That was it! The perfect finishing touch. The basket filled with alluring, velvety red brought a coziness to the hearth that was lacking.
Unfortunately, those healthy hues of Christmas would be short-lived.
What was I doing wrong? Why were the leaves shriveling? How did this beautiful basket of joy so quickly become a depressing container of brown, lifeless matter?
The answer was so obvious, it’s embarrassing.
In order to thrive, poinsettias need bookoos* of natural light and consistent amounts of water. Admittedly, last year’s poinsettias had gotten neither.
Okay – true confession time. I am a Master Gardener. Yes – for real. I earned my certification over seven years ago to start an Outdoor Classroom at my children’s school. I enjoy growing vegetables – things you can eat. Last time I checked, you can’t eat poinsettias.
Even so, I should know better. I should DO better. And, I’m working on that. I’m also working on not saying “should” all the time (some people call it “shoulding all over yourself”), but that’s a different story for a different day…
Anyway, I suspect my solution for this Christmas is one that will be celebrated by aspiring gardeners with brown thumbs everywhere!
One word – FAUX!**
That’s right – False. Fake. Artificial. An Imitation. Not Real.
A trip to the local craft store, several bouquets of silk poinsettias, one round piece of styrofoam. BOOM!
And, the best thing is, this new big beautiful basket of Christmas happy doesn’t care if there isn’t enough light or if I forget to add water.
Good tidings of comfort and joy!
*Bookoos – phonetic spelling of the French word “beaucoup”, usually used in the Southern U.S. Just a little Fun Fact for the day. You’re welcome.
**Another French word.
To read more about the history of poinsettias and how to properly care for REAL ones, read this wonderful article written by Garden Therapy: https://gardentherapy.ca/guide-to-poinsettias/
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!