Monday, April 02, 2012
Grocery store orchid....
Another blooming beauty in our home is my Christmas Cactus. Remember it began blooming for me way back before Thanksgiving? Well, it has continued to bloom profusely all through the winter and is still pouring-it-on right through to Easter. It exudes life and beauty all through the bleak wintery months. I love it. I have always thought of it as God's special gift to me. It lives in the laundry room (still) so it is hidden from most onlookers, but it doesn't mind it's humble abode and keeps on thriving while existing on a little water and much neglect.
I remember when I was a girl, our old neighbor lady, Mrs. Wilson, grew African Violets in her sun room. They were ever-so-beautiful, and she would sometimes invite us in for apple pie and show off her special violets. She was proud of them as if they were her own children. My mom had a Boston Fern that was ensconced on a a tall, ornate plant stand. She babied and babied it -- misting it almost daily and talking to it. She loved growing plants. Do you think growing houseplants is a fading art? I don't have many indoor plants, but the few I do have are very tough and hard to kill. I'm not big on artificial plants, but have never been "into" keeping many houseplants either. Even if my sweet orchid only lasts a couple of months and withers and dies, it will be well worth the price for a few beautiful blooms before summer is here. Now I think I'll go smile at my orchid again before I go to sleep.