As I turned into Peterson's Nursery to buy the Yuletide camellia I blogged about earlier, their sign said they had 13 poinsettia varieties to choose from. WOW - 13!
I usually only see the traditional red and occassionally the white varieties at the local box store. My curiosity was peaked, as I quickly parked the car and headed inside, eager to see 13 different poinsettia blooms.
Their small shop was stuffed full of holiday cheer in the form of poinsettias. Plants lined the shelves, floor and counter. Wandering from one plant to another, I oohed and awed at curly and speckled flowers, varying shades of pink and red, small and large blossoms, and plants with variegated foliage.
Of course, I knew I wasn't leaving there with just the Yuletide camellia :-), but the problem was how to decide which one to purchase. That decision soon became impossible and I left with 2 varieties.
Sometimes indecision can be a good thing! ;-)
Here's my first choice - a pink and cream colored flower (I know these are actually the leaves, but I call them flowers).
The soft pink was just too irresistable! I have a holiday table runner with pink flowers on it that will go perfectly with this selection.
Then I discovered this variegated variety, and it was an instant decision that this plant was going home with me, too. Can you blame me?
These 3 colors are stunning together. I'm going to grow these poinsettias in pots, so that I can bring them indoors and enjoy them again next Christmas.
May your house be filled with the Christmas spirit, and a couple of beautiful poinsettias!