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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Poinsettia Guilt

Poinsettia. Nothing says Christmas like the Poinsettia.

The new colors available are amazing but even the old stand-bye red will warm your heart.

Poinsettia's are so easy to grow, that's the problem with them. You see, after Christmas, after New Year's, after all the holiday decorations are packed back in the attic, you find yourself left with a bright red plant.

Now don't get me wrong, I like the color red, my kitchen has lots of deep red accents. But a red plant that screams CHRISTMAS? Nope, this just doesn't fit into my decorating scheme. Ha! That sounds like my house is a showcase out of Better Homes and Gardens but it isn't. I just can't seem to get used to this plant being in my house right now.

So here comes the guilt part. You can stop watering it and let it die a slow, painful death. You can imagine it needs more sunshine and put it out on the breezeway and forget the fact that it's the frozen tundra out there. Instant death sounds so much better than a slow death but I just can't make myself do it.

The other day I posted to a daylily listserve I belong to and posed this same question. What do you do with your Poinsettias? The reply I liked best came from a woman who suggested watering it and ignoring it until spring. Then take it outside and plant it in the garden where you need to fill in a hole (or in a container with other foliage plants). The leaves won't be red then, but it will grow big and lush and fill in a spot that was barren. Come fall when a heavy frost settles down, it will die but it will have lived on for one more glorious season.

Now I only need to find blinders to wear every time I walk through my living room. Or better yet, maybe I'll move it to my daughter Lauren's room since she is away at college. Hmmm, I think I'll do just that!


GardenJoy4Me said...

Hello Melanie .. my goodness girl ! I haven't seen you in a while !
I miss having a poinsettia .. so if you have a a guilt complex with it .. well I'll be reading about it : ) LOL

Cinj said...

'Tis the season. Those darn desktops. I'm still trying to get mine up and running. Grumble. I have been wanting to share pictures of the garden I left behind but my old computer is lazy and refuses to boot up. I guess that will teach me to not have a backup of all of my pictures.

Gail said...

Hello it's good to see your post up and know you're back! No poinsettias to feel guilty about in my house! gail

Melanie said...

Hi all, it's good to be back here!

That Poinsettia is up in my daughter's room for now. She's off at collage so I figured that it wouldn't annoy me there (so long as I remember to water it every few days). It will be interesting to see what it looks like in the summer time.