I am surprised at my addiction to poinsettias and amaryllis this year. I have always liked them, but never wanted to be surrounded by so many. Maybe it is because I am working from home and they add a certain joy. Maybe it is stress management for a new job. Maybe it is cause (despite a lot of blunders) I got my orange one from last year to bloom. Or, possible it is daylily withdraw. Or, all of the above.
This week, I picked up a few more. Today, I went back for the variegated one, and the first one I picked up lost a limb when I went to look for a pot. The woman in floral saw me replace it with another. It was an odd moment, but I did not bump it with any force, so my guess is that it was partially off before. I felt bad . . . but they have made a huge profit off of my poinsettia journey this year. And, these were $9, so they kept their profit 🙂 They should give poinsettia points instead of gas points.
So, here are the new ones. (I am not sure on names on most of these and am wanting a book with that info if anyone knows of one):
A dappled pink one (above).
A dark pink one (above). My beautiful lighter pink one is dying 😦
This one is called Ice Punch, I believe (above).
This one is huge – reminds me of peppermint (above).
This one is a variegated red one. Yes, I finally got a red one . . . but it is unique!
I have ideas for the short day lighting these guys need to rebloom. This year, I tried the cellar with some extra light on a timer. To cold and dark, so while it bloomed, it dropped a lot of leaves. Very leggy now beneath those blooms. Next year, I will try a much warmer closet and add more lights for the first 4 weeks. After that, they will go up on the bookshelf in my basement room, with boosted lights via timer. I am hopeful that this will work . . . and keep me gardening into fall without overwhelming myself with covering and uncovering these. Oh, and I also need to follow the pruning and fertilizer routine much better than this year.
I am guessing some will not make it to spring, but most will. They will be out in my garden this summer with the daylilies. I am jazzed by a winter hobby. But, it is time to call it good and stay out of the poinsettias!