I bought this "Christmas" Cactus last year thinking it would be nice to have blooms in the winter. I learned that my cactus is actually a Thanksgiving cactus, however; and the name changing is just a bit of tricky marketing. Nevertheless, I brought it indoors when the temperatures dropped, and I was delighted to find it covered in white buds a few days later.
There is certainly something hopeful about a flower that blooms in the low cold months. It is a reminder of the joy of spring and what will be. But it is also the presence of the joy that is.
Yesterday, a few buds opened revealing their breathtaking flowers. These lovely blooms will last through Christmas, a blessing for which I am very thankful.
With a Flower
I hide myself within my flower,
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too --
And angels know the rest.
What's your favorite winter houseplant?I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness.
- Emily Dickinson