Despite the hectic nature of most mornings (I love those five extra minutes before getting out of bed, but I sure do pay for them in the frenzy to get to the bus stop), I take a couple minutes here and there to water, groom, and check the progress of my plants. I'm happy to report they're doing well these days!
At about four years, this easter cactus is definitely the oldest of the plants of my modest potted garden. Last April, when I moved into my apartment, I had to move it inside, and had quite a scare when all the leaves withered up and fell off! I brought it to my mom's and repotted it there. And though some of the main stems dried up and died (background), a couple have survived and are producing new baby leaves! Hope lives!
I saved some stems from pruning the mother kalanchoe plant at DC's in November, and merely six or seven weeks later, my cuttings are blooming! Hooray! I just found out that my mom has red and orange ones, so I may be taking a few more cuttings in the near future.
Finally, the most pleasant surprise. My mom gifted us each a christmas cactus last winter. After my move I noticed that the leaves on mine stayed limp and wrinkled, even while the other plants improved. I'd given up hope ... and then glanced at it a week or so ago to find that it'd produced buds -- which is huge, since the easter cactus above hasn't done so the entire time I've had it. I snapped a quick shot this morning: they're starting to get their color! Looking forward to blooms soon!
That's the story of my gardening adventures. My succulent terrarium and other cuttings are doing well (though they're suffering a bit in this cold weather and gloom), as are the spider plants, ivy, and geraniums (will I get flowers anytime soon?). It's such a wonder to observe the tiniest change in these plants -- news leaves appearing, old ones falling off; buds forming, growing, blooming -- I feel like a proud mother indeed!