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Mould on Begonia Escargot leaf…

Oh dear. Pride comes before a fall! I had been planning to share some pictures I had been taking of three lovely indoor Begonias I bought at the Cardiff RHS Garden Show. But suddenly they are all but destroyed by begonia mould!

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My paperwhite narcissi Ziva in early December – picture taken with my versatile Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom

The pot of paperwhite narcissi was a bit of an experiment, really. I always thought they would be a good idea for Christmas and this year I actually got around to buying a do-it-yourself kit from Marks & Spencer.

I planted the three bulbs in their white oval pot on November 10 and the instructions said (more…)

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I always thought of Ctenanthe’s leaves as pink and brown…

This is just a short post to pay tribute to a house plant I have lost. Her name was Ctenanthe, pronounced Tee-nanth-ee. I say “her” because that sound’s like a lovely woman’s name to me…

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My new white Easter cactus or Hatiora gaertneri

It’s a couple of weeks now since the Cardiff Horticultural Show, but I thought I would share one of my purchases with you.

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My Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera russelliana) has grown a lot since last year - it usually sits on my study window ledge but I put it on the cooker hob for its portrait after I had washed off the dust from its greenery...

Last December I blogged on the subject of A Christmas cactus is for life – not just the festive season… and I urge you to go there and read a bit about the Christmas (or Holiday) cactus, Easter cactus and other succulents.

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Schlumbergera russelliana in flower in December 2010

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Schlumbergera russelliana in flower in December 2010

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Schlumbergera russelliana in flower in December 2010

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Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera russelliana) in bloom

Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera russelliana) in bloom


It’s that time of year when garden centres – and even supermarkets – are piled high with Christmas cacti (Schlumbergera russelliana). But unlike the more familiar and disappointing poinsettias, these plants can last for many years, not just for a few weeks over the festive season.

The key to looking after cacti is to think about their natural habitat. It may come as a surprise to some people, but the plants we call “cacti” come in two very different types – the desert varieties, which are usually prickly and built for storing water, and the epiphytes, which are strappy and prickle-less and grow on trees in the jungle. All come from the New World.

Saguaro - Carnegiea gigantea in the Arizona Desert

Saguaro - Carnegiea gigantea in the Arizona Desert

Only recently have I realised this – in my youth I knew only (more…)

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