In A Vase on Monday – Postcards from the Edge

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I should call this ‘In a Cachepot on Monday’. This is one of my favorite containers, an antique Portmerion cachepot with Lilies in a deep burgundy russet color. I bought the cachepot on one of my many ‘junk store’ missions with my mother. It is sitting on my parent’s favorite marble table with a fish tile from another mission.

My husband’s father was a great collector of Christmas Cactus. When he passed on I inherited most of the collection. It took me awhile to figure out how to take care of them so this is the last survivor. I always feel like when this one blooms, it is Glenn giving me a wink and a smile from the great beyond.

Joining the Christmas Cactus are a bit of Blue Tropical Plumbago (P. auriculata) and some Sweet Begonia (B. alba) I have no idea what type of Christmas Cactus I have.

Hopefully it blooms a little longer.

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22 comments on “In A Vase on Monday – Postcards from the Edge

  1. A great idea to add flowers to a potted plant. I also inherited plants and try to keep them going.

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  2. Christina says:

    The Christmas cactus doesn’t need much attention so it should survive. The biggest danger seems to be breaking pieces off as one walks past it!

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  3. Love how you put together this cachepot which is stunning….I also have a pass-a-long Christmas cactus I cherish!

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  4. I inherited orchids from a friend just before she died. Like you I have been learning about them and losing them. But one of the two remaining ones is budding out and I feel the same way: it’s a special link with that person when their plant succeeds. Even if we lost some of their plants on the way, we cared enough to try.

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  5. George Rogers says:

    As expected, a treat for the eyes, from the Christmas Cactus to the pot to the table. Nice bright spot in a hard-work morning.

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  6. Cathy says:

    I used to have one from an off-cut of my Mum’s who would have had her original from HER Mum – but I don’t bother with houseplants now as I always forget about them in favour of the garden itself. Let’s hope you have more flowers on yours. Lovely pot and lovely tile too – is the pot surface decorated or is it just an illusion?

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  7. Kris P says:

    The contents of the cachepot make lovely companions. The cactus looks like Schlumbergera truncata. Coincidentally, I have one with flowers of a similar color which I inherited when my mother-in-law passed away 2 years ago. Mine usually blooms near to Thanksgiving but was late this year and reached full bloom closer to Christmas.

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    • Thanks, I am finding almost everybody has one? Larry’s Dad was good about keeping the tags but they are long gone (he passed almost ten years ago) I had 5 and left a couple outside and they just melted in the summer heat. I can’t recall seeing this one bloom but I think I will repot it and hope for the best.

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  8. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely vignette. Isn’t it wonderful how plants can hold memories of special people?

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  9. Cath says:

    Very nice, I love the pure blue of Plumbago. I have a few plants which came from my ex MIL 25 years ago, and some which I lost and have replaced and they still make me think of her.

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  10. Chloris says:

    My grandmother had a huge one which was her pride and joy. After she died I kept it going for some years and when it died through my neglect I felt terrible. Every time I see one now I feel guilty.

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    • Oh well, I think I have fried four of these in the Florida sun. I am not feeling guilty yet as I still have this one. I did kill my mother’s last plant gift, I think she would forgive me. Fingers crossed.

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