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It feels satisfying to follow a post about a 90-year-old with a post about infants.
Meet my new Filius Blue pepper plant sprouts:
I’m excited to see these little guys grow, but don’t tell anyone – they’re going to be Christmas presents in a few months.
I recently got the seeds from my good friend Jenn Daniel. A few years ago, she gave me a tiny plant, which turned into this:
Don’t let that pretty purple color fool you – those peppers are hot! But if you leave them on the plant long enough to turn bright red, they will be much milder.
It’s a very cool pepper plant. I’m so glad Jenn sent me more seeds so I can share the love! Thanks lady!
Hi quesadillas, and happy Wednesday. Happyish, anyway. You see, I’ve been dealing with Poinsettias in my plant business. It’s the season. I’m not a fan of Poinsettias. They’re pretty and all, but they’re a pain in the ass. They drink a ton of water, they break easily, and the sap makes them messy and it’s toxic¹, blah, blah, blah. I’ve called them the Prom Queens of the plant world – they look great, but there’s lots of drama.
I’ve ranted about them before, in November of last year, when I visited Corrales Road Greenhouse, a Mom-n-Pop greenhouse. Sadly, they are out of business today, creating a huge gap in the local Poinsettia business.
What I really want to do is tell you the story of how I came upon the Poinsettias I did manage to get, where they came from and how disappointing the whole tale is. I will do that, but not today.
I’ve had my plant business for almost 10 years now, and I used to push my clients to buy Poinsettias. I used to sell hundreds of them every season. A lot of that was because Corrales Road Greenhouses grew gorgeous Poinsettias. They were vivid reds, crisp whites – they were beautiful, and they were suited for the desert Southwest.
I saw the writing on the wall, I really did. I had to start weaning my clients off Poinsettias. At first, I pushed Poinsettias hard knowing this greenhouse was going out of business, but then I pulled waaaay back, because they were going out of business. Are you with me?
My regular customers didn’t ask about Poinsettias this year, which was great.
A new client, the good guys over at Horse and Angel Tavern, asked for Poinsettias.
I did find some, and like I said, I’ll tell you that story tomorrow. Today, installing them at the bar.
The challenge with Poinsettias in a bar is that they have to be placed where buzzed people can’t walk off with them, or knock them over.
In other words, up high.
Or behind the bar.
I didn’t trust these Poinsettias, given where they came from, so I kept one at my house as a monitor. You can imagine my bummedness when I saw this on Day 2:
I raced to the tavern to check the Poinsettias there, expecting them all to be dead. Happily, only one was crashed. Shew!
Ok, I just realized this post is pretty boring, my bad! The story about how I got the Poinsettias is much better. I’ll be back manana to share it with you.
¹ Somewhat toxic anyway. You always hear these frightful newscasts around this time of year, warning you to not let your pets near your Poinsettia plants lest they eat them and die from the poison sap. Whatever. First of all, animals are smart enough to know what to eat and what not to eat. But let’s say your pet is challenged in the brain department. That pet would have to eat a roomful of Poinsettias to die – they’re a little poisonous, but not that much. The real concern with Poinsettias is that the sap will irritate your skin and stain your clothes.
Here’s an update on the flowering bulbs I started a few weeks ago. They won’t quite be blooming by Christmas, but that’s ok.
The Hyacinths are looking great!
If you’re looking for a last minute holiday gift, consider flowering bulbs. I’ll bet your local nursery is offering bulbs for half price. Whoever you give them to will have the joy of watching them grow, and then flower in the dark of winter. Hyacinths and Daffodils are fragrant and make great gifts.