My offering for this month's Blooms Day is a sorry tale of how not to look after your Christmas Poinsettia. Mine is a called 'Princettia'®, a more unusual pink version of the traditional red seen at this time of year, which is available from Thompson & Morgan.
Garden Media Guild Awards at the end of November, where they formed the centre piece of each table. I hope the blurry photo I took at the time is sufficient proof that I did at least start with a nice, healthy looking plant.
I now offer you a handy guide, which I think you won't find elsewhere...
How not to look after your 'Princettia'®... or any other Poinsettia for that matter
You should NOT...
- attempt to squash it into the watering can goody bag provided so you can leave one arm free to deal with your overnight bag
- take it to a very crowded pub for a few hours
- rest it for a while in a dark corner at the Turkish restaurant across the road from the pub
- give it regular walks in the frosty open air for 24 hours after your acquisition
- bring it home on the train the next day
- leave it to recuperate on the kitchen windowsill
So I'm very sorry Thompson & Morgan for my woeful mistreatment of your gift. Despite this cultivar's noted resistance to draughts and the ravages of central heating, I suspect it's too late to save my plant, even though I've been following the RHS's guidance since I brought it home.
Despite the falling bracts and leaves, the actual flowers on my plant (you can just see a couple of them in the photo) seem to be relatively OK. Time will tell whether that happier state of affairs continues...
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.