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Well I was all thought out and came up with Zero original ideas for today – what a way to start a fun blog post – until I remembered the name of a flower that really does begin with the letter for today 🙂

Z is for Zygocactus
also known as Schlumbergara
aka Christmas Cactus

These hardy pot plants seem to grow wherever you want them to
Break a piece off – pot it up in some dirt
and very soon you’ll have a new plant.

My plants shown here were all started from cuttings
taken from friends or neighbours plants
They grow in containers hanging over the railing of the deck
and are happy there most of the year
but I do put them in the shade
if the sun gets too hot

As always click to enlarge

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There are several plants in each of these long boxes

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and if the timing is right and they all bloom together
it looks like a ribbon of pink all the way along3

At first the plants appear to be a jumble of gnarly old stems, each with a flower at the end – but if you look carefully you will see that there are the most delicate of blooms growing there.

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Up in the Northern Hemisphere they are called Christmas Cactus because that’s about the time they flower.  Not so down here in Melbourne – these were taken in October, right at the end of Winter – the beginning of our Spring.

These are beautiful plants often regarded as common and hum drum looking
What do you think?

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A  little confession here – these were taken a couple of years ago
Unfortunately the last two really hot summer have taken their toll on the plants so they don’t exactly look like this now.

They are going to get a haircut soon so those cuttings will hopefully be the start of a new set of plants 

These are some website I found with information on Zygocactus
They may be of interest to you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlumbergera
http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/2000/archives/2000/in_the_garden/flowering_plants_and_shrubs/zygocactus
http://www.thegardenguru.com.au/content/File/67_Zygocactus.htm

Linking to Mum for her Alphabet Blogging
ZYX Style

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