This morning I noticed that the Christmas cactus friends gave me a couple of years ago has started to bud and one bud has actually opened despite my benign neglect. It’s a little late for Christmas, but could this mean that my black thumb is metamorphosing to olive drab? Years ago, I was able to grow anything, and I used to think I had a green thumb. But it takes effort to maintain a beautiful garden indoors and out and in recent years I have lost the enthusiasm I once had for growing things. Now my rose garden is a wreck and I have replaced most indoor plants with silk imitations. I would love to have a beautiful garden again. Maybe this blooming cactus signals a change for me. I hope so.