Cees Fun Foto Challenge: Red Poinsettia
The Poinsettia is the flower that most symbolizes Christmas – so here is the red and green of it all. Jim and I commented on the purple and bright pink and bright blue ones in the grocery last night – all with sparkles painted on. They seem too gaudy for a holiday as sacred as Christmas is to Christians. Jim liked them so I’m glad I already had a plant given to me by friends Julie & Joanne – so he doesn’t feel the need to “surprise me” with one.
We have always grown them indoors and have had some success at summering one outdoors but didn’t get the leaves to turn red. That takes 12 hours of total darkness for several days in a row plus abundant daylight for 12 hours. It amazed me when I first saw a large shrub blooming outside in central Florida. It is native to Mexico.
Here is where to go if you have a great idea for sharing red & green for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.