Sunday, 23 December 2012

Happy Christmas 2012

Martin Erich Philipp (1887—1978), Poinsettia in Chinese vase, multi color woodblock print M55, 1936. Image size 34 x 47 cm.
Poinsettia (named after Joel Robert Poinsett (1779-1851), botanist and American Minister of Mexico (ambassadors weren’t appointed until 1896) beginning of the 19th century who imported the plant into the US. 

And in 1804 Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), explorer and botanist, brought the plant to Europe.

Latin: Euphorbia pulcherrima, Christmas flower or  Christmas rose, Atatürk flower, Aztek: Cuitla-xochitl, Mexican: Flores de Noche Buena.

A Mexican legend says the child Pepita, too poor to buy a proper gift, instead picked a bouquet of field flowers as a gift to Jesus. Given in humility and love God rewarded it with a miracle: in the church one of the plants flowered red and green on Christmas.
Arie Zonneveld (1905-1941), Poinsettia. 
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Recently I've obtained a second copy of MEPH's Poinsettias. It's on offer for swapping.


  1. Merry Christmas to you, also, Gerrie.

    1. Thank you Karen, and for all your kind comments.

  2. Merry Christmas Gerrie -- Best wishes for the NEW YEAR

    1. Thank you Steven, and to you and your loved ones.

  3. Best wishes for you! I'm glad to have found your beautiful blog! Greetings from Córdoba, Argentina. :)