Last week I was on a mundane mission that led me to Strange’s, one of RVA’s largest garden centers. aMl has raved about its selection of poinsettias for years, and, although accidentally, I witnessed the holiday splendor at last. It was a quiet, rainy Tuesday, and I had the place to myself to ogle the greenhouse that contained these exotic beauties. A boring errand no more!
Strange’s grows its own poinsettias, over 70 varieties (shop local!).
Its website claims to have 30,000 in the garden center. As you can see from this shot, I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.
Prowling the internet, I discovered that December 12 is Poinsettia Day, as designated by the United States House of Representatives to honor the father of the modern poinsettia industry, Paul Ecke, Jr. In fact, Poinsettiaday.com is a helpful and interesting site dedicated to the most popular houseplant that generates $250,000,000 (wholesale) annually. That’s a lot of red, pink and white cha-ching!
Now that I’m in the know about Strange’s poinsettia selection, I’ll make it a point to shop early again (their annual open house was November 30 this year, so going slightly before then is optimal for best selection.) I wonder if these confections are still available:
As I was checking out, the clerks started putting my plants in paper sleeves. They explained the sleeves protected these tropical plants from the harsh elements and the bumpy car ride as I transported them from the store to my home that wintry day. These guys are the experts.
Now I have a gorgeous Monet in my home all set for Poinsettia Day. Who knew there would be a day in December that I’m ready for without even hitting my to-do-list?
December 3, 2013