"... crystal spheres imprisoning green lizards, salamanders, millefiori bouquets dragonflies, a basket of pears, butterflies alighted on a frond of fern, swirls of pink and white and blue and white, shimmering like fireworks, cobras ready to strike, pretty little arrangements of pansies, magnificent poinsettias ..." -- Truman Capote🔻
“Percy, the puny poinsettia is hanging his bloom in dismay.
If they had just kept him wetta, he’d be a houseplant today.” – Percy, the Puny Poinsettia
“In Mexico the plant is called La Flor de la Nochebuena or, Flower of the Holy Night and is displayed in celebration of December 12th, Dia de la Virgen. Use of the plant to celebrate Christmas in Mexico dates back to the 17th century. The flower connects to the legend of a young girl, distraught about not having anything with which to honor the Baby Jesus in a Christmas Procession. An angel tells her that any gift given with love is a wonderful gift. Later the weeds she gathers by the roadside to place around the manger miraculously transform into the beautiful red star flower we think of as Poinsettia.” — Happy Poinsettia Day!