December 21 marks the first day of winter but this year in Toronto, the weather being unusually mild, the snow has eluded us. The key question on everyone’s mind is whether we are going to have a white Christmas at all. Meanwhile the poinsettias are in bloom, with so many beautiful varieties to delight our senses and our soul. If you don’t know this, the poinsettia is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. They are usually found in the wild at moderate elevations in the deciduous tropical forests ranging from southern Sinaloa on the Pacific coast of Mexico to Chiapas and Guatemala. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico had introduced this plant into the United States in 1825 and the rest, as they say is history. If you wish to learn more, please check out my prior post on the Poinsettia.
Below are some of my favorite blooms this year:
Happy Holidays Everyone.