That's the answer to yesterday's quiz about poinsettias. I should have trimmed those little frays on the edges of the petals on the fake one, but I was too lazy to do that.
And what about those comments that I might be trying to play a trick or two with my quiz? No tricks! It's the holidays. I'm trying to be good so that Santa will remove me from the bad list and put me on the good list!
Yesterday was gloomy and cloudy and occasionally it rained. I was tired of shopping so it was a good day to go visit a greenhouse or two, which is where I took pictures of the real poinsettias.
One of the greenhouses I visited was at White River Gardens by the Indianapolis Zoo.
This is the view from the greenhouse balcony, overlooking the actual White River Gardens. You can see that most of the snow from the past week is gone and we are left with mud.
Mud is better than ice, any day.
For the holidays, they can't just put poinsettias in the greenhouse and call it a day, they have to also have model trains.In fact, they have mostly model trains, so if that's what you want to see, this is a good place to go.
If you want to see more poinsettias, I recommend you go to the Garfield Park Conservatory. (The one in Indianapolis, not Chicago).
They had a few trains, but many more poinsettias.And the greenhouse is full of tropical plants, including blooming orchids and other tropical flowers. Here you can smell that "earthy smell with perhaps a hint of tropical blooms" that makes me, and many other gardeners, happy.
Another reason to choose Garfield Park? Just around that bend, all set up to talk to the kids of all ages, was Santa Claus himself. If this greenhouse is good enough for Santa, it is plenty good enough for me.
There were already some kids talking to him when I was there, so I didn't stay to give him my list. I'll guess I'll have to mail him a letter.
I am trying to be good, but you know how hard that can be. If you have some time after delivering all those toys to the little boys and girls, perhaps you could swing by May Dreams Gardens and drop a few items down the chimney for me? There are a couple of gardening books I'd like and a new hand digging tool. And if you see a hoe I might like, of course I wouldn't turn it down. Oh, and while I'm asking, is it too much trouble to bring me a nice little greenhouse, maybe with some orchids in it?
Your gardening friend,