Feel-good Friday: wallflowers

wallflower1wallflower2A wall of poinsettias , a single white rose and a wall full of potted orchids to  brighten up a rainy day.

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Potted *Poinsettias we always see around Christmas so it’s a bit unusual and refreshing to see a wild poinsettia tree in a warm climate.

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You can get off alcohol, drugs, women, food, and cars, but once you’re hooked on orchids, you’re finished. You never get off orchids…never. – Joe Kunisch (Commercial Orchid Grower: the first quote of a book called “orchid fever.”)

*Do you ever wonder how the poinsettia became recognized as the Christmas flower?

There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettia’s and Christmas come together. 

It involves a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services.

Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only offer this small present. As she walked through the chapel to the altar,  she began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena‘, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.

The shape of the poinsettia flower and leaves are sometimes thought as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red colored leaves symbolize the blood of Christ. The white leaves represent his purity.

The Poinsettia is also the national emblem of Madagascar.

Photos: d. king

 

 

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