I went shopping today for something to take a hostess for Thanksgiving dinner, and the choice wasn’t easy at all.
Christmas Cactus come in a lot of great colors, and they’re just unusual enough, I think.
Orchids are increasingly popular and some can handle low light and the care of beginners. Phalaenopsis is a great choice.
My favorite Poinsettias are the unusual ones, like this one called Winter Rose. A horticulturist friend in New York posted about them today on Facebook, declaring that “I believe it holds its red bracts the longest.” She goes on to defend Poinsettias as a great as “NOT POISONOUS! Please tell all our animal loving friends… Intensive evidence (and my cats) state: Poinsettias not poisonous. It was a myth. (Lilies, yes, very very toxic.)”
These arrangements are specially made for Thanksgiving, so feature fall colors.
A fabulous gift for early winter are Amaryllis and Paperwhites, either individually or nicely boxed-up with soil and a pot.
Paperwhites are also available already blooming. Famously fragrant.
And the winner is….Cyclamen! They’re just so beautiful, and the right height for a centerpiece.
Posted by Susan Harris.