Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Also known as christmas cactus (but it is flowering here in Cambridge just in time for Thanksgiving), Schlumbergera’s are a strange sort of cactus plants. They have stems that look like leaf-like pads connected to one another. The flowers form at the terminal end of the plant. I grew mine from a small two segment section taken from a friends house and popped into a pot.

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Schlumbergera truncata cultivar. Thanksgiving cactus.

Technical Data

Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
ISO400, f/13, 3 seconds

Welsh Poppies

The last couple of years have seen these orange poppies flowering in my garden and I know I never planted these! These are the Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica).

Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica)
Welsh poppy

These are obviously wild flowers but they’re certainly not unwelcome in my garden!

Both pictures photographed with a Nikon D7000 and a Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens.