The Poinsettia plant, is still the Christmas Flower, and has been as long as I can recall. Hey, Ten Years past we sold a large number of these plants. Every greenhouse grower slaved for several months to produce a large variety of poinsettias.
Most of us had to place several orders, from other growers, just to keep up.
That was then, what happed was, the big box stores took over, and kept reducing the selling price, as they were competing against each other. Yep, they quickly killed the market, and the Poinsettia just disappeared. Along the way as well.
Today, these same big boxes have a minimum sales areas, (the biggest display, I have seen this year is table approximately, 4ft by 6ft, yep, I hope they enjoy the decline!
Suntory has a new trailing petunia for 2017. It's an adorable cross between a couple of their early petunia breeding stock. Petunia Surfinia Heartbeat is a novelty breeding, that is making waves in this falls plant shows.
The flowers are bright white, with pale pink heart shaped petals, showing over the larger heart shaped white blossoms.
Today the Saskatchewan Red Lily is extremely rare, but fortunately they can still be found in some areas of the Province.
I spent a few week-ends searching for prairie lily’s a few years past, that was in my Boy Scouting Day’s. And yes I did find them them growing in the wild. They can be still be found growing among wild grasses, with other wild flowers .
The Native American Cree tribes call the Western Red Lily “a mouse root” because voles or meadow mice and other rodents gather, eat and spread the bulbs of the plant.
The plant also reproduces by way of bisexual flowers pollinated by wind and flying insects that gather nectar from the centre of the blossom. Prairie Lilies can grow up on a single stalk and their petals form a distinctive star shape. Western Red Lilies, can be identified by their vivid orange-red and purple, splashed blooms!
Christmas in Canada
In Canada the traditional Christmas dinner is roast turkey with vegetables and sauces. For dessert it is rich, fruity Christmas pudding with brandy sauce. Mince pies, pastry cases filled with a mixture of chopped dried fruit.
In Quebec, they display Crèches or nativity scenes in their homes as the Christmas decorations.
After attending midnight mass, families may be served tourtiere or pork pie. Another favorite food is Boulettes or small meatballs. A Christmas banquet is called a reveillon.
Masked mummers are a Christmas tradition from Newfoundland.
In some provinces, a big winter festival, called Sinck tuck, is celebrated by the Inuit, with dancing and a present-giving party.
In Labrador, turnips are saved from the summer harvest and are given to children, with a lighted candle pushed into a hollowed out hole.
In Nova Scotia, a country settled by Scottish highlanders, songs and carols brought from Britain two centuries ago are sung each Christmas morning. Also in Nova Scotia, during the twelve days of Christmas small groups of belsnicklers, or masked mummers, appear in neighbourhoods, ringing bells, making noise, seeking candy or other treats.
The hosts may try to guess who the mummers are and if they guess right the mummer removes his or her disguise and stops making rude noises and actions. Children may be quizzed by the mummers on their behaviour if they say they have been good they are rewarded with candy.
In British Columbia Christmas turkey may be accompanied by either fresh or smoked salmon.
Basically, Christmas today is centred around Food and Drink, and friends.
------ So, Merry Christmas to All!.