Monthly Archives: December 2013



“And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

Night blooming cereus is the common name referring to a large number of flowering cereus cacti, that bloom at night. This photo is from a friends plant and is about four feet tall.They are short lived, and some of these species only bloom once a year, for a single night! So since January 1 only comes once a year~~~~I thought this was an appropriate subject for now. Happy New Year!





The Christmas Poinsettia


Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.  Helen Steiner Rice



The Christmas Poinsettia Native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico, where they flower during the winter. The Poinsettia is also known as the Christmas Star and Christmas flower.

While considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today’s language of flowers, red, white or pink poinsettias, symbolizes good cheer and success, and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration. National Poinsettia Day is December 12.

So easy to care for. Place where it will get the most sunlight. Keep watered -do not let soil become dry. To keep in bloom, maintain at a temperature of 65-70 during the day, move to a cooler place at night. Enjoy.                                                                                                                                                                        MERRY CHRISTMAS!  

John’s Christmas Cactus


Sow good services:: sweet remembrances will grow from them.  Madame de Stael




A popular plant that is highly prized in the holiday season-.some are blooming at Thanksgiving (as this one is). It is a tropical cactus, not a desert one, and cannot tolerate completely dry soil. If too dry the buds will fall off, and the plant will wilt. They need humidity, so you could place in a container that will hold a little water, scatter some pebbles over, place plant on top.. In a warm, dry house it may need watering every 3-4 day. Good light, a little fertilizer 2-4 times a year and be sure to keep it turned to prevent lopsided flowers..

Also, it roots easily. Just break off 3-4 inches of new growth and stick in dirt about 1/2 way down the first segment. They grow quickly, and soon you will have another magnificent plant.  

Hey, this is a beautiful plant that can live for ever-make it your heirloom to pass down through many generations!

Herb Society Christmas Tree at Huntsville Public Library


Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.  William Wordsworth


A few of us decorated the tree last Saturday with home made and herb ornaments. Seed packets that have been laminated and sprinkled with sparkles, pine cones, styrofoam balls painted orange with pieces of cloves stuck all over, tiny angels, cut out snow flakes, tiny mittens cut out of felt and decorated with buttons, and my favorite-a large dried okra  pod with tiny pearls and ribbon. So, you can make a lovely tree with very little expense. Go do it!