I have been fortunate to enjoy a number of fresh blooms in my home over the past few weeks. All have been gifts, except for the Christmas cactus above. My Christmas cactus has survived on neglect for at least ten years on a shelf by the window. It blooms faithfully every December and again around Easter.
I received this potted cyclamen from friends at our church. It is covered with blooms and has many unopened buds. Time will tell if it likes our indoor environment as we get little sun in the winter. Apparently they grow naturally in dry woods and shade so perhaps it will do well here.
My co-workers sent a huge poinsettia in a classic red colour. I generally have good luck keeping them alive through until the spring time and sometimes set them on the deck when the weather warms up. Throwing away plants (and books) a very difficult for me.
My cousins, Michele, Sam and Jesse brought me a big bouquet of yellow lilies that lasted a full ten days. They also brought me books to read. They are enjoying a Caribbean cruise with other family members this week and I am happy they shared a little sunshine before they left.
Here is a quote for these times of financial uncertainty. (We may need to increase the penny to a dollar or two.)
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. Chinese Proverb