Happy December. Before I get started talking about poinsettias, I wanted to announce the winners from my last blog post. We talked about the novella collection Christmas Roses and I asked if you like roses. The comments were so sweet and touching, I picked two winners to receive a copy of the book:
Shirley Chapel and Kay Garrett. Please e-mail me through my website: www.lenoraworth.com so I can get your information!!! And thanks for stopping by!
Now, I’ve had poinsettias on my mind all week. I haven’t completely decorated my house for the holidays. Various things have gotten in the way. Mainly, writing and end-of-year doctor appointments. But we’ve had our check-ups and we’ll stumble into 2018, we hope! I have poinsettias on my mind, too, because my husband went to Lowe’s the day after Thanksgiving to buy one of those manly smoker, cooker, barbeque things that men seem to love. (So they can sit outside all day, I believe.) He also came home with six tiny poinsettias and told me with a grin, “They were on sale for a dollar each.” But I know he loves poinsettias. For years, we always try to keep them alive all year long. We have two now that have been transferred to bigger pots and seem happy in the Florida sunshine.
Here are some pictures of the tiny ones he brought home:
They are pretty and festive and right now, the only decorations I’ve set out. The rest are in the garage in plastic containers, waiting for someone to come and fetch them. But for now, these beauty do make me smile. I think we both like poinsettias for the obvious reason, but mostly because when my parents quit farming and moved to “town”, the little cottage my father bought had a poinsettia growing on the wall by my bedroom window. My mother loved it and nurtured it. It was about four feet tall and mostly green and lush. But she loved that it grew there. I did, too. My husband remembers that beautiful plant.
It’s really a shrub and is also called the Mexican flame leaf and the Christmas Star (representing the Star of Bethlehem) or Lobster Plant. To get it to bloom red, you’re supposed to leave it in the dark for at least fourteen hours per day, beginning in September. We didn’t do that with our two but one kept blooming red until we moved it and the other one, a white (my favorite) is beginning to have some pink in its tips now. We love our poinsettias and if all six of these survive, we’ll have a full garden. Here is another image that I love (from the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.):
Do you buy poinsettias for Christmas? Or do you have another favorite Christmas Flower? I’d love to hear your comments. And I hope you enjoy my little poinsettia pictures!