Monday, December 11, 2017

National Poinsettia Day


In blogland, we vividly remember some of the blog posts we have read over the years. One that I remember is when Red Couch took us along on a Plant Farm Poinsettia Tour. It was fabulous, and it stirred some interest at that time. Now I love them!  I arranged this poinsettia with some pussy willows and branches for our dining room table last weekend. But I do have a question - although it looks healthy right now, does it need some sunlight to thrive? I'm thinking I should move it to my sunroom during the day. National Poinsettia Day is December 12.

Poinsettia History: 
The Poinsettia is native to Mexico where there is a legend that dates back to Christmas eve several centuries ago. In the legend, a girl named Pepita had no gift to offer for the Christmas services. Her cousin Pedro urged her to give a humble gift. On her way to church, Pepita gathered weeds. As she approached the altar, a miracle occurred: the weeds blossomed into brilliant flowers. They were called Flores de Noche Buena, or “Flowers of the Holy Night” – now referred to as poinsettias.
Joel Robert Poinsett, an amateur botanist, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and founder of the Smithsonian Institute is credited with bringing the poinsettias to the U.S. in 1825. While visiting the Taxco area of Mexico, he became captivated by these plants and sent them home to his hothouses in South Carolina. In honor of him, December 12th is considered National Poinsettia Day, as declared by congress in 1851 – a day to enjoy this symbol of holiday cheer.

xoxo
Debbie
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

11 comments:

  1. Your arrangement turned out great Debbie! I love the addition of the pussy willows, kinda like soft little snowflakes-enjoy:@)

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  2. Hi Debbie, your arrangement is beautiful. The Courtney Check and the color of the poinsettia is a perfect match. I usually have poinsettias on the fireplace hearth and they get little sunlight but they do fine. I just make sure they don't dry out. Hope this helps. Have a good week.

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  3. Poinsettias are so hard to resist, they just seem to shout holidays! They do need natural light and careful watering to really thrive. Yours look stunning in courtly check! Happy National Poinsettia Day!
    Jenna

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  4. Gorgeous arrangement, Debbie! They can be tricky little things - they don't like being left to dry out, but you cannot let them sit in water that drains either. Good luck!

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  5. Your poinsettia looks so perfectly arranged with your additions and in your CC Urn, Debbie! In the past, I have always had them near some natural light, and they seem to do well.

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  6. My daughter got a huge one at Costco lol..almost a bush..they are so emblematic of Christmas..Sweet arrangement Debbie:)

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful color too! I remember Joni's post too! I keep nagging her to get back into blogging. She said when her son passed away last year she just hasn't been able to get back into it!
    I think though that you could put river rocks in that MC vase and it would be stunning!

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  8. Your arrangement is stunning, and of course I love the container!

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  9. So pretty! I agree with others, the plant need some light! One year we kept ours red til summer - only once!!

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  10. Amen. So gorgeous, especially in your beautiful MKC vase. I do remember Joni's post about the poinsettia.

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  11. I have serious MC urn envy, Debbie ;) What a stunning display you made with it. I've kept mine in places with low light through Christmas but then I usually toss them when the decorations come down. Sad, I know!

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