Friday, 23 October 2015

Five On Friday

Welcome to Five On Friday!

Today I am going to get straight on with sharing my five things.

One.


Last year I bought this cactus shortly before Christmas.  It did indeed bloom for Christmas and looked beautiful.  Since then I have stood it on the windowsill, watered it occasionally, never fed it and generally ignored it.  I am not good with houseplants.

It continued to survive and grow and a few weeks ago flower buds started to appear.  Just look at it now though!  It is literally just about to burst into flower.  I hoped that it would bloom to show you today, but I am sure that I will share photos when it does!

When I bought this cactus last year it was described - to my annoyance - as a "seasonal cactus".  It seemed like a ridiculous term to me and as though they were trying to be politically correct in a plant name.  Perhaps though as it is now flowering again in October I was being unfair.  Perhaps it is a "seasonal cactus" and it just chooses a different season each year to flower in!


Two

On Monday I announced the Love Made My Home Christmas Card Swap 2015.  You can find out how to join by clicking here or on the picture at the top of the sidebar on the right.

Thank you to all of you who have signed up so far, it is great that so many of you want to take part in sending someone a handwritten Christmas message!  I do hope that you will enjoy it.

If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time - and I will be giving more reminders until the closing date - but you have to sign up on the swap post - not here!


Three

The clocks go back in the UK this weekend - Saturday night/Sunday morning in fact.  That will be the end of British Summer Time for another year and the evenings will be dark early.  Curtains will be drawn, candles light, lights put on.  That is a real sign of autumn and the coming of winter isn't it.

We do get an extra hour though!  How will you spend your extra hour?  I expect that I will sleep in!  What I won't be doing is washing up!


I did clear this up though don't worry!

Of course the time difference may mean that the hours for you to join Five On Friday are different as I know that our clocks change at different times around the world, so if the post isn't up yet when you stop by, try an hour later and it should be there!

Four

As autumn is now well and truly here it means that it is mushroom time again.


All of these are growing in our front lawn.


I say lawn.  As you can see, it is mostly very thick moss!  In fact walking on it is a bit like being on a trampoline.  Both moss and mushrooms show that it is compacted and probably wet too.  A job for the spring to aerate it and get rid of the moss!


Five

Lastly for this week, Yucca Babies!  The babies are all doing well on the yucca's in the pots, and the variegated yucca babies are doing well too.  They are far more robust, but they have had an extra year to grow than the ones in the pots.

2016 could be a bumper yucca year!  Better than a yucky year hey!


Thank you as always for your thoughts, comments and for following this blog.  You are all, as I hope that you know appreciated.  Thank you too to those who join Five On Friday and those who visit this post and others to leave a comment or just to read.  I do hope that you will have some time today to go and read some posts.

Hope you all have a great weekend, whatever you are doing or not, whether you have an extra hour or not!

Amy

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51 comments:

  1. How nice of your cactus to rebloom for you! I potted all 4 of mine in one big pot and the leaves look fine but not one bud on it so far. We'll see I guess. Enjoy your weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. So pretty cactus, you have luck with it.
    Moss, sigh... I have too. Often thought I would have to use moss killers, but: I have kidney disease cat - what if she run over and paw licking?
    It seems, you have a fine autumn with mushrooms - enjoy the time
    and have a nice weekend

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  3. Love those little yucca babies! Thanks for the reminder about the clocks; we have been known to forget on occasion with amusing consequences! Your 'seasonal' cactus will look amazing when all those buds open. We used to have one but it got its hormones all confused and flowered at the most unexpected times. Wishing you a lovely, relaxed weekend. xx

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  4. My 'Christmas' cactus started blooming yesterday, I thought it was dying earlier in the year but it bounced back into life again, they seem to thrive on neglect. Thanks for such an interesting blog.
    Jan

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  5. My 'Christmas' cactus started blooming yesterday, I thought it was dying earlier in the year but it bounced back into life again, they seem to thrive on neglect. Thanks for such an interesting blog.
    Jan

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  6. Ha! Much better than a Yuky year indeed!! I thought you had snook in and taken a picture of my washing up for a moment there. I am so looking forward to having that extra hour before I travel to the US on Tuesday (for work) and, have to deal with the time difference/jet lag. The Cactus is looking magnificent, I can't wait to see it in flower, such a pretty colour too. Thank you for hosting Amy and have a lovely weekend xx

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  7. Our Christmas cactus was given to us years - decades - ago by Douglas's mum. I try to remember to water it but sometimes it doesn't work well - I am rubbish at remembering to water the plants! This year, we repotted it and have been very good at watering it. It's beautifully healthy looking but not in bloom yet - I'm hoping that it will do just in time for Christmas.

    Oh and as for the "seasonal" cactus thing - my MIL has one that comes out every year at Easter so they may not be being PC, they might not know which season it's meant to bloom in!

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  8. Lovely autumnal post Amy. I'm not good with house plants either. I do have a Christmas cactus though which continues to live and flower despite my neglect. One year it flowered at Easter too so may 'Seasonal cactus" is right.

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  9. Great 'five' Amy, especially the Xmas cactus. I used to have one, but alas it was left at one of our old houses and I've never got another one. Fungi are so interesting in all the different forms. Have a good weekend and take care.

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  10. My cactus also flowers at odd times of the year but it's cheerful colours are always welcome. Your yucca babies look wonderful. Have a great weekend x

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  11. Your lawn looks like mine! I think fungi are fascinating so thank you for embracing them so positively, and thank you, as always, for Five on Friday. x

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  12. They probably were being politically correct Amy - I know that cactus as Christmas Cactus, and there is also one that flowers at Easter that shares an obvious name too.

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  13. The Christmas Cactus is beautiful. I'm no good with house plants either but you obviously did something right with the cactus.
    I'm planning on spending my extra hour knitting with my daughter over in Sheffield - it'll be good to have that extra precious time together.

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  14. Ah I had a sleep in this morning, day off work. I am going to see my parents later today and if I can fit it in a trip to Cardiff. I am pleased to join in this week, and will do so whenever i can. I am fortunate that I have a husband who doens't mind doing the dishes, share of labour as I do most of the cooking. I love Autumn, not looking forward to winter though. I am liking your ceramic pumpkin dish on the window sill of your kitchen, funny what our eyes focus on when reading other peoples blog posts. Have a lovely weekend.

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  15. Christmas cactus is a bit early but looks good. Your lawn though needs some work doing on it with all that moss. Time to get the lawn rake out

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  16. The mushrooms will grow like topsy now after the recent rain :o) Have a lovely weekend xx

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  17. I find the fungi really interesting, it seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment as I go on my walk with the dog, a sure sign of damp. Thanks for the reminder about the clocks I had completely forgotten about it. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Ha-ha! Better yucca than yucky! You always make me laugh. I always forget about Five on Friday. Keep hoping I'll get into a better blogging routine. With the time change, my college boy will now be a whole 10 hours behind us. No time change here, but already getting way too early for my liking. But we are getting better weather (at least after our 2 most recent dust storms) so that makes me happy. Today is really lovely. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  19. Your cactus is going to be beautiful once it's blooming. My orchids usually bloom in time for Christmas, only one this year though, the other two seem to be resting. Looking forward to the Christmas card swap.

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  20. I love your 'seasonal' cactus, Amy. It looks a lot like the cactus dress I recently made :))
    Yes, I know it as Christmas Cactus too - much better, imo. xx

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  21. Your Christmas cactus looks fab, they are pretty robust. Mine flowered last year but not until January which was OK as January always needs some extra colour. And a fab year, definitely not a yucky one! :) thanks for hosting

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  22. Hey - thanks for the reminder about the clocks - I thought it was next weekend! Houseplants die in our house; you'll be pleased to know that our Christmas (or Easter) cactus survives despite that awful track record. In fact, like yours, it's in bud now. It doesn't seem to work to the same calendar as we do though.

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  23. Hi Amy....
    Love your Christmas Cactus...
    Perhaps it will bloom thru Christmas!
    Enjoy your weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. Autumn is here in Canada too. My yucca had lots of little plants this spring so I'm hoping for some lovely plants next year. We don't change our clocks till the beginning of November. The morning are dark and the evenings get dark so quickly, not one of my favourite times of the year.

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  25. Love your Christmas cactus...my mother always had one that bloomed profusely. We don't change time until November 1st; fall back and get an extra hour of sleep!

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  26. My Christmas Cactus can be very seasonal too, blooming sometimes as early as Thanksgiving and sometimes as late as Valentine's Day. Yours is very pretty.

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  27. Seems like a good year for fungi, I feel short of sleep this week so I'll perhaps use the hour to catch up. The catus looks very healthy so you must be giving it the care it needs. Have a lovely weekend:)

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  28. I think that a cactus is perfect for those of us who tend to forget our house plants, they seem to love being ignored ;) Yours is going to look spectacular once it's buds open, please do show us a pic once it does.

    Have a lovely weekend :)

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  29. Thanks for hosting Amy! I always have such fun with these posts!
    I love your cactus - no matter how "seasonal" it gets. Lol So pretty!

    We don't turn the clock backs here until November this year I think. I'll love having that extra hour. I need to catch up on crafting!!!

    Can't wait for Xmas card swap - just love that you're doing that!! So cool!

    Your yucca babies look adorable! ;)
    Blessings on your weekend. xoxo

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  30. My Christmas cacti are flowering as well. I put them outside over the summer and forget about them and by the time I bring them back inside they're generally ready to flower. Magic! :-) xx

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  31. Lovely to see the blooms on your plant! You give me hope as I'm not very good with plants!
    Yayy for the extra hour in bed!
    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for hosting!

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  32. A lovely Christmas cactus, it does look happy and healthy. What fun to find the fungi in your garden, I love spotting them on walks and in our garden too. Hope you have a happy weekend, Amy.
    Helen xox

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  33. Love your post. I forgot the clocks go back - thanks for reminding me. Looking forward to the Christmas card swap. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  34. Your Christmas cactus is beautiful! You must've done everything right all year to have such beautiful blooms again! We don't do daylight savings time in AZ (only 2 or 3 states do not) so we stay the same all year. That means in summer we are three hours earlier than the east coast and it's probably pushing toward morning in Europe when I go to bed! :-) In winter we are just two hours different from the east coast which helps me some with my posts, etc. but I'm still generally behind everyone else getting them out there. :-) I really actually like not having the aggravation of it being dark early, etc. Love your pretty mushrooms. Have a great week!

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  35. Can't wait to be part of the Christmas card swap thanks for organising, joining in late so will look at everyone's blogs over the week end, thanks again Amy!

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  36. Wonderful dark winter nights, they make the light of summer even lovelier. Out with the hot water bottle though I think. Fantastic mushrooms. CJ xx

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  37. Very fun things to chat about today Amy. Your cactus is going to be so beautiful when in bloom. My two are huge!!! Fascinating mushrooms.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  38. Just to say the spicy squash and eggs was a success ... definitely a keeper, so many thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Your Christmas cactus is beautiful. I'm not good with indoor plants at all, they always die on me!

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  39. Your cactus is gorgeous! I have one too but it's all "leggy". I inherited from my friend's mom and it has lots of years on it. It basically just "exists" at my house. Doesn't get any bigger, doesn't have any new growth, But.. every once in a while it does decide to bloom. Whenever. Eh, while it's still green, it's welcome to stay :) Have a great weekend!!

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  40. When we were children we always had chrismas cacti in the house, the are stunning aren't they? Our front lawn is just like yours, full of mossa nd also weeds, we always joke that husband is "going to mow the weeds" rather than mow the lawn. Enjoy your extra hour in bed!
    Caz x

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  41. Your Christmas cactus is certainly flourishing! I'm useless with house plants though I've just treated myself to a little cyclamen because I've read somewhere that they're quite easy to care for. We shall see. Have a lovely lie-in tomorrow!

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  42. Your cactus is looking so good! I have one left of Mom's as one died early in the summer (too much sun!). Oh well. The one still living is pink like yours. I think it's easier to take care of just a few plants indoors. Now that I brought so many plants in, I'm losing track of which have been watered and which have not. Only a couple are thriving ... most have suffered in the transition. Love the little yucca babies ... I love it when plants give you babies :) I have a teeny tiny evergreen that sprouted one tiny shoot this year. I keep meaning to dig it up and grow it in a pot (another pot indoors!!!), but then I forget. We have mushrooms in our lawn all through the spring, summer and fall ... in the shady parts. They're stubborn things to get rid of.
    I've had a busy week with sewing and knitting, but none of which I can share yet :( Off to see my dad this morning, so we'll see if I have enough time on my return to add my Five!! Have a wonderful autumn weekend Amy!!
    Wendy x

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  43. there r always more things we would rather b doing than washing dishes! ( ;
    enjoy the time change.

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  44. Your cactus is looking fabulous. MY MIL always had one flowering at Christmas, she kept it in the dark garage for a while at this time of year I think, to hold it back.

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  45. Your cactus is so pretty. I'm happy to have joined your card swap as it is my 1st time! Boy that si a lot of mushrooms. I hope you enjoy the weekend.
    Julie

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  46. Hi Amy, sorry for being late in commenting. I too love your Christmas cactus. I used to have two of them but when I moved, I gave them away :( I'm so excited for the Christmas card swap you are coordinating. Wishing you a wonderful, fun filled weekend, Pat xx

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  47. i'm not very good with houseplants either - I used to have a Christmas cactus and it grew huge - not sure what happened to it in the end - I probably killed it with kindness.

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  48. Hmm, i don't know what I'd do with the extra hour . . BUT, i wouldn't clean, either . . .
    I thought moss would be something special in a yard . . . no??? (shows you what i don't know)
    Golly i like your blog.

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  49. Well done with the cactus! By some miracle, my orchid is flowering again - I've really done nothing at all to encourage it so it really is like magic! I spent the extra hour in bed! x

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  50. our clocks change next weekend, I'm ready. my cactus is blooming and I'm excited because I don't know what I did!! An early Christmas gift to me :)

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  51. Love your five on friday Amy, always fun and love your plant : look beautiful.
    Christmas is really close didn't ???
    Send you huga and love :)

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