Friday, December 3, 2010

Splish splash

The blossoms are peaking more appropriately this year in December (the flowers probably started opening last year in early-November).  I tried to photograph from the same angle.  For the first time, the Christmas Cactus is being attacked by those pesky/pesty sap-sucking aphids.  Having secured a stronghold in a neighbouring plant, they've killed a basil, and are now moving on to more colourful treats.  I tried a mild detergent spray, but that only slows down their advance and is short of full elimination.

By this weekend, these fuchsian blossoms will be overtaken by the decorations on our first sap-dripping Christmas conifer.