This particular cactus has faithfully bloomed in the spring (Easter) and in the late fall/winter - (Christmas) season every year since it was given to me.
I have it sitting on the windowsill by my kitchen sink, and it has been very, very happy here.
The blooms are pretty amazing - they are a mixture of bright reds, and pinks with a touch of purple.
It lends such a cheery happy face to my windowsill. As I am often busy working around the kitchen, just one look at the beautiful blooms it is showcasing fills my heart with joy.
Now our days are getting shorter and shorter, and by 4:30 in the afternoon now, it is completely dark.
In the midst of the fall/winter season when everything that was once alive, is now dead, lifeless, and leafless, this lovely Christmas cactus steps up to the plate with its warm cheery blooms, and says - hey - it's okay! Look at me! This is my time to shine!
And it is so nice to come into my kitchen at 5:00 in the evening when it is time to cook dinner and it is dark and cold outside...
... and be met with the cheery blooms of the Christmas cactus. Do you see the purple in the flower? Isn't it quite a fashion statement - the small piece of purple on the edge of the stamen - while the rest of the bloom are brilliant hues of red! I would not usually pair purple and red together, but... this Christmas cactus certainly wows with this unusual color combination!
It does give me one more reason to smile, and be thankful as I busy myself in the kitchen when even though the world outside is dark and cold... the Christmas cactus is spreading its warmth and cheer!