Friday, January 23, 2009

Christmas in January

A friend gave me a Poinsettia plant on Thanksgiving. It was beautiful. It sat in the middle of the Christmas decorations all December long.

Now it's sitting on a small table in front of a window by the front door. Now the Christmas season is long past. The plant is still there. I still water it. This plant has outlived many other plants that have previously been in my care. But now I want to get rid of it. I put away all of the other Christmas decorations. But this is more than just a decoration that can be put away in a box and taken out next year. This is a plant. A living thing. I hate to throw it away just because I'm done with it. But I hate having it around too. Maybe I should stop watering it so it will die and then I can throw it out (in the garden recycling of course). But that would be the same as getting rid of it now while it's still alive.

Why don't poinsettias come with an expiration date? So that January 2nd it's ok to get rid of them. That could get rid of this guilt!

What does everyone do with poinsettias after Christmas? Is there a poinsettia orphanage somewhere waiting to take these unwanted homeless plants in?

For now the plant will stay on the small table by the front door. But please don't snicker when you arrive at my house and notice that I still have Christmas "decorations" up.


Mama Zen said...

I don't know what you do with poinsettias after Christmas. I've never had one live that long!

Krystyn said...

I hear you can plant them outside; but I'm not sure how they will fair in Seattle.

I bet you could donate it to a nursing home or hospital.

Michelle said...

Heh. Just send it home with me. Plants don't last more than 2-3 weeks in my house -- and that's when I'm trying!

girlytwins said...

I have never had one live that long either :) Good luck whatever you do.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Mine have never even made it to Christmas, not sure what you do with it after this long.