Poinsettias – Pretty in Pink

Two of the women’s groups I belong to this year are donating Children’s books to the Sharps Chapel Elementary School.  I am the main point of contact and I am having a ball reading the books as they are given to me prior to our delivery to the school.

One of the books is called “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, pictures by Oliver Jeffers.  It is about the colors in a little boy’s crayon box writing him individual letters stating their grievances — Red says he works harder than any other color because of fire trucks, santa, valentines, strawberries, and the like, and he needs a rest.  Grey says “You’re KILLING ME!  I know you love elephants and I know that elephants are gray…but that’s a LOT of space to color in all by myself.”

It is a wonderful story to promote creativity — using colors for non-standard objects.  Which leads me to Poinsettias.

Pink Poinsettias at Stanleys Garden CenterWhat flower signifies Christmas more than the Poinsettia.  I bet most of you buy red ones.  Yep.  I thought so.  Live on the wild side.  My challenge to you is to get a non-traditional color this year for a change.

I did.  I was at my favorite garden center, Stanley’s in South Knoxville, a week or so ago and their entire greenhouse is filled with an amazing variety of shapes and colors.   I came home with a poppy-red orange one and these smaller pink ones.  Want something closer to home?  I know I’ve seen some blue ones with glitter at the grocery store.  They put a smile on my face every time I look at them.

Here are some tips for how to care for your poinsettia.

Life is an adventure!