Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Heirloom Houseplants

My Christmas Cactus is in bloom.

Christmas Cactus

There is something wonderful about having a plant so beautiful and alive inside my house, while outside everything is bowing aside for winter to make her entrance. The trees are swaying, naked of their leaves, amongst seas of brown grass. But inside my house things are green and blooming.

This is the first place I have been able to keep a lot of houseplants. Our condo didn't offer much in the way of direct sunlight. I had one lonely plant that managed to live through those years with us.

Shortly after we moved into this new house my mother presented me with five houseplants that she has been nurturing for a long time. One of them is nearly three decades old! She has had it my entire life, and I would be lying if I said that it didn't hold some level of sentimental value. But she didn't keep any cuttings of the damned thing, so now I am expected to keep it alive for another 30 years, until I can pawn it off on one of my kids. This particular kind of plant can live up to 200 years.

Some families have heirloom quilts or jewelry... my family has houseplants. That is what we pass on to our kids when they finally get a big enough house, LOL.

Cactus Bloom

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