Poinsettias have evolved a long hybridized way from the traditional velvety, bordello-red botanical decorations clustered in the dining rooms and shopping malls of my youth. They now come in colors of golden cream, faded plum, and vivid salmon, as well as the variegated variety I snapped yesterday. These poinsettias sat among hundreds of bold, bracted plants that undulated and levitated in a cramped greenhouse shielded from the icy winds that forecasted, and delivered, a foot of snow a few hours later. Had I been paying more attention to the tag tucked in the soil line, I would have noted which cultivar it was. But I was so blinded by the wild, saturated beauty surrounding me that the moment was all that mattered, a moment captured just for Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes, who put out the A.P.B. for Festive Photos for No Croutons Required*. May we all be so blinded this holiday season.
*No Croutons Required is a collaborative food-blog event effort by Jacqueline, and Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen.
Been There, Done That ~
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Christmas Cookies
Other People's Pretties
Göteborg's Christmas Markets