Since I will be at the Ellison's Greenhouses Poinsettia Celebration this Saturday from Noon to 2, www.ellisonsgreenhouses.com/ I felt it was only appropriate to gather anything and everything I've written about poinsettias, and putting them into one email tip sheet for this week.
So, let's first start with the Poinsettia Celebration itself. We profiled this big event as one of our GardenLine Profiles just a couple of weeks ago. Read this, so I can encourage you to attend.
If you love poinsettias as much as I do and if you think nothing says Christmas as much as these wonderful plants, then you owe it to yourself to get to the Poinsettia Celebration in Brenham this weekend. Again, I'll be there on Saturday from Noon to 2. And the important thing to note is that this is the last radio station appearance we have scheduled for the year. That's important because if you want a signed copy of my book (as a holiday gift) for any and everyone in your family, this is the last scheduled event that I have on my calendar until next spring. If you can't make it to the celebration, and you still want a signed copy of my book for gift-giving this year, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you instructions on how to get signed copies for the holidays.
More importantly, let's get back to the poinsettias. One of the first tip sheets we ever compiled not just for the internet, but to hand out at Home and Garden Shows years ago was the accompanying "year-round" care sheet that was related to holidays. This program still works very well to this date. This is designed for those of you who are able to keep their poinsettias alive through the holidays and eventually want to plant them in the landscape.
One of my favorite email tips of all time was a "two-fer" on poinsettias. In this email tip we first countered all the myths and falsities that Poinsettias are poisonous. THEY ARE NOT POISONOUS!!! This tip sheet along with the instructions to go to www.snopes.com and type in "poinsettias" will yield you all kinds of information that you can use at this season's cocktail parties, when some bozo makes the uneducated assertion "I don't buy poinsettias, because I've heard they're poisonous." The other bit of fun information in this tip sheet concerns the great divide in how people pronounce the name of the plant - POIN - SET - E - UH - which, by the way, is my preference. Or POIN-SET-UHS, which is the lazy man's pronunciation (but, dictionary-legal, nonetheless)
Finally, here's a link to a great all-around care sheet from The Ohio State University (one of the most prolific horticultural institutions in America) that just reminds you of all the techniques you can use to have the best looking poinsettias inside during those holidays.
I hope to see you Brenham this weekend at the Ellison's Poinsettia Celebration. Click here if you need a map.
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