Sunday, December 14, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday and gallimaufry

My "Christmas Cacti" are still blooming! These cacti have been very entertaining for the past couple of months! In fact, my light pink one that bloomed in October is getting buds again! There aren't many, so I wonder if they will mature enough to blossom?

We were on the road this afternoon, driving two hours one way and two hours back. At the onset, the temperature was 60 degrees F. By the time we reached our destination, the temperature had fallen to 29 degrees F. Not long after reaching home, around 5:00 P.M. or so, it began to sleet, rain and sleet some more. It's also Very Windy! It might have snowed... I haven't investigated. However, I'm counting this as snowfall #4 since the 29th of November. ;-)

"Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat."

from The Months
by Sara Coleridge

Have a great rest-of-the-day! :-)


Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

Lovely blooms on your cacti!

I do hope you don't get terrible weather. It's so strange this year. We're getting alternating warm and cold.


Gail said...

Dear Shady,

You do have a wintry mix of weather! It's raining here and 55 degrees, tonight it will be 29...later this week it will be even warmer. Unless the forecast changes;-)

Your Christmas Cactus is lovely and soon you will have Apple Blossom amaryllis!

Keep safe and warm!


flydragon said...

Oh your cactus looks so nice!! Mine is totally devoid of any more flowers now, but since it did give me a great show this year with tons of flowers, I won't complain.

The Garden Faerie said...

"Gallimaufry"? The who what now?
~ Monica

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed the cactus, poem and gallimaufry. First I said "Huh?" Then I consulted my trusty dictionary, at which point I learned about "a confused jumble or medley of things." ("also hash or ragout" ~ nothing beats a good roast beef gallimaufry, I always say!)

So, thanks for the new word, although I must admit to being "gobsmacked,"* before launching that exhaustive lexical investigation.

Hope you don't mind, but may I use "gallimaufry" with impunity? Or, at least with my mother?

*Meaning: (UK Slang) Utterly astonished, astounded, flabbergasted, awestruck, gobstruck.
Originated in Scotland back in the 80s.

Enjoyed the post, but got seriously carried away... Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Cameron, Life is never dull. And the weather is giving us added dimension. ;-)

Gail, It sounds as though you've jumped into the Weather Fray! /Get out your long johns! ;-)

Flydragon, I am a little curious about the one that's getting buds again already... what do you think?

Monica, Some of us use German and some of us use... words you have to look up in the dictionary! ;-)
Either way, I head for the google-search! ha.

Deb, I love that you visited and had a great time with the word gallimaufry! I wasn't showing off; I just wanted to use an unusual synonym for "a hodgepodge."
Roast beef gallimaufry... or perhaps a bowl of assorted candies/chocolates! ;-) Let your mother be impressed! Go ahead and use it. In fact, if I don't use it myself, I may lose it.

PS You may get as seriously carried away as you like over here! lol. (My word verification is "dipse" - that's the way I'm feeling right now, too! ha!)

flydragon said...

I'm thinking you're doing everything right and that one will bloom again. A few years ago, mine got new buds a couple of months after it had stopped blooming and they did open. Not as many as the first time, but some.

The Garden Faerie said...

Actually, I had Googled it (or, rather, checked it out in, but it sort of sounds like a place name to me. As in "My friend Pete, the poster child for an absent-minded professor, lives in Gallimaufry, which is near William Nilliam town."
:) Monica

Dellits said...

what a great cactus! Dad D is raising a part of Barb's for me that he will "deliver" the next time he visits! I can't wait...i love them!!!

Shady Gardener said...

flydragon, Thanks for stopping back to leave me that encouraging news! :-)

Monica, I love it! (In Maufry Naufryville?) ;-)

Dellits, I'm very excited for you. You will enjoy it. (PS Another puppy?) ;-)

PPS It's snowing beautifully today!! And the birds are at the feeder! Wonderful. :-)

Patsi said...

Awesome flowers!
Makes me want to go out a buy one :)
Our temps are crazy also...51 degrees one day then 32 degrees another day.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Don't you just love the way Christmas cactus are so reliable and undemanding.? Yours is beautiful.

Shady Gardener said...

Patsi, You could buy one... but it'd be hard to know when, what with the varying temps! ha! It was snowing like crazy and only 7 degrees at 11:00 a.m. Ready for Christmas? Doing anything special?

Lisa, Absolutely! That's what is so great. I get all the attention and I don't deserve it a bit! ;-)