23 December 2009

Poinsettias for Christmas

I’m fascinated that we can buy beautiful poinsettias at Christmas-time. They most commonly are so colourful here during our Winter months.

The fact that they’re a popular potted plant in the Northern Hemisphere for Christmas too when it’s so cold there right now .. (but we’re so hot)! The popularity of this brilliant plant, with such vibrantly coloured leaves, or bracts, has our nursery trades working hard to grow ours in controlled environments especially for Christmas trading; that’s pretty clever marketing. This interesting article on Gardening Australia explains the process.

We went shopping at the Bunnings Hardware this morning and couldn’t resist bringing this tub filled with two plants. It’s now sitting out by the front door, a great spot since it faces the South and gets good light, but no direct sunshine.

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