Saturday, December 02, 2006

Deck the halls

There was another book signing today at a local garden center. This was great fun, mainly because I got to shop for my holiday décor. (I don't think anyone bought any books while I was there, though the place has re-ordered twice.) They have a beautiful selection of greenery, including juniper, noble fir, incense cedar, holly, pine, and much more. There were also some strange knobbly green oranges that can be used as accents and a few fake but classy items.

There were also—god, I hate to even type this—painted poinsettias. Bright blue, green, pink—some had glitter. Acres of them, as far as the eye can see, and NO, I am not posting an image of them. Apparently these are greatly anticipated by many of the patrons. Though, to be honest, I hate the regular ones, so it's not like I'm all that offended by the desecration of the plants. Masses of the same plant are always impressive visually, but I am sure that, detached from their brethren, one or two of these plants can make a pretty tacky statement.

I'm looking forward to coming back here in the summer, when I understand they have an impressive selection of annuals.


Annie in Austin said...

Is it possible that the decorative strange oranges you saw were Osage Oranges, also called hedge apples?
They're in genus Maclura and kind of look like brains.

Here's a link with a photo:

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the painted poinsettias. Tacky, but someone must be buying them or they wouldn't be painting them like that.

EAL said...

Yes, that's it, Osage oranges--in fact, there are two of them shown in the picture with this post.

Kind of like tennis balls with weird growths.

Jen(nifer) said...

Painted? Ick! :) I love the rosemary trees...

cityfarmer said...

NOTHING lile fresh greens and their aroma.