For me, the holidays aren’t complete without a poinsettia in my home. The bright colors of the bracts (the specialized, colored leaves), brighten up the indoors while the colors are fading in my winter landscape.
And if you like a little variety in your holiday floral display, you’re not limited to just red poinsettias anymore. They’re now bred in a wide range of colors, including pink, burgundy, peach, white, and even variegated. Take good care of it, and you’ll enjoy your poinsettia’s colors well into March.
"People want to see patterns in the world. It is how we evolved. We descended from those primates who were best at spotting the telltale pattern of a predator in the forest, or of food in the savannah. So important is this skill that we apply it everywhere, warranted or not."
Fractal Inventor, IBM Fellow Emeritus
Sometimes plants survive in spite of our treating them poorly.
I was asked recently to do what I could to save a roughly 20 year-old Rhododendron, which had grown to about 5 feet. It stood atop a site where a heating oil storage tank had to be removed, so the Rhodo had to come out before the backhoe arrived. I hate to see beautiful, mature shrubs destroyed, so I gladly took on this project.