture this far north. You might become infected with dangerous notions. And you would have to face harsh interrogation on re-entry to your home town.

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  22. Plants with attitude. That's hard.

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  23. lol, love the commentary! Am REALLY glad I'm not drinking any liquids at the moment or my laptop (computer and analog) would be rather damp.

    This does remind me of the nightblooming flower my grandmother had over by the garage. I believe it was a cereus. We used to have to make a pilgrimage to their driveway at night to see it whenever it bloomed (btw, they lived in Pasadena, her damned flower bloomed when it should and certainly, my mother's flowers in SoPas bloomed properly! thankyouverymuch Margaret---represent SoPas!). Have at it in that northern territory!

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  24. You are so funny! Great photos! I've seen a lot of "cacti" but don't know if I've ever heard of a Christmas Cactus...

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  25. Gorgeous photos! The flowers really do look like something from the sea.

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