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My Thanksgiving Cactus Named Marjorie

My Thanksgiving Cactus Named Marjorie


My Thanksgiving Cactus bloomed right on time as usual this year. She opened her lovely pink and white blossoms on Thanksgiving Day. I have had this plant for about 18 years and it was a rescue from a home that I had listed so I have no idea how old it really is: it’s kind of an ugly plant because it grew every which way but when it blooms-it is gorgeous.

Thanksgiving Cactus

Why did we name her Marjorie? Marjorie was Craig’s Mom and her birthday was November 25. So most years, her birthday was either on Thanksgiving or right next to it: she always said her birthday was eclipsed by the holiday and no-one remembered it.

We told her that this cactus was for her and would always bloom on her birthday. Marjorie passed away last December, but we still have our Marjorie Thanksgiving Cactus, and she bloomed right on time to celebrate Mom’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Marjorie.


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Comment balloon 23 commentsToni Weidman • November 27 2011 08:09AM


Good morning, cactus plants are beautiful when they're in bloom....mine bloomed twice this year....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) about 9 years ago

Toni:  You are right your Marjorie Thanksgiving Cactus does bloom nicely as I imagine Marjorie did too. ;-)


Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni, Your cactus is beautiful. I have 2 of them and they are both in bloom too but they aren't quite as large as yours.I'm sure living in sunny Florida must help too. Its a bit chilly here in NJ. Have a great day!

Posted by Joan Congilose, Helping Sellers & Buyers (New Jersey Properties) about 9 years ago

Good Morning Toni, You've had Marjorie cactus for 18, she looks like she loves the Newport Richey sun!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 9 years ago

Hi Toni-that is the biggest I have ever seen-she must be very happy. Nice story:)

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 9 years ago

It is neat how the Christmas cactus live on. My mom has been gone for years but my oldest brother took over care of her cactus and he lets the other three younger brothers know when it blooms, now it is doing. Her flower beds that flourish at a farm I grew up on live on too. Great post that hit me in a personal way.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 9 years ago

Toni, your Christmas cactus is magnificient.  It sounds like Marjorie would have been pleased that you keep her memory alive.

Posted by Barbara Michaluk, Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR (Weichert Realtors | Silver Spring, MD Phone Direct 240-506-2434) almost 9 years ago

TOni,  I think Marhorie did good by you.  They are so pretty when they bloom.  Looks like she loves your big window.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 9 years ago

Good morning Toni. What a lovely and touching story. I was really moved, and it is such a special way to remember Craig's Mom. My best friend died in 1999 at 42 of an aggressive and fast moving brain cancer. I have a plant of hers that I call Karin, her name. It doesn't bloom but it is, and always will be special to me. Wishing you Happy Holidays.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 9 years ago

Beautiful cactus and beautiful story.   Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) almost 9 years ago

Toni just don't see that many of those here .... it's beautiful!  I know how she felt about the 25th ....mine is on the 23 and my grandmothers was on the 23rd and I think her dad's also....every 7 seven years it's on Thanksgiving! I've actually always thought it was pretty neat when it's on the holiday.  I know she had to appreciate you naming the cactus after her.

Have a great day!

Posted by Rob Thomas, Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro (Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954) almost 9 years ago

What a beautiful cactus and story and memory are a doll!  Enjoy the holiday season!  Today we put up the xmas tree and decorations!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) almost 9 years ago

Toni one word sums your cacti up ~ Gorgeous!

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 9 years ago

Just beautiful, Toni. I saw lots of these yesterday at a local greenhouse open house where we purchase our poinsettias. Nice reminder and celebration of your mother in law.

Posted by JoAnn Moore, Home Loans in Delaware (The Mortgage Market of Delaware) almost 9 years ago

Toni, Marjorie is beautiful and what a sweet and inspiring story. It has to be sweet for you to have this plant bloom on a day of Thanksgiving and in rememberance of Craig's Mother. Thank you for sharing with us this special story.

Posted by Jeanean Gendron, Specializing in Selling Unique Properties (The Address Realty) almost 9 years ago


Marjorie is beautiful, and I love the story of naming the plant.  It is a wonderful way to remember Craig's mother.  Happy Sunday, and we hope your bout with a cold is over.. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 9 years ago

Toni - my neighbor had a plant just like this (she called it a Christmas Cactus) and it is beautiful and so vibrant. Love the way you came up with the name Marjorie - we should all name our plants after special people!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 9 years ago

Toni, not only is this a gorgeous female (plant), but a gorgeous woman's story to commemorate its blossoms every year! I often wonder how people feel when their birthday is overshadowed by other holidays or momentous occasions. My husband's birthday is on our wedding day, which I picked to honor my parents' wedding day, to say thank you to my wonderful dad (my hero) whom I KNOW had a hand in finding my blessing of a husband after my dad died. (I asked him to, and I also know he watches over me). I'll bet Marjorie has a hand in THIS too.

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 9 years ago

Barbara - this one usually does too but only on Mom's birthday this year.

Anita - Marjorie was a sweetie and we miss her.

Joan - yes, I'm sure that NJ and north wouldn't be so great for these guys.

L&S - she sure does and loves being on the porch.

Mario - thanks. She was bigger but the pot fell down a few years ago and some broke off.

Andrew - that's a lovely story about your Mom's flowers; thank you for sharing it with us.

Barbara - I think so too; she loved flowers and plants. At one time she had a Christmas Cactus 3x the size of this one.

Belinda - she's on the screened porch and loves it there. We  bring the cacti n when it gets to freezing out there.

Sheila - that's a great story too. We seem to want to keep people around in one form or another. thanks.

Bud & Beth - thank you!

Rob - I always felt sorry for kids that were born on or near Christmas Day because of that.


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 9 years ago

Thank You all, Marjorie would have enjoyed your comments.

Kristin - we will do that tomorrow!

John - thank you.

JoAnn - yes, it is and thank you.

Jeanean - thank you. She was a special person.

Alexandra & Ron - It is a nice way to remember her. And, I feel much better today, thank you.

Kristine - these cacti bloom at several different times during the year. I have another one that blooms at Christmas, and one that blooms at Easter. They are all "Christmas" Cactus. You're right, I think I'll go around and name a few more of my plants.

Gayle - I think you're right. Majorie (Mom) probably was admiring it herself.

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 9 years ago

Joan, that's a beautiful story and such a nice way to remember an equally beautiful person named Marjorie.

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

Hi Toni -- Your Christmas cactus brings back memoires; we don't see them here in NC outside of greenhouses.  My birthday is November 24th and unlike Marjorie, I have always enjoyed having my big day combined with Thanksgiving.  Everyone gets a national holiday and I get to ceoebrate with an extended-family birthday party : )  

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 9 years ago

Silvia - thanks but I haven't changed my name recently :)

Dianne - well, happy birthday (a  little late) to you!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) almost 9 years ago

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