Friday, 11 December 2015

Poinsettia...a Christmas Flower

One of the most popular symbols of the Holiday season at Christmastime, the Poinsettia!  The traditional scarlet red hue is a stand out amongst all the colours & varieties available today. Credit of this widely popular plant goes to Joel Roberts Poinsett, who while visiting Mexico, brought back plants to South Carolina. After introduction of this beautiful plant in 1828, it became popular by the 20th century & known as the Poinsettia; when people learned who brought the plants to America. December 12th, is in fact, National Poinsettia Day, a tribute to Dr. Poinsett upon his passing in 1851. 

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Christmas Amaryllis

Amaryllis is a splendidly beautiful flower with strong colour & big showy blooms. This Christmas Amaryllis certainly heralds the bright & cheery festive holidays for many. The large flowers bloom on a tall, hollow stem in multiples of 2-5 flowers. The story of 'Amaryllis' is brought to us by Greek mythology, she, was a love-struck young woman who pined for the cold-hearted, but handsome Alteo. To win his love, in desperation she used a golden arrow to pierce her heart, & then went daily to visit his cottage, drops of her blood were shed along the way. Alteo became enamored, now Amaryllis' heart was healed, & this favourite holiday bloom got it's name! 

Friday, 4 December 2015

A colourful 'Joe', Rudbeckia Cappuccino!

Need a more colourful reason than choosing the Rudbeckia Cappuccino Joe flower for your next bouquet? The bright burnt orange and yellow colours of these petals just pop with brightness! These flowers are 4" across and will be sure to fill a vase, or blanket a garden with their multiple blooms. When planted in late Spring, they will put on quite a show until late Fall.  Because they self-seed you can have them for years, although each plant lasts only a few seasons; ensuring you can have as many 'Joes' as you like!