Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I missed bloomin tuesday...

...once again. I was going to show these pics of my poinsettia that decided to come back to life. I'd enjoyed it last Christmas (2007), put it out in the garden last summer (2008) and left it there. Last fall (2008) I took pity on it. It had survived all summer in a shady spot with the lily of the valley. I brought it back inside and by January this is what it looked like.
I was so excited to see red flowers - or leaves really, or bracts, I think. I've never had a poinsettia come back to life.
Well, this one is.
And it's continuing to produce red bracts or leaves or whatever they're really called.
I am so pleased. Doesn't matter if the season is wrong.


Now it's March and look how much it's growing! I wonder what it would be doing in it's native setting?

Food for thought. In the meantime, I'm enjoying my off-season poinsettia, while I wait for the spring flowers arrive.

20 comments:

Kanak Hagjer said...

Wendy, that looks so pretty! I've read most of the potted varieties wilt/die after Christmas. May your plant have a long and colourful:) life!

Here, they do really well reaching heights above 6ft. Till now, the bracts show no signs of fading.

Mimi said...

They look lovely! I like the burst of color they have.

Cheryl said...

How unusual Wendy to be flowering this time of year.....they do add a touch of colour on dull days....
always remind me of Christmas though....I feel as though I should be singing a carol or two.....

Abba's Girl said...

Pretty is pretty no matter the season.

Annette

Maggie May said...

Poinsettias are not really easy plants to grow so you have done very well indeed! Good for you!

Wendy said...

Hi Kanak, 6 feet! Wow, that is really tall! Mine seem to go on and on.

Hi Mimi - yes, this is an especially colourful one.

Hi Cheryl, yes, I do think of Christmas, but I'm trying not to. I'll do some research on these plants to see when they start their red colouring. For all I know they start now and will be brighter and fuller for Christmas. But, probably not.

Hi Annette - thank you.

Hi Maggie May - I must have the right kind of house, as they almost always do well here.

marmee said...

so glad your poinsettias have come back to life. they look pretty against your snowy backdrop.
spring isn't to far away...it has to come after winter.

beckie said...

Wendy, you must be doing something very right to have it come back and now bloom. It eveidentky loves it's surroundings and is rewarding you. How fun! And pretty.

Hope you don't have too long to wait before you see signs of spring. :}

Wendy said...

Hi Marmee - thank you. Waiting impatiently for spring!

Hi Beckie - thank you. I hope so too.

Rose said...

This is amazing, Wendy. I've never been able to keep a poinsettia over the summer, let alone have it bloom again. You must be doing something right:)

Now I see Beckie said the same thing--we think alike, too:)

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
How amazing! I never even try to "summer over" them...very pretty. I just love this plant...it seems so happy.
Spring will come to you before long.
Hugs,
Sherry

Ruth said...

My Christmas poinsettia is doing well, but I have never tried bringing one back in after the summer. My mother's garden has poinsettia hedges and the plants are the size of large shrubs. Here is picture of one of hers in Mexico.
http://bodysoulandspirit.blogspot.com/2007/12/friday-flowers-poinsettia.html

Wendy said...

Hi Rose, oh, I would hazard a guess that this is one reason you are friends! Well, I really didn't do anything special. It just happened!

Hi Sherry, I guess this one was a lucky plant. I just hate to throw a plant out if it's still living.

Wendy said...

Hi Ruth, Thanks for the link to your Mom's poinsettia. It is beautiful! Like the Christmas story too!

peppylady said...

I'm getting up set it so cold here but I heard rumors that it might be warming up soon.
I bought some primroses resent and would like to get more.

Coffee is on.

Beverly said...

We always had poinsettias in the yard. Of course, in Florida they didn't suffer from the cold. Caterpillars would get on them though, and strip the leaves before you could turn around. I used to take a clothespin and pick them off that way. All the squishy green oozed out.

I wasn't so young when we went down to Haiti, although we had been married for a year. I was 32...married sort of late, compared to some, that is. And mind you, I had lived in Haiti for three and a half years.

The coffee there is very good...like having espresso. It is served in a small cup with lots of sugar. Yummy! Espresso at the Olive Garden doesn't compare.

JeanMac said...

Way to go Wendy! My Christmas poinsettia from Dec.08 is in the compost already. Maybe it will come back to life, just kidding.

ramblingwoods.com said...

I came over from Ruth's blog. My mother has COPD but hasn't stopped smoking. It is difficult caring for a loved one and I am lucky that when I have been really ill with my MS, my husband has been there for me as you are for your loved one... Michelle

Wendy said...

Hi Peppylady, primroses are pretty. I love them. It's gotta warm up soon. Can't stay cold forever.

Hi Bev, imagine having poinsettias in the yard! Don't think I'd enjoy those squishy caterpillers. LOL. I'm sure that coffee beats anything we have here.

Hi JeanMac - ya never know!

Hi Michelle, thanks for stopping by. Chronic illness is a rough road to travel. I am glad you have hubby to care for you. Hope your mom is o.k.
Hugs

Shammickite said...

Congratulations, that's amazing! I thought they had to be kept in a darkened room for that to happen, but apparently not! Lovely.