My first Christmas cactus came from my mother, who got it from HER mother, who grew and tended it as far back as anyone can remember, and I killed it. Yes, that’s right, I killed the heirloom cactus, and I hang my head in shame.
Holiday cactus are easy to grow and often passed down through the generations. With holiday cactus, the question isn’t how to grow it, but how to make it bloom. By following these easy steps, you’ll have your plant blooming in time for the holidays.
The first day of winter arrived with a roar here in Connecticut, dumping 14 inches of snow over two days. I’m not complaining though, I love cold weather and there’s nothing more beautiful than a thick blanket of fresh white snow. I love the way it softens the landscape, and covers up the bare, brown ground.
The last time I put up a Christmas tree, my cat, Houdini, was beside himself. If you have pets, I bet you already know what happened. It’s a dramatic story involving a spectacular illustration of the laws of gravity and physics, and it ends with me sweeping up shards of broken ornaments and tree needles at two in the morning, while he glared yellowly from the depths of a closet.
“Deck the halls with boughs of holly” may be a traditional Christmas carol, but holly boughs have enjoyed a long symbolic history in other cultures as well. In the garden, hollies are a striking choice that provide year-round interest and serve as great foundation plantings or hedges. There are hundreds of varieties, ranging from tiny shrubs less than a foot tall to towering trees. Learn how to grow this versatile and elegant plant.