Along one of my trail runs grows a patch of Bittersweet. I watch this all fall and look forward to harvesting some to take home. The problem is that the Bittersweet grows deep in the woods and it requires me running about a mile and a half carrying it. I feel a little silly running through my neighborhood carrying a bunch of Bittersweet, but I’ll do anything for a decorating opportunity! I harvested just enough last week to sprinkle along my mantle.
I noticed tonight that my Christmas Cactii are budding. I have three of them and they each bloom at a slightly different time.
I keep these on a porch that has plexiglass panels over the screens. It makes a great growing environment except for when VA has very cold temperatures. This one was the victim of freezing weather and it lost its foliage and was bald until summer. Luckily it put out new growth and I’m quite surprised to see that it is actually going to bloom.
It is a sure sign that we are well into fall and that it is almost winter when the Christmas Cactii bloom.