In A Vase on Monday – Postcards from the Edge


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.


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.


  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!


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


  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.


  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.


  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?


  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.


    • 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.


  8. pbmgarden says:

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


  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.


  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.


    • 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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