It’s not exactly tropical paradise or the same as living in a warm Florida climate, but it is enough plant life to tide me over until spring. And when all these buds are in full bloom, I’ll have some nice flowers to admire.
I also have put up my Christmas tree and set out my Christmas decorations. Someone at work asked me if my tree is real or fake. I actually prefer the term “artificial”, which it is. “Fake” sounds like I am trying to fool everyone into thinking my tree is real, and I am not doing that. It is definitely artificial and I don’t try to scent the air with a pine spray or anything like that. Anyway, she was surprised that I didn’t get a real tree.
Then I blew her mind when I said my poinsettia plants are silk plants. That’s right, silk. I bought them on sale after the holidays years ago because they were $2.50 each and I thought they looked pretty darn real. I told my co-worker they look so real I have to remind myself not to water them. That’s how real they look.
And with all these hideous painted poinsettia plants for sale now, I’d say my silk “traditional” poinsettia plants look more real every year.
I saw some of those painted poinsettia plants at a store yesterday. They are not for me. I’m sure for those who don’t decorate with traditional red & green colors, those painted monstrosities, I mean plants, are a dream come true. Otherwise, why would the growers go to the trouble and expense to provide those painted purple and blue and gold poinsettias?
Somewhere along the way, I’m sure I’ll spot a poinsettia plant that stands out and catches my eye and says “buy me”, and I’ll buy it. Last year, I bought one called ‘Strawberries ‘N’ Cream”. It was a smaller plant and had pink and cream blooms. I still have it, but it is “just a green plant” in the sunroom because I didn’t attempt to give it the right amount of night/day to force it to bloom again.
There are two locations on my side of town with poinsettias on display, including new varieties, so it is on my ever-growing list to go and check those out. And then I’ll stop at the same greenhouse where I bought “Strawberries ‘N’ Cream” and having just seen all those poinsettia plants, I know I’ll find one there that I have to have.
In the meantime, the picture above is one of my fake, I mean artificial, poinsettia plants. Anyone else willing to confess, as a gardener, that their Christmas tree and poinsettias are artificial?