It Must Be Christmas Somewhere

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  1. Steve North

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    It must be Christmas somewhere in the world as my Christmas Cactus is in full bloom and it is the end of June..
    It has red and pink flowers and loads of them...... really in full bloom....

    I know I live way up north, but is that the reason ?????
     
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    You're in Canada - I can tell you that I saw the same here in France, in the center of Paris, last week ......
     
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    Julie..
    I originally come from Quebec City and I was wondering if it is the French connection that is making my Christmas bloom in June...
    Voila !!!! La raison ....
     
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    My family comes from Canada, and perhaps that is why I always think of Christmas in June and July. The Christmas tunes start going through my head, and it makes me happy. I love Christmas. I guess I should buy a Christmas cactus, it would be nice to see something in the house in bloom, and the cats would probably leave that alone.
     
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    I used to have a pen pal who lived in Australia. She told me they have Christmas during our summer.
     
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    @Steve North - it must be, what other possible reason is there????
     
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    I like Christmas time too. Here in Hawaii where it's the last place for everything for we are the end of the cycle from the Greenwich Mean time, so we enjoy time a lot locally. Christmas is green and cheery. Now days the Children get shipped in snow to play with. When I was a girl Santa would go around the island throwing candies to us as he passed by our homes and I loved it! We didn't get snow shipped in but we saw Santa going by our home! The Christmas plants must be nice to see now! On television we have Christmas in July at Hallmark station.
     
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    I think if I lived in a place without seasons, basically, I would grow bored. Hawaii was nice, to be sure. Got to go there as a tag along with my wife, whose company sent her there for a national meeting, in 1985. Wouldn't you know it! We took no jackets or warm clothing, and when my nephew picked us up when we returned home, to Phoenix, it was record cold! 25 degrees at the airport, 1:00AM, I was in my shirtsleeves!

    The Desert does get seasons, of sorts. Wide temperature variations, but no extreme lows. 25` was pretty unusual. OTOH, my first winter in Las Vegas, it dropped to 11` one night, killing most of the palm trees lining Charleston Blvd.! Frank
     
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    @Frank Sanoica , I can't imagine Vegas dipping that low. Fresno is hot but Vegas is always a few degrees warmer.

    On very rare occasions we will hit freezing or a little below in the winter and all the agriculture people worry and scurry to cover orchards with plastic and have fire torches lit. Only takes one frost to ruin a crop.
     
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    OK folks............. Let me tell you that my Christmas cactus plant has been moved from the house to the patio outside for the summer months..
    We water that plant regularly and it gets lots of sun and lately, lots of heat..
    It has grown bigger in size in no time and as far as flowers goes, we have white, pink and red flowers all the time..

    Like I originally said,...........

    IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS SOMEWHERE FOR THE CHRISTMAS PLANT TO BLOOM LIKE THAT .....
    Or maybe living way up north, it is confused like the rest of us up here..
    We are presently experiencing a heat wave like we have NEVER seen before ..................
     
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    My plant has almost lost all its flowers..

    CHRISTMAS MUST BE OVER.....

    It is now just a plain green cactus plant but it has many light green tips where new growth is happening..
     
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    @Steve North My mother had a Christmas cactus. It had belonged to her aunt, she took it on after her aunt died. I can remember through all my childhood it sat on this one table near a window and did nothing but grow green leaves. Long, luscious, healthy green leaves, but no flowers. Then, at some point, someone told her she should put it in a dark room and give it less water. Apparently the cactus would bloom every year if it was kept this way a lot of the time. Now, for a cactus to be blooming more than usual instead of less, I have no idea why it would do that! But I guess one can't complain about too many flowers, right? :)
     
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    OK................... I realise that Christmas is coming soon, but our Christmas cactus is just starting to show some red bulb flowers on the ends.. Last time it bloomed we had both red and white flowers..
    There are so many, that it would be hard to count.. This small plant has NEVER had that many blooms in its life..
    I wonder if it is because we had the plant in the pot outside for the summer.. Naturally the plant is indoors now as we have had SNOW already.. We have it on a shelving unit in front of the patio window in the kitchen..
    The end of June was the last time we had flowers.. Seems to be twice a year we are blessed to the beauty..
     
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    I'd love to see pictures of your Christmas cactus @Steve North. Since it's almost the end of October, maybe I'll start seeing them in the stores here, but it will probably still be a bit before that happens. I am definitely getting excited about the Christmas season, and am already thinking about how I'll decorate. I don't know how much the Christmas cacti cost, but I wouldn't mind having one, and I think it might do well down here.
     
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    I love Christmas Poinsetta's but I am usually afraid to have them because they are supposed to be toxic to cats. The cat I have now is pretty sedate, and I don't really see him getting into a poinsetta, but I would have to put it somewhere where he wouldn't be tempted to chomp down on it. It will be kind of a test when I bring my other plants in from outside, and see whether he leaves them alone or not. I just love a nice red full poinsettas. White ones are good too, but I am partial to red. Your Christmas cactus sounds neat though @Steve North.
     
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    Diane ... How do you want me to take a picture?? With what ??
     
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    I like the look of poinsettias as well @K E Gordon. Back home, everyone buys a bunch of them at Christmas and pretty much doles them out as they go on their way making the rounds, visiting friends and family. I like a nice mixture of white and red. I used to always have one down here, and I'd keep it out on the balcony, away from the cats, just in case, although they never really showed much interest in it. Never mind @Steve North, everyone I know has a digital camera or cell phone with one on it, so I assumed you did, as well. I'll look it up on Google. I know I've seen pictures of them in the past, but I can't recall what they look like.
     
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    Diane .. I don't have a cell phone or any of those contraptions...
    I have a camera but it is with film in it and it is impossible to find film, let alone someone to develop it..
     
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    What a shame that is. I always loved my little 110, never really got the hang of a 35mm. I haven't used a film camera in years, but I thought I'd heard a while back that some have gone back to using them, for artistic reasons. I constantly take pictures, of my cats, the birds, etc., and sometimes I forget that not everyone has the equipment to do so.
     
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    My Christmas Cactus has bloomed to the point that there are many small buds of both red and white..
    The buds are not opening up yet and the plant seems to be slow at doing just that, however it is very healthy and looking good..

    I was just wondering if the plant is dormant till Christmas which is just around the corner ?????
    After all, ............ it is a Christmas Cactus....
    It will eventually have a nice array of both red and white flowers.. I will try to (somehow) get a picture done to post on here when it is in full bloom....
     
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    Well, like the title says............. IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS SOMEWHERE.....

    My cactus is in full bloom.. Guess it couldn't wait till Christmas ......
    Pinkish red and white flowers all over....
     
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    I have NO idea what is going on with my Christmas Cactus....
    Christmas is coming soon and my plant is just out of any flowers.. Totally green which looks kind of boring ....

    Perhaps we should of celebrated Christmas earlier when the plant was in full bloom..
     
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