By Debi Chaves…

Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant. Through extensive breeding, they now come in a variety of colors, pinks, white, purple, multi. There are extensive varieties named after their characteristics such as Jingle Bells, Marble, Monet, Strawberries and Cream, Tapestry, Winter’s Rose, etc. Yet red seems to remain the favorite. Perhaps, because it symbolizes the true meaning of Christmas. August’s green leaves, transformed by a succession of ‘totally dark nights’, are red by Christmas, reminding us of the cost of Christ’s blood shed for our sins. The bright yellow bloom in the center of the red opens into a star like burst helping to tell the story of the Wise Men who followed that star, the ByLight and Hope of the world.
If you are in the Leesburg, Virginia area, I would like to invite you to stop by the Monroe Technology Center’s Plant sale. There will be lots of poinsettias to choose from in addition to other flowering plants such as Christmas cactus and cyclamen. Fresh wreaths with custom bows are also available along with pine garland and other fresh greens and centerpieces. While you are enjoying the beauty, you can sample cookies made by the Culinary Department along with hot cider. The days and hours are: December 3: 10-7pm; December 4: 10-5 pm; and December 5: 10-4pm.
Merry Christmas. Debi

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