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Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday, 8 May '09: Pointsettias bloom in winter



Pointesettias bloom at the back of Thatchwick. Bees busy themselves with collecting nectar for pointsettia honey. Winter creeps closer.

A strange sight for those who live in the Northern Hemisphere, where pointsettias form part of everyone's Christmas decorations? Ah, but that is what our international friendships are all about. Sometimes my world surprises you and yours surprises me.

10 comments:

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh, Eleanor - and here we are in full spring May growing! Love your header, it looks so idyllic!

Vicki Lane said...

I love the header -- looks like a hobbit house. And so nice to see a poinsettia growing free rather than in a pot. Beautiful!

Sreddy Yen said...

Hi~! It sure does feel like Christmas with your pointsettia photo...except that there is no snow and it is May :O) I like your header...but is that your house?

Sreddy

Poetikat said...

Wow! How spectacular! I shall never see them at Christmas again and not think of YOU!

Kat

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wow. It's so amazing to see them growing like that. I adore the new header photo of the cottage!! Pure storybook!

Anonymous said...

Why did it take the blogspot for me to notice your stunning pontsettia. Genet

Anonymous said...

Yes, poinsettias are ubiquitous at Christmas-time here in the US--I think we get them from Mexico. Lately I have seen many different colors--pink, variegated, cream. The red one like yours is the old-fashioned classic. I have never quite understood what they have to do with Christmas, besides being red and green. There are huge mountains of them in grocery stores, their pots wrapped in foil. I've heard of gigantic tree-shaped structures covered with poinsettias, thereby integrating two of the most prevalent Christmas decorating themes! It's kind of crazy around here in December....

Anonymous said...

Oh, my, I just realized: that tree covered with red flowers is the poinsettia!!! Now that is fascinating, since I have only seen bushy little plants about a foot or so tall! I actually had no idea they became trees!

TheWritersPorch said...

Oh Eleanor...I'm in shock!!! How stunning!
I never dreamed they grew that big! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!
Love,
Carol

Catherine said...

I love these flowers too and was pleased to learn they originate in Mexico...here called la Nochebuena which is also the name of the Christmas eve celebration...