Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wild Red West

Here in the Wild West, poinsettias do not come only in puny little pots sold in grocery stores in December. We grow them big and tall along roadsides and in gardens, where they swiftly turn in to large perennial bushes or trees.

On a grey day, the giant red blossoms brighten the side of the road leading to a park on the edge of town.


17 comments:

Roxie said...

It's so hard to realize that those hot-house plants are running wild somewhere. So pretty!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, so gorgeous!!! I envy your warm weather in California...such a lovely way to spend the holiday!!! Merry Christmas, dear Willow!!! ~Janine XO

Flower said...

O..soo pretty!
Yeah! Nine days of freedom!!

ellen b. said...

Oh I forgot about those great bushes!!
Love your Christmas header, too.

Sara said...

Wow, amazing photos. My neighbor has a red and a yellow poinsettia that spring up as tall as the garage roof every year. They are amazing.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

My parents have a neighbor with one of these giant poinsettias and have always thought it looks like something from a Dr. Seuss book! Never seen them growing wild, though. Very pretty.

Lovella ♥ said...

Amazing to realize that they grow naturally. I find this so intriguing since it seems that growing them in hothouses here they need a perfect amount of darkness to make them bloom. Clearly. . they bloom happily in the right temperatures. I am watering mine carefully this year trying to keep them gorgeous.

Jientje said...

I don't really like them as house plants, but it must be an amazing sight to see them growing tall along the roadside!

Marg said...

Thank-you for enlightening me. I did not know that. Interesting

snoopydog said...

Oh my word! They look so beautiful. I have a very small, but very pretty specimen sitting in its pot beside now. It has a long way to go to compare to those magnificent flowers. Have a good weekend. Ros

Jenny said...

Lovely to see them growing naturally as they should be. I think its so sad to see the thousands grown for Christmas, many of which have started to die whilst still in the shops. Wish I could set them all free to reach their potential in the Wild West.

Dorothy said...

So beautiful! Its hard for me to imagine those signature Christmas plants growing anywhere but in pots! Thanks for sharing, Willow.

nikkipolani said...

Oh, but I've never seen them as a hedge! My dad is growing one that's about 4' tall, but it's not blooming as well this year.

Allie said...

I've never seen anything like that before! That's amazing!

Jenna said...

Gorgeous!

XUE said...

Wow! And I thought all poinsettias are puny! Merry Christmas from Tokyo!

Barbara said...

Someone posted on these wild Ponsiettas last year. They must be fabulous to look at.
All we have are potted ones that drop their leaves as soon as you bring them into the house.