Monday, 24 December 2012


Ahhhh… Christmas; seems like only a year ago since the last one. My mum, bless her, truly loved this time of the year for as she used to say it was the one occasion she got to strangle a turkey!

It’s a shame we don’t see so many poinsettias around the Christmas table these days and it seems that these tender plants, once so much a feature at this time of year, are now rarely displayed at Christmas-time. Am I right? The main problem is that the plant requires good light away from direct sunlight and draughts. And where temperatures fall below 55ºF (13ºC), the plant is then at risk, and of course overnight temperatures much lower than this occur in homes in the UK. Poinsettias thrive in the temperate conditions of Central America. In fact when mum got a couple of poinsettias each mid-December, she was unaware that the short trip from Bardill’s Garden Centre to home, with the plants in the cold (often frozen) back of the hatchback, was enough to see their early demise and it was a toss-up to see what would endure longest during the holidays – the turkey or the deadened bracts of the poinsettia?

It’s nice to see these plants adorn shop windows and fronts in this part of Sardinia. They naturally colour up during the shortest days of the year.

Buone Feste…
Al Merlo Parlante - Birroteca
via Portoscalas, #69
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