Fresh flowers abound in the gardens here at the house! I always keep a fresh
bouquet by the photo of my daughter Jennifer and her son Christopher that is by my bedside.
This week I was able to combine purple and red! Two of my favorite colors.
Poinsettias in Mexico are so prolific that they are everywhere! Right now the jardin and the roadway around town is filled with red ones. Actually it is interesting to know that the yellow center is actually the flower and the red leaves around it are just that, leaves.
They are indigenous to Mexico and named after the former American Ambassador to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett who died in 1851.
More interesting, to me at least, is the fact that most of the year this tree, which used to be about three feet tall, has no character at all and is just green. It's only at this time of the year that the leaves turn this color. The other observation I have to share is that the butterflies LOVE these blossoms. They almost have a frenzy with the yellow centers. Yesterday I counted about fifteen on the tree all diving and fluttering around. Quite a beautiful sight.
A lovely way to spend a sunny, warm afternoon.