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I love the Christmas cactus but try as i may...I have never understood how to keep them healthy and alive. I have read instructions on how to water...
Don't over water, do not allow them to dry out...Place them in well draining soil... Blah, blah, blah,...... I purchased a couple two years ago and as usual they still remain a mystery to care for.
In December of 2011 my white cactus bloomed, the pink one did not.
When I moved to a new apartment the following year I placed them at the window with my other sun loving plants as I did in my last apartment..
That December, neither bloomed.......I assumed it was the change and like the other plants... they needed to get acclimated...
I changed their soil and pots over and over again...Some dried them out to quickly like the clay pots...Others like ceramics, would keep them appearing healthy for a while but then they would stop growing.
This year the only thing I've done differently was to change the pots again!. I purchased two cheap little plastic pots from the dollar store and forgot to place holes in the bottom, however, when I watered them... I allowed them to dry out between watering...and did not bother to punch holes in the bottom because they seem fine..
I than decided this month to place them on the balcony where they receive indirect light... And guess what...They began to bud!
I still can't figure this out...What did I do right/wrong? They are blooming in May??
My back yard is at a slope and I had a cement wall put in. This made it easier to walk in the back to my avairies. When the cement wall was in, it seem bare so I decided to add some
color. I collected left over tile from friends and family and bought some at garage sales. I then decided to create a underwater scene. Since Im no artist I thought fish would be the easiest to do. Piece by piece like a puzzle I create this world that no others had seen before. 50 feet all together. I then added a flower bed in front. This now is the conversation piece to my little get away.
Here is another window I created using what I had around the house. I was lucky to get a nunch of free old windows and decided to create little garden windows and hang them around my farm. This one is hanging on my rabbit cage so my bunny has a real view.
I found this darling baby cradle at a garage sale for $5.00. I loved the spiral bars and thought I could use them in something. I just don't know what yet. So in the mean time I made a little garden bed.
I bought this darling baby cradle at a garage sale for $5. I knew I could find some use for it for now, but I was really after the spiral bars. After my tomatoes, beans, and lettuce are done, im sure I can find another use for this,
A friend gave me this a year ago and oh, my, it is absolutely gorgeous! Very delicate and really unlike any iris I've seen. I had never heard of "Louisiana" iris. Here is the society's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaIris
On a recent balmy spring evening, the Arden Garden Gild visited the grounds of the Goodstay Gardens on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington, Delaware. At the height of its spring bloom, the
collection of six enclosed gardens was a sight to behold. Breathtaking peonies planted in long flowerbeds filled the air with a lovely scent. Roses, iris, columbines, rhododendrons and many other lovely blooms filled the garden with color, accompanied by bird song as dusk approached.
Dating back to the late 1600′s, this colonial garden has undergone several restorations and improvements: in the 1920′s by Ellen Coleman duPont Meeds and Robert Wheelwright and, for the past twenty years, by the Friends of Goodstay Gardens group.
Goodstay Gardens is an oasis in the city, a trip to the country through a stone gate entry. Here is a small sampling of the beauty contained within. I hope it inspires a trip of your own to discover this garden gem.
see more pictures at http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/springt...
See a wonderful article by Moira Sheridan on Goodstay Gardens at http://www.delawareonline.com/article/201305...
Face Book site for The Friends of Goodstay Gardens https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfGoodstayGa... (with many more pictures)