Two trips to Trader Joe's in the last couple of days each had me returning home with some bargain-priced holiday cheer of the floral variety. Three days ago I came back with a $2.99 poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Today it was a beautiful Christmas rose (Helleborus niger) priced at $9.99 - three weeks ago the fancy florist's shop down the street wanted $29.99 for specimens that were in no way any nicer!
Red poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Christmas rose (Helleborus niger)
Meanwhile, the forsythia branches I brought back from the Michigan garden to force have begun to open their first buds, over a week ahead of schedule.
Forced forsythia branches blooming
Sometime in the next couple of days I should also go and get a Christmas tree before all the nice ones are gone...