Not Happy, Jan!

I would like to think my Aussie followers know exactly what I mean by the words:

“Not Happy, Jan!”

It’s funny how three little words from a television advertisement back in the year 2000 became part of Australian culture.  You really do need to watch the ad to get a feel for their true meaning.
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Waiting for My Zygos

The scientific name of this unusual plant is Schlumbergera, but they are also known and Christmas Cactus, Thanksgiving Cactus, Claw Cactus, Holiday Cactus and Crab Cactus.  I’ve only ever known them as Zygocactus, or Zygos for short.

I guess the reference to Christmas and Thanksgiving comes from North America as these plants flower during the cooler months.  Sure enough, this name doesn’t make a lot of sense in the southern hemisphere where they flower in the middle of the year.  In fact, they flower in response to lengthening nights and do not like direct sunlight.
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Pretty Poinsettias and More

I’ve now not one – not two – but three very pretty Poinsettias and all of them are currently in flower.  I just love the effect the cold weather has on my plants.

Pretty Pink – still blooming and complete with spider

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