This is the time of year when we are all beginning to miss the flowers in our gardens. Happily, you can get a beautiful ‘Snowball’ hydrangea with large round flowers to enjoy indoors right now. It will probably last a couple of months.
You can get these striking ‘Snowball’ hydrangeas at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.
The snowball hydrangea looks lovely in your own home, or you can give it as a hostess gift during the holidays. It has a wintry charm and is just as appropriate for Thanksgiving or New Year’s as it is for Christmas or Hanukkah. The wrapping on the pot can be changed to reflect a particular holiday.
To care for the plant, keep it in bright sunlight and keep it well watered– it takes a lot of water. You can try to move it outside to your garden in the spring, but it’s not hardy for our area and probably won’t last through the next winter.
Mischler’s also creates traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas arrangements. Call Mischler’s at (716) 632-1290 or order online. The items can be delivered.
Another ‘flower’ that people enjoy at this time of year is the poinsettia. While the plant does have a flower, it’s not anything you would notice. Those showy red things that we think of as petals are actually bracts, a kind of leaf. The flower is quite small and is at the center of the bracts.
Whether you call it a flower or call it a plant, the poinsettia is definitely popular. In addition to the traditional red and green poinsettias, there are many other varieties including white, pink and flecked.
Mischler’s is creating a huge display of poinsettias that you can use as the backdrop for a holiday photo.
This photo opportunity is free. Bring your own camera and round up your family and friends– your pet is welcome, too– for a photo you can post on Facebook, make into a greeting card or print out for your relatives.
The backdrop will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29, and Saturday, Dec. 6.