Thursday

A Little Bit of June

June was my mom.  The woman couldn't get her Christmas cactus to bloom all my days living at home.  I never saw it, sort of didn't believe it could.  Might be because the cactus lived in California and I hear tell they need a cold snap to bloom.

 When I moved my mom to Minnesota 19 years ago I took the smaller of her cactus and put it in the back of her car and my BFF and I drove across country so my mom's car would be here when she arrived.  We stayed the night in some frozen place in Colorado.  That was the first "cold snap" the plant received.   



I thought I killed it, everything turned to goo and fell off, and I arrived home with a pot of dirt.  But I didn't give up, I thought by some chance the roots might come back.  They did, but it still never bloomed for her.  It lived with my mom in Minnesota till she left the earth - and left me her cactus.  It never bloomed that is - till a few months after she died!  It still doesn't bloom when it's suppose too, like around Christmas, and it surprises me every year with the month, but it always blooms between November and April, once it bloomed twice; one half then a month later the other.  I like to tell myself June makes sure it blooms some time in Winter to remind me that spring is on the way...... and that she's here with me.





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35 comments :

  1. Beautiful!!! I have a Christmas cactus that's a few years old and sometimes it blooms, sometimes it doesn't. I like the surprise of it!!

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  2. Beautiful post, Bliss.
    I have white ones that are on their own schedule, too.
    Glad to hear that June comes around to see you.
    Makes me smile.
    I've got my linky follower up so scoot over and see me.

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  3. Pretty...I'd for sure kill one of those. Sensitive plants hate me =)

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  4. How nice! I've never seen something like that before!

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  5. Oh, what a sweet post. My sister in law has one that blooms like crazy year after year. It is huge.

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  6. Love it...I have one that was my Mom's too and it blooms twice a year. Yours has such pretty flowers.

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  7. i love this post. what a sweet reminder.

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  8. Lovely flower photos! Very sweet.

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  9. What a lovely story ... and you may me tear up!

    Here's to June's blooms!

    Linda

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  10. How cool is that? Beautiful blooms and sweet story :) Laurel

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  11. What a beautiful post. It touched me very much. And what a caring daughter you are! I know she must have loved and appreciated you.

    Thanks for commenting on my post. I guess your screen is mighty clean right now. Hey no calories though right!!! LOL Bliss this is one of those desserts that you must make. It really isn't that hard. Just a little putsy. But its worth it. I bet you have plenty of eggs too. Just get yourself a pint of heavy cream, some cream cheese, a can of cherry pie filling and a 16 oz carton of frozen sweetened strawberries and you're set. Let me know how it goes. I promise you that Brawn and your family will think they died and went to Heaven. (smile)

    Nann

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  12. What a sweet post. A nice way to think about your mom still being with you. I think my grandmother still hangs around the farm. She loved white cats but only ever had one with whole 53 years she lived here at the farm. Since she passed and I moved in I've had a least one white cat in every litter. I think it's Grandma making sure there's a white cat on the farm.

    Holly

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  13. What a nice reminder of your mother. I'm afraid nothing blooms inside my house. There's either not enough light or too much of a cold draft by our leaky old windows.

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  14. Bliss, I adore this post. I had never seen one bloom until this year and I do here they get quite big too.

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  15. What a sweet memory of your mom! My mom hated plants but had the greenest thumb! Every thing she touched grew like crazy I swear!!! LOL...Too bad I didn't inherit her green thumb though since I love flowers.
    ~Des

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  16. Bliss....that is a wonderful story! Your mother sounds like an incredible person....you are truly blessed. I love the vibrant pink of the cactus.

    blessings,
    karianne

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  17. This is a lovely story! I'm sure your mother was just as lovely as her elusive cactus blooms. What a neat way to remember her by. :)
    ~Amy

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  18. Isn't it just awesome the way things like that happen after we lose a loved one? My mom loved loved loved red birds (cardinals) and after she passed away, we moved to a newer home - we often see red birds on our deck, and like you, it reminds me that she's still with me in spirit, such an encouragement. Thanks for sharing this with us. Hugs ~ Mary

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  19. Hi Bliss!

    I just stopped by because Brenda at Cozy Little House said your blog was a good one. She was right. I have read your profile and about the chickens... and some more. I love your down to earth style and will be back to visit often. I am now following... so I will not forget.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  20. Hi
    I found your blog thanks to Brenda at Cozy Little House. Beautiful photos! I follow using Google Reader so you won't see me on GFC or the Linky thingy.

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  21. Coming over from A Cozy Little House. Wasn't it so nice of Brenda to feature us? You have a lovely blog and I'm now following you via GFC and LF! Hugs, Kim

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  22. So that cactus is over 19 years old - wow - what a lovely reminder of your mother, a beautiful plant and a great post ! x

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  23. Lovely post in memory of your Mother. Glad that is blooming. My Mom loved her Christmas cactus.
    Blessings.
    Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures

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  24. Lovely story! I have heard that the shorter days trigger the Christmas Cactus to bloom. I try to keep mine away from artificial light in the fall so it gets more hours of darkness. Mine usually blooms between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  25. This is a lovely post. I know every time this blooms you think of your mom. Hugs, Sherry

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  26. This is an amazing post. Yes, your mom is there, no doubt. I had something similar happen in regard to my dad and it is in my Do You Need a Hug from Heaven? book...They are with us, no doubt.
    XO
    Cindy

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  27. That is such a sweet thought! That cactus looks like it's blooming great right now. It's very pretty.

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  28. What a sweet post. You have an amazing and inspirational perspective on life. I can see why this is your favorite post :)

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  29. Oh, what a heart warming post! Made me feel all tingly. xx

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  30. What a great post! I'm glad you were able to share something simple this week! Thanks, Bliss~

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  31. What a beautiful flower. It makes me wish I had something from my mother that she could make "bloom".

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  32. Beautiful flower, beautiful story. Tears falling into my tea Bliss! XO I bet your Mom was one very special lady.

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  33. Love this post Bliss! I have a relative of the Christmas cactus my grandmother received when my dad was born on Christmas day, 1935. Still blooms, irregularly. :)

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