A Christmas Rose by Any Other Name

Christmas Rose - Poinsettia

Christmas Rose – Poinsettia

In the midst of a cold, wet, windy Cape winter, this poinsettia blooms with cheery bright red flowers. Captured here with early morning dew, this would be frost, if it were colder in the Western Cape. Luckily for my plants, it never gets cold enough to freeze.

Here in Cape Town, you get 4 months of winter followed by 8 months of summer; with a few perfect days during the transitions that pass for spring or autumn. But I grew up in England, where there were 4 distinct seasons. You didn’t mind winter so much, because spring was just around the corner.

Every December, my mother would buy a little pot plant that she called a Christmas Rose. Of course it was kept inside, sitting on the window ledge amongst the Christmas decorations. It had one big red flower. This was what a poinsettia looked like in England. I knew no better till I came here.

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

It never ceases to amaze me that all through winter there are plants, such as the poinsettia, in full bloom. They add such a welcome warmth to the garden.

 

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

This is what my poinsettia looks like, with my dog posing for a size comparison. So, yep, a tad larger than my Mum’s little indoor plant!

 

12 thoughts on “A Christmas Rose by Any Other Name

  1. Aditix

    These poinsettias are beautiful. We have only potted ones here, there is no Christmas without them. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you. Yes, that is my memory of them – Mum’s bought the Christmas Rose – therefore it must be Christmas πŸ™‚

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  2. Midwestern Plant Girl

    WoW!!! Those are HUUUUUGE!
    Yup, mine fit in a 4 inch pot and only live for 1 month. They then dry out and die because I forget to water them… sad!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hahaha – I sympathise with the forgetting to water them! Luckily for me, once this plant has got its roots going, it looks after itself – which is just as well πŸ˜‰

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        It is what I enjoy most about the blogging world πŸ™‚ Seeing other people’s lovely photos, hearing their stories; sometimes so similar, sometimes so different. Thank you for your comments. Always nice to know I am not talking to myself πŸ™‚

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