Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Woohoo! We finally have some snow. Just like it should be in December. And the temperatures are finally cold enough that it will stay for awhile. This week at night it has been getting below zero and during the day it has been below 20 degrees. The last couple of days I have woken up to frost on the inside of the windows in the house. I love it though, winter can be a beautiful time. I believe that all four seasons can be wonderful.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Well it may sound cliche, but in the spirit of the season my plant pick for now is going to be the Poinsettia, Euphobia pulcherrima. Poinsettia's are a member of the Euphobiaceae family. The species name pulcherrima, means "most beautiful," and I say I have to agree. This species of Poinsettia is a tall, rangy shrub that grows to a height of 10 feet. It has large, dark green oval leaves that are toothed on the sides and pointed at the tips. Flowers are borne in winter, the actual flower is quite small, the bracts are actually modified leaves. Poinsettia is native to the tropical areas of Central America and Mexico. They like full sun but will tolerate some shade. I for one love Poinsettia's, they add such wonderful color in your home around the holiday season. They also hold a special meaning for me, my husband and I were married right after Christmas and the church was filled with Poinsettias, so they were the official flower of our wedding.