Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Poinsettia in February


Totally Awesome Balcony Sitter left this poinsettia behind when she hastily left the balcony apartment upon my return from Adelaide. She said she would pick it up once she moved into her new place, and that time is soon upon us. It is an odd thing, a winter plant, only brought out here adjoined to some archaic notion that Christmas must mean all things wintery, even though the festive day usually tops out at 30 degree celcius and prawns on the barbie are more in vogue than hot ham and turkey. Still they appear in plastic and real form on the shelves each year, usually one day after Easter (so technically it is on the way to Winter then but that is a whole other rant) And this little fella has survived a deadly heatwave, smokey ashy air and my general ineptness with all plants other than veggies to survive until now.

He will soon move to his new home, along with some very late planted tomato seedlings and maybe some basil. Good to have fought the heat battle with you Mr Leafy Christmas Relic, but best of luck in the new place - apparently you will have lots of garden to run around in.

3 comments:

Grace Peterson said...

Well, this sure looks like a healthy specimen. Lots of room to run around...too funny. There are some plants you wouldn't dare say that to. :-)

Dan said...

I was at a nursery before Christmas and they gave me one of these for free. I had not watered it in ages and yet it still lives, I think they are made of iron.

prue said...

Hi Grace - hehe mint and oregano are two for sure ...

Dan - iron - or recycled Christmas ornaments and magic north pole elf dust?