It appears I was ill-advised by my research and googlings. Kevin advised me on Friday that I need to bring my poinsettia out of its incarceration and leave her in a warm bright room so that her coloured leaves come through – at the moment, they are tinged pink, sparse and very small.
I know Kevin is right because his poinsettias were ablaze with colour when I collected my first batch of them before the weekend. They destined for Exeter Cathedral’s Winter Fair next Tuesday evening and Wednesday daytime to be put on display above my stall. My stall has been taking slow and pretty sexy shape in my spare room for weeks now and consists of six apple crates, each containing an element of Floralities various wares featuring paper, wood, glass, metal, fabric and concrete. In and around in every conceivable nook and cranny will be Devon grown plants.
This year’s poinsettias, yet again, are stunners – with a newbie or two to spice things up, including my absolute favourite – Candy Mint. One of these beauties has my name on it and will make a lovely contrast with my Hot Pink guinea pig poinsettia once she is fully clothed!
Attached are some dated photos of the truly amazing display of plants in their Devon greenhouse – you can see how quickly they have moved on over the weeks – it has been a joy to visit and a privilege to be allowed to photograph their progress.
The only thing that remains now is for the unveiling of Ruby Cubes’ contribution and details of how to purchase our collaborative gift for collection or local delivery.
If I can offer any tip at all it would be to order a plant as soon as you can and enjoy it in your home during the quiet weeks before Christmas when your house is bare of glitz and twinkle. Then, during the mayhem, place her in a quiet cool room for private occasional visits, putting her out on display only when room allows and “showing her off” is in order. When peace reigns again in the New Year, your poinsettia can once more take pride of place as, with the minimum of care, this plant will reward you for many months to come – years, if you follow my gleaned and tweaked instructions – with a nugget or two from Kevin!