Category Archives: Mexican Flowers

Chrysanthemum: FOTD Dec 11, 2018

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One of a flock of lovely flowers on my desk when I returned from Acapulco. Thanks, Brad.

For Cee’s FOTD

Coloration in Poinsettias: FOTD Dec 10, 2018

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I was curious about all the new colors of poinsettias I’ve been seeing this year so I did a bit of research and found this explanation by Walter Reeves. You can find a link to his website below.  Here is what I read: 

The process of making a colored poinsettia is interesting. Growers start with a plant with light colored (white or pink) bracts. You’re probably aware that the colored parts of a poinsettia are not true leaves – they are modified leaves, called bracts, that serve to attract insects to the tiny yellow flowers at the tip of each branch.

Special dyes are sprayed onto the bracts a few days before the poinsettias are shipped to the retailer. Glitter may be applied as well. A spotted effect is achieved by sprinkling alcohol onto the dyed bracts.

Dyes are available in many colors, so plants can be dyed to match indoor decor or even your college football team colors!

Poinsettia bracts will naturally fall from the plant as it ages this spring. If you keep your plant alive it will produce bracts with the “natural” light color the plant had originally.

On another site, I found this information about what are natural colors for poinsettias: The colored bracts . . .  are most often flaming red but can be orangepale greencreampinkwhite, or marbled

http://www.walterreeves.com/gardening-q-and-a/poinsettia-dyed-purple/

for Cee’s FOTD

Poinsettia Closeup, More FOTD Dec 1, 2018

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This photo was taken yesterday. I think this is about as pretty as the blooms on the poinsettia are going to get. I like this fish lips stage the best!

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This photo was taken last night. The fish lips seem to have opened up to reveal unspectacular little flowers.  I like the ones that look like little green ducks with yellow bills, head-on, in both shots. Can you spot them? There are a couple of parrots in there, too.

 

For Cee’s FOTD, Dec. 1, 2018