You might remember that last spring I visited the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California.
I was so surprised to find the Ecke Family Ranch greenhouses already growing poinsettias.
Well, the other day while I was in Trader Joe's I noticed a woman asking about a particular
poinsettia she had once seen and was hoping they might be able to get for her. She gave a
wonderful description but didn't know the name of the variety. Unfortunately, the man told
her he didn't know one poinsettia from another.
So, I thought since we are now officially in the holiday season you might enjoy a visit to
the Ecke Ranch greenhouses where they were already growing poinsettias for this Christmas
season last spring.
The Ecke Family Ranch is known worldwide for their beautiful poinsettias.
Most commercially grown poinsettias in this country originate from the Ecke Family Ranch.
The poinsettia is considered to be the official holiday flower. I believe the flower for the
month of December is the narcisssus but the holiday flower is the poinsettia. Actually, I
believe a few different flowers claim to be December's flower of the month.
Here are a few of the many varieties...
An interesting fact is that the Aztec Indians prized the poinsettias as a symbol of purity.
They made a purple-ish dye from the colored flower which are actually the leaves called
bracts. They also made medicines to cure fevers from the sap of the plant.
The flowers are actually large bunches of leaves and the flowers themselves are in the
center of each leaf bunch and quite small and inconspicuous.
A few more varieties...
My goodness, this really does look like a Monet painting...
The 1188 and the Winter Rose varieties are my favorites.
Now I must admit that I've never been a big fan of the poinsettia and almost didn't bother
to go into the greenhouses. But I'm certainly glad that I did and now I even have two
I would love to know if you like poinsettias and if you have a favorite variety and color.
Do you plan to have poinsettias in your home this holiday season?
Have a great weekend.
I will be joining
Rose Vignettes for Fresh Cut Friday
Privet and Holly for Monday Moments
How Sweet The Sound for Pink Saturday