Monday, November 11, 2013

An Evening of Lights at Al's

OMG - it can't be Christmas time just yet!

We've barely past Halloween and already it's time for Christmas trees and holiday lights.

Saturday was "An Evening of Lights" at Al's Garden Center in Gresham. This was my first time to visit this particular Al's, and boy it's located in the boonies of Gresham.

My plant pal John and I bought a beer and a glass of wine and wandered through the greenhouses, soaking in the holiday entertainment and displays of Poinsettias (all for sale, of course). I don't think either of us was quite ready for the festive holiday spirit.

There were a few decorated trees to enjoy, as well as a small selection of real trees and shrubs in Santa's Tree Farm. Since Christmas is still so far away, they were not selling actual cut trees just yet.

It is interesting to note that Euphorbia pulcherrima (aka Poinsettia) is indigenous to Mexico and Central America and was introduced into the U.S. in 1825. Now bazillions of them are cultivated (and later murdered) around the world - just for Christmas. 

There are so many new colors and varieties of Poinsettia, that there is something for everyone.

'Premium Picasso'
'Arctic White'
Such a cute squirrel!

'Cortez Electric Fire'


  1. Love the poinsettia murder comment. Then there are all those trees cut down in the prime of their lives and mocked by being dressed up in loud attire before being stripped and thrown out in he street to die. Merry f***ing Christmas! :)

  2. Once you get a Poinsettia home, it's just a downward spiral towards death. They are not meant to be a house plant. It was too early for the murdering of pine trees thankfully. I went artificial a few years ago and have not regretted it.

  3. Poinsettias grow to be towering trees in S Cal. I was astonished to look up and realize what I was seeing.