Plants

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Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri

Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri (*whew* – what a mouthful!) is also known as ‘Easter Cactus’.

I got this plant as a cute, little cutting last year from one of my friends’ Moms (thank you, thank you, Lynn’s Mom!).  It has grown a ton, and seems very happy.  I’ve been excitedly awaiting this flower since the bud first appeared more than a month ago.  Today, it finally opened!  It’s beautiful, and pretty, and lovely, and all of those adjectives.

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Thanks for stopping by to enjoy this flower with me!

Tumbleweeds!

I know a lot of you will find this as comical as I did.

This is from an “outdoor holiday lighting” article in the December, 2015 edition of Sunset Magazine.  It was in the waiting room at our dentist’s office in St George.

Twinkling Tumbleweeds.

Most of us don’t want anything to do with tumbleweeds (AKA ‘Russian Thistle’).  They are horrible things straight from hell – covered in nasty thorns – and each one is equipped with thousands and thousands of seeds to reproduce themselves all over your yard.

The idea of putting strings of twinkling lights on them, and using them as intentional decorations is ridiculous to me.  Yet here they are, in Sunset Magazine, being recommended for natural outdoor decor.  Wow.  Please forgive the bad photos – I was shaking with laughter.

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Yes, that’s right, ladies and gentlemen.  You can PURCHASE tumbleweeds online for your personal use, right here:  Curious Country Creations…The cheapest of which is $15, on SALE!  I think I see a new money-making idea!  My yard is FULL of them, and seems to be exactly the right conditions to grow them quickly and beautifully.

REALLY, SUNSET?!  Here’s the web page with the same information on it:  Twinkling Tumbleweeds

Thanks for joining me in a laugh.

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