Needless to say, there's nothing blooming in my backyard in the middle of January in Minnesota, but I do have a couple of pretty bloomers inside the house. It's interesting to note that both of these plants I'm about to show were given to me by my dad and they're quite old.
Here's my lovely Christmas cactus which actually bloomed at Christmas this year. It has a few blossoms left.
I have had this Christmas cactus since we got married and got our own place in 1979! I think Dad gave it to me as a little cutting and I've managed to keep it growing ever since. If I remember correctly, his plant may have been one that he got from his mom also (is that right, Dad?)
Here are some of the blossoms on my jade plant downstairs.
This is a huge jade plant and once the danger of frost is past, it lives outside in the backyard all summer.
The history of this plant is that Dad started it over 50 years ago in the classroom of his first teaching job in Chicago. I was amazed the first time I had it bloom after bringing it inside from its summer outdoors. I had no idea jade plants bloomed. I love this big jade plant (and so does my cat who tries to climb in the pot every fall when I bring it indoors).