Poinsettia – Not my favorite holiday plant, but they do get a bum rap.

 Having worked at flower shop for many years in Toronto, I’ve had my fill of poinsettias. 
(Euphorbia pulcherrima)

Having said that, even though they’re not my favourite plant, (I’m more keen on other varieties in the euphorbia family), they do get a bum rap every holiday season.

Why the bad reputation?

Because contrary to popular opinion, Poinsettias can be irritating, but they’re not fatal.

Your pets & children might get a rash or an upset tummy if they eat a leaf, but it won’t kill them. That’s a fact. But I still don’t suggest eating them in any case!

I have other reasons for not liking them.  First of all they’re susceptible to white fly which is practically impossible to eradicate. The little buggers spread to other plants too, especially hibiscus, but that’s another story for another post.

They also wilt at the drop of a hat. A cold draft will knock them unconscious, so don’t place them near a front door or heat vent, even if they look good on your hall table. Put some greens and branches in a vase instead.

Also, they’re rarely watered properly – People kill with kindness. Waterlogged soil lacks sufficient air, which drowns roots. These plants, when exposed to high light and low humidity, require more frequent watering, but never water if the soil feels wet. Too much water will cause leaves to curl and fall off.

So in my humble opinion, the poor things never look as good as they do in the flower shop… Obviously I won’t be popular with any florists/growers out there, but that’s okay.

So, even though I don’t particularly like poinsettias, one does have to defend something one’s not exactly thrilled about when truth has been turned into a false myth.

Still keen on a poinsettia? Go for it! I wish you success!

However I’d suggest choosing an alternative plant for the holidays … azaleas and cyclamens are gorgeous this time of year. Succulents are perfect for any occasion, especially if you’re going away. They like to be neglected any time of year!

And, doesn’t it just feel good to go against the grain sometimes?


Happy Holidays!

Deck the halls, and the walls… with festive succulents and moss!

 

Succulents and mosses and lichens, oh my!

This is the way I like to decorate. A little less glitzy than some, with a bent toward nature and a nod to the garden, which has all but disappeared under a blanket of snow in these parts, I might add.

A living wreath is perfect for placing on the wall all year long, and outside during the summer! This time of year it brings the garden indoors!

Place them on walls, and the dining table, too! During the holidays a living wreath will create the ultimate seasonal table centrepiece!  Candles can be placed safely in the middle, offering a sumptuous dining experience for you and your guests!

Alternatively, if you’re seeking a wreath that will stand up to the elements, particularly winter, and if you’re into green like me, consider a moss wreath. Simple, elegant and timeless, these plump, plush living moss circles look amazing on any door, and they’re hardy enough to take all that winter throws at them!

These cultivated gifts are on special order at the store. Please contact me for more details.

Thank you!

Wordless Wednesday seed heads – ornamental grasses in November