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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Moms Cactus

I'm sure many gardeners have a special plant or two which conveys meaning and fond memories. One of those plants for me are the descendents of a cactus my mom gave me  many years ago. She brought it from Arizona where a winter retreat helped her deal with her asthma. I have no idea what it is named  but remember fondly from whom and whence it came. Offshoots have been given away but I always keep a few to sit in the sunny spot in front of  our small front porch and next to the  tiny fish pond. The blooms open for one night only so I wait patiently for them to appear.  And think of her....

25 comments:

  1. that is really sweet. beautiful blooms, too!

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  2. What a pretty flower. That's an unexpectedly long stem for a cactus flower.

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  3. Awwww, very touching post TB.

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  4. What beautiful blossoms and how very special.

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  5. What a nice daily reminder of a special lady.

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  6. lovely pictures and a nice way to remember a loved one.
    You've planted a seed (no pun intended) with me and reminded me of something that will make an interesting blog entry. Thanks.

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  7. I want one! I will start looking immediately!

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  8. It is a Echinopsis arebaloi, native to South America. There are many cacti that fall into the same family. You can see it on this website:
    http://cactiguide.com/cactus/?genus=Echinopsis&species=arebaloi

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  9. What a great way to remember someone. I had a peony offshoot of my moms--and stupidly left it behind when we moved 5 years ago. When we got settled in, I went to ask the new owners for a cutting....and they had dug it up and thrown it away.
    Your cactus blooms are lovely.

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  10. It really puts out great flowers. I have a cactus that does not bloom but I baby it all year and bring it in during the winter so it doesn't have to die down and revive again like the outside cactus do.

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  11. It really puts out great flowers. I have a cactus that does not bloom but I baby it all year and bring it in during the winter so it doesn't have to die down and revive again like the outside cactus do.

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  12. It has lovely flowers and if it gives you good feelings..why not! :)

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  13. How sweet to have such a lovely reminder of your mother. Best of luck passing your ballot question in Minnesota in support of marriage equality.

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  14. I'm glad you have this wonderful momento of and from your mother. It does have beautiful blossoms. I hope that cactus keeps going for many more years to come.

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  15. Some nice blooms, i went to school in Tucson so really enjoyed the desert bloom

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  16. They are lovely. I loved reading your story about this special plant.

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  17. What a sweet post - what a sweet memory!
    xo Catherine

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  18. I love to see a cactus, especially one with a flower. But what is it about a cactus that makes me have to touch it?

    I wish I wouldn't do that.

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  19. How very nice. Cactus blooms are so special in that it takes so long for a cactus to reach blooming age and then, as you say, the blossom only last day or so. A lovely way to honour your mom.

    I have a potted hibiscus of my mother's that I treasure. It is blooming now.

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  20. Wow! I've never seen such a beautiful blooming cactus. And all the more lovely because of your mother.

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  21. Beautiful blooms on that cactus plant... I can imagine why that plant is so special to you... Love it!!!

    We love it when our Sempervivum (Chicks and Hens) bloom... Their blooms are always so pretty--and a surprise when they do bloom.

    Have a great day.
    Betsy

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  22. So, so nice, and very beautiful!

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  23. I have an African Violet I gave my MIL when we moved her here into a retirement complex. When she passed, I knew I'd take it home and smile as I watched it bloom year after year. Seven years she's been gone and it blooms on.

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  24. this is beautiful, thanks for sending me the link

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  25. Sandra knows I love her night blooming cactus, so she sent me this link. What a beautiful flower and a special memory.
    Your puppy dog is beautiful!

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