This was probably one of the best uses of Poinsettias I have witnessed. A really amazing sight. At first I wanted to rush over and see how it was done but pulled back and was happy just to gaze on it. Its magical secret construction remained a mystery. Christmas wreaths have a long tradition steeped in history. Since they don’t have a beginning or an end they are considered eternal.
For my own personal experience I remember my parent’s nursery making several hundred wreaths per season. As a very young man I would make excursions out into the woods for things like bittersweet berries, pine cones and evergreen cuttings as early as October. I got a small piece of the action for my efforts. We would also buy boxes of Fir, Holly and Pine clippings and set up a kind of assembly line. All the wreaths were handmade and sold out each year.
Just to finish off the year with a flower here is a nice kind of perennial/wildflower. It is a very spirited little plant that is underused.
Linaria aeruginea 'Neon Lights'
This plant is nice for alpine and rock gardens. In the border it needs to be planted heavily and can then hold its own. ‘Neon Lights’ comes as a color mix although this patch had all the same color flowers. It likes full sun and has low water requirements. Upon close inspection the flowers look a lot like baby snapdragons.
Just a note to say Happy New Year to everyone visiting this blog. According to Blogger there were 351 posts here this year (the same as 2009) and I kind of felt guilty taking off the 14 days. This site should be going over one million page views in the upcoming year. What’s the old phrase, “If I had a dollar for every time……” . Thank you for your continued support.
“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
William Arthur Ward