Good Morning

Poinsettia

Our local supermarket had this poinsettia as show piece in their floristic department so I just had to take a photo, although it was so high up I had to stand on my toes and I am tall.

Anyhow, long good morning kept short, this is really just a quick one as this morning I am off to battle my was in the supermarket earlier as we have to be back at home to get Mr. Swiss off to the hospital for his second and final (I hope) back injection. The first one worked and the second should do the job, I hope.

I might/will be back later. There is only time for a shower and departure at the moment. The remainder of my housewife hobbies will have to wait until I return. See you later if I survive the battle of Christmas food shopping.

13 thoughts on “Good Morning

      • The poinsettias like the one in your picture are grown in greenhouses to get them to look like that, and to bloom for Christmas. They were popularized between San Diego and the Los Angeles area (Hollywood). Much of the technology used in modern greenhouse cultures was invented for poinsettias. You could say that they were quite revolutionary. We studied them intensively in school. Once in the garden, they get tall and lanky, with narrow leaves and bracts. They bloom after Christmas. My great grandmother had one that reached the eaves. It was really ugly, but she really liked it.

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        • Your replies are so interesting. Most of the flowers we buy in the store have probably only ever seen the inside of a greenhouse and many are imported from Holland. I have never ever seen a wild poinsettia growing. We had a special insectarium/zoo near us that I once visited and it was designed to have night for various creatures and day for others. The poinsettias were growing all over as decoration and they were all flowering regularly.

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          • When I was a kid, poinsettias were all red. By the time I was in college, there were a few pink and white ones growing around the foundations of old homes. Pretty soon, some of the newer cultivars that have become available as potted plants in recent years will be growing up in gardens. It takes a few years for them to go from new introduction to established garden plant. They get planted under eaves near homes because they are sensitive to frost.

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          • Because of the snow and frost we would never see them growing in gardens in Switzerland. Ours never flower again, unless you treat them to night by shutting them away at the same time every day in the evening and bringing them out to the light again in the morning, also at the same time every day.

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