Christmas Favorites

The poinsettia is one of our favorite plants at Christmas. Though we may often think of a red one, today breeders have developed many colors and varieties. Colors range from pinks to multi-colors to purples and burgundy with names such as Monet, Ruby Frost, Ice Crystal, Strawberries and Cream, etc. They have even developed one with variegated foliage called Tapestry.

With proper water (not over or under, just evenly moist), bright light and temperatures in the 60-75 degree range, poinsettias can grow happily and give you months of enjoyment. You can even get them to bloom next year if you follow some re-bloom guidelines.

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With proper water (not over or under, just evenly moist), bright light and temperatures in the 60-75 degree range, poinsettias can grow happily and give you months of enjoyment. You can even get them to bloom next year if you follow some re-bloom guidelines.

Another great blooming Christmas plant is the Christmas cactus. It’s not really a cactus, in fact, it likes the same growing environment as orchids. If you keep them cool in the fall, are careful on the watering, give them bright light in the day but total darkness at night you should get them to bloom in time for Christmas. This is a plant that lives a long time and has traditionally been passed down from generation to generation. It’s not uncommon for someone to tell you that they inherited their grandmother’s Christmas cactus.

Other favorite plants for Christmas are amaryllis, paper white narcissus and cyclamen. And don’t forget the herbs. There’s nothing like a fragrant rosemary to freshen the house, or a potted ivy wreath to set in your window.

Whatever your favorite is, brighten your home or someone else’s this Christmas with a living plant.

If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area the next couple of days, stop in the Monroe Technology Center and visit the plant sale where you will find lots of Christmas favorites.

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Published by Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon ( Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the

21 thoughts on “Christmas Favorites

  1. And, what about the lunch/Dinner on Wednesday And, the cookies? Is there a Santa this year for kids and doggies?

    Beautiful plants! O, and fruit?

  2. There is an All You Can Eat Pasta Fest for $8 from 5-7 pm today, Nov 30 and lunch and other baked items available each day from the Culinary Arts Department as well as Christmas cookie orders. We have free cider and cookies from the Culinary Department for customers. And, yes Santa is here in His rocker…so bring ‘kids and doggies’ for a visit, candy cane, and photo for $5. We even have treats for the doggies! And Citrus fruit for sale.

  3. What a marvelous array of God’s glory is the Christmas Plant Sale at Monroe Tech. Debi and her students have done a phenomenal job of tending these luscious plants and flowering shrubs. Glory was everywhere in bright reds and pale pinks and frosty leafed poinsettias. There were purple and fuschia, pink and violet cyclamen plants. Oh, and the wreaths were glorious with pine cones and very classy bows attached to the fresh circles of greens There were decorated swag greenery with colored ornaments. All these were freshly crafted and well tended.
    Congratulations to Debi et al for a wonderland of glory. Even carols and the Nutcracker played in the background. It was a lovely sight. My Rosemary tree is a delight and the cookies were too. Hey! Debi, thanks a lot.
    Oh, and Rena made a lovely bow for my wreath. Thank you!!

  4. I volunteered at the Christmas Plant Sale at Monro Tech. It was so wonderful to be in such a beautiful Christmas setting with poinsiettas of many colors all around- everyplace the hot house and classroom could hold. There was hot cider and baked goodies, and Christmas music playing in the background. It was exciting to see the look on each face as they made their special selection for special ones on their list and for themselves. I even learned to make special bows for the customers to put on their wreaths and swags. Volunteering was like a treat that was given to me. Thank you Debi and Monroe Tech.

  5. Do you have your CDs and children’s books for sale. Seems like the whole school is involved in the Holiday festivities. Lots of Christmas around your school!

  6. I have my CD, ‘Gardening Therapy’, for sale and hope to have some copies of my children’s book, ‘Neither Here Nor There’ out later today or tomorrow am when Monroe has there ‘Mall Sale’.

  7. Whoa! Can’t wait to see your new children’s book! Hope you will give us a peek at the front cover and summary of the book. Thanks the info on the activities at
    Monroe Tech. See you there.

  8. I have heard via a ‘Firefly’ about Debi’s book…This Firefly makes an excellent landing as he tours with the winds.

  9. Debi,
    Did I read this blog right? Did you write a children’s book? By the way, the flowers are absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing the photos. I sure hope the sale went well today. 🙂

  10. Yep, Needles, Debi sure did and it is darling. What a great gift to give a young person or even an older person because of its honorable content and darling drawings that Debi did, also. And it is a great souvenir for us LILIES who know & love Debi.

  11. MG and I were so excited to get Debi’s book in our hands. Congratulations to Debi on this accomplishment. Her artistic illustrations and writing keep you fixated on the story. MG and I literally ran down the hall to get a copy as it was not revealed to us, until we read thedailylily that she was having a book put in publishing format. It is too cute. Little Firefly is sure to warm everyone’s heart. He learns the dailylily lessons so well. This is sure to be a child’s favorite and will be a worn and much loved book.

  12. The lesson little Firefly learned (and demonstrated) at the end of the story was that God has given each of us a gift(s) and greatly desires that we use it to bring glory to Him and to help others. But I won’t give away “THE REST OF THE STORY”.

  13. Yes Needles I wrote and illustrated the book a long time ago in college but am now getting it into print. And thanks for asking about the sale, it went well and we still have many things available.

  14. Well, congratulations on having your book published, Debi! I would like to purchase one or two, if that is possible? If so, will you give me the information on how to purchase them? I can’t wait to see and read them! Hum…maybe the author would consider signing the books I purchase???????? 🙂

  15. Thank you Needles. You may order them right now through me. Send your check to Deborah Chaves 1206 Bradfield Dr Sw Leesburg, VA 20175. The cost is $10 per book plus a $5 shipping fee for one or two copies. I hope they will soon be available on Amazon. I would be honored to sign them.

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