Monday, December 1, 2008

The Lovely Poinsettia and a Winner!!

First I’d like to announce the winner of my Quilter’s Block A Day giveaway…’s Karen Dianne! "Kanga-Roni-Bucket-'O-Cute" kitty cat is one of her angels! Congratulations Karen! How fitting that Sophie was the official lucky name drawer this time!

I'm currently doing a stitchery that calls for the different flosses to be used in a certain order. I was having a hard time deciding how best to keep them in the proper order when I remembered I had purchased this handy embroidery floss keeper some time ago and tucked it away! My notions stash never seems to fail me! This was exactly what I needed for the job!I hope you all had as nice a holiday as we did! Over the weekend we went to one of my favorite places – Flower World. They have acres and acres of indoor and outdoor plants. I remember their first location – very off the beaten path, but well worth finding it. You couldn’t buy plants any cheaper or better grown from them. Today they’ve moved to a much larger location, are quite well known in our area, and still grow everything themselves, yet they have retained great pricing and huge inventory.

Every year they make a huge Christmas tree out of potted Poinsettia’s. Last year one of the helpers took our picture in front of it, which we used for our Christmas card. This is a goofy picture of us, but it shows you the tree. This year due to economic times and the amount of labor it takes to set up the tree, they decided not to put it up! We were so disappointed. But we took a lot of pictures and had a good time, plus went home with a few of the poinsettias!
Did you know the Poinsettia was named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Ambassador to Mexico in the 1820’s? He had an interest in botany and in 1828 he found it growing on the side of a road in Mexico and brought it back to the US. William Prescott, a historian and horticulturalist gave the plant its popular name in honor of Joel Poinsett’s discovery. December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. There were poinsettias everywhere!

Check out this poinsettia tree! And next to it is a mailbox with maps to help get you around the many acres at Flower World!

I loved this little group of elves hiding in the ground covers!
Outside we found lots of tables filled with ornamental cabbage!
And here is a little gift from me to all of you....three pictures I took that would make great background for your computer desktop! Just right click on any of them and choose "Set as Background"!

Tomorrow I'll have a few more pictures from our trip to Flower World.


Purple and Paisley said...

oh, flower world is gorgeous! i bet it smells yummy! and you and hubby are adorable...=)

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Amazing. I love the little elves hiding and I enjoyed reading the history of Poinsettia. The Poinsettia tree is LOVELY, too.

Oh its all lovely.

I have to go tell Kanga-Roni-Bucket-'O-Cute we won something!!! And isn't it cute how Sophie is drawing the name, too? I love that photo!

Seriously Candace, this is a beautimous! post. ;)

Flower World Love, *karendianne.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Yayy for Karen Diane. I love the poinsettias. They are amazing. I was just thinking I need one for my entry way.

PamKittyMorning said...

I love Flower World, very cool. We have a wonderful nursery close by as well.

I keep my floss in those bags as well. I have a nifty little box I keep them in all stored in order.

happy zombie said...

Oh Candace... your floral photo field-trip for us is amazing! And so very interesting about the poinsettia too (I had no idea). Happy After Thanksgiving! xo-m

Linda Bylsma said...

I had no idea Flower World had grown to such proportions! It is truly amazing! I always picture it in my mind as it was when you and I used to go there many years ago. Your photos are superb! Maybe you have another vocation lurking in the shadows?