Friday, November 28, 2014

A Very Colorful Christmas!

When you think of poinsettias, what color comes to mind?  Don't know about you, but I automatically think... RED!  Red is such a great color- it's festive, it's traditional, and it's a vibrant contrast to those dark winter days.  I love it!

...But.  As wonderful as the traditional red can be, there's something to be said for the funky new varieties in the greenhouse: 

Last year, we really went off the rails when we introduced Ecke's poinsettia hybrid Luv U Pink, the hottest of hot pinks we've ever seen on a poinsettia!  Along with the Luv U Pink, this season we were able to add two more funky colors into the mix, Suntory's 'Princettia' Soft Pink and 'Princettia' Max White.  'Princettia' is a euphorbia like the traditional poinsettia, however it is a different hybrid.  In appearance, the two are noticeably different, but still noticeably similar.  We love the unusual colors that are offered in this plant!

'Princettia' Soft Pink is such a sweet color!  These petite plants are sure to catch your eye in the sea of all the red poinsettias.  They're noticeably different in color from the Luv U Pink, but are beatiful alongside that hot pink color.

It is so unusual to find a true white poinsettia!  The traditional whites are definitively white, but do tend to have an ivory or yellow tint. The 'Princettia' Max White is by far the truest white we have ever seen in a poinsettia.  Certainly not ivory, and definitely not yellow! They're truly as white as snow. (Or as white as a sheet of printer paper, though that's a less romantic description.)

These three hybrids are a great alternative to the red poinsettia!  I can see them grouped as a trio in terra cotta or with pink or silver foil.  And if you like to keep your poinsettias well into the winter, the nontraditional colors would be lovely in the new year too!    

-Anna Mary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Greens, Greens, Greens!

It's barely Thanksgiving and the greenhouse is already in full Christmas mode!  Red and white poinsettias (and everything in between!), bulbs, and the recent chill in the air are a steady reminder that December is drawing near.  

Another reminder of the season is the wreath-maker's annual appearance.  We've been in the habit of making our own wreathes over the years.  Anyone who was shopping yesterday could get an up-close look at our wreath process.  It's not overly sophisticated, but it is time consuming from start to finish: trimming down branches fresh cut from our own evergreens,  bundling them into tiny "bouquets" to be bound to the frame, brainstorming what to embellish them with next.  Berries, feathers, cotton, twigs, magnolia, dried fruit and flowers... few things are off limits!

The wreath-making will continue into December, along with fresh door swags and greens planters too.  So much to do, it's no wonder we begin before Thanksgiving!

-Anna Mary

Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Christmas Hours

Henrys' Greenhouses
1258 Oregon Hollow Rd, Holtwood, PA

2014 Christmas Hours

November 18- December 20

Tuesday 9:00- 5:00
Friday 9:00- 5:00
Saturday 8:00- 12:00 Noon

Christmas is coming!  The seasons always seem to get ahead of us in the greenhouse.  We're so excited to open back up for the holiday season!  Greens, wreathes, berries, bulbs, and poinsettias... plus gorgeous new pottery, garden decor, and more that I'm probably forgetting about.  And don't forget to swing by for our annual Poinsettia Open House on December 6 from 8- 12 Noon!

See you soon!

-Anna Mary

2014 Poinsettia Open House

Join us!

2014 Poinsettia Open House

Saturday, December 6
8:00- 12:00 Noon

Coffee, Cookies & Surprises!

We'd love to have you join us for our annual Poinsettia Open House! Nothing says "Christmas" like a sea of poinsettias and Cindy's homemade cookies.  This is my favorite day of the Christmas season- see you in the greenhouse!

-Anna Mary