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November 2012 Pentland Plant Poinsettia Walk 

Four members visited Pentland Plants at Loanhead for a very enlightening tour of their greenhouses. The area we were looking at was the size of four football pitches. There were thousands of poinsettias. The first greenhouse was a sea of red.



A closer inspection shows the flowers are the tiny bits in the centre of those colourful bracts

                                                                                                  small poinsettia plants are good in winter arrangements



                                                                                                            
I tried to take as many pics as possible to let you see what we saw.
Here is Christmas Eve Red                                                                              and Alreddy Red




Prima Red                                                                                         and Premium Red




Christmas Feelings Red                                                                and Charon Red




Bravo Red                                                                                    and Infinity Red          



Saturnus Red                                                                                 and Christmas Beauty Red



Infinity Polar                                                                    and Merry White


Candlelight                                                                              and Wintersun




Premium White                                                                                      and Infinity Marble



       Marbella                                                                      and Christmas Feelings Fancy



Pink Cadillac                                                                               and Christmas Pink



and who could resist Christmas Rose. The bracts are 2" to 3" balls of bracts which look like flowers from a distance.  

  
Having chosen and paid for our personal favourites we finished off the morning with a tasty lunch in their spacious cafe. Our thanks to Carolyn Spray and her cheerful staff for a wonderfully uplifting experience.  

A friend shared this Mexican story told at Christmas time.
The Legend of the Poinsettia
The legend of the poinsettia comes from Mexico. It tells of a girl named Maria and her little brother Pablo. They were very poor but always looked forward to the Christmas festival. Each year a large manger scene was set up in the village church, and the days before Christmas were filled with parades and parties. The two children loved Christmas, but were always saddened because they had no money to buy presents. They especially wished that they could give something to the church for the Baby Jesus. But they had nothing.
One Christmas Eve, Maria and Pablo set out for church to attend the service. On their way they picked some weeds growing along the roadside and decided to take them as their gift to the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. Of course they were teased by other children when they arrived with their gift, but they said nothing for they knew they had given what they could. Maria and Pablo began placing the green plants around the manger and miraculously, the green top leaves turned into bright red petals, and soon the manger was surrounded by beautiful star-like flowers and so we see them today.






Suntrap Gardening Club meet at 7.15pm in the Common Room at  

Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled 21 Ravelrig Gait Balerno Edinburgh EH14 7NH

Details on getting there are on http://www.ravelrig-rda.org.uk

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