Shades of Red

The primary colors are a feast for my eyes.  As they say on TV decorating programs, “The bright colors will pop against the backgrounds.”  These reds do jump out and grab you.

redyuccaThe Red Yuccas (Hesperaloe parviflora) are just starting to bloom.  And they do pop against the green of the grass and shrubs and the blue of the sky.  Their form also is eye catching.

Red Yuccas are native to Central and West Texas.  They flower from late spring through early autumn.

yuccaflowerNot only are they pretty, but yuccas are hardy and extremely drought tolerant. Plus they survive freezing temperatures.  The flower stalk dies, leaving a striking skeletal shape with large seed pods opened like a flower for the winter.  Red Yuccas are one care free plant.   In recent years, they are the hot new item in landscaping.  It’s like they’ve just been discovered.

yuccabeeThe buzzing of bees add to the viewing experience.  These are probably honeybees.  The hummingbirds love to feed from them, too.

poinsettia6Okay.  I did say that I was definitely not going to keep the Poinsettias after January.  But they just keep surviving.  While they are still red, how could I trash them?  Let’s see how long they last outside and in the heat.

poinsettia5This will be a school science experiment.

xmascactusThe last bloom of the Christmas Cactus dropped a few weeks ago.

redbudpodsRust red seed pods of the native Redbud trees look redder from the road.

kolanche2The clusters of this particular Kolache  is not the usual rounded form of most varieties.

yuccabee2One parting shot of a bee enjoying the nectar of a Red Yucca.

Sometimes it’s hard to choose one’s favorite color of flowers.  But you don’t have to.  I  love red ones, yellow ones, purple ones, etc.

“How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light comes on and 18,000 people boo?”  Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey goaltender

Christmas Cactus

One of the houseplants that I enjoy during the end of the year holidays is a Christmas Cactus (Zygocactus truncatus).  These are native to jungles and not deserts, so the cactus name is crazy.  I read that it has to be with time of year that they bloom.  But that doesn’t make any sense because cacti in the fields bloom in the spring.

xmascac4This plant is three years old and has bloomed each year right after Thanksgiving until just after Christmas.

xmascac2I’ve read about all the care it is supposed to get in order to bloom.   But I’m not good about giving special attention to houseplants.  Early in the fall, I did move it to an area in the room where it didn’t get direct light.  Then I moved it out into the light when I saw a few buds forming.

xmascacThe soil needs to be kept slightly damp after it starts blooming.

xmascac3Both the foliage and flower formation makes this a unique plant.

xmascac5Some of my plant books suggest putting Christmas Cactus outside in the summer in filtered shade.  But the heat here would burn it to a crisp.  So It remains indoors all year.  I might try putting it on a shady porch to see how it does.

xmascac6If you don’t freak out over all the care directions, it’s a nice plant to have in the late fall.  Just relax and enjoy it.

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.”  Albert Einstein