Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Gifts

I confess to being somewhat of a "plant nerd," especially for certain plants in a specific corner of the plant kingdom ~ namely zygocactus (Christmas or Easter cactus) and epiphyllum.  There was a time when I had maybe a dozen varieties of zygos, but not any more.

Several years ago a neighbor gave me two 2" nubs off a couple of her epiphyllums (nerds call them epis), and now I've got two awesome, albeit weather beaten, plants growing outside.  This is the first year they've bloomed, and each is in its second bloom cycle for the year.

These pink flowers are on one plant.  The other, scarlet, will bloom in the next few days and I'll be sure to get a photo.

I love other cacti as well, and have a few.  The one in the background of the second photo is a variety of euphobria, but it took me years (I've grown this variety since 1988) to identify because its growth habits are quite a bit different than more common euphorbs.  Anyhow, when they get too big to keep inside any longer, they get moved outside.  It doesn't get all that cold here in the winter, and they're all in a place that's protected from potential frost, which is rare here.  And, they actually do better outside.  Who'd a thunk.


I made this birthday book for a dear friend in Washington who turns 60 this month.  Another friend had given me this book she was recycling, I pulled the innards out, put in new pages, and rebound it.

The cover, spine and endpapers were so glorious that I kept them all intact.  The book is 6 x 6 inches (I think -- I forgot to measure it before sending it off), has two signatures, and is bound with the Lightning Bolt stitch.

Happy Birthday (next week) to Jeannie!

10 comments:

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Oh my God -- that book is amazing!!! Do you want to know when my birthday is?? LOL (I hope your friend got her book before seeing this tho)

PamelaArtsinSF said...

Oh my God -- that book is amazing!!! Do you want to know when my birthday is?? LOL (I hope your friend got her book before seeing this tho)

Maggi said...

I love the way in which such an unassuming plant produces such vibrant flowers.

The book looks great and the lightning bolt binding is so effective. Lucky birthday girl.

Judy said...

Oh, do I ever love that book! I think Jeannie is going to love it too....I'm so glad you kept the cover spine and endpapers!

xxoo

Valerie Kamikubo said...

Those blossoms are so gorgeous, but I especially love the book you've made for your friend. I have a silk scarf in the same William Morris pattern as the book cover. Your friend will be one blessed woman by the receiving of her gift.

Sandy said...

Nice plant. That's a great book.

Jeannie said...

Rest assured, I do LOVE the book!!!!!! In fact, it is next to my knitting project and I have looked at it more than I have knitted. :) Ms. Kitty thinks the sachet is for her. I have it sitting on the bedside table. The last two mornings when I have woken, Ms Kitty is laying on the table with the sachet as her pillow. It got moved out of paws way today. I have never seen a epi like that. I have many of the kind you pick up at the grocery store, but now I am on a mission to find some others. I love the shape of the leaves and the huge flower! Mine are outside except in winter. You are so right about them liking the great outdoors. Who can blame them? Have a fabulous evening!

Irene said...

I am a plant nerd too, now that I know I can keep them alive. I care for them as if they are little children. I hope I don't nurture them to death.

I love the book you made. Someday...

Els said...

Oh YES ! Love your Epiphyllums ! (like my little prinsess of the night ;-) !)
Your bookbinding is getting more and more professional Connie ;-)

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Love the flowers. I used to have a lot of cacti once upon a time. I had to smile at the cover of the birthday book. I have exactly the same book ... love the cover so much I could never get rid of it. I love what you have done with it. Inspiring.