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I Love Two Weeks of Blooming Joy

Updated on July 1, 2014

Two Weeks of Thanksgiving Cactus Blossoms

My Thanksgiving Cactus kicked into gear during a drought it suffered when I was away for a few weeks.

The poignant blooms surprised me with their unexpectedness and the variations in their shapes.

I decided to post a photograph of the first buds on my facebook page, as documentation. The photo was no great shakes of an aesthetic piece - just a snapshock that said "yep, I bloomed." I posted it the first evening.

Next morning I was stunned to see how fast the bloom was developing and the change was remarkable, so I took another picture, and I was hooked.

Each day for two weeks I've shot the cactus blossoms, and have fallen in love with the variety of shapes and styles of blooms. Maybe I got carried away, but this is the kind of transportation I enjoy. Hope you find your pleasure here too.

photo credits: All Photos by Leslie Sinclair I made this lens on a MacBook Pro with Retina Display

The Documentary Photo That Started It All

The Documentary Photo That Started It All
The Documentary Photo That Started It All

1st Day of Blooming Joy

Feeling the need for respite from the dreadful state of world, national, state and community affairs, I plunged into this photography journal with delight. Each day's bloom seemed more splendid than that from the previous day. This is the first full blossom, and it opened so rapidly.

2nd Day of Blooming Joy

Where yesterday there was only one flower, today there were two.

Favorite Watering Can for Indoor Plants

Jatex International 24317 Hammered Watering Can
Jatex International 24317 Hammered Watering Can

With this pot I can direct the right amount of water to right spot in the pot.

It looks charming and will last a lifetime. I've had mine for 20 years.

 

3rd Day of Blooming Joy

Each blossom carried a special appearance.

4th Day of Blooming Joy

I inherited this cactus plant from my mother, who was an over-waterer. Her three cacti suffered root rot, so she pinched off stems and planted them in one pot.

5th Day of Blooming Joy

Each day I was surprised by the variety of stances of the blossoms.

6th Day of Blooming Joy

7th Day of Blooming Joy

I began to pair some of my favorite objects with the blossoms.

8th Day of Blooming Joy

Sometimes you want the window light behind the flower to catch its delicacy.

9th Day of Blooming Joy

All three colors are blooming at the same time.

10th Day of Blooming Joy

White is the biggest challenge to photograph.

11th Day of Blooming Joy

The retro cup set seemed a perfect fit for this stunning flower.

12th Day of Blooming Joy

Today's gentle look.

13th Day of Blooming Joy

Today blossom rests on an artpiece of mine.

14th Day of Blooming Joy

An elegant Asian feel from the iron teapot.

2 Weeks of Blooming Joy

I continue to get a few more photographs from this small plant, more than I had envisioned.

Learn to Grow These Flowers Videos

Is This Something You Want to Do?

Can You Grow Thanksgiving, and Christmas, Cactus Too?

Yes, they have the most splendid blossoms.

Yes, they have the most splendid blossoms.

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    • Auriel 4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers and stress free.

    • ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed my Christmas Cacti in bloom.

    • Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      We have a Thanksgiving Cactus and love the gorgeous salmon blooms!

    • Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      YES! They are beautiful when they bloom.

    • Michey LM 4 years ago

      They are stunning beautiful

    • Vera-S 4 years ago

      So beautiful. I'd love to grow one of these.

    • Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Wow..so pretty! I'd love to grow one of these.

    • Orchids11 4 years ago

      Nice, very beautiful lens. thanks

    • Kim 4 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Ours is annoying as its the apt. because my cat bites all things green. So when you go out of the soor you smack it with your coat purse etc. & when you come back in as well.

    • randomthings lm 4 years ago

      They are beautiful. My mother had one for a long time. We always used to wait for the blossoms!

    • soaringsis 4 years ago

      Yes, and it is doing fine so far. It blooms just beautifully.

    • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @parmaggie: How exciting to be able to transplant them. I've had this plant since 1/1/11.

    • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: Wow! Your family sure knows how to care for them.

    • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      @captainj88: It must be a wondrous thing to see them in the wild.

    • parmaggie 4 years ago

      I love my Christmas Cactus'. I'm getting ready to transplant them. Hoping I don't ruing the blooming process for this Christmas.

    • miaponzo 4 years ago

      Since I was a little child I can always remember having at least one giant Christmas cactus in our house, and my grandmother did too.. now my mother has my grandmothers ancient one, and hers too :) I LOVE them!

    • Tom 4 years ago

      I'd love to grow a Christmas Cactus.

    • Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      I have a lot of Christmas Cacti blooming in my window sills.

    • Kay 4 years ago

      I'd like to try this. Your photos are stunning! Blessed.

    • KyraB 4 years ago

      Yes we have a Christmas Cactus that we have had for a long time now but never has it bloomed so well as yours.

    No, but I have no trouble picking out the plant I want at the store.

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      • Pat Goltz 3 years ago

        I might be able to throw a Christmas cactus on the ground and get a blooming plant. I can't garden worth a darn.

      • pauly99 lm 4 years ago

        Beautiful flowers and pictures! Can't wait for spring.

      • Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

        I haven't been able to do it. My Mom had a huge one for years and years. It bloomed profusely. I think it's just a question of having the right spot for it.

      Photo & Painting

      I paired a painting in progress with the white cactus blossom for this photograph.

      You Can Do This Too

      Follow the sources I provide here, or use your own camera and plants...

      I used both of these cameras in this series. Find them below, at eBay and Amazon.

      Pentax K10d Takes Fabulous Color Photos

      Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
      Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

      The Pentax K10d produces predictably reliable photographs with a fluid range of colors.

       

      The Pentax Q Delivers

      Pentax Q 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor Kit with 8.5mm 1.9 AL [IF] Prime Lens(Black)
      Pentax Q 12.4 MP CMOS Sensor Kit with 8.5mm 1.9 AL [IF] Prime Lens(Black)

      My favorite mode on the Pentax Q is the close-up feature. It delivers well defined colors and sharp images with facility. I used it interchangably with my Pentax K10d and love them both.

       

      Love This Leather Case

      Pentax 85226 Q Vintage Leather Case (Brown)
      Pentax 85226 Q Vintage Leather Case (Brown)

      I love the versatility of this leather case. It is easy to snap open the sides, for impromptu photos, when you wear the camera on the strap around your neck. To remove the memory card for uploading to my laptop, I need only unsnap one snap - leaving the lens still covered and protected.

       

      Do You Grow Blooming Cacti?

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          Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

          Great lens, fantastic flower photos. A joy for our eyes!

          Two thumbs up!

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          Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

          SquidAngel blessings.

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          Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

          Lovely plants, thanks for sharing these pretty images.

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          KyraB 4 years ago

          Beautiful pictures! Your plant is amazing. Blessed :) and Happy Valentines day!

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          RinchenChodron 4 years ago

          Nice photo collage!

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          JoshuaJDavid 4 years ago

          Cool flowers and nice lens. I like how you did it.

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          toronto-wedding 4 years ago

          Your fresh flowers made my day

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          Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

          I'm nuts about cacti and have them in all shapes and colors. Winter bloomers and Summer bloomers. Some are very old, they belonged to my old neighbour and his son gave them to me after his father passed away. Come to think of it, that must be 22 years ago now. Geez, how time flies. However, I never got them so full of flowers like he did. He must have had really green fingers. Blessed.

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          A-Marie 4 years ago

          I would love to get 2 weeks of blooms from those flowers. Nice pictures.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          lovely pics

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Gorgeous!

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          Tom 4 years ago

          Those are some beautiful pics!

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          Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

          Very beautiful pictures. It's exciting when a Christmas cactus does bloom. It's worth the anticipation.

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          soaringsis 4 years ago

          I love all flowers. I have gotten some ideas from you. Thanks for sharing. The photos are just beautiful.

          Squid Angel Blessed!

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          makorip lm 4 years ago

          My uncles' house in Palm Springs, CA had a cactus that bloomed once a year for just a few days. I was fortunate enough to visit when the blooming occurred. It was, as you indicated amazing.

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          aylsbillones1 4 years ago

          Beautiful flowers..

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          So beautiful!

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          slyounkin1 4 years ago

          the photos are so beautiful, thank you

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          jlshernandez 4 years ago

          Thanks for walking us through your Christmas cactus bloom cycle. These are beautiful.

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          WellesleyWA 4 years ago

          Thanks for this Lens...reminds me Spring is on its way..

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          Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

          The Christmas Cactus is really beautiful! Such lovely photography shots!

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          Love-squidoo 4 years ago

          That is really nice and refreshing lens ... you shoot all these photographs ?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          your pics are very perfect!!

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          cmadden 4 years ago

          Thank you for the lovely Christmas Cactus photography journey!

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          lesliesinclair 4 years ago

          @Love-squidoo: Thank you so much. I was very surprised by the richness of the plant's blooms this year and took photos every day. I used a Pentax K10d and a Pentax Q.

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          pheonix76 4 years ago from WNY

          Thanks for sharing your lovely photos with us! The plants in your photos are actually "Thanksgiving cacti" or Schlumbergera truncata -- "Christmas cacti" (Schlumbergera bridgesii) don't have pointed leaves and have red blossoms. Your plants are beautiful! :)

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          lesliesinclair 4 years ago

          @pheonix76: Thanks. OMG, you are so right. I'll edit the lens eventually. And I guess I should call it cacti, because it's a grouping of plants in one pot. nice point.

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          Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

          Stunning!

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          gamecheathub 4 years ago

          Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. More please?!!!?

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          Spirality 4 years ago

          Beautiful photos! My favorite is the 4th day of blooming joy.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Two weeks of joy. I did not realize the flowers last that long. These are really pretty.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Two weeks of joy. I did not realize the flowers last that long. These are really pretty.

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          lesliesinclair 4 years ago

          @aesta1: Thanks. Until this blooming period I also didn't realize the plants would bloom for so long. It was so wonderful to experience.

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          Michey LM 4 years ago

          You have excellent photos in this lens, and a great presentation. Blessings.

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          Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

          How lovely! I really admired your photographs of cacti in bloom and enjoyed my stay very much.

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          ohcaroline 4 years ago

          Your photos are beautiful. Isn't it nice to have your own flowers to photograph?

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          Beautiful pictures.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. I've also bought cacti so that I could take photos of them. It makes flower photography easier.

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          Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

          Lovely photos. It's nice to have something flowering in the house.

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          Beautiful photography! :)

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          Jogalog 4 years ago

          I love seeing the photos day by day. I feel inspired to try something similar. Thank you.

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          Pat Goltz 3 years ago

          Such a beautiful plant! Thank you for sharing. I like Pentax a lot, too.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @Pat Goltz: Wasn't I lucky to receive this plant - actually 4 in one.

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          Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

          Beautiful photos! Our Thanksgiving cactus is blooming like crazy now...lovely salmon/peach blooms.

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          lesliesinclair 3 years ago

          @LauraHofman: Thanks, it was such a beautiful treat for me to see all those blossoms.

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