Well firstly Merry Christmas to all from us here at Mow-N-Blow and I trust you will all have a very merry one at that. At Christmas there is one flower that we all know and associate with Christmas. The Poinsettia named after Joel Poinsett a US Minister to Mexico who brought the plant to the US around the early 1800’s. You probably also know that the plant has a tale of folklore around a poor little Mexican girl who had only weeds to take to the local church celebration of Christ’s Birthday, and the legend goes that these weeds turned into beautiful red blooms over night and the tale was born.
You may not know that the French call the flower “Etoile D’amour”, the Love Star and that the Mexicans call it “Noche Buena” which means Christmas Eve. Mexican Friars have been using this plant for over 300 years at Christmas to depict the Star of Bethlehem due to the shape of the leaf, and that the flower is so popular in the US that there is a national Poinsettia Day on the 12th December.
Have a fantastic Christmas
Christian Dupont has been involved in horticulture for over two decades now, lives near Alton with his wife. She is also a fully trained gardener and horticulturalist. Both are keen photographers as well as accomplished Horticulturalists. some articles are from the Life Mags but mainly for the Herald newspaper, bi-weekly column in the local business