“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.” Alfred Lord Tennyson


Christmas cactus

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Christmas cactus was one of my  mothers favourite house plants. I remember the pink schlumbergera I gave to her so many years ago.Who knows how she managed to cultivate this same plant for so many years.Each summer she put it in the shadow of her garden,each fall back in the entrance hall again where each Christmas the cactus opened many many pink flowers to remind us spring is to come soon. Until the spring came my mother was not with us any more.Now I care for the plant wishing my mother would be here to admire the pink show of Christmas she loved that much.


Cactus Flower - Charles Rennie Mackintosh


Drawing is probably of a pressed specimen as it appears flat; the base is at the bottom and the plant then branches repeatedly – about six times in the longest branch. Most branches end in either buds or regular flowers which are pinkish.

Drawing of S. russelliana, the type species, from the Botanical Magazine, 1839

Cultivar belonging to the SchlumbergeraTruncata Group
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Rhipsalideae
Genus: Schlumbergera
  • S. kautskyi (Horobin & McMillan) N.P.Taylor
  • S. microsphaerica (K.Schum.) Hoevel
  • S. opuntioides (Loefgr. & Dusén) D.R.Hunt
  • S. orssichiana Barthlott & McMillan
  • S. russelliana (Hook.) Britton & Rose
  • S. truncata (Haw.) Moran


Corylus avellana-from winter to spring,from Avella to a wooden ledge

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I often surprises me, how many times things, that seem far away from each other, actually belong to each other, and on the other hand, how things that look like almost the same sometimes turn out to be far apart in their essence.And such a paradox of proximity of two different things , in this case actually evolving one from another ,made me write this post.It was a clear winter day, with a bright blue sky and some snow around,making a perfect winter scene.I took my photo and already taking all these winter pics I realised I was portraying spring!Just look at these Common Hazel  catkins!

To make the play go on:the shrub is called Common Hazel, yet the person so un-common as Virgil did write about it:

Virgil and Silius Italicus considered that its territory was not fertile in corn, but rich in fruit-trees (maliferae Abellae): the neighborhood also abounded in filberts or hazelnuts of a very choice quality, which were called from thence nuces Avellanae.from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avella

Talking about hazelnuts from Avella,let us see the hazelnuts on a wooden ledge,just to remind ourselves how things seemingly far apart may be very connected in their essence. And :Wouldn’t it be great if the landscape on the painting would be a Common Hazel bush from Avella?

Still Life with Peaches, Whitecurrants, Hazelnuts, a Glass and a Stoneware Jug on a wooden Ledge with a Landscape beyond - Edward Ladell

Edward Ladell: Still life with peaches, white currants, hazelnuts, glass and a stoneware jug on a wooden ledge with a landscape beyond