December 5th was a great day for both the gardener and photographer in me. Grimsby is very close to the Vineland Research Station and it had its Poinsettia evaluation open house yesterday. They grow poinsettias for evaluation by the commercial trade to find new and better poinsettias for market. There are only a few places where the poinsettia trials take place, so it great to be invited to vote on our favourites so that they get a sense of what is popular with the public.
What would make a better poinsettia? It would be things like: One that grows straight up so that the branches don't break off when you take it out of the plastic sleeve. One that has lots of coloured petals to make a big show. One that grows quickly to come to market sooner.
So there I was with Brian, my brother, who is the lily hybridizer, going from plant to plant looking at the differences and improvements. I saw so many fellow gardeners too - it was a wonderful event.
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There's a cogeco video at:
Here are some of the highlights: