Usually I feature photos of zygo cacti here. I got to noticing how lovely their pistils and stamens were–like little fireworks. Enjoy!
The color on this zygo cactus is even redder than this photo shows. It looks orange red in this photo. It’s really lovely.
Unfortunately it is another un-named variety from a box store. But it’s a great performer!
With Christmas well behind us, it’s time to appreciate some of the subtle beauty of the zygo cacti.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
And now it starts: dyed and glittered poinsettias? Yes or no.
Perhaps you can tell just by placement on the table that these two plants are not the same. But it goes beyond that.
These are two different schlumbergeria cultivars. The top one is called ” Scarlet Dancer.” The bottom one is “Dark Marie.”
And there are obvious differences. Despite its name, Dark Marie has more white in its flower. It also has a very subtle fuchsia edge on its petals.
You can see the distinct fuchsia tinge on its buds ( no, that’s not a reflection from the house plant next to it–it really is fuchsia tinged).
This isn’t true for Scarlet Dancer. Its buds are just plain red with a hint of fuchsia only at the base.
Maybe this isn’t so much like the children’s game after all if you learn how to look at flowers and buds.
On this day before the big Christmas weekend, I thought I would have at least one photo of my tree.
No debates about the merits of fresh cut versus artificial. You folks can decide that for yourselves. We do one of each at our house.
For those celebrating Hanukkah, beginning tomorrow, enjoy your celebration of light!
For those celebrating Christmas on Sunday, Merry Christmas!