It's my annual reminder that December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. That's right, the US Congress actually gave the Poinsettia an official day of recognition. hey are hard to resist at this time of year, especially with all the new colors, shades and swirls. I'm still partial to the red ones, for Christmas, but if I could grow them in my area I would definitely try growing the pastel varieties. Poinsettias are amazing when grown as tropical plants. Susan, a reader from Hawaii, sent in some photos of her 20 year old poinsettia plants. She said they are so large, "...tourists always pull over in front of my house and take their pictures with my poinsettias as the back drop."
Awhile back our Pool and Patio Guide visited the Paul Ecke Ranch in Ecinitas, CA, where they grow the bulk of the Poinsettias produced for worldwide distribution. I like to feature her poinsettia photo galleries as a reminder of the variety of poinsettias available and how to decorate with them. I hope you enjoy them.
Photo:Casey Kitzan / Stock.xchng.